Tribeca Film Festival Report

By CAP Program Director, Jemma Davis

Tribeca Film Festival is a whirlwind to say the least. Combine thought-provoking films with the hustle of New York City and you have one heck of a festival. I was lucky enough to see some incredible films last week and wanted to share what I learned. You can click on any of the films below to learn more! 

The Wolfpack Dir. Crystal Moselle – Tribeca Film Institute hosted a private screening for their members and extended the invitation to our CAP Members, lucky us! This film follows six bright teenage brothers who have spent their entire lives locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project. This powerful story of confinement results in an abundance of creativity and imagination. You’ll have to see the film to find out what I mean. Three of the brothers spoke on a panel after and one was very much a Creative Activist – fascinated by the raw art of film while simultaneously attending climate change marches in Manhattan! Fun Fact: I gobbled up Shake Shack with CAP Project Frame by Frame‘s Director, Alexandria Bombach after the film, what a treat!

Armor of Light Dir. Abigail Disney – As Abigail Disney’s directorial debut, this feature documentary follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. Abigail Disney spoke after the film and wowed the audience with her honest and eloquence. Fun Fact: Our web developers Orange Static have worked with Abigail Disney and Fork Films for years!

As I Am: DJ AM Dir. Kevin Kerslake -A retrospective look at the life and work of influential electronic music DJ, Adam Goldstein, known as DJ AM, this feature documentary had the pacing of a DJ AM concert and the heart of a life well-lived. DJ AM forever changed the music industry and this film was an ode not only to that, but also the personal legacy he left behind. Alumni CAP Project DJ AM Memorial Fund served to maintain the legacy of Adam Goldstein and his commitment to helping others struggling with addiction so this film was especially relevant for us at Creative Visions. Fun Fact: Best dressed audience at the festival – bravo music industry, bravo.

Home Improvement Shorts (feat. RYOT’s Body Team 12) – By far one of the best shorts programs I’ve ever seen, this screening combined the sweet, human stories of fairy homes and quirky couples with the intense drama and heartache of the civil rights movement and the Ebola outbreak. I laughed and cried. Fun Fact: Constance Baker Motley was a bad ass but you may have never heard of her – let’s change that!

Sloan Foundation Reception – The ultimate mix and mingling, TFI and the Sloan Foundation hosted a reception for their grantees. I caught up with CAP Project Reframed Pictures‘ Adam Haggiag on his latest projects. Fun Fact: Greatest lamb chop appetizers I’ve ever had. Seriously.

Tribeca Youth Screening Series – This special Festival screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap featured the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ Speak Truth to Power video contest winner. It was a combination of young Creative Activists and powerful filmmakers! Fun Fact: Girls who code are AMAZING and there should be more of them. Also, if you know any young girls, tell their parents to download the app Kodable and buy them Goldiblox for Christmas, or their birthday, or Chanukah. Just get it for them.

The Diplomat Dir. David Holbrooke- Mind blown. With this thorough and insightful film, David Holbrooke attempts the seemingly insurmountable: capturing the legacy of his larger-than-life father, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, to “get to know him better in death,” David says, “than I ever did in life.” This film is a must-see and will be available on HBO in the fall. Fun Fact: Does Katie Cuoric know how to moderate a panel or what?!

Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle Dir. Nick Berardini – According to Business Insider, “You won’t find a timelier or more relevant film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival than ‘Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle.'” The film explores the controversial Taser weapon and who is ultimately responsible for the hundreds of Taser-related deaths, the company that manufactures it or the law enforcement behind the weapon. (Not so) Fun Fact: Tasers kill people – never buy one. Also, follow Nick Berardini’s career because he’s sure to make a splash in the documentary world.

Okay that’s all. Next stop, MountainFilm!

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