Seven Must See Films at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival enters its 16th edition this year with the largest cultural offering since its conception. Feature films, documentaries, short films, and narrative with actors, directors and producers will assemble around the city from April 19thuntil April 30th. The festival closes with back to back screenings of The Godfather Part I and The Godfather Part II. See below for our picks of what not to miss during New York’s most celebrated film festival.

1. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, is a documentary by Academy Award nominee, David France. The film documents an investigation of mysterious death of Marsha P. Johnson, a self-described “street queen”. Johnson was one of the first black transgender activists at the forefront of the modern gay civil rights movement.

2. The world premiere of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, directed by Daniel Kaufman, is a behind the scenes look at the Bad Boy family and Puff Daddy’s frantic three-week attempt to reunite the family. The documentary follows the artist as he attempts to bring together some of biggest artists from Bad Boy’s history, including Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, Total, Ma$e, and Lil’ Kim.

3. Tribeca Film Festival’s International Narrative Competition attracted submissions by 30 countries from four continents. Of this year’s films, November, directed and written by Rainer Sarnet, addresses the harsh, cold landscape of 19th century Estonia. Sarnet paints a picture of a pagan, black and white world—werewolves, spirits and mythological farm hands populate this world— and search for meaning in their environments and within themselves.

4. Spotlight Narratives are the launchpad for the most anticipated independent films in this year’s festival. Among them is The Dinner, written and directed by Oren Moverman and staring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall. The film is an adaptation of the Herman Koch bestseller, and tells the story of an offloading of family secrets during a dinner party.

5. In the Short Films category, The Good Fight and For Flint are garnering the praise of critics. In The Good Flight, directed and written by Ben Holman, Alan Duarte attempts to battle the gun violence in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas by opening up a boxing gym. Brian Schulz wrote and directed, For Flint, a film portraying the steadfast citizens of Flint, Michigan in the wake of calls for a federal emergency about the area’s unsafe drinking water.

6. Late night audiences will fancy Midnight, the festival’s series of six late evening psychological thriller, horror, sci-fi, and cult cinema films. Super Dark Times, directed by Kevin Phillips, and written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, explores teenage friends, Josh and Zach, as they manage through a gruesome accident and cover-up that leads the pair through escalating acts of intense paranoia and violence.

7. The festival’s Viewpoints category encompasses American and international films, first time film makers and Oscar nominees hybrid work of documentaries and narratives. The festival highlights bold directorial visions, innovative style and underrepresented perspectives. The Family I Had, is directed by Katie Green and Carlye Rubin, and written by Tina Grapenthin, Katie Green and Carlye Rubin. In this documentary, a mother remembers how her teenage son destroyed their peaceful family. The limits of family love and true crime exploration are some of themes that play out in this much anticipated documentary.

By Rocky Casale