Wednesday, April 12, 2017


New York has many film festivals throughout the year and one of the first major events will be the 2017 Tribeca Fest. On April 19th, the sixteenth annual festival will open with the world premiere of the documentary, "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives". Based on his 2013 autobiography, the film examines the life of the long time music executive who launched and nurtured some of the biggest musical acts in history. Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, Aerosmith, Earth Wind & Fire, Alicia Keys, Simon & Garfunkel and Whitney Houston are just a small number of the artists that he discovered and helped guide to success. The screening will take place at Radio City Music Hall and a concert will follow with performances by many of the musicians that he first put a spotlight on.

There are ten feature films, international narratives and world documentaries selected to compete for the Founders Awards and will be screened over the twelve day festival.  The Spotlight Narrative section will focus on some of 2017's exciting new independent features. Some of these include Michael Winterbottom's latest Steve Coogan - Rob Brydon road trip series, "The Trip To Spain", "Rock 'n Roll", a comedy written and directed by Guillaume Canet and stars him along with his Oscar-winning wife, Marion Cotillard and "Manifesto", a film by artist Julian Rosefeldt and features only Cate Blanchett playing multiple characters.

Two gala screenings will be held with the world premieres of "The Circle", a timely drama starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson about a powerful tech and social media company that engages in an experiment that dangerously pushes the boundaries on our privacy and "Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story" a documentary that looks behind the making of Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records and his recent attempt to reunite many of the artists from the label for a concert in Brooklyn.

There will be several Special Screenings which will include "Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story", a doc on the Hollywood beauty who also happened to be a genius, "House of Z", a documentary on fashion designer, Zac Posen, "Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait", which examines the artist at work and play and "Paris Can Wait", the first feature written and directed by Eleanor Coppola (yes, wife of that Coppola) and stars Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.

Other highlights include several anniversary celebrations. "Reservoir Dogs", Quentin Tarantino's cult, brutal crime thriller, celebrates it's 25th anniversary and the writer/director and some of the cast will participate in a discussion after the screening. Michael Moore will be on hand for the 15th anniversary screening of his Oscar-winning documentary, "Bowling For Columbine". And the closing night will feature back-to-back screenings of the 45th anniversary of "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" which will be shown at Radio City Music Hall on April 29th. The director, Francis Ford Coppola and much of the cast which includes Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall and Talia Shire will make appearances for a sure to be lively discussion of these classic films.

In addition, there will be a New Online Work section, Tribeca TV which will premiere fifteen television programs including a sneak peek at Ken Burns' upcoming docu-series, "The Vietnam War" and Tribeca Talks that will look in to the creative process through conversations with important figures in the arts and will feature a diverse group such as Scarlett Johansson, director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Dustin Hoffman, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, Lena Dunham, Bruce Springsteen (talking with Tom Hanks) and Barbra Streisand in discussion with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

If you are a film lover, this is one massive festival you do not want to miss. For the complete list of films, events and additional information, please click below:

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival