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Tribeca Film Festival unveils features program, doc competition roster

Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis’ Netflix documentary Father Soldier Son, which follows an American family over 10 years, and Alexandra Dean’s YouTube Originals documentary This Is Paris, about socialite Paris ...
March 3, 2020

Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis’ Netflix documentary Father Soldier Son, which follows an American family over 10 years, and Alexandra Dean’s YouTube Originals documentary This Is Paris, about socialite Paris Hilton, are among the films premiering at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.

The features program for the New York festival’s 19th edition, unveiled Tuesday (March 3), comprises 115 films from 124 filmmakers hailing from 33 different countries.

This year’s line-up includes 95 world premieres, two international premieres, four North American premieres, four U.S. premieres and nine New York premieres.

The program includes 19 directors returning to Tribeca with their latest projects, and 44 of the feature films have one or more women directors. The feature program was curated from 3,385 submissions, and this year’s festival received a record 10,397 submissions across all categories.

The competition category includes 10 U.S. Narratives, 10 International Narratives, and 12 Documentary competition features. Additionally, the feature line-up includes 16 Spotlight Narratives, 20 Spotlight Documentaries, 17 Viewpoints, five Midnight, 13 Movies Plus selections, six Tribeca Critics’ Week, three films as part of this year’s new Women at Work section, and a family event.

As previously announced, the 2020 festival opens April 15 with the world premiere of award-winning director Mary Wharton’s documentary, Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President.

Awards in the the main competition Documentary Competition section will be determined by a jury and presented in the following categories: best documentary feature; best editing in a documentary feature, and best cinematography in a documentary feature.

The festival juries will also present The Albert Maysles Award (Best New Documentary Director) for first time feature directors.

Two feature films — one narrative and one documentary — will be selected to receive the Audience Award, the audience choice for best feature film. Films playing in the Competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight, Midnight, Movies Plus, and Tribeca Critics’ Week screenings sections are eligible.

Below are the films selected for Tribeca Documentary Competition and Spotlight Documentary, which comprises high-profile premieres from notable filmmakers. Visit the festival’s website to see the full lineup.

The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 15 to 26.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

499, directed by Rodrigo Reyes, written by Rodrigo Reyes, Lorena Padila. Produced by Inti Cordera, Andrew Houchens (Mexico); World Premiere

Dear Mr. Brody, directed and written by Keith Maitland. Produced by Megan Gilbride, Melissa Robyn Glassman, Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson (USA); World Premiere

Enemies Of the State, directed by Sonia Kennebeck. Produced by Ines Hofmann Kanna (USA); World Premiere.

Father Soldier Son, directed by Catrin Einhorn, Leslye Davis. Produced by Leslye Davis, Catrin Einhorn, Kathleen Lingo, Nancy Donaldson (USA); World Premiere

Jacinta, directed by Jessica Earnshaw. Produced by Jessica Earnshaw, Holly Meehl, Nimisha Mukerji (USA); World Premiere

Landfall, directed by Cecilia Aldarondo. Produced by Ines Hofmann Kanna, Cecilia Aldarondo (USA); World Premiere

The Last Out, directed by Sami Khan, Michael Gassert, written by Sami Khan. Produced by Michael Gassert, Jonathan Miller, Sami Khan (USA); World Premiere

Pray Away, directed by Kristine Stolakis. Produced by Jessica Devaney, Anya Rous (USA); World Premiere

Socks on Fire, directed and written by Bo McGuire. Produced by Tatiana Bears, Amy Dotson (USA); World Premiere

Simple As Water, directed by Megan Mylan. Produced by Robin Hessman, Megan Mylan (USA, Syria, Turkey, Greece, Germany); World Premiere

Wake Up On Mars (Réveil sur Mars), directed and written by Dea Gjinovci. Produced by Sophie Faudel, Dea Gjinovci, Britta Rindelaub, Jasmin Basic (France, Switzerland); World Premiere

Wonderboy, directed and written by Anissa Bonnefont. Produced by Stella Maris Pictures (France); International Premiere

SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTARY

The Art of Political Murder, directed by Paul Taylor. Produced by Teddy Leifer, Regina K. Scully (UK); World Premiere

Athlete A, directed by Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk. Produced by Serin Marshall, Jen Sey, Julie Parker Benello (USA); World Premiere

Banksy Most Wanted, directed and written by Aurélia Rouvier, Laurent Richard, Seamus Haley. Produced by Laurent Richard (France); World Premiere

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, directed by Brent Wilson, written by Brent Wilson, Jason Fine. Produced by Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page, Brent Wilson (USA); World Premiere

Helmut Newton: the Bad and the Beautiful, directed and written by Gero von Boehm. Produced by Felix von Boehm (Germany); World Premiere

Hydration, directed by Mimi Valdés. Produced by Pharrell Williams, Mimi Valdés, Jerry Kolber, Adam “Tex” Davis (USA); World Premiere

Kubrick by Kubrick (Kubrick par Kubrick), directed and written by Gregory Monro. Produced by Jeremy Zelnik, Martin Laurent (France); World Premiere.

Larry Flynt for President, directed by Nadia Szold, written by Nadia Szold, Tchavdar Georgiev. Produced by Ben Browning, Lauren Mekhael, Steven Prince, Ivan Orlic (USA); World Premiere

Not Going Quietly, directed by Nicholas Bruckman, written by Amanda Roddy, Nicholas Bruckman. Produced by Amanda Roddy (USA); World Premiere

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles, directed by Laura Gabbert. Produced by Steve Robillard, Mohamed Al Rafi, Jeff Frey, Lauren Deuterman (USA); World Premiere

Rebuilding Paradise, directed by Ron Howard. Produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Xan Parker (USA); New York Premiere

Ricky Powell: The Individualist, directed by Josh Swade, written by Josh Swade, Christopher McGlynn. Produced by Josh Swade, Christopher McGlynn, Eamon O’Neil (USA); World Premiere

Somebody Up There Likes Me, directed by Mike Figgis. Produced by Peter Worsley, Louis Figgis (UK); North American Premiere

Stockton on My Mind, directed by Marc Levin, written by James Lester, Marc Levin. Produced by Marc Levin, Mike Marangu, Cassius Michael Kim, Daphne Pinkerson. (USA); World Premiere

This Is Paris, directed and written by Alexandra Haggiag Dean. Produced by Aaron Saidman (USA); World Premiere

Tough Love: The Lennox Lewis Documentary, directed by Rick Lazes, Seth Koch, written by Josh Dubin, Seth Koch. Produced by Chad A. Verdi, Rick Lazes, Nick Koskoff, Tom DeNucci (USA); World Premiere

Wojnarowicz, directed by Chris McKim. Produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Chris McKim.(USA); World Premiere.

Yung Lean: In My Head, directed and written by Henrik Burman. Produced by David Herdies & Michael Krotkiewski, Ludvig Andersson (Sweden); World Premiere

Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, directed by Muta’Ali, produced by Jevon Frank, Victorious De Costa, Muta’Ali (USA); World Premiere

MOVIES PLUS
Citizen Penn, directed and written by Don Hardy. Produced by Shawn Dailey, Don Hardy. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary. With Sean Penn, Ann Lee, Anderson Cooper, Cecile Accilien.

Disclosure, directed and written by Sam Feder. Produced by Amy Scholder. (USA) – New York Premiere, Feature Documentary. With Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Jen Richards, Mj Rodriguez, Chaz Bono.

Call Your Mother, directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady. Produced by Eleanor Galloway. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary. With Louie Anderson, Awkwafina, Jimmy Carr, Bridget Everett, Fortune Feimster, Rachel Feinstein, Jim Gaffigan, Judy Gold, Jen Kirkman, Jo Koy, Bobby Lee, The Lucas Brothers, Norm Macdonald, Jim Norton, Tig Notaro, Yvonne Orji, Kristen Schaal, Roy Wood Jr.

Don’t Try to Understand: A Year in the Life of Earl “DMX” Simmons, directed by Christopher Frierson. Produced by Clark Slater. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary.

Freedia Got a Gun, directed by Chris McKim. Produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Chris McKim. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary. With Big Freedia.

Fries! The Movie, directed and written by Michael Steed. Produced by Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary. With Chrissy Teigen, Malcolm Gladwell, Eric Ripert, Dave Arnold, Harold McGee.

The Go-Go’s, directed by Alison Ellwood. Produced by Trevor Birney. (USA) – New York Premiere, Feature Documentary. With Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin. A Showtime release.

John Lewis: Good Trouble, directed by Dawn Porter. Produced by Laura Michalchyshyn, Dawn Porter, Erika Alexander, Ben Arnon. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary.

Kiss the Ground, directed by Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell, written by Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell, Johnny O’Hara. Produced by Rebecca Tickell, Josh Tickell, Bill Benenson, Darius Fisher. (USA, France, China, Uganda, Zimbabwe) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary. With Woody Harrelson, Ian Somerhalder, Gisele Bündchen, Patricia Arquette, David Arquette, Tom Brady, Jason Mraz.

The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show, directed by Yoruba Richen, written by Yoruba Richen, Valerie Thomas, Elia Gasull Balada. Produced by Valerie Thomas, Joan Walsh. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary. With Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Questlove, Tamron Hall.

Truth To Power, directed, written and produced by Garin Hovannisian. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary. With Serj Tankian, Rick Rubin, Tom Morello, Shavo Odadjian, John Dolmayan, Carla Garapedian.

Underplayed, directed by Stacey Lee. Produced by William Crouse. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary. With Alison Wonderland, Tygapaw, Tokimonsta & Suzanne Ciani.

With Drawn Arms, directed by Glenn Kaino, Afshin Shahidi. Produced by Glen Zipper, Sean Stuart. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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