2015 Tribeca Announces Spotlight, Midnight & Special Sections



New York, NY – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening sections as well as work in progress screenings. The 14th edition of the Festival will take place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City.

The Spotlight section features 40 films, consisting of 23 narratives and 17 documentaries. Twenty-four films in the selection world premiere at the Festival.

The Midnight section will premiere five films, four of which are world premieres from dynamic new genre voices from around the world. It is an eclectic lineup of twisted tales that run the gamut from creature features to ominous, creepy horror films, including a real life underground wrestling revenge story and an unsettling babysitter thriller.

This year’s Special Screenings have been programmed to provide exciting film experiences partnering both new and classic films with unique live performances. They include the world premiere of the documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions, which follows Mary as she writes, records, and curates one of her most experimental albums to date. The premiere will take place at the Beacon Theater and be followed by a live performance from Mary J. Blige. Nelson George will premiere his documentary, A Ballerina’s Tale, about one of the most notable and trailblazing figures in the ballet world, Misty Copeland. The evening will be followed by a conversation with Misty, and a performance by her protégées. The evening will be followed by a conversation with Misty, and a performance by her protégées from Project Plie. A restoration of the effervescent comedy Speedy, Harold Lloyd’s silent film from 1928, will be presented with a new score performed live by DJ Z-Trip. Rounding out the program is the special event, which is also part of the Midnight section, Rifftrax Live: The Room. Rifftrax, an expansion of cult classic TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 by its original cast members, skewers cult classic films with live comedic commentary.

The Festival welcomes back two alumni for Work In Progress screenings. Alma Har’el, whose documentary Bombay Beach won the 2011 Best Documentary Feature award, will show excerpts of her new documentary LoveTrue. Patrick Creadon (Wordplay, 2011) will show the work in progress cut of his documentary All Work, All Play that looks at the world of video-game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight section highlights many familiar faces as well as new ones, while the films’ stories deliver unconventional perspectives and fresh commentary,” said Festival director, Genna Terranova.

Terranova continued, “Seeing a film together alongside a live performance heightens the experience, engages the imagination, and brings audiences together in unforgettable way. We have had a lot of success with these film events in the past, so it was only natural to make them a bigger part of the program with a series of Special Screenings featuring live music, dance and comedy.”

“As a genre fan myself, I had a lot of fun with the range of storytelling in this year’s section,” said Cara Cusumano, Senior Programmer. “From one worst nightmare to another, I know this year’s selections will engage – and sometimes unnerve – audiences with a range of edgy horror stories, suspenseful thrillers, and absurd humor.”

In addition to the films announced today, the World Narrative and Documentary Competitions and Viewpoints sections have been announced. The Short film program will be announced March 6 and Storyscapes as well as Tribeca Talks will be announced over the next two weeks.

For the complete film selections for the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screenings sections, as well as the Work In Progress titles please visit Tribeca website

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