The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has announced more entries in the festival’s Galas and Special Screening section.
Among the entries is Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, from Sean “Diddy” Combs, which celebrates 20 years of Bad Boy Entertainment.
Other musical entrants in the Special Screenings category include The Public Is Rotten, an intimate portrait of The Sex Pistols’ lead singer Johnny Rotten (also known as John London). Also showing is Dare To Be Different, the story of 1980′s rebel Long Island radio station WLIR, which features performances from Flock of Seagulls, The Alarm and The English Beat.
Tribeca will also showcase the world premiere of House of Z (pictured), a doc that follows fashion superstar Zac Posen.
With the festivals archival screenings, Tribeca will screen Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine on the same day of the massacre 18 years ago. Moore will hold a discussion after the film is shown.
The docs featured in the Gala, Special Screening and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival categories are listed below with summaries provided by Tribeca:
In the Gala section, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, directed by Daniel Kaufman, is a raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three-week rehearsal period. This Live Nation Productions documentary finds him reuniting with the biggest names from Bad Boy’s history for a wildly successful pair of concerts at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center. With Notorious B.I.G., Ma$e, Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, Total.
In the Special Screenings section, Dare to be Different from director Ellen Goldfarb features interviews and rare footage of U2, Blondie, Duran Duran, Joan Jett, The Cure, Billy Idol, and Depeche Mode, Dare to Be Different is a nostalgic look at WLIR 92.7, the radio station that introduced these bands to a US audience. Goldfarb tells the story of the rise and fall of this institution, and the birth of the punk and new wave communities. With Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, and others.
Blues Planet: Triptych, directed and written by Wyland - Triptych explores the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and its aftermath through environmental artist Wyland who, along with 30 of today’s pre-eminent artists, recorded a new genre of global blues on the catastrophe’s anniversary.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, directed and written by Alexandra Dean. Known for her unmatched beauty, Hedy Lamarr’s fans never knew she also possessed a beautiful mind. Immigrating to Hollywood in the 1940s, Lamarr acted by day and sketched inventions by night, even devising a “secret communication system” for the Allies to beat the Nazis. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story reveals how Lamarr gave her patent away to the Army, receiving no credit for her engineering innovations, even as she was immortalized as a legend of the silver screen.
From The Ashes, directed by Michael Bonfiglio. From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.
House of Z, directed by Sandy Chronopoulos. Zac Posen rocketed to fashion stardom at a young age with his unique design aesthetic and charismatic presence, becoming one the most recognizable faces in the business today. But like any journey to great success it hasn’t come without cost. Chronopoulos’ film looks past the glamor of the red carpet and the runway to shine a light on the trials and tribulations of running one of the country’s most successful fashion houses.
Intent to Destroy, directed by Joe Berlinger. Embedding himself on the epic film set of Terry George’s The Promise (starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale), Academy Award-nominated director Berlinger takes an unwavering look at the Armenian genocide after a century of denial by the Turkish government and its strategic allies. A cinematic window into the historical and emotional web of responsibility.
Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait, directed and written by Pappi Corsicato. A titan of painting and filmmaking, Julian Schnabel’s art is among the most important work of the late 20th and early 21st century. Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait captures the artist in the studio and at home, incorporates archival footage and private home videos, and interviews family and friends to build a complex image of the man and his work. A Cohen Media release.
The Third Industrial Revolution, directed by Oliver Ressler. The global economy is in crisis. Economists warn that we face 20 more years of declining productivity, slow growth, rising unemployment, and steep inequality. And now, climate change is ravaging the planet. Where do we go from here? Economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin outlines a journey into the Third Industrial Revolution — a new era of sustainable development, accompanied by vast new economic opportunities in a smart green digital global economy.
Warning: This Drug May Kill You, directed by Perri Peltz. Warning: This Drug May Kill You takes an unflinching look at the devastating effects of opioid addiction in the U.S., profiling four families whose lives have been decimated by addictions that all began with legitimate prescriptions to dangerous painkillers. Through the personal and emotional stories of people on the front lines of this epidemic, this film is an eye-opening look at a terrifying epidemic that is devastating communities across this country, and the toll it has taken on its victims and their families. An HBO Documentary release.
The 11th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will showcase the following features:
Mike and the Mad Dog, directed by Daniel H. Forer. Dive into the inner workings of one of the sports world’s most unlikely partnerships: Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, the voices that launched a thousand sports radio imitators. The hosts, their colleagues, and a who’s-who of sports heavyweights tell the story of their surprise rise to stardom and 19 years as the iconic voices of New York sports. An ESPN Films release.
No Stone Unturned, directed by Alex Gibney. In 1994, six men were gunned down and five wounded in a pub while watching a World Cup soccer match in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland. With a police investigation that was perfunctory at best, the case remained unsolved. In this non-fiction murder mystery, Academy Award-winning documentarian Gibney reopens the original case to investigate why no culprit was ever brought to justice.
Year of the Scab, directed by John Dorsey. During the 1987 NFL strike, teams scrambled to assemble temporary replacements to fill in for their boycotting players. The Washington Redskins were notable for their “scabs,” a collection of cast-offs who nonetheless rode a surprising wave of momentum against all odds. “Year of the Scab” revisits this ultimate underdog story and the men whose ordinary lives were interrupted. Those so-called “scabs” helped break the strike and bring their team to victory, only to struggle for their place in the sports history books. An ESPN Films release.
The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19 – 30 in New York City. It will feature back-to-back screenings of The Godfather and The Godfather II followed by a cast reunion and conversation with director Francis Ford Coppola and the cast on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of The Godfather’s theatrical release.