Tribeca triple threat – 11 films where the star is also the writer & director

All About Nina
Feature Narrative
Country: USA
Director: Eva Vives
Writer: Eva Vives
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Common (also starring in Blue Night), Chace Crawford, Clea DuVall, Kate del Castillo, Beau Bridges, Eva Vives
Nina Geld’s passion and talent have made her a rising star in the comedy scene, but she’s an emotional mess offstage. When a new professional opportunity coincides with a romantic one, she is forced to reckon with the intersection of her life and her art
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Little Woods
Feature Narrative
Country: USA
Director: Nia DaCosta
Writer: Nia DaCosta
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick, Nia DaCosta
In this dramatic thriller set in the fracking boomtown of Little Woods, North Dakota, two estranged sisters are driven to extremes when their mother dies, leaving them with one week to pay back her mortgage.
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The Party’s Just Beginning
Feature Narrative
Country: Scotland
Director: Karen Gillan
Writer: Karen Gillan
Starring: Rachel Jackson, Jamie Quinn, Siobhan Redmond, Paul Higgins, Matthew Beard, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan
Lucy is a sharp-witted, foul-mouthed, heavy-drinking twenty-something who is still reeling from a recent loss. This surreal coming-of-age tale is a love letter to Gillan’s hometown in the Scottish Highlands.
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M
Feature Narrative
Country: France
Director: Sara Forestier
Writer: Sara Forestier
Starring: Liv Andren, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Redouanne Harjane, Sara Forestier
Written by, directed by, and starring César Award winner Sara Forestier, this steamy drama explores the passionate relationship between a girl with a crippling speech impediment and an undereducated drag racer.
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Diane
Feature Narrative
Country: USA
Director: Kent Jones
Writer: Kent Jones
Starring: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Estelle Parsons, Andrea Martin, Deirdre O’Connell, Glynis O’Connor, Phyllis Somerville, Joyce Van Patten, Kent Jones
Diane is a devoted friend and caretaker, particularly to her drug-addicted son. But as those around her begin to drift away in the last quarter of her life, she is left to reckon with past choices and long-dormant memories in this haunting character study.
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Duck Butter
Feature Narrative
Country: USA
Director: Miguel Arteta
Writer: Alia Shawkat, Miguel Arteta
Starring: Alia Shawkat, Laia Costa, Hong Chau, Kate Berlant, Kumail Nanjiani, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Lindsay Burdge, Miguel Arteta
Two women, jaded by dishonest and broken relationships, make a pact to spend 24 uninterrupted hours together, having sex on the hour. Their romantic experiment intends to create a new form of intimacy, but it doesn’t quite go as planned.
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Ghostbox Cowboy
Feature Narrative
Country: USA, China
Director: John Maringouin
Writer: John Maringouin
Starring: David Zellner, Robert Longstreet, Johnny Robichaux, Vincent Xie, Carrie Gege Zhang, John Maringouin
In this darkly comedic morality tale, tech entrepreneur Jimmy Van Horn arrives in China armed with an invention and confidence, only to learn that being American is not enough to succeed.
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Maine
Feature Narrative
Country: USA
Director: Matthew Brown
Writer: Matthew Brown
Starring: Laia Costa, Thomas Mann, Matthew Brown
A married woman’s journey of self-discovery and introspection while solo-hiking the Appalachian Trail ends up sidetracked when she encounters a lone hiker.
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Song of Back and Neck
Feature Narrative
Country: USA
Director: Paul Lieberstein
Writer: Paul Lieberstein
Starring: Paul Feig, Robert Pine, Brian d’Arcy James, Clark Duke, Rosemarie DeWitt, Paul Lieberstein
A hapless man seeking treatment for his crippling back pain discovers a very unusual talent and unexpected love in this inventive romantic comedy from writer-director-star Paul Lieberstein (The Office).
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Surviving Theater 9
Short Narrative
Country: USA
Director: Tim McGrath
Writer: Tim McGrath
Starring: Stacey Oristano, Tim McGrath, Luke Columbero, Brittany Ishibashi, Chelsey Crisp, Corben Bernsen
After the mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, filmmaker Tim McGrath and his fellow survivors offer an inside look in this intriguing and inspiring movie.
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The 716th
Short Narrative
Country: USA
Director: Andrew Bowen
Writer: Andrew Bowen
Starring: Taj Speights, Lauren McFall, John Asher, Andrew Bowen
Left to die at the hands of her enemies. When a small shuttle piloted by an unlikely hero arrives to save them, a poorly planned, at times comical rescue sends these outcasts on an unexpected adventure.
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