Tribeca Film Festival 2017

These films will compete for Best Documentary Feature, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.

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The Reagan Show The Reagan Show
The Reagan Show and True Conviction
Bobbi Jene (Country: Denmark, Israel, US; Year: 2016; Director: Elvira Lind)
Documentary follows American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she returns to the US, leaving behind a loving boyfriend and a successful 10-year run as a star dancer of the famous Israeli dance company Batsheva.
World premiere
Copwatch (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Camilla Hall)
The story of We Copwatch, an organization that films police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality.
World premiere
The Death And Life Of Marsha P Johnson (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: David France; Writer: David France, Mark Blane; Stars: Victoria Cruz, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Taylor Mead, Michael Baden, Vito Russo, Agosto Machado, Kitty Rotolo, Mark Segal, Pat Bumgardner, Chelsea Goodwin, Karla Jay, Randolfe Wicker, Rusty Mae Moore, Coco Rodriguez)
Documentary, follows a new investigation into the mysterious death of self-described “street queen” Marsha P Johnson, one of the courageous black transgender activists who spearheaded the modern gay civil rights movement.
World premiere
The Departure (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Lana Wilson)
Profile of Ittetsu Nemoto, a Buddhist priest renowned for saving the lives of countless suicidal people. But Nemoto, suffering from heart disease and supporting his wife and young son, risks his life carrying the heavy emotional load to support those who no longer want to live.
World premiere
No Man's Land (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: David Byars)
An on-the-ground account of the stand-off between ranchers occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities.
World premiere
The Sensitives The Sensitives
The Sensitives and Copwatch
The Reagan Show (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengil; Writer: Josh Alexander, Pacho Velez, Francisco Bello; Stars: Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush)
A documentary constructed entirely from clips of archive footage, exploring Ronald Reagan's media persona.
World premiere
A River Below (Country: Colombia, US; Year: 2017; Director: Mark Grieco)
Deep in the Amazon, a renowned marine biologist and a reality TV star are each working to save the indigenous pink river dolphin from being hunted to extinction. When a scandal erupts, ethical questions are raised.
World premiere. Earth Day screening
The Sensitives (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Drew Xanthopoulos)
Meet the Sensitives, people who are debilitatingly sensitive to modern life — electricity, chemicals, you name it. Their symptoms and coping mechanisms might vary, but they all face the unusual and heartbreaking choice of either living in dangerous and uncertain conditions with their loved ones, or in physical and technological isolation.
World premiere
Shadowman (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Oren Jacoby)
In the early 1980s, Richard Hambleton was New York City’s precursor to Banksy, a rogue street artist whose silhouette paintings haunted the sides of Manhattan buildings. Like so many other geniuses of his time, he fell victim to drug addiction, even as his work continued to rise in both demand and value. Shadowman doubles as both a time capsule of a forgotten New York City era, and a redemption story.
World premiere
A Suitable Girl (Country: US, India; Year: 2017; Director: Jennifer Tiexiera, Sarita Khurana, Smriti Mundhra)
Dipti, Amrita and Ritu are all young, modern women in India looking to get married—some desperately, some reluctantly. A Suitable Girl follows them over the course of four years as they juggle family, career and friends, intimately capturing their thoughts on arranged marriage.
World premiere
A River Below A River Below
A River Below and The Death And Life Of Marsha P Johnson
True Conviction (Year: 2017; Director: Jamie Meltzer; Writer: Jamie Meltzer, Jeff Gilbert)
There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by three exonerated men, with decades in prison served between them, who look to free innocent people from behind bars.
World premiere
When God Sleeps (Country: US, Germany; Year: 2017; Director: Till Schauder)
The story of rapper Shahin Najafi, whose bold style and transgressive lyrics put him in the crosshairs of religious clerics in his native Iran.
World premiere
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