The jewels of Tribeca Film Fest, through April 28

LAPACAZO SANDOVAL | 4/26/2018, 3:24 p.m.
The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival ends April 28, but here are some highlights you can catch from now through Saturday, ...
'The History of White People in America'

The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival ends April 28, but here are some highlights you can catch from now through Saturday, April 28.

ANIMATION: SHORTS

One of the best short films we’ve ever seen about race in this country is the animated short, “The History of White People in America,” co-directed by a team of animators, musicians and filmmakers—a collaborative process from beginning to end that includes Clementine Briand, Aaron Keane, Jonathan Halperin, Ed Bell, Pierce Freelon and Drew Takahashi. It’s eight minutes of facts about how race was designed to keep the poor from uniting against the rich. The poor were many and the rich were few. It is entertaining and informative and not to be missed. The final screening dates are listed below.

Friday, April 27, at 3:45 p.m., Cinépolis Chelsea 2

Saturday, April 28, at 4:15 p.m., Cinépolis Chelsea 4

Sunday, April 29, at 5 p.m., Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-9

“Bao” is a sweet story by Domee Shi that explores an empty-nesting Chinese mom who gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life. But she must come to terms with the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever. Domee Shi began as an intern at Pixar and was soon hired as a story artist on “Inside Out.” She has worked on “The Good Dinosaur,” “Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4.” In 2015, Shi pitched several ideas for short films and soon received a green light to write and direct “Bao.”

Friday, April 27, at 3:45 p.m., Cinépolis Chelsea 2

Saturday, April 28, at 4:15 p.m., Cinépolis Chelsea 4

Sunday, April 29, at 5 p.m., Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-9

“I Love New York” is a sweet look at our city by Milton Glaser, the creator of the infamous I Heart NY symbol and his struggle to find love for the city in a trying time.

Friday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., Cinépolis Chelsea

Saturday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., Cinépolis Chelsea

Television was represented at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival with a buzz that continues about “Mr. Soul!” The premiere screening, “#SOUL50: A 50th Anniversary Tribute to SOUL!,” was hosted by Blair Underwood and featured performances from Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Kyle Abraham, DJ Jahi Sundance, Sade Lythcott, Kathleen Cleaver and The Last Poets: Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan and Felipe Luciano.

Directors Melissa Haizlip and Sam Pollard go behind Ellis Haizlip and his television program “SOUL!” This groundbreaking TV show ran from 1968 to 1973 and celebrated Black American/African-American culture on a weekly basis in living color in your home.

Haizlip’s art films and shorts have been funded and exhibited by museums and festivals around the world. Through collaborations with many filmmakers, Pollard has brought programming that illuminates the Black experience in America to both television and theatrical audiences for more than 30 years.

This timely film, “Mr. Soul!,” chronicles how “SOUL!” was at the forefront of late-night talk shows and became a model for many of your favorite programs you watch today. From hard topics on race to musical performances from up and coming music icons “SOUL!” had it all.  It was like “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” but was all Black. 

Before there was Oprah and before there was Arsenio, there was Mr. Soul—Ellis Haizlip.

Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m., Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11