HBO’s On Tour With Asperger’s Are Us and A&E’s I Want My MTV are two of the projects included in the television lineup of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
The Tribeca TV lineup will include 16 shows encompassing eight series premieres, two season premieres, one feature doc, and five indie pilots. Meanwhile, the N.O.W. (New Online Work) section will feature 12 projects from creators using digital platforms to tell original stories in addition to special spotlight programs. The N.O.W. Creators Market will also return to help connect digital content creators with industry professionals.
Tribeca TV will showcase several world premieres including HBO’s On Tour with Asperger’s Are Us, a docuseries from the Duplass Brothers that follows the first openly autistic comedy troupe as they embark on their inaugural national tour, while the documentary special I Want My MTV (pictured) from A&E Networks documents the popularity of the generation-defining music-focused network. Directed by Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop, I Want My MTV features exclusive interviews with musicians, VJ’s and executives who were there during the networks early days.
Meanwhile, having its New York premiere is Showtime’s Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men. Sacha Jenkins’ series reflects on the group’s career via interviews from each of the group’s nine living members and never-before-seen archival footage and performances.
Tribeca’s N.O.W. Topic Studios – Digital Docs slate will see the world premieres of four projects, including Yvonne Michelle Shirley’s docuseries Frame by Frame,which features acclaimed photojournalists as they examine the images of the people and events that have shaped the American experience and the impact of photography on their lives.
In Darius Clark Monroe’s Black 14, executive produced by Spike Lee, the docu-short follows the story of a group of college athletes as they protest against racial injustice. The subject of “passing for white” is part of Robin Cloud’s Passing: A Family in Black & White, while in Alix Lambert and Manuel Cinema’s Obits, the unexpected connections between the lives of three strangers who all died on the same day are explored.
The theme of immigration and belonging encompass the subject matter of the five docu-shorts that The New York Times‘ Op-Docs is bringing to Tribeca N.O.W.’s Special Screenings tract. Produced with Concordia Studio, these films are directed by a diverse range of artists and are all having their world premiere at the festival.
In Laura Nix’s Walk Run Cha-Cha, the director spotlights a couple who lost their youth to the Vietnam War, and 40 years later rediscover themselves on the dance floor in Southern California. The U.S. government’s zero tolerance policy comes under the spotlight in Isabel Castro’s Darlin, which follows a Honduran family in the months after being torn apart under the policy. The topic of immigration policy is also found in Deborah S. Esquenazi‘s El Vacio, which combines home video and animation to explore the trauma caused by immigration rules. And Jess Moss’s Boca del Lobo features reporter Mario Guevara who investigates the impact of ICE arrests on his Atlantic community.
Finally, in Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman’s La Reina de Watermelon Thump, two Latina high school girls battle to be crowned the next Watermelon Thump Queen in Luling, Texas.
“Each year, our small but mighty section of New Online Work showcases an increasingly diverse group of perspectives, genres and formats,” said Liza Domnitz, senior programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival, in a statement. “In 2019, we selected a group of filmmakers whose work delves into the reality of the everyday minutiae of life—career confusion, single motherhood, burgeoning sexuality—as well as the dissociative ways our brains utilize to get through it all. Through 12 works that mix comedy, sci-fi, documentary and movement, the 2019 N.O.W. program promises an eclectically evocative mix of voices.”
The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival runs April 24 to May 5 in New York City.