Tribeca Festival 2012

The Festival say: This year’s Viewpoints program presents 14 narrative features and eight documentaries and continues the Festival’s tradition of discovery with high-quality, edgy storytelling from around the globe.

View other Tribeca Festival Films by strand: Cinemania, Special Screenings, Spotlight, World Documentary Feature Competition, World Narrative Competition

Resolution Resolution
Resolution and Town Of Runners
Babygirl (Country: Ireland, US; Year: 2011; Director: Macdara Vallely; Writer: Macdara Vallely; Stars: Yainis Ynoa, Rosa Arredondo, Joshua Rivera, Gleendilys Inoa, Sandra Elizabeth Rodriguez, Jake Siriano, Dante E. Clark, James Andrew O'Connor, Stephanie Andujar, Charles Techman, J. Derek Peith, Jorge Cordova, Hailey Siriano, Michael Devine, Jason Sokoloff)
For as long as she can remember, Bronx teenager Lena has watched her mom Lucy squander her life on a series of deadbeat men. When Victor, her mom’s latest boy toy, starts hitting on Lena, she sets up a trap to expose Victor for the creep he is... but the plan backfires.
World premiere. Narrative
Benji (Country: Us; Year: 2012; Director: Coodie and Chike)
In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a sweet-natured youngster from the city’s fabled South Side, and America’s top high school basketball prospect. His senseless murder on the day before his senior season devastated the city of Chicago and sent ripples of anguish nationwide. This is a portrait of him.
World premiere. Documentary
Burn (Year: 2012; Director: Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez), Official Site
Detroit is burning. Meet the men and women charged with saving the once-roaring American city that many have written off as dead. With vast stretches of forsaken buildings left as kindling, they face one of the worst arson rates in the world.
World premiere. Documentary
Caroline And Jackie (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Adam Christian Clark; Writer: Adam Christian Clark; Stars: Marguerite Moreau, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli, Valerie Azlynn, Jason Gray-Stanford, David Fuit, Jonny Weston, Mary Newman, Charlotte Branham-Kamp, Flannery Branham-Kamp, Kathleen Asselin, Tony Alfieri)
When Caroline throws a surprise birthday party for her sister Jackie, what starts as an evening with friends devolves into a night that will change everything, as their bond is tested by the emotional mayhem only sisters can wring.
World premiere. Narrative
Certain People (Katinkas kalas) (Year: 2011; Director: Levan Akin; Writer: Levan Akin, Lisa Östberg; Stars: Mia Mountain, Ludde Hagberg, Anitha Flink, Aron Flam, Lisa Östberg, Ulrika Ellemark, Fredrik Lundqvist, Yohanna Idha, Anna Håkansson), Official Site
A small group of friends — upper-class, art world bohemians in their thirties — gather at Katinka’s summer house to celebrate her birthday. Suddenly during dinner, Katinka’s brother arrives with Linda, a blonde game show hostess whose brusque and liberated manners are entertaining and fresh... at first. During the course of the evening Linda stretches the group’s invisible social rules of hospitality. Contempt starts to grow, and hidden prejudices flare up.
World premiere. Narrative
The Fourth Dimension The Fourth Dimension
The Fourth Dimension and Babygirl
Consuming Spirits (Year: 2012; Director: Chris Sullivan; Writer: Chris Sullivan; Stars: Robert Levy)
. Shooting frame by frame in 16mm, Sullivan seamlessly blends together a range of techniques into a distinct, signature visual style. In the process, he constructs a hypnotic, layered narrative, a suspenseful gothic tale that tracks the intertwined lives of three kindred spirits working at a local newspaper in a Midwestern rust belt town.
World premiere. Narrative
Cut (Year: 2011; Director: Amir Naderi; Writer: Amir Naderi, Shinji Aoyama, Yuichi Tazawa; Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Takako Tokiwa, Takashi Sasano, Shun Sugata, Denden, Takuji Suzuki, Ikuji Nakamura, Satoshi Nikaido, Jun'ichi Hayakawa, Hatsuo Itou), Official Site
A filmmaker who owes money to the mob ends up as a human punching bag to repay his debt.
US premiere. Narrative
Death Of A Superhero (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Ian Fitzgibbon; Writer: Anthony McCarten; Stars: Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aisling Loftus)
A terminally ill teenager escapes from reality by drawing a comic book in which he is transformed into a superhero fighting the forces of evil.
US premiere. Narrative
El Gusto (Year: 2011; Director: Safinez Bousbia; Writer: Safinez Bousbia), Official Site
A rhythmic cocktail of European and Arabic traditions, chaabi music was the heart and soul of cosmopolitan Algiers in the 1940s, but the war of independence with France tore apart the peaceful Muslim and Jewish communities that came together to play this unique music. A group of over-the-hill but still fiery musicians reunites after five decades apart in this documentary.
North American premiere. Documentary
Fairhaven (Year: 2012; Director: Tom O'Brien; Writer: Chris Messina, Tom O'Brien; Stars: Sarah Paulson, Chris Messina, Rich Sommer, Alexie Gilmore, Natalie Gold, Maryann Plunkett, Georgia Lyman, Tom O'Brien, Phyllis Kay, Ted Reinstein, Paul O'Brien, Tim Haber, Danielle Muehlen, Grace Collins, Dana Collyer), Official Site
Jon is well past his glory days on the football field and searching for meaning in the small town of Fairhaven. When his friend Dave comes home for his father’s funeral, the limits of friendship are tested as the past is uncovered.
World premiere. Narrative
Supporting Characters Supporting Characters
Supporting Characters and Room 514
The Fourth Dimension (Country: US, Poland; Year: 2012; Director: Harmony Korine, Alexsey Fedorchenko, Jan Kwiecinski; Writer: Harmony Korine, Alexsey Fedorchenko, Jan Kwiecinski, Oleg Loevsky, Yaroslava Pulinovich; Stars: Val Kilmer, Igor Sergeev, Justyana Wasilewska, Pawel Tomaszewski, Pawel Smagala)
Triplet of short films, conforming to a fixed 'creative brief'.
World premiere. Narrative
Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: James Franco, Ian Olds; Writer: Ian Olds, Paul Felten; Stars: James Franco, Vince Jolivette)
James Franco stunned the film world when he committed to a regular gig on General Hospital, but the Oscar®-nominated actor had a clever trick up his sleeve. While shooting a key GH episode, Franco brought along a film crew. TFF award winner Ian Olds (Fixer, 2009) then repurposed Franco’s behind-the-scenes footage into an experimental psychological thriller set amid the spectacle of a celebrity’s escalating paranoia, creating a mind-bending exploration of identity.
World premiere. Narrative
Journey To Planet X (Director: Josh Koury , Myles Kane)
By day Eric Swain and Troy Bernier are a couple of mild-mannered, middle-aged desk jockeys from Florida, but their wildest dreams come to life after hours when they get together to make fantastical sci-fi movies with the help of a green screen, amateur actors, and retro-futuristic computer graphics.
World premiere. Documentary
On The Mat (Country: US; Director: Fredric Golding)
Achieving greatness in high school wrestling requires a level of devotion unmatched perhaps by any other sport. That greatness has become a yearly expectation at Lake Stevens High, winner of seven Washington state championships in the past 10 years. This documentary follows the team over the course of a season.
World premiere. Documentary
Resolution (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead; Writer: Justin Benson; Stars: Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, Zahn McClarnon, Bill Oberst Jr., Kurt David Anderson, Emily Montague, Skyler Meacham, Carmel Benson, Justin Benson, Catherine Burns, Michael Felker, Josh Higgins, David Clarke Lawson Jr., Bob Low, Melissa E. Low)
An attempted intervention at the remote woodland home of a troubled addict reveals unexpected dangers.
World premiere. Narrative
Cut Cut
Cut and El Gusto
Room 514 (Heder 514) (Country: Israel; Year: 2012; Director: Sharon Bar-Ziv; Writer: Sharon Bar-Ziv; Stars: Oren Farage, Ohad Hall, Hilly Israel, Rafi Kalmar, Guy Kapul, Asia Naifeld, Udi Persi), Official Site
When a young, idealistic military investigator confronts an elite soldier with accusations of unnecessary violence against a Palestinian man in the Occupied Territories, her quest for justice ends up having far-reaching consequences.
North American premire. Narrative
Rubberneck (Country: US; Director: Alex Karpovsky; Writer: Alex Karpovsky, Garth Donovan)
Months after a one-night-stand-gone-nowhere with a sexy coworker, sad-sack Boston scientist Paul still finds himself increasingly consumed with obsessive thoughts toward his uninterested colleague. As his impulses become increasingly irresistible, and the repercussions of his actions snowball, the tension mounts.
World premiere. Narrative
Sexy Baby (Director: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus)
In the age of runaway social media and “sexting,” raunchy rap songs on pop radio and hardcore pornography at the click of a mouse — what’s it like to be a woman? A girl? A teenage boy? A parent? Following a middle-aged former porn star, a young woman undergoing a controversial surgery, and a 12-year-old girl who’s growing up faster than her parents can handle, Sexy Baby is a startling look at America’s increasingly sex-saturated culture.
World premiere. Documentary
Stones In The Sun (Country: US, Haiti; Year: 2012; Director: Patricia Benoit; Writer: Patricia Benoit; Stars: Edwidge Danticat, Michele Marcelin, Diana Masi, Thierry Saintine, Carlo Mitton, Patricia Rhinvil, James Noel, Iznara Benoit-Kornhauser, Deshja Driggs, Carl Low)
In the 1980s, in the midst of increasing political violence, a young couple, two sisters, and a father and son are driven from Haiti to New York, where they must confront the truths of their interlocked pasts.
World premiere. Narrative
Supporting Characters (Year: 2012; Director: Daniel Schechter; Writer: Tarik Lowe, Daniel Schechter; Stars: Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe, Arielle Kebbel, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Corrigan, Sophia Takal, Mike Landry, Lena Dunham, Michael Rivera, Sebastian Sozzi, Josh Alexander, Ryan O'Nan, Carlos Velazquez, Stephanie Cieplinski, Preston Lawrence)
best friends Darryl (Tarik Lowe) and Nick (Alex Karpovsky) are a film editing duo hired to rework a movie in crisis, only to find themselves increasingly consumed with reworking their own personal lives. While Nick begins to question his stable relationship after receiving attentions from the film’s flirtatious starlet, Darryl finds himself falling hard for tempestuous dancer Liana (Melonie Diaz).
World premiere. Narrative
Death Of A Superhero Death Of A Superhero
Death Of A Superhero and Caroline And Jackie
Town Of Runners (Country: Ethiopia, UK; Year: 2012; Director: Jerry Rothwell), Official Site
A documentary following three young runners from a small Ethiopian town that keeps producing champions.
World premiere. Documentary
Turn Off The Lights (Country: Romania; Year: 2012; Director: Ivana Mladenovic; Writer: Ivana Mladenovic, Bianca Oana)
After years behind bars, three young men begin to rediscover lives of aggression and excess in their raucous Roma community. Among them is Alex, a captivating figure with a disturbingly blasé attitude toward violence, women, and guilt. This documentary offers a rare peek into contemporary Roma culture, Alex and his fellow ex-cons reconcile the outside world with the gray-shaded areas of morality with which they all struggle.
World premiere. Documentary

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