The 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing. While Sundance, Toronto, and Cannes have their place, Tribeca is still perhaps my favorite place to discover an amazing breadth and depth of independent film. Here are just five of the spectacular narratives and documentaries we found coming out of this year’s festival.
Directed by Scott Coffey and and starring Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack, Armando Riesco, Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward; Adult World focuses on a struggling young writer and upstate New York post-grad (Emma Roberts) who has somehow ended up working at a local sex shop. She pursues an accomplished but reclusive writer (John Cusak) who she thinks can help craft her talent as a poet.
Don’t let Penn Buckley’s Gossip Girl roots keep you from seeing this film. Badgley plays a young Jeff Buckley in the days leading up to a 1991 tribute concert to his absentee father Tim Buckley, a man he never knew. This could be this year’s The Rose.
Directed by Nicolas Wrathall Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, is composed of the legendary writer and provocater’s reflections, commentary from a handful of close friends, and television footage culled from the writer’s personal VHS archives. He met with Vidal before his death and composed the film to examine Vidal as a novelist, screenwriter, cultural critic, talking head, politician, essayist and aristocrat.
Many years ago I saw the musical Show Boat on Broadway. The legendary Hal Prince and Comden & Green sat in the seats behind us, and the show was amazing. But it was Elaine Stritch—forgetful, off key and certainly drunk off her butt, that stole the show. Now, Director Chiemi Karasawa has created an amazing documentary of the 87-year-old rusty, crusty, and spicy Broadway legend: “I’ve got a certain amount of fame. I’ve got money… I wish I could f–king drive! Then I’d really be a menace.”
The film is the project of Tom Berninger, the brother of the National's singer Matt Berninger. Mistaken for Strangers, chronicles life on the road with the National. Matt Berninger said in a statement. "I was happy to give my brother whatever access he needed. I just didn’t expect this movie to include shower scenes." The film takes a humorous, heartfelt look at the brothers' relationship and their artistic aspirations. According to Tom Berninger, "What started as a pretty modest tour documentary has, over the last two and a half years, grown into something much more personal, and hopefully more entertaining."