Special to the AmNews
Here is what should not be missed at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
First up, the Tribeca Talks: Unscripted & Immersive @Samsung 837 is free (837 Washington St.). This innovative talks series is designed to give audiences a direct line to storytellers and creators on the cutting edge of storytelling.
This festival is packed with films from all over the world.
On the film side, don’t miss “Kicks,” directed by Justin Tipping and written by Tipping and Joshua Beirne-Golden.
In Tipping’s feature debut, nothing is as simple as it seems. Fifteen-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy. “Kicks” creates an “authentic and original portrait of a young man drowning in the expectations of machismo.” The world premiere is April 14.
In “Little Boxes,” directed by Rob Meyer, sixth-grader Clark is the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act “more black,” he fumbles to meet expectations. The world premiere is April 15.
Don’t miss “Strike a Pose” because it’s simply brilliant. Wind back the clock, if you dare, to Madonna’s iconic Blond Ambition World Tour and the accompanying documentary, “Truth or Dare,” and the unforgettably sleek, talented and beautiful men, Kevin, Oliver, Luis, Carlton, Jose, Gabriel and Salim, who left an impression for a life time. Where are they now? The answers will surprise, stun and inspire you. “Strike a Pose” is directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan. The world premiere was at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival in February.
“Pelé: Birth of a Legend” premieres April 23, but it’s so brilliant you must get tickets now. Stop reading and order. Trust us on this! Directed and written by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist, this family film is packed with action and strong performances.
This film presents the real story of Pele, whose name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, starting from his childhood in an impoverished but innovative, crafty and resilient Brazilian favela. What he learned in the streets of Bauru, Brazil helped shaped him into the legend he became, starting when he was the youngest player ever to win a World Cup in 1958 at the age of 17.
Check out https://tribecafilm.com/festival/ for the complete list.