The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off the eighth annual edition today with a lineup of 85 feature length and 46 short films. The films include 46 world premieres, 5 international premieres, and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
Thanks to the Tribeca/ESPN Festival, there is a heavy emphasis on sports docs, which includes Spike Lee’s ESPN Films production Kobe Doin’ Work; actor Eric Bana’s ode to his car and directorial debut called Love the Beast and a doc on Cuban pitcher Luis Tiant, Jonathan Hock’s Lost Son of Havana.
Music is also a prevalent theme, with documentaries including the work in progress screening of Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful; Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB and Soundtrack for a Revolution which tells the story of the American civil rights movement through music.
Topical docs on the schedule include Kirby Dick’s Outrage, on the subject of closeted politicians who campaign against LGBT issues and Rachel, which tells the story of Rachel Corrie, the 22-year-old American who died trying to prevent an Israeli army bulldozer from destroying Palestinian homes.
Twelve films and their filmmakers will vie against one another in the World Documentary Competition for Best Documentary Film and Best New Documentary Filmmaker.
To see the full list of films, see http://www.tribecafilm.com/filmguide. The festival runs from April 22 to May 3.