Our Top 6 Picks for Tribeca Film Festival '15
It’s time to stop binge-watching Netflix and shift your attention to something even better. Each year the Tribeca Film Festival brings new and classic talents together. This year, the festival is in no means short on noteworthy talent. Check out our picks for 6 unmissable additions to the circuit.
The Adderall Diaries
James Franco is no newcomer to the Tribeca Film Festival scene. In this film directed by
Pamela Romanowsky, Franco plays an author plagued by his own writer’s block and substance abuse who ends up being part of a high-profile murder case. As the film plays on, Stephen Elliott’s (Franco) repressed childhood memories come forth, and the viewer gets a glimpse into the relationship between him and his estranged father. When his father resurfaces, Elliot has a hard time decoding the truth in his memories.
This is Pamela Romanowsky’s first feature film, and is based on Stephen Elliot’s best selling memoir The Adderall Diaries. Romanowsky is one of the few female directors showing at Tribeca Film Festival. The film’s suporting cast includes Amber Heard, Cynthia Nixon, and Christian Slater.
Stevie Bricks (Dylan Baker) is a radio talk show host in New York City, and every Tuesday night he has listeners call in to share personal stories. One night he asks listeners to share something specific: the worst thing they’ve ever done. High school teacher Ron Welz, played by director Onur Tukel, makes the mistake of doing what Bricks asks, setting off a chain of reactions to what he revealed. These events affect his marriage, the relationship of another couple, and even result in body parts being sent to him. Welz can’t help but wonder who is doing this to him? Written and directed by Onur Tukel, this film has it all: comedy, horror, relationship drama, and a plot we really haven’t seen since I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Gattaca director Andrew Niccol and Ethan Hawke reunite in this film about Nevada based fighter pilot Major Tommy Egan who is turned into a drone pilot. Working from the safety of his home, Egan (Hawke) begins to question the ethics of his work. He spends his days attacking Taliban rebels and has to transition from that to the humdrum of suburban life, which is suffering as a result of arguments with his wife Molly (January Jones) and the constant concern he has for his children’s future.
The supporting cast features Zoë Kravitz and Bruce Greenwood. Niccol successfully addresses the ethics of drone fighting in this film, while also addressing the psychological effects of killing others from thousands of miles away. These psychological effects of war have been seen before in films like The Hurt Locker and American Sniper, but the distance between the subjects and actions taking place in this film make for a new perspective.
Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson play the couple Sarah and Phil in this drama where the couple’s son goes missing. They both struggle to keep it together when little information is coming forth about the disappearance. Phil is a New York City police officer who loses his morals as time goes on. Sarah, a school teacher, copes by placing herself in dangerous situations as she ambitiously searches for answers.
This is Reed Morano’s first time directing, while also keeping control of the cinematography reigns. She successfully makes a film that sheds light on the strains of relationships after a horrific tragedy, and how each person finds a way to cope. There is an array of supporting actors from Selma’s Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, Elisabeth Moss, and even Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi).
After the death of poet Elle Reid’s (Lily Tomlin) longtime partner, her grand-daughter Sage (Julia Garner) turns up on her doorstep, forcing her to set aside the grief and help her out. The two embark on a day long road trip, requested by Sage as well as $600. Along the way they are forced to come to terms with with their problems and face their misadventures together.
Filmed in only 19 days, director Paul Weitz creates a funny family drama that addresses the past and future we all spend time pondering about. With a supporting cast consisting of Laverne Cox, Marcia Gay Harden, and Judy Greer, this film is charming and full of character.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
This Kurt Cobain documentary has gotten much traction within the past few months. The HBO documentary gives viewers a truly rare glimpse into Cobain’s life. Comprised of home movies, recordings, journals, and other personal content, the film gives the viewer unrestricted access into the mystery that is Kurt Cobain. Director Brett Morgan was granted access to a multitude of never-before seen (or heard) Cobain content by Courtney Love in order to create the documentary. It took 8 years to complete, and gives a valuable look into the psyche of Kurt Cobain, showing the truly complex and complicated artist he was. This film will strike the viewers at their core.
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