We simply can’t help ourselves. There are so many amazing films premiering at the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival this week, we had to share five more of our favorites. Check these out, along with the five others we profiled earlier this week.
From “Junebug” Director Phil Morrison, Almost Christmas sees Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti as an unlikely pair of ex-con French Canadian ne’er-do-wells setting up on a New York City street corner for a long month of hawking trees. How perfect is that?
Trust Me is a black comedy about an industry that has zero interest in recognizing morality, kindness or the truth—Hollywood. Directed by and starring actor Clark Gregg along with Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet, Trust Me focuses on talent agent Howard Holloway, whose own failed career as a young actor makes him a seemingly natural fit for the scheming, brown-nosing world of Hollywood agents.
“James Broughton was a trickster. He had a way of getting to the serious by focusing on the silly.” The film is a celebratory portrait of a visionary poet and filmmaker who emerged from the artistic renaissance that flowered in post-WWII San Francisco. A charismatic figure, Broughton led a completely unconventional, countercultural existence. The filmmakers create what is described as an unusually intimate and unflinching portrait of the arc of Broughton’s life from childhood to death and from the dark depths of his own depression to the ecstasy of his creative freedom and sexual liberation, all in the service of Broughton’s lifelong quest to find his own “Big Joy.”
Some Velvet Morning explores the complex and passionate relationships between men and women. Stanley Tucci plays a manic, ego-crushed older man, and Alice Eve, the dazzling ingénue. Writer/director Neil LaBute uses natural lighting and handheld cameras to evoke a dramatic realism. It is an intriguing drama with a reportedly stunning finale.
Director Sam Fleischner tells a true New York story about an autistic boy from Queens who escapes into the city’s subways after some trouble at school—undiscovered for 11 days. The film touches on issues of undocumented immigrants, autism, and the discovery of a mother’s love of a boy for exactly who he is—not who she wished he was.