Filmmaker Ondi Timoner’s Amanda F***ing Palmer on the Rocks and Steve James’s A Place Called Pluto are among 16 doc shorts premiering at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
The festival’s roster of 58 short films are organized into nine thematic programs, with three documentary categories entitled After Words, Before Long and City Limits. Tribeca runs from April 16-27 in New York.
The After Words program, which consists of political and personal documentaries that reflect the past, include Alfredo Alcantara and Josh Chertoff’s Duke and the Buffalo, in which a crew of Colorado ranchers gathers 2,000 wild buffalo as part of a conservation effort; Felipe Bustos Sierra’s Nae Pasaran, on a 1974 protest at a Scottish factory; Alexandra Liveris’ Nocturnity, where a filmmaker films her unconscious nighttime eating episodes; Erin Sanger’s The Next Part, in which a double-amputee and his wife struggle with his injuries; Nicolas Lévesque’s In Guns We Trust, which explores gun use and ownership in the U.S.; and Olivia Klaus’ Life After Manson, on an ex-Manson Family member speaking out about the group’s crimes.
Meanwhile, the Before Long program features emotional documentaries that range from light-hearted peeks into showbiz to more serious fare. The slate includes Kelly Hucker and James Fleming’s Ghost Train, about a man dealing with his wife’s dementia in unexpected ways; James’s A Place Called Pluto, where a reporter diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s begins to write about his illness; Kevin Donovan’s True Gladiators, in which three ex-athletes take part in reality show American Gladiators; Timoner’s Amanda F***ing Palmer On The Rocks, on the musician’s controversial relationship with the music industry; Benjamin Mullinkosson and Kristelle Laroche’s The Pink Helmet Posse, on a group of skateboarding girls; and Ned McNeilage’s Showfolk, a profile of seven Hollywood golden era veterans.
Finally, the doc shorts in the popular New York-centric City Limits program consist entirely of world premieres including David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, and Elizabeth Swados’ My Depression: The Up and Down and Up of It, an animated adaptation of the book My Depression, A Picture Book; Casimir Nozkowski’s 70 Hester Street, about the filmmaker’s former place of residence; Brian Bolster’s One Year Lease, which documents the year three men shared an apartment with a cat lady and is told largely through voicemail messages; and Linda G. Mills’ Of Many, the story of the relationship between an Orthodox Rabbi and Imam.