It’s that time of the year again. The cobblestone streets of TriBeCa transform itself into a New York version of Hollywood. Yes, we’re talking about the highly acclaimed, TriBeCa Film Festival. This annual festival is embarking its 12th year in April. The beauty of the TriBeCa Film Festival is that it works to establish New York as a leading film production city in addition to bringing culture and the arts to New Yorkers. It also functions as a consistent economic boost for Post- 9/11 downtown Manhattan, generating an estimated $800 million annually. This year's festival has films based around ideas that we would have least expect!
Here’s the Top 5 films we can’t wait to see!
1. Lil Bub & Friendz - It’s raining cats and dogs – well on the Internet that is. It seems that there is always a new viral video or photo of a kitten doing something extremely cute, you know, like just sitting there staring at the camera. And no, we’re not talking about the “World’s Cutest Dog,” Boo, or Internet sensation, Grumpy Cat, we’re talking about the almost too-cute-to-be-real, cat, Bub, titled the “World’s Most Famous Cat on the Internet”. This feature documentary chronicles the life of Lil Bub and her owner as they make their way across the country, meeting other feline A-listers. Lil Bub & Friendz explores the Internet phenomenon of adorable kitties, sure to leave a lasting impression on all cat enthusiasts alike.
2. A Journal of Insomnia – Everyone in New York City claims that they’re an insomniac and are in dire need of a good night’s rest, but just can’t picture 8 hours of sleep in their near future. After all, it is the city that never sleeps. A Journal of Insomnia is an interactive experience that has collected hundreds of personal perspectives from those living with insomnia, providing a real portrait of what it’s like to live with a sleeping disorder. Viewers are challenged to actually endure insomnia for themselves.
3. Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film – Ever wonder how some of those iconic rock ‘n’ roll shots ever came about? Who Shot Rock & Roll, features never-before-seen footage, interviews and photos from renowned rock and roll photographers Norman Seeff, Lynn Goldsmith, Guy Webster, Edward Colver, Mark Seliger. Jill Furmanovsky, Bob Gruen, Henry Diltz and Laura McCartney. This film is sure to give viewers an in depth perspective of the art of rock and roll photography and all of the wild stories behind them. Music from rock and roll legends (also some of my personal favorites) such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, KISS and many more is featured in the film as well.
4. Fool’s Day – Remember that time in third grade where you played an innocent prank on your teacher and we all left unscathed and shared a few playful laughs? Well, that’s not what happens in the short film. Fool’s Day is a comedy about a third grade class that pulls a prank on their teacher that also unintentionally happens to kill her. So what do they do? Formulate a plan to cover up the accidental murder before their class D.A.R.E officer comes in. Not exactly the typical day for most third graders we know!
5. Teenage - Whether we enjoyed them or not, we all have personal memories of our teen years that feel like they just happened yesterday. The documentary, Teenage explores the origin of the term “teenager” which didn’t achieve recognition until the 1950’s. Director, Matt Wolf provides significant evidence on the influence of teenagers on our society. Providing a historical approach on the foundation of the term, viewers are likely to leave feeling nostalgic as they relive those precious years that transitioned us all into our adulthoods.
Another reason why TriBeCa is such an amazing area to live? Show your proof of residency and you are eligible to receive $2 off general screenings and $3 off other ticket types. Check out these luxury buildings in the neighborhood just in time for the festival!
Ticket packages for the TriBeCa Film Festival can be bought here.