Liz & Melissa’s Top 5 picks from the Tribeca Film Festival

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. I Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Blowin’ Up’ the justice system

Blowin’ Up Feature Documentary Country: USA Director: Stephanie Wang-Breal Writer: Stephanie Wang-Breal In a courtroom in Queens, women facing prostitution charges may earn a chance at redemption thanks to an experimental program established by a team of rebel heroines working to change the system. No distribution as of posting. I’m not sure which is more absurd: the hoops women have Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘7 Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh’ is funny in small doses

7 Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Vivieno Caldinelli Writer: Justin Jones, Clayton Hewitson, Christopher Hewitson Starring: Mark McKinney, Taika Waititi, Dan Harmon, Sam Huntington, Kate Micucci Midwestern couple Claire and Paul are thrilled to find a great deal on an affordable Los Angeles apartment. But Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Back Roads’ is rural noir

Back Roads Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Alex Pettyfer Writer: Adrian Lyne, Tawni O’Dell Starring: Juliette Lewis, June Carryl, Nicola Peltz, Jennifer Morrison, Alex Pettyfer A young man cares for his sisters after their mother is imprisoned for murdering their abusive father. When he strikes up an affair with a married woman, long-dormant family secrets bubble to the surface in Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Untogether’ is a intertwining modern romance

Untogether Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Emma Forrest Writer: Emma Forrest Starring: Scott Caan, Jennifer Grey, Alice Eve, Billy Crystal, Ben Mendelsohn, Lola Kirke, Jemima Kirke, Jamie Dornan Former writing prodigy Andrea tries not to fall for her one-night stand, while her sister Lisa throws herself into a newfound religious zeal (and the arms of her charismatic rabbi) to avoid Read More →

TFF Review: ‘Virgins (Vierges)’ of the sea

Virgins (Vierges) Feature Narrative Country: France, Israel, Belgium Director: Keren Ben Rafael Writer: Elise Benroubi, Keren Ben Rafael Starring: Rami Heuberger, Manuel Elkaslassy Vardi, Michael Aloni, Evgenia Dodina, Joy Rieger Teenage Lana is languishing in her run-down hometown on Israel’s sun-soaked north coast—until an older, attractive writer arrives with tales of a mermaid sighting off the shore of the declining Read More →

TFF Review: ‘Dead Women Walking’

Dead Women Walking Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Hagar Ben-Asher Writer: Hagar Ben-Asher Starring: Ashton Sanders, June Carryl, Colleen Camp, Lynn Collins, Dot Marie Jones, Dale Dickey Nine vignettes depict the stages leading to execution for women on death row in this emotional account of the human toll of the death penalty—on both the inmates and those they encounter in Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival announces jury award winners aka what you need to see asap!

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced the jury award winners for the 17th edition. The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival runs through April 29th. This year first-time directors took home the top feature honors! Kent Jones, first-time narrative director and writer, wins Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature and Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film for Diane Marios Piperides, first-time Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival 2018 Review: ‘Slut in a Good Way’

Slut in a Good Way Feature Narrative Country: Canada Director: Tribeca Film Festival 2018 Review: ‘Slut in a Good Way’ Writer: Catherine Léger Starring: Vassili Schneider, Anthony Therrien, Alex Godbout, Romane Denis, Rose Adam, Marguerite Bouchard Three 17-year-old girlfriends get a job at the Toy Depot for the holiday season and become smitten with the guys who work alongside them Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Cargo’ with Martin Freeman coming to Netflix May 26th

Cargo Feature Narrative Country: Australia Director: Yolanda Ramke, Ben Howling Writer: Yolanda Ramke Starring: Martin Freeman An infected father navigates a zombie-riddled Australian Outback with his infant daughter. Fortunately, he’s found an Aboriginal community that may hold the disease’s cure. Unfortunately, he has only 48 hours to live. Streaming: 05-18-2018, Distributed by: Netflix My interest in zombie stories had reached Read More →

TFF Review: ‘Lemonade (Luna de Miere)’

Lemonade (Luna de Miere) Feature Narrative Country: Romania, Canada, Germany, Sweden Director: Ioana Uricaru Writer: Tatiana Ionașcu, Ioana Uricaru Starring: Ruxandra Maniu, Milan Hurduc, Dylan Scott Smith, Steve Bacic, Mălina Manovici Mara hopes to move her son from Romania to the U.S. and obtain a green card. But bureaucratic processes give way to authoritarian nightmares in this simmering social drama Read More →

TFF Review: ‘Woman Walks Ahead’

Woman Walks Ahead Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Susanna White Writer: Steven Knight Starring: Bill Camp, Ciarán Hinds, Sam Rockwell, Chaske Spencer, Michael Greyeyes, Jessica Chastain Based on a true story, 19th-century Brooklyn artist Catherine Weldon journeys west on a mission to paint a portrait of the legendary chief Sitting Bull, only to find a very different world—and man—than she Read More →

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 Read More →

20 films at the Tribeca Film Festival that already have distribution

No Greater Law Feature Documentary Country: UK, USA Director: Tom Dumican Writer: Jesse Lichtenstein, Tom Dumican Distributed by: A&E Festival tickets: Click for tickets In Idaho’s rugged Treasure Valley, the Followers of Christ believe in God, family, and faith healing. As an investigation into the community’s high infant mortality rate closes in on the church, one patriarch fights for his Read More →

10 Feature Narratives by Female Directors on Liz’s watchlist at the Tribeca Film Festival

This year’s festival demographic for female directors has gone up to 46%. That is huge. Here are 10 feature-length narratives by female directors that I am looking forward to catching. Bonus: Most of these films also focus on a female protagonist. All About Nina Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Eva Vives Writer: Eva Vives Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Common, Chace Read More →

10 Star-Studded Narratives on Melissa’s watchlist at the Tribeca Film Festival

A good movie does not have to have a big name, but if you’re a fan of the actor, it could make an ok movie, a great one. All of the films below feature actors whose work I tend to like. Blue Night Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Fabien Constant Writer: Laura Eason Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Simon Baker, Common, Taylor Kinney, Waleed Zuaiter, with Jacqueline Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: Tickets now available for 4 screenings at Beacon Theatre – ‘Love, Gilda’ ‘Scarface’ Schindler’s List’ ‘Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1’

In Love, Gilda, director Lisa D’Apolito uses rare personal recordings and journal entries to tell Radner’s story in her own words. Along the way, friends and admirers, including Amy Poehler, Cecily Strong, Lorne Michaels, and a host of others, offer their most cherished memories of this brilliant trailblazer. SCREENING TIMES WED 4/18 7:00 PM Beacon ADD BUY NOW THU 4/19 9:30 Read More →

Review: ‘Keep The Change’ is a laugh out loud funny and charming as hell.

Set in New York, the story centers on the struggles of David as he comes to terms with his own high-functioning autism, when he unexpectedly falls for a quirky and outgoing woman whose lust for life both irks and fascinates him. Keep the Change is based on an award-winning short film developed by Rachel Israel and Brandon Polansky that was inspired by Read More →

Tribeca Film Fest: ‘Love, Gilda’ to open at Beacon Theatre April 18th

An intimate portrait honoring comedy legend Gilda Radner in her own words with readings from her personal diaries and candid interviews with Chevy Chase, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Cecily Strong and others… The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, will open its 17th edition with the world premiere of LOVE, GILDA on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. CNN Films presents Read More →

Review: Amy Ryan gives a moving performance in ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ winner of Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival

From writer/director Angus MacLachlan and Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, ABUNDANT ACREAGE AVAILABLE tells the story of a family in flux. Still reeling over the recent death of their father, brother and sister Jesse & Tracy (Terry Kinney & Amy Ryan) are attempting to settle into their new lives in his absence. Their quiet and simple existence is unexpectedly disrupted by Read More →