“Bobby Kennedy,” “The Trayvon Martin Story” to debut at Tribeca ’18

Netflix’s Bobby Kennedy for President and Paramount Network’s Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story from executive producer Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter are among the projects included in the television program ...
March 22, 2018

Netflix’s Bobby Kennedy for President and Paramount Network’s Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story from executive producer Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter are among the projects included in the television program of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

The Tribeca TV lineup includes 18 shows made up of eight series premieres, three season premieres, one mid-season premiere, two feature documentaries and five indie pilots.

Enjoying world premieres in the program are Dawn Porter‘s Netflix-bound docuseries Bobby Kennedy for President, which reveals what America gained and lost via the life and career of Robert F. Kennedy; and Paramount Network’s upcoming docuseries Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (pictured). The six-part series, based on the book of the same title, will present a definitive look into the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin.

Also world premiering in the Tribeca TV category are two feature films exploring iconic television shows, including Brent Hodge‘s Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, which explores the untold moments of the cult classic; and Melissa Haizlip and Sam Pollard’s Mr. SOUL!, focusing on the groundbreaking show Soul!, which presented black artistry and culture to nationwide audiences for the first time.

“Tribeca TV has become a destination for some of the most highly anticipated and well-received shows on television,” said Cara Cusumano, director of programming at the Tribeca Film Festival, in a statement. “While we continue that tradition with an exciting slate of new and returning series premieres, we also sought to pay homage to the rich cultural history of TV through two feature documentaries about groundbreaking shows of the past, and all-new episodes of a true-crime trailblazer.”

Meanwhile, the 5th edition of N.O.W. (New Online Work) – which features the latest work from online creators – will include 12 programs in the Episodic and Short Form Showcases, in addition to presenting five films from The New York Times Op-Docs.

Included in the Short Form Showcase are Flint is a Place, about the 2014 Flint water crisis in Michigan;and Crime Cutz, a hybrid documentary-music video set to the music of the band Holy Ghost!

The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 18-29 in New York City. For the festival’s full lineup or further information, click here.


Bobby Kennedy for President (Netflix) - World Premiere.
Executive Producers: Laura Michalchyshyn, Dawn Porter, Gunnar Dedio, Nestan Behrans, Dave Sirulnick, Justin Wilkes, Jon Kamen.

Acclaimed director Dawn Porter reveals anew what America gained and what it lost in the life, vision, politics, and hope of Bobby Kennedy.

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary
Directed by Brent Hodge, produced by Aly Kelly, Matthew Galkin. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary

Tribeca alum Brent Hodge examines the untold stories and pivotal moments from the making of one of the greatest “one-season wonders” ever produced—one that influenced pop culture far beyond the series’ short TV life. ​With Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, James Franco.

Directed by Melissa Haizlip, Samuel Pollard, written and produced by Melissa Haizlip. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary

Mr. SOUL! offers an entertaining, essential look at the groundbreaking television show SOUL!, which, under producer-host Ellis Haizlip’s passionate guidance, showcased the breadth of black artistry from 1968 to 1973.

Phenoms (FOX, FOX Sports- World Premiere
Executive Producers: David Brooks, Mario Melchiot, Tony Sella.

Chronicling the journey of the next great soccer players on their quests to represent their respective countries in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, Phenoms allows fans and viewers to experience the personal lives of players through unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.

Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (Paramount Network) - World Premiere
Executive Producers: Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Michael Gasparro, Nick Sandow, Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Chachi Senior.

Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story depicts the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin, presenting the definitive look at one of the most talked-about, controversial events of the last decade.

The Staircase - International Premiere
Executive Producers: Matthieu Belghiti, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.

The true-crime phenomenon The Staircase returns with all-new chapters, as convicted murderer Michael Peterson faces his final trial.



Everything is Stories, created by Mike Martinez, Tyler Wray (USA) – World Premiere.
Peter Stefan, owner of the Graham Putnam & Mahoney funeral parlor in Worcester, Massachusetts, found himself thrust into the national spotlight in the spring of 2013 amid a damning controversy. With implications that still linger to this day, Stefan and his team faced the question of where to draw the line on who deserves a burial. Directed by Daniel Navetta.

Flint is a Place, created by Zackary Canepari (USA) – World Premiere.
This cross platform series about Flint, Michigan, document a specific moment within this American city in an intimate, character-driven way. What happens here happens in many other urban American cities. But in Flint, it happens all at once. It’s what makes Flint so important in the national conversation.

99 Names of God, created by Yumna Al-Arashi (UK) – World Premiere.
Arab-American filmmaker Yumna Al-Arashi embraces the rhythmic rituals that have run alongside Islamic tradition throughout the centuries in this surreal and poetic short film. Piecing together old and new, Al-Rashi’s dream-like imagery breathes fresh air to a subject hardly seen in positive light.

Under Her Skin, created by Rémy Bennett, Kelsey Bennett (USA) – World Premiere.
Under Her Skin is an intimate character portrait of 71-year-old photographer Jane Rule Burdine which explores her work, personal struggles, and triumphs in the Mississippi Delta where she grapples with the beautiful yet harrowing complexities ingrained in the culture and landscape of the American Deep South. With Jane Rule Burdine.


The New York Times’ Op-Docs returns to Tribeca for year two of beautifully depicted short documentary stories, all told with Op-Docs signature expertise. Touching upon unforgettable historical events, to universally relatable family struggles, all the way to emotionally-charged, timely debates, this crop of online films is an impressive and uniquely diverse group.

The Blue Line, directed by Samantha Knowles (USA) – World Premiere.
When a small town makes the controversial decision to paint a blue line in support of police on one of its busiest roads, an explosive division emerges between residents for and residents against the line.

Birth Control Your Own Adventure, directed by Sindha Agha (USA).
How the filmmaker’s birth control side effects made her four different people.

Earthrise,directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee (USA) – World Premiere.
The Apollo 8 astronauts recount their memories of capturing the first image of Earth from space in 1968 and evokes the awe of seeing Earth framed against the blackness of space. Also screening as a part of the Shorts Program: Home Sweet Home.

The Happiest Guy in the World, directed by Lance Oppenheim (USA) – World Premiere.
Mario Salcedo boarded his first cruise nearly twenty years ago — and hasn’t returned since.

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, directed by Charlie Tyrell (Canada).
“Was my father’s leftover stuff the key to who he really was?”

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