New York City is preparing for one of its most entertaining and thought-provoking events, the annual Tribeca Film Festival.
Now in its 16th year, the festival brings a plethora of premieres from around the world, as well as retrospective screenings of film classics, an immersive arcade of virtual reality, and some red carpet glitter.
Included in the line-up this year are several feature narratives and documentaries of interest to women and the LGBTQ community.
Whitney. “Can I Be Me”
Catch Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal’s exploration of Whitney Houston’s career and personal life before it comes to Showtime.
Love The Sinner
Originally titled “One Pulse”, Devaney and Gandbhir’s short explores the evangelical roots of homophobia in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting that claimed 49 lives.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
U.S.A (Director: Alexandra Dean) Hollywood screen siren Hedy Lamarr was considered one of the most beautiful stars of the 1940s, and enjoyed both a big gay following and rumors about her sexuality. But most of her fans had no idea she came up with a secret communication system to help the Allies beat the Nazis in WWII, a little known facet explored in this fascinating documentary.
In this short directed by Marianne Amelinckx, Julia (Iruaní Gómez) goes back to the pool and remembers that sometimes life challenges ourselves to keep going and make decisions.
Saturday Church focuses young, queer Ulysses as he discovers an underground community where he finds support and creative inspiration.
The cast includes Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Alexia Garcia.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Also making its premiere at Tribeca, this documentary about the pioneering trans activist features unearthed footage and rediscovered interviews about the “street queen” who helped start the Stonewall riots.
The Argentinean film written and directed by Julia Solomonoff, Nobody’s Watching, challenges identity and questions how we perform our preferences for a cultural context.
Cate Blanchett portrays 13 different characters all railing against art in Julian Rosefeldt’s brilliant (anti) art film Manifesto.
Gina Gershon and Rebecca Hall star in Permission, a film about negotiating an open relationship.
Taylor Schilling stars in Take Me, a darkly comic crime caper.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Hulu’s highly anticipated The Handmaid’s Tale debuts, followed by a conversation with the dynamic cast including Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley.
One Percent More Humid
The story centres on Iris (Temple) and Catherine (Garner), college-age childhood friends who reunite for a humid New England summer to help each other cope with the unimaginable – a friend has died in a car accident, an accident which they both survived.
One Percent More Humid, is written and directed by Liz W. Garcia.