Tribeca lines up James Brown, Björk docs

Director Alex Gibney's documentary about James Brown and a concert film about Björk's (pictured) Biophilia concert tour will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
March 26, 2014

A James Brown documentary from director Alex Gibney and a concert film about Björk’s (pictured) most recent tour have been added to the line-up for the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Screening as a work-in-progress, Gibney’s as-yet-untitled documentary on Brown was produced with the cooperation of the late soul singer’s estate, and is billed as “a definitive documentary biography” of his life from 1933 to 1974. The April 27 screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.

Björk: Biophilia Live, which is making its world premiere at the fest, follows the Icelandic artist on an interactive concert tour in support of her 2011 album, Biophilia. Directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland mix live performances with animations from the singer’s iPad app suite as well as archival and found footage to explore the connections between musical structures and patterns in nature. The film will screen on April 26.

In other music-related Tribeca news, rapper Nas will perform at New York’s Beacon Theatre following the opening night world premiere of Time Is Illmatic, a doc about the making of his 1994 album Illmatic, which is kicking off the fest.

Tickets to the opening night on April 16 will be available via on March 27 at 11 a.m. EST for American Express Card Members and on April 1 at 11 a.m. EST for the general public.

Last week, organizers announced that actor Kevin Spacey, politician Barney Frank and boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield will discuss documentaries in which they feature as part of the festival’s ‘Tribeca Talks: After the Movie’ conversation series.

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16-27 in New York City.

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