It’s Spring in New York and that means one thing to cinephiles: Tribeca Film Festival. I will offer a select list of films that fall into a category defined by my own tangled and perhaps questionable perspective: Archival Movies. This seems to be an unofficial theme this year – films that begin and end with images of VCR tapes or microfilm, drawers full of old photographs or scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, etc. Archival materials are typical components of well-researched documentaries (and TFF is always wonderfully rich with documentaries), but this year the focus seems to be as much about the archival material itself as it is the subject of that material.
Last night everyone was indulging in the power manipulations of Game of Thrones, for the 8th season premiere. But the show now articulates its power struggles more as spectacle than crafted dialogue. Yes, Westeros has dragons, but Shakespeare has yet to make an appearance in their universe. The truly shocking words of domination last night came not from the Targaryens but from the return of Walter White, Omar of The Wire, and Batman, just an hour later on another HBO show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
It happened again: Entirely randomly and coincidentally, I saw two different narrative presentations (this time a film and a live play) just days apart, and despite their having no real connection, they merged in my brain to produce one review. The various parallels in the two films, including matching themes and potential relevance to right-now America, were difficult to ignore and not compare, so I did – compare and contrast.
Caregiving has become a second, or maybe third, occupation for many Americans. Aging parents, addicted children, depressed family and friends all cry out for some type of emotional assistance. Most news reports concentrate on the afflicted, but in Kent Jones’s first dramatic film, Diane, we feel the anxiety and private turmoil of the caregiver. Diane premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, where it won awards for Best Narrative Feature Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.
The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced today that Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, from Universal Pictures and Working Title, will world premiere as the closing night selection of the Festival’s 18th edition. Tribeca also announced this year’s Gala Anniversaries, including a never-before-seen restored version of Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic masterpiece, Apocalypse Now, and the 30th anniversary and cast reunion of the iconic ‘80s coming-of-age film Say Anything… There will be additional Galas with the world premiere of Between Me and My Mind about Phish lead singer Trey Anastasio, followed by a special musical performance by the Trey Anastasio Band at the Beacon Theatre, as well as Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival opener The Good, The Bad, The Hungry
The Game Changers, directed by Louie Psihoyos, Academy Award winning director of The Cove, and produced by fellow Academy Award winner James Cameron, is screening at the 2018 Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. This 88-minute documentary, written and produced by Joseph Pace, stars James Wilks, an elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter. Game Changers follow Wilks as he travels across multiple countries and investigates and exposes outdated and dangerous myths about protein, strength and masculinity. I learned that, along with Wilks, James Pace is actually the one who conceived of this film and was with it from the very beginning. In this interview, Joseph Pace tells us about the challenges of making the film, the film’s journey to the doc festival circuit, and the responses from those who have seen it.