HOLLYWOOD—Hollywood is flocking to the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival that kicked off on April 13 and ends on April 24 bringing an array of diversified films to New York City. Each and every year, the festival attracts Hollywood celebrities which can be seen on the red carpet, filmgoers and VIP’s to the glorious event.
The event reminds me of an Italian dessert table during the holidays where you have a variety of delicious desserts to indulge in. So many films to watch, films on politics, arts, war, music, religion and spirituality, among the many short films. Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the most prestigious and respected events in the industry. The founders of the festival, Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff have succeeded in bringing people back to unite together through the power of film. The festival was created back in 2002, after the September 11 attacks.
Let’s take a look at what films the festival has to offer that could shine at this year’s event. If the title didn’t catch your eye, the movie “Elvis and Nixon,” will intrigue any hound dog out there with the casting. Michael Shannon plays Elvis Presley during his famous 1970 meeting with Richard Nixon, brought to life by Kevin Spacey, who hasn’t spent nearly enough time portraying devious presidents. The dramedy is directed by Liza Johnson and written by Joey Sagal, and Cary Elwes. The film also stars Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters, and Ashley Benson. The film opens theatrically on April 22 by Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street.
Then you have “Strike A Pose.” Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour is one of the most celebrated pop roadshows of all time. The film revisits the group 25 years later and movingly revisits the men, Kevin, Oliver, Luis, Carlton, Jose, Gabriel, and Salim; a group of diversified young dancers whose lives were changed by Madonna’s iconic blonde ambition tour and its accompanying documentary, “Truth or Dare.”
From music to sports, comes “Pele: Birth of a Legend.” This is a film that chronicles the athlete’s journey from the slums of Brazil to the winner’s corner at the Word Cup. The film premieres at Tribeca on April 23, ahead of the movie’s May 8 theatrical release. The movie is directed and written by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist. The film stars Kevin dePaula, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta and Colm Meaney.
Now, to the psychodrama film “Always Shine.” The movie is directed by actress, turned director Sophia Takal. Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) and Caitlin FitzGerald (“Masters of Sex”) play actresses who travel north from Los Angeles to Big Sur and you’ll see how the friendship unravels as their competitive resentments ferment during the weekend getaway. The film is about the shallowness of our society, our celebrity obsession, our focus on physical beauty, the gender roles we assign-can have on a woman’s psyche. The world premiere is on April 15 as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Another moving drama is “Custody.” The film is written and directed by James Lapine. The movie stars Viola Davis as a judge who presides over the custody case of a Latina woman named Sara (Catalina Sandino Moreno) who is desperate to keep her children. It also stars Hayden Panettiere who plays the lawyer in Sara’s case, with Ellen Burstyn, Selenis Leyva and many more in this courtroom drama.
The movie will have its world premiere in the Spotlight section of Tribeca Film Festival. The festival offers a diverse inventory for every taste in film. One-third of the features are directed by women, according to organizers and Chris Rock in conversation with J.J. Abrams, the 40th-anniversary of the “Taxi Driver” reunion, the farewell sit-down with the cast of “The Good Wife,” and an O.J. Simpson panel centered on ESPN’s 7.5 hour miniseries are just some of the highlights of this year’s festival.
Rose’s Scoop: Ariana Grande is sure busy. Fresh off her performnce at the MTV Movie Awards last weekend, she jetted off to Japan to promote her third album, “Dangerous Woman,” which is due out next month. The former Nickelodeon star found herself in a Twitter dust-up with a guy who said her new video makes her look less than wholesome. She fired back, of course.