Tribeca Film Festival 2015

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Almost Holy Almost Holy
Almost Holy and Cronies
All Eyes And Ears (Country: China, US; Year: 2015; Director: Vanessa Hope; Writer: Vanessa Hope; Stars: Gracie Mei Huntsman, Jon Huntsman, Jerome A. Cohen, Chen Guangcheng, Evan Osnos, Jeffrey Bader, Ian Buruma, Rebeca MacKinnon, Orville Schell, James McGregor, Andrew J. Nathan, James Mann, Elizabeth Economy, Richard McGregor, John Pomfret)
When former Utah governor Jon Huntsman was appointed United States Ambassador to China, hw arrived at his new post with his entire family — including his adopted Chinese daughter, Gracie. Huntsman's diplomatic struggles and triumphs are explored in the broader context of China’s relationship with the rest of the world, and intersected with Gracie's personal experience living in China as a Chinese-American.
New York premiere. Documentary.
Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (Country: US, Ukraine; Year: 2015; Director: Steve Hoover; Writer: Steve Hoover; Stars: Gennadiy Mokhnenko)
On the streets of Ukraine, a pastor kidnaps children to try and save them from a life of drug abuse and destitution.
World premiere. Documentary.
Applesauce (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Onur Tukel; Writer: Onur Tukel; Stars: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Max Casella, Dylan Baker, Jennifer Prediger, Onur Tukel, Melodie Sisk, Theodore Bouloukos, Ying Ying Li, Karl Jacob, Emmy Harrington, Priyanka Krishnan, Bill Weeden, Matt Grady, Alston Brown, Kevin Scanlon)
Onur Tukel plays a husband who innocently reveals on talk radio the worst thing he's ever done. Though his gaffe never makes it on air, it sets off a chain of uncontrollable events that draw his wife and another couple into an uneasy mixture of infidelities, confessions and severed body parts.
World premiere. Narrative.
Bad Hurt (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Mark Kemble; Writer: Mark Kemble, Jamieson Stern; Stars: Theo Rossi, Ashley Williams, Karen Allen, Johnny Whitworth, Michael Harney, Dorothy Lyman, Barry Primus, Joanna Sanchez, Calvin Dutton, Charles Techman, Sebastian Tillinger, Gary VanManen, Fred Tolliver Jr., John Farrer, Charles Socarides)
A family struggles with two grown up children who have complex mental health needs.
World premiere. Narrative.
Bare (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Natalia Leite; Writer: Natalia Leite; Stars: Dianna Agron, Paz de la Huerta, Chris Zylka, Louisa Krause, Mary Price Moore, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Alexandra Roxo, Travis Hammer, Kelley Lewallen, Kelly Pittman, Anthony Michael Jarvis, Luis Bordonada, J.D. Garfield, James Burnett, Hank Rogerson)
Sarah’s mundane life in a Nevada desert town is turned upside down with the arrival of Pepper, a mysterious female drifter, who leads her into a life of seedy strip clubs and illicit drugs. Their passion inspires Sarah to break free of her past and seek out a new life of her own.
World premiere. Narrative.
The Wolfpack The Wolfpack
The Wolfpack and Orion: The Man Who Would Be King
Being 14 (À 14 ans) (Country: France; Year: 2015; Director: Hélène Zimmer; Writer: Hélène Zimmer; Stars: Athalia Routier, Galatéa Bellugi, Najaa Bensaid, Kevin Château, Louis Jacq, Yassine Douighi, Azzedine Bouabba, Sam Greep, Antoine Coissac, Camille Garcette, Oliver Cywie, Eva Gonsalves, Eva Ranaivo, Sofiane El Ouali, Alfred Shimimana Shema)
The secrets, trials, and anguish of adolescence, as experienced by best friends Sarah, Louise, and Jade in their final year of middle school.
International premiere. Narrative.
Come Down Molly (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Gregory Kohn; Writer: Gregory Kohn; Stars: Eleonore Hendricks, Lindsay Burdge, Kentucker Audley, John Anderson, Jason Selvig, Jason Shelton, Terrence Montgomery, David Jette, Ben Roberts, Sam Sundos)
In this expressionist odyssey exploring the lonely side of entering adulthood, struggling new mother Molly joins her old high school group of guy friends at a secluded mountain home.
World premiere. Narrative.
A Courtship (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Amy Kohn)
A peek into the practice of Christian courtship, whereby a woman hands over the responsibility of finding a husband to her parents and the will of God. Such is Kelly’s path, enlisting her adopted spiritual family to find her Mr Right.
World premiere. Documentary.
Cronies (Year: 2015; Director: Michael Larnell; Writer: Michael Larnell; Stars: George Sample III, Zurich Buckner, Brian Kowalski, Landra Taylor, Samiyah Womack, Elinor Nelson, Homer Simmons, Michael Larnell, Darrick Clark, Brooke Wade, Bradley Allen, Ryan Jordan, Michael Harvey, Chastity Jones, Sieglinda Fox)
Old friendship is tested by a day out with a new buddy.
New York premiere. Narrative.
Dream/Killer (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Andrew Jenks)
In 2005, 20-year-old Ryan Ferguson received a 40-year prison sentence for a murder that he did not commit. Over the next ten years, his father Bill engages in a tireless crusade to prove Ryan’s innocence. Interspersed with footage from the Ferguson family archive, Andrew Jenks’ film looks at the personal consequences of a wrongful conviction.
World premiere. Documentary.
Gored Gored
Gored and Toto And His Sisters
El Cinco (El 5 de Talleres) (Country: Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, France, Netherlands; Year: 2014; Director: Adrián Biniez; Writer: Adrián Biniez; Stars: Diego Mattioli, Néstor Guzzini, Esteban Lamothe, Patrick Mölleken, Julieta Zylberberg)
As a football player prepares to retire from the sport, he contemplates what life holds beyond the pitch.
North American premiere. Narrative.
Gored (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Ido Mizrahy; Writer: Geoffrey Gray, Ido Mizrahy; Stars: Antonio Barrera)
Following Spanish bullfighter Antonio Barrera, holder of the dubious title of “Most Gored Bullfighter in History,” as he grapples with the end of his career.
World premiere. Documentary.
Jackrabbit (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Carleton Ranney; Writer: Destin Douglas, Carleton Ranney; Stars: Reed Birney, Josh Caras, Ian Christopher Noel, Joslyn Jensen, Logan Cunningham, Alexandria Payne, Kevin Kinkade, Heath Allyn, Rusty Kelley, Alex Hodgins, Rebecca Rose Perkins, Cameron Covert, Hal Schneider, Regina Chen, Susan Hargis)
When a friend's suicide leaves behind a mysterious computer drive, a fringe hacker and accomplished computer technician come together to decipher the message left in his wake.
World premiere. Narrative.
King Jack (Year: 2015; Director: Felix Thompson; Writer: Felix Thompson; Stars: Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen, Danny Flaherty, Erin Davie, Chloe Levine, Melvin Mogoli, Yainis Ynoa, Richardson Elijah, Elijah Richardson, Keith Leonard, Meeko, Scott LeRoy, William Rubel)
Growing up in a rural town filled with violent delinquents, Jack has learned to do what it takes to survive, despite having an oblivious mother and no father. After his aunt falls ill and a younger cousin comes to stay with him, the hardened 15-year-old discovers the importance of friendship, family and looking for happiness even in the most desolate of circumstances.
World premiere. Narrative
Lucifer (Country: Belgium; Year: 2014; Director: Gust Van Den Berghe; Writer: Gust Van Den Berghe; Stars: María Acosta, Jeronimo Soto Bravo, Norma Pablo, Gabino Rodríguez)
An angel falling from heaven to hell unexpectedly lands in a Mexican village where his presence affects the villagers in surprising ways.
US premiere. Narrative.
(T)error (T)error
(T)error and TransFatty Lives
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King (Country: US, UK; Year: 2015; Director: Jeanie Finlay; Writer: Jeanie Finlay)
The mystery and surprising history of the man with Elvis Presley's voice.
World premiere. Documentary.
Shut Up And Drive (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Melanie Shaw; Writer: Kelsey McNamee, Melanie Shaw, Zoë Worth; Stars: Zoë Worth, Sarah Sutherland, Morgan Krantz, James Duval, Zachary Webber, Andrea Stradling, Chloe Searcy, James Duvall IV, Kelsey McNamee, Ted Beck, Jim Mitchell, Zach Zucker, Peter Pietrangeli)
Uptight and insecure Jane breaks down when her live-in boyfriend must move from Los Angeles to New Orleans for an acting gig. Jane's anxiety worsens upon the arrival of Laura, Austin's wild childhood friend. Unable to deal with each other without Austin, the two women embark on a road trip to see him, forming an unexpected friendship along the way.
World premiere. Narrative.
Slow Learners (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce; Writer: Heather Maidat, Peter C Swords; Stars: Adam Pally, Sarah Burns, Reid Scott, Catherine Reitman, Mary Grill, Kate Flannery, Kevin Dunn, Marceline Hugot, Ursula Parker, Frances Callier, Angela Shelton, Gil Ozeri, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Peter Grosz)
High school teachers Jeff and Anneare work BFFs all too familiar with the woes of romance. Desperate to turn their luck around they take on new personas and embark, with gusto, on an adventurous summer of uncharacteristic encounters.
World premiere. Narrative.
Stranded In Canton (Country: Denmark, Sweden, China; Year: 2014; Director: Måns Månsson, Hongqi Li; Writer: George Cragg, Hongqi Li, Måns Månsson; Stars: Wassim Hasbini, Isibango Iko Lebrun, Sylvie N'Dya)
Lebrun is an entrepreneur from The Democratic Republic of Congo who goes to China intent on making a fortune selling political T-shirts. When things don’t go as planned Lebrun spends more time in karaoke bars and falling in love than he does on business. Somewhere between documentary and fiction, this fascinating story explores new trade routes and their impact in two separate continents.
North American premiere. Narrative.
Sunrise (Arunoday) (Country: India, France; Year: 2014; Director: Partho Sen-Gupta; Writer: Yogesh Vinayak Joshi, Partho Sen-Gupta; Stars: Adil Hussain, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Gulnaaz Ansari, Komal Gupta, Esha Amlani, Ashalata Wabgaonkar, Hridaynath Jadhav, Chinmay Kambli, Nandini Bora, Komal Gawade, Ramdas Jadhav, Swapnaneel Jaykar, Tauqeer Alam Khan, Sumant Mastkar, Rakesh Mehra)
Social Service officer Lakshman Joshi is led on a chase through the dark gutters and rain-soaked back alleys of Mumbai by a shadowy figure. His pursuit leads him to Paradise, a seedy nightclub seemingly at the center of the kidnapping ring he is investigating. Joshi's hunt brings back memories of his own kidnapped daughter, as his past and current reality converge.
North American premiere. Narrative.
Bad Hurt Bad Hurt
Bad Hurt and Tenured
Tenured (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Chris Modoono; Writer: Chris Modoono, Gil Zabarsky; Stars: Kate Flannery, Marc Evan Jackson, Emily Wilson, Chris O'Brien, Kathleen Littlefield, Mim Drew, Lisa K. Wyatt, Gil Zabarsky, Anna Brisbin, Eden McCoy, Hannah McCloud, Jeff Austin, Aliza Halm, Dee Shiver, Maddux Berry)
Broody and foul-mouthed primary school teacher Ethan Collins finds his life turned upside down when his wife leaves him. Stuck with a group of precocious fifth graders, and fraught with fizzling writing aspirations, Ethan uses the school play as a last-ditch effort to fix his marriage. Will this be his greatest accomplishment or his most misguided lesson to date?
World premiere. Narrative.
(T)error (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe)
The first film to document on camera a covert counterterrorism sting as it unfolds.
New York premiere. Documentary.
Toto And His Sisters (Toto si surorile lui) (Country: Romania; Year: 2014; Director: Alexander Nanau; Writer: Alexander Nanau)
Totonel, 10, and his sisters are growing up in a poor city suburb, waiting for their mother to come home from prison...
North American premiere. Documentary.
TransFatty Lives (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Patrick O'Brien; Writer: Lasse Jarvi, Patrick O'Brien, Doug Pray; Stars: Darin Hallinan)
Study of motor neuron disease, from within.
World premiere. Documentary.
Uncertain (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands; Writer: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands)
An aquatic weed threatens the lake of the small American border town of Uncertain, Texas, and consequently the livelihoods of those who live there. As some of the men in town attempt to figure out their future, they confront a past that haunts them.
World premiere. Documentary.
Uncertain Uncertain
Uncertain and Sunrise
We Are Young. We Are Strong. (Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark.) (Country: Germany; Year: 2014; Director: Burhan Qurbani; Writer: Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani; Stars: Devid Striesow, Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong, Joel Basman, Saskia Rosendahl, Thorsten Merten, Paul Gäbler, David Schütter, Jakob Bieber, Swantje Kohlhof, Mai Duong Kieu, Aaron Le, Larissa Fuchs, Axel Pape, Katrin Kaspar)
A group of disillusioned teenagers wander about in the restless hours leading up to an anti-immigrant riot that took place in Rostock, Germany, in August 1992. The impending incident is seen through the experiences of three individuals: a Vietnamese factory worker, a local politician, and the politician's teenage son Stefan.
North American premiere. Narrative.
The Wolfpack (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Crystal Moselle; Stars: Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Narayana Angulo, Krsna Angulo, Mukunda Angulo)
Story of a band of brothers who grew up in social isolation.
New York premiere. Documentary.
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