Tribeca sets Nat Geo, A&E docs for ’21 TV lineup

The New york-headquartered Tribeca Festival will present a lineup of TV series and indie episodic storytelling at its 2021 Tribeca TV, Tribeca Now and Tribeca Creators Market, including plenty of unscripted ...
April 29, 2021

The New york-headquartered Tribeca Festival will present a lineup of TV series and indie episodic storytelling at its 2021 Tribeca TV, Tribeca Now and Tribeca Creators Market, including plenty of unscripted and documentary fare.

The Tribeca TV lineup will include nine shows made up of six series premieres, one season premiere, two docuseries and a number of panel appearances, and the section will open with a performance by iconic rock band Kiss (pictured) following the screening of the recently announced A&E Biography: KISStory.

Tribeca Now, meanwhile, discovers and celebrates independent episodic work, including short and long form pilots and series. This year the section will showcase four indie pilots.

Also, the private industry pitching event Tribeca Creators Market will be held virtually on June 15 and 16, 2021. The market will see emerging creators within the feature, episodic, immersive, games and podcast spaces discuss their newest projects with companies and influential industry leaders.

The 2020 Tribeca Pilot Season Program and Now selections will be screened at the 2021 festival and include five pilots and 10 Now projects.

Tribeca, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to instigate the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following 9/11, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The festival runs June 9 to 20, and will feature a raft of documentaries.

Below are the highlights from this year’s Tribeca TV and Tribeca Now. To see the projects selected for the Tribeca Creators Market, visit the festival’s website.

2021 Tribeca TV Selections:

9/11: One Day in America (National Geographic)
Executive Producer: David Glover
Emmy-winning 72 Films (Inside North Korea’s Dynasty) and Academy Award-winning executive producers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin (Undefeated and LA 92) produce a documentary series marking 20 years since the attacks of 9/11.

Biography: KISStory (A&E Network)
Executive Producers: Leslie Greif, Jenny Daly, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Brad Abramson
After 50 years, the No. 1 Gold Record-selling band of all time, Kiss founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons tell the wild story of the band’s iconic rise to superstardom.

2021 Now Showcase:

Special Screening
Incarceration Nations: A Global Docuseries, created by Dr. Baz Dreisinger, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Executive Director of Incarceration Nations Network (INN) and founder of the Prison-to-College Pipeline program.
In this 10-episode series and narrated by those who have been incarcerated around the world, the work of the justice partners in the Incarceration Nations Network is highlighted to tackle what is described as “a global calamity.”

2020 NOW & Pilot Season Selections (with listed creators):

Backsliders  – Keylee Koop-Sudduth & Micah Sudduth (USA)
Blurring the lines between narrative and documentary, Texas filmmakers Keylee Koop-Sudduth (grew up in a megachurch) and Micah Sudduth (born into a Christian cult) deconstruct their evolving beliefs for everyone to see.

Circus Person – Britt Lower & Alex Knell
Using live action, circus arts, and animated body paint, Circus Person brings whimsy to the drama of building a family when you feel you have none.

NOW SHOWCASE B: Lost & Found:
Six Documentary Short/Episodic Projects thathighlight human adaptation and nostalgia beside the changing aesthetics of technology.”

Dying Business – Alden Nusser & Ben Fries
A character-driven documentary series about people working in the death industry that sheds light on making a living among the dead.

Awkward Family PhotosMike Bender & Doug Chernack
The families behind some of the most viral photos from tell their unique stories.

Museum of Fleeting Wonders Tomas Gomez Bustillo
The Museum of Fleeting Wonders is a curated collection of small moments of magic, from the perspective of the people who witnessed them.

Bobbie Blood Ava Warbrick
Bobbie Blood is a short 16mm film doc series chronicling the love life of a newlywed octogenarian couple.

Allumuah –  Curtis Essel
Allumuah explores the way the internet enables a lineage of aesthetics passed between African diaspora artists.

The Seeker – Lance Edmands
A crisis of faith within Maine’s Amish community, the pain and anguish of separating from loved ones, and ways to find solace and spirituality afterwards.

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