HOLLYWOOD—The good news is that the Tribeca Film Festival is in full force. It began April 18 and will be ending on April 29. Make sure you drink plenty of Peet’s coffee at the Smyth Hotel since the only way to find good movies at Tribeca is to watch them. The task requires long hours, and plenty of optimism to find the perfect masterpiece. The film festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff, after the events of 9/11. Here, in honor of the festival’s 17th year, are some movies that should be seen:
Bethany Hamilton: “UnStoppable,” is a film about the incredible, courageous Miss Hamilton who began surfing at the tender age of eight years old. In 2003, at age 13, she was out surfing when she was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark, a run-in that cost her her left arm. She not only survived the attack- she was back on the surfing circuit competing just a year later. More than a decade later, Hamilton, now a mother, undertakes her greatest challenge chasing a toddler. The film was directed by Aaron Lieber. It stars Bethany Hamilton, Adam Dirks, Alana Blanchard, Carissa Moore, Coco Ho and Kelly Slater.
Taking a Tesla ride compliments of Wanderluxxe from the Smyth Hotel was such a great advantage to explore those amazing cars while getting to your destination to see a screening of “This Is Climate Change.” A four-part virtual reality docu-series that could only be described in one word, amazing. “Melting Ice,” featured an episode on Al Gore, in Greenland, in an immersive, 360-degree view. The remaining three parts, “Famine,” Feast,” and “Fire.” Director Danfung Dennis did a magnificent job in capturing the film in total, intense, sharpness. The richness of the effects delivered. A must-see at the festival.
Another must-see is the film “Songwriter,” an intimate creation of Ed Sheeran’s chart-topping album. You will get an intense insight on Sheeran’s travel schedule, him writing on tour buses, at an Malibu estate. Director Murray Cummings captures Sheeran as an talented songwriter. The film is very welcoming and inviting and it gives a glimpse of the artist’s world.
Who could forget the infamous “Studio 54.” Now a documentary that captures the legendary Studio 54, the hottest Manhattan night spot of the late 70s, that was home to celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Farrah, Liza Minelli, Nile Rogers. Everyone who was anyone, went there. From socialites, to A-listers. Director Matt Tyrnauer did a great job in directing this feel-good documentary. Studio 54 with Steve Rubell, Ian Schrager, Norma Kamali, Karin Bacon, Myra Scheer and Nile Rogers. Speaking of Nile Rogers, the poor thing tripped on the top stair of his recording studio at home and broke his nose yesterday. He’s back to playing his guitar, so he’s fine.
Another documentary that is worthwhile watching is “The American Meme,” which looks at people who are famous for being famous- Paris Hilton, The Fat Jew, Emily Ratajkowski, among others- and the film dissects what you really have to do to become a social media brand. The life of comedian Gilda Radner is explored in the documentary “Love, Gilda.” It shows us her rise on “Saturday Night Live,” to her battle with ovarian cancer. It’s told through rare personal recordings and journey entries as well as interviews with the likes of Amy Poehler and Lorne Michaels.
In the film “Stockholm,” based on the 1973 hostage crisis that captured the world’s attention, we get to relive the moments. Did you ever wonder where the term Stockholm Syndrome came from? The film will show you. It stars, Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace and Mark Strong. A true-life crime drama in a time where true crime is huge, it hits the perfect moment. This could be the Tribeca Film of 2018. A romantic drama that stands out this year is “In A Relationship.” Filmmaker Sam Boyd did a great job. The film stars Michael Angarano and Emma Roberts as a couple contemplating breaking up.
Rose’s Scoop: Ed Sheeran was nominated twice for “Shape of You, and “Castle on the Hill.” The winners will be announced at the Ivor Novelos awards show on May 31.