Eye For Film >> Festivals >> Tribeca >> 2009 >> Discovery Section
Fourteen innovative visions from emerging voices encompass the Discovery section, which includes both stimulating documentaries and moving narratives.
American Casino (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Leslie Cockburn)World Premiere, Documentary
Politicians and the media like to talk about the relationship between Wall Street and Main Street, but investigative journalist Leslie Cockburn’s debut feature gets to the guts of the matter, visiting defectors from Bear Stearns and Standard & Poor’s and other high-level players in the subprime mortgage gamble and, on the flipside, visiting the working-class Americans who were the unwitting chips on the table.
Burning Down The House: The Story Of CBGB (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Mandy Stein)World Premiere, Documentary
Charting the history of iconic New York club and its fight for survival.
Con Artist (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Michael Sladek; Stars: Wilfredo Arias, Molly Barnes, Jean Michel Basquiat, Andy Behrman, Pope Benedict XVI, Victor Bockris, Mike Cockrill, Jacob Collins, Adrian Dannatt, Fabio D'Aroma), Official Site
Profile of Eighties New York art scene enfant terrible, Mark Kostabi.
Entre nos (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Gloria La Morte, Paola Mendoza; Writer: Gloria La Morte, Paola Mendoza; Stars: Paola Mendoza, Sebastian Villada, Laura Montana, Anthony Chisholm, Andres Munar, Sarita Choudhury, Isabel Sung, Lou Martini Jr., Farah Bala, Jacqueline Duprey)World Premiere, Narrative
Adoring mother Mariana has toted her two children from Colombia to New York to indulge her husband's whim. But when he abruptly abandons the family, she'll have to rely on her own imagination and courage to survive insurmountable odds during their first summer in the United States.
Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Damien Chazelle; Writer: Damien Chazelle; Stars: Desiree Garcia, Sandha Khin, Jason Palmer)World Premiere, Narrative
First-time director Damien Chazelle infuses his black-and-white, vérité-style relationship drama with all that jazzy romance of an old-Hollywood musical. Backed by a grand, alternately rollicking and melancholy score, Guy and Madeline tracks a pair of young lovers in Boston after they separate, search for new romance, and perhaps find their way back to each other.
A Matter Of Size (Country: Israel, France, Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Sharon Maymon, Erez Tadmor; Writer: Sharon Maymon, Sharon Maymon, Danny Cohen-Solal; Stars: Shaul Azar, Dvir Benedek, Vivian Brunstein, Itzik Cohen, Shmulik Cohen, Ilanit Dado, Alon Dahan, Levana Finkelstein, Evelin Hagoel, Ra'anan Hefetz)World Premiere, Narrative
An overweight, underemployed chef and three close friends abandon their weight-loss group to pursue an activity for which girth is a virtue: sumo wrestling. While training, they discover the soul of sumo, realizing that - fat or thin - love and success will only come from being true to themselves.
My Last Five Girlfriends (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Julian Kemp; Writer: Alain de Botton, Julian Kemp; Stars: Brendan Patricks, Naomie Harris, Kelly Adams, Cécile Cassel, Jane March, Edith Bukovics, Michael Sheen, Mark Benton, Chris Gascoyne, Johnny Ball)
A suicidal man considers the five women he has loved and lost.
Off And Running (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Nicole Opper)World Premiere, Documentary
With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean - Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. Even so, she can't quell her curiosity about her biological African-American roots and decides to contact her birth mother.
Original (Country: Denmark, Sweden; Year: 2009; Director: Alexander Brøndsted, Antonio Tublen; Writer: Alexander Brøndsted, Antonio Tublen; Stars: Tuva Novotny, Jesper Christensen, David Dencik, Ghita Nørby, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Thomas Bo Larsen, Dejan Cukic, Charlotte Fich, Eric Ericson, Helle Fagralid)World Premiere, Narrative
In this fresh and colorful lovable loser tale, Henry has spent most of his life trying to blend in. When his seemingly normal life turns upside down, his friend convinces him to move to Spain and open a restaurant. But before he can break free of the mundane, he gets sidelined caring for his mentally unstable mother, running into a lost-soul feminist who does performance art in a strip club, and a big bag of steroids.
Playground (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Libby Spears; Writer: Libby Spears)World Premiere, Documentary
This astonishing doc travels to the dark heart of one of the world’s most sinister industries - the child sex trade. Beginning her journey infiltrating brothels in South Korea and Thailand, director Libby Spears soon discovers that the United States is a major player in the human trafficking racket and turns her attention to the homeland.
Playground and American Casino
P-Star Rising (Country: USA; Year: 2009; Director: Gabriel Noble)World Premiere, Documentary
In the early Eighties, Jesse Diaz was a rising star in the hip-hop world. Now a broke single father in Harlem with two children to support, Jesse finds a shot at redemption in his nine-year-old daughter Priscilla Star, a precocious and immensely talented rapper. Director Gabriel Noble follows four years of father-daughter ups and downs as they navigate the grit and the glamour of the music biz.
Swimsuit Issue (Country: Sweden; Year: 2009; Director: Måns Herngren; Writer: Jane Magnusson, Måns Herngren; Stars: Jonas Inde, Amanda Davin, Paula McManus, Benny Haag Kalle Westerdahl, Jimmy Lindström)
A group of middle-aged sportsman decide to form an all-male synchronised swimming team.
TiMER (Country: USA; Year: 2009; Director: Jac Schaeffer; Writer: Jac Schaeffer; Stars: Emma Caulfield, Michelle Borth, John Patrick Amedori, Desmond Harrington, JoBeth Williams, Kali Rocha), Official Site
What would you do if you had a device that told you when you would meet your romantic destiny?
Which Way Home (Country: USA; Year: 2009; Director: Rebecca Cammisa)World Premiere, Documentary
In this unprecedented, revelatory doc, director Rebecca Cammisa (Sister Helen) follows three unaccompanied children on a harrowing odyssey away from their homes in Latin America and through Mexico with one mighty shepherding hope: to reach the United States, where they can either reunite with their own families who made the journey before them, or create new lives for themselves.