Tribeca TV Fest September 22 to September 24

LAPACAZO SANDOVAL and ART SHRIAN | 9/14/2017, 5:38 p.m.
Everything about the entertainment space has changed. The box office for movies continues to drop.
Ava DuVernay Lapacazo Sandoval photo

Everything about the entertainment space has changed. The box office for movies continues to drop. Network television is in serious competition with new media platforms such as Hulu, Amazon and Netflix, and most people prefer to take their entertainment “on the go,” which has forced everyone in the television world to rethink how they do business.

Stepping in to tap into the zeitgeist is the Tribeca TV Festival, presented by AT&T, which will focus on driving conversations from some of the entertainment world’s best and brightest. The festival is scheduled to run Sept. 22 to Sept. 24 at Cinepolis in New York City, and will feature numerous premieres and panel Q&As. The TV festival will serve as a supplement to the acclaimed annual film festival that takes place every year in April.

“Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival,” Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro said in a statement. “Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense. As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.”

The three-day event will bring people together to discover new television series, see new episodes of returning shows and hear interesting things from interesting people. Emmy Award winner Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” is included among the series that received a stamp of approval from Tribeca and is scheduled to debut its midseason premiere Sunday, Sept. 24, at the festival.

After the episode, the cast of the series, Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe, will discuss their acclaimed performances, rich characters working with an all-female directing team and will maybe provide a few clues as to how season 2 will end!

Oprah Winfrey will premiere her new OWN series “Released,” which chronicles formerly incarcerated men and women who are restarting their lives. If you are in NYC, this festival is definitely an event you do not want to miss!

One example of how film and television blur is Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13th,” which was commissioned by Netflix, premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2017, had a limited theatrical run to qualify for the Oscars and received a nomination. On the television side, the “commissioned documentary” won three awards at the Creative Arts Emmy with a total of eight nominations this year with DuVernay picking up the award for Outstanding Documentary or

Non-Fiction Special.

On the path of good, DuVernay used the opportunity onstage at the Emmys to draw attention to the plight of families affected by the prevalence of incarceration in the U.S. “I want to thank, and think about tonight the hundreds of thousands of families who are waiting for their loved ones to come home,” she said. “Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, who don’t know where their loved one is. Unsung heroes of a struggle that has not a lot to do with them, but has a lot to do with how they live each day.”

Also taking an Emmy home this evening for “13th” was Oscar winner Common, who won the trophy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song “Letter to the Free.” The musician/actor and DuVernay previously collaborated on “Selma.” Common and John Legend wrote the film’s song “Glory,” which won an Academy Award.

The Tribeca TV Festival tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at