10 Things Not to Miss During the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

Courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival

The handsome streets of Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood are known for welcoming late-morning walkers, offering (relatively) cheap egg-and-toast breakfasts and hosting the Tribeca Film Festival. In the last 15 years, the film fest has welcomed Nelson Mandela for an opening speech, installed a giant movie screen in Hudson River Park, invited David Bowie to sing in Battery Park City and, of course, celebrated the transformative power of cinema. This year’s edition, running April 13 to 24, will be featuring a number of world premieres, debuts, short films, award-winning movies and a lot more in one of the most desirable neighborhoods of NYC.



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Imagination Day

Constantly wondering how the world of the future will look? Same here. That’s why we’re so excited to hear some of the most influential tech minds who will gather in an all-day summit on Imagination Day. A lineup of CEOs, futurists and innovators will be on stage, including Richard Branson and uBeam founder and CEO Meredith Perry. The virtual reality revolution will also be present this year by having the largest virtual reality activation with 500 headsets as part of the top VR presentations. Join a day full of inspiration and technological revelations.

When: Apr. 19, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Spring Studios, 50 Varick St., Tribeca
Tickets: Online

The Tribeca Festival Hub

As part of the 15th Tribeca Film Festival you’ll find the Tribeca Festival Hub, located at 50 Varick Street. Starting on April 14, the Virtual Arcade and Storyscapes program will feature VR exhibits and interactive installations where story and technology interact audaciously. Here you can experience a showcase of documentary and narrative virtual reality projects through innovative technology.

When: Apr. 14-24
Where: 50 Varick St., Tribeca
Passes: Online

Tribeca Talks


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This year’s lineup of lively conversations is bigger than ever. Dialogues between filmmakers and special guests move off screen to present ideas, inside stories and experiences. The Director Series includes remarkable directors who will share thoughts about their careers and work. Filmmaker Julie Taymor joins Jodie Foster to talk about the actress’s new endeavors in TV and filmmaking. Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki will talk about the creation of unique cinematic worlds, while Baz Luhrmann and Nelson George will discuss the merging of classic and modern worlds in movies.

The Storytellers Series will also host inspirational creators who have pursued their passion of storytelling through different channels. Cultural icon Patti Smith and actor-filmmaker Ethan Hawke will have a conversation about Smith’s career and the creative force in her work; Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and several more notable personalities will also be part of this fabulous program, which will definitely have your mid-April schedule busy.

After the Movies

Contemporary Color


Contemporary Color, Directed by Bill Ross & Turner Ross via Website

We all know Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and his enthusiasm for different musical genres and eclectic projects. Last summer, the legendary musician paired 10 teenage color guard teams with live music to stage an extraordinary event. Flags, rifles and sabers were part of the synchronized dance that brought a huge crowd together in an unprecedented event hosted at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center arena. Contemporary Color is more than a concert film: It’s a visual interpretation of this unique live event. The film will be followed by a conversation led by Byrne with filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross as well as appearances by color guarders from the film.

When: Apr. 14, 9 p.m.
Where: John Zuccotti Theater, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Tribeca
Tickets: Online


The Bomb

Created by documentary filmmakers Smriti Keshari, Eric Schlosser and Kevin Ford, this 50-minute filmimmerses the audience in the perplexing reality of nuclear threat. It will be projected 360 degrees on screens surrounding the audience while The Acid perform live in the center space. Before the presentation there will be a panel (titled “What We Talk About When We Talk About the Bomb”) where the creators and Michael Douglas will discuss the risk nuclear weapons represent in the world today.

When: Apr. 23 & 24, 7 & 10 p.m.
Where: Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, Midtown
Tickets: Online



Madly (2016) via Website

Love. The four-letter word, which moves, transforms and inspires, takes six visionary directors into a deep exploration. Madly is a global anthology of short films that depict contemporary love in its multiple manifestations. A young wife trapped in a boring marriage, a normal Bronx teenager, a single young mother and an ambivalent couple are only some of the leading characters involved in these emotive tales.

When: April 14, 16, 17 & 18
Where: Bow Tie Cinemas, Chelsea
Tickets: Online (rush only)

Madam Black

New Zealand–based director and producer Ivan Barge tells the story of a glamour photographer who runs over a child’s pet and makes up a story about its disappearance. Madam Black is the director’s second short film; it’s been selected to screen at more than 15 festivals and recently won the Audience Award at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

When: Apr. 16, 19, 21 & 23
Where: Regal Cinemas Battery Park & Bow Tie Cinemas, Chelsea
Tickets: Online (rush & limited)

Youth in Oregon


Joel David Moore’s Youth In Oregon (2016) via Website

Raymond Engersoll (Frank Langella) wants to reach Oregon to die legally via euthanasia. Meanwhile, his daughter (Christina Applegate) sends her unwilling husband (Billy Crudrup) to pursue him and convince him not to do it before reaching their destination. Youth in Oregon is a dark comedy directed by actor Joel David Moore, who made his directorial debut in 2005 cowriting, co-directing and producing the psychological thriller Spiral.

When: April 16, 17, 19 & 20
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Deborah S. Esquenazi’s film Southwest of Salem unearths the story of four Latin American lesbian women convicted of raping two little girls. Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vásquez were accused, tried and convicted in 1994. Over the past 20 years, the four women have steadfastly maintained their innocence and fought to prove it, insisting that the accusations came about from homophobic prejudice and 1990s’ obsession with satanic cults.

When: Apr. 15, 17, 18 & 20
Where: Regal Cinema Battery Park & Bow Tie Cinemas, Chelsea
Tickets: Online

Don’t Think Twice


Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice (2016) via Website

New York’s improv scene is the setting of comedian Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think TwiceThe film follows a group of friends pursuing showbiz success, mixing drama and comedy to tell a story about how friendship, romance and partnership can be threatened by fame and envy. Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs and more comedy favorites star.

When: Apr. 18, 19 & 20
Where: Regal Cinema Battery Park & Bow Tie Cinemas, Chelsea
Tickets: Online (rush only)

Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, Midtown
Regal Cinema Battery Park
102 North End Ave.
Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St., Chelsea
Tickets are sold out at the moment, but there is a waiting list to accommodate possible extra seats. To get there and get your ticket with 1/3 off the price, use code TIFF75.



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