Tribeca Film Festival Turns 15: MoviefiedNYC Recommends #Tribeca2016

Downtown_datesIt’s April in New York City and that means it’s time for independent film makers to flood lower Manhattan for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. This year Tribeca celebrates it’s 15th Year with more local and international films and shorts, exciting street fairs,  and also virtual reality as they will explore storytelling with a unique immersive experiences with Storyscapes and Virtual Arcade, where “stories are not passively watched but they are actually experienced—you are the participant.”

Here are a few of the movies and special events MoviefiedNYC recommends at this year’s Tribeca Film Festial.

Strike a Pose (Premiers April 15)

Top row: Salim Gauwloos, Oliver Crumes III, Carlton Wilborn, Kevin Stea. Bottom row: Luis Camacho, Jose Gutierez. From the film STRIKE A POSE. (Photograph by Linda Posnick)
Top row: Salim Gauwloos, Oliver Crumes III, Carlton Wilborn, Kevin Stea. Bottom row: Luis Camacho, Jose Gutierez.  (Photograph by Linda Posnick)

Directed and written by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan. (Netherlands, Belgium). What does it take to express yourself? The surprising and moving story of Madonna’s most famous troupe of dancers. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.

Equals (April 18)

Kristen Stewart as Nia in the film EQUALS. Photo courtesy of A24.
Kristen Stewart. Photo courtesy of A24.

Directed by Drake Doremus and written by Nathan Parker. (USA). Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max, About a Boy) star in the ambitious new film from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), about a utopian future society where crime and violence have been eradicated through the genetic elimination of human emotion.

After Spring (Opens April 14)

Ibrahim walking home from bread distribution at the Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan. After Spring, Directed by Steph Ching & Ellen Martinez, Photo Credit: Jason Graham Howell
After Spring, Directed by Steph Ching & Ellen Martinez, Photo Credit: Jason Graham Howell

Directed by Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching (USA).  After Spring follows the struggles and triumphs of two Syrian families living in a Jordanian refugee camp as they contemplate an uncertain future. This is a hopeful film, showing the resilience of the Syrian people.

My Scientology Movie (Premiers April 17)

Louis Filming being Filmed at Gold Base. © BBC/BBCWorldwide
Louis Filming being Filmed at Gold Base. © BBC/BBCWorldwide

Not your typical exposé. BBC doc-maker and journalist Louis Theroux teams up with director John Dower and double Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar, Man On Wire) to explore the self-mythologizing Church of Scientology.

High Rise (Opens April 20)

Sienna Guillory as Jane Sheridan in HIGH RISE, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Photo credit: Aidan Monaghan
Sienna Guillory. Photo credit: Aidan Monaghan

Directed by Ben Wheatley, written by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley. (UK). Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons star in the new film by cult British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England), an ambitious adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel about a London apartment tower that becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

Obit (Opens April 17)

Editors meet each morning to consider what deaths to cover. Photographer: Ben Wolf
Editors meet each morning to consider what deaths to cover. Photographer: Ben Wolf

World Premiere Directed by Vanessa Gould. How do you capture a life in 500 words? Ask the New York Times obituary writers. Each day, under relentless deadlines, they shine a literary light on unusual lives. A first-­ever look into the rituals, joys and existential angst of chronicling life after death on the frontlines of history.

Storyscapes (April 14 – 17)

Attendees enjoying the DEEP experience at DOK Leipzig, November 2015. (Photographer: Susanne Jehnichen)
(Photographer: Susanne Jehnichen)

Storyscapes projects at the 2016 Festival, open April 14-17, feature both installations and VR. The program includes projects that grapple with issues of racism, violence and harm inflicted on our planet, combining the excitement of these new immersive mediums tempered with the urgency of a world on fire. It is in turns thrilling, upsetting, shocking and wonderful, much like the world we live in.

“This year’s Storyscapes offerings are a reflection of today’s world. We live in a very charged period—from the political landscape to unprecedented violence—and the Storyscapes installations are compelling and engaging experiences that balance some of the sobering issues facing society, as well as inspiring and wonderful ones,” said Ingrid Kopp, Storyscapes curator.

Virtual Arcade (April 18-23)

Allumette in Clouds. (Created by: Penrose Studios)
Allumette in Clouds. (Created by: Penrose Studios)

Virtual Arcade debuts at the 2016 Festival, helping to expand the immersive entertainment slate with thirteen additional VR experiences from some of the leading creators and emerging voices in this new medium. 



The Best of 2015 So Far

Best of 2015 so far 7.20.15It’s the middle of July already and much has happened on screen so far in 2015. Jurassic World has broken box office records to become the number one movie followed by—no surprise—Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7. There have been some unique comedies with great ensemble performances including the hilarious vampire mockumentary What we do in the Shadows and the sex farce The Overnight staring Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, and Jason Schwartzman. One of the biggest surprises and delights this year has been the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, which has garnered both box office success and critical praise. 

We pulled together some of the films that we think are the best so far in 2015. So, if you’re determined to catch up with some of the movies and performances you’ve missed this year, here are our recommendations. Don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailers.

David’s Five Best Films so far


Mad Max: Fury Road
Ex Machina
Sunshine Superman
Inside Out

Myrna’s Five Best Films so far

Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road

Ex Machina
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
The Wolfpack

Notable Performance by an Actor


Paul Dano - Love and Mercy
Paul Dano – Love and Mercy

John Cusack – Love and Mercy
Paul Dano – Love and Mercy
Jack O’Connell – ‘71


Viggo Mortensen in Far From Men
Viggo Mortensen in Far From Men

Viggo Mortensen – Far From Men                                      
Oscar Issac – Ex Machina
Ben Stiller – While We Were Young
Adam Driver – While We Were Young
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Maggie

Notable Performance by an Actress


Juliette Binoche, Kristin Stewart - Clouds of Sils Maria
Juliette Binoche, Kristin Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria

Juliette Binoche – Clouds of Sils Maria
Kristin Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
Kristin Wigg – Welcome to Me


Rinko Kikuchi in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Rinko Kikuchi in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
Phyllis Smith – Inside Out
Naomi Watts – While We Were Young
Julianne MooreMaps to the Stars
Rinko Kikuchi – Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter  

What has been great about this year so far:


Sunshine Superman
Sunshine Superman

Inside Out: The anthropomorphization of our emotions
Slow WestRobbie Ryan’s Cinematography.
-Flying high in Sunshine Superman.
Kingsman: The Secret Service / Mad Max: Fury Road : Villasns and heroes with prosthetic limbs. 
Monty Python Mostly Live: Stephen Hawking’s surprise drive by assault, “I think you’re being  pedantic” he calls as he knocks down English physicist Brian Cox. 


World of Tomorrow
                                                                                                    World of Tomorrow                                                                                                                                           

Jurassic World Just because I miss dinosaurs, not because it was good.
-Mad Max:Fury Road – Amazing score composed by Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL.
Kingsman: The Secret ServiceVery fun spy spoof with great action built in.
-The shorts after Inside Out, especially the one with the cats.
World of TomorrowDon Hertzfeldt’s 15 minute cartoon, might be the best thing of I have seen this  year. Rent it on Vimeo.

What to look forward to in the next six months:


Oh, I don’t know? Maybe Star Wars!
Stars Wars shot on film.
Lily Tomlyn’s return to the big screen in Grandma.Let’s hope it’s better than Netflix’s insipid and blandly written Grace and Frankie.
Ricki and the Flash, with Meryl Streep in the lead, Diablo Cody’s script, and Jonathan Demme direction. It could be good or—most likely—just fun. 


Southpaw – the Gyllenhaal-aissance is upon us! 
Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies
Crimson Peak – I’m all about anything del Toro
Pan – I’ll give anything Joe Wright does a shot
Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special
Oh yes and that little ditty called Star Wars  

2015’s biggest disappointments so far


Tomorrowland – Pretty and pretty dull.
San Andreas  – A pornographic CGI overload. Sensaround couldn’t make this one any better.
Jurassic World – It was completely forgettable and, by the way, where was Chris Pratt?


Chappie, Chappie, Chappie…I so wanted to like you.
BlackhatBeautifully shot but that’s it.
Jupiter Ascending – I still love the Wachowskis though.
San Andreas – You weren’t even fun. 
The Cobbler – I was hoping this would be Adam Sandler’s new Punch Drunk Love but sadly no, not even close.

2015’s Worst and most annoying performances

Eddie Redmayne in Jupiter Descending
Eddie Redmayne in Jupiter Descending

Eddie Redmayne in Jupiter Descending, I think I’ll do some of that whisper acting and then yell.
Johnny Depp in Mortdecai just another Pink Panther that doesn’t make the cut.
Jaime Dornan‘s performance was the most sadistic thing in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Sean Penn in The Gunman, please put your shirt back on.

Tribeca Film Festival: Our Recommended Spotlight Films [Pics]

Tribeca Film Festival’s Spotlight section features a mix of narrative and documentaries with “star performers” and known directors. This year’s lineup includes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin in Maggie, this year’s Academy Award-winner Patricia Arquette in The Wannabe, Jessica Biel in Bleeding Heart, Mickey Rourke and Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) in Ashby, Christopher Walken in When I Live my Life Over Again, Kristen Stewart and Glenn Close in Anesthesia, and Adam Driver in Hungry Hearts, to name a very few.

The Overnight

OVERNIGHT_Press_2(Dir: Patrick Brice)  The Overnight features Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) as a new couple in Los Angeles who just want to make friends.  Soon a chance meeting in the playground with another kid’s dad played by Jason Swartzman results in a new friend for their son and an invitation to dinner for the parents that turns into a play date for the mommy-daddies.

—John David West


Grandma_Press_1(Dir. Paul Weitz)  It’s a rare occurrence that Lily Tomlin stars in a feature film, so this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. Tomlin plays and aging poet and loner whose world is disrupted as her teenage granddaughter shows up in need of help and a ride. They embark on a daylong road trip that shakes up both of their worlds.

—John David West

Far From Men


(Dir. David Oelhoffen)  “Vigo Mortensen’s anchors this film with a fiercely understated French-language performance, the score by  masters Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and the beautifully stark backdrop of Algeria’s mountain ranges, Far From Men transplants a classic western tale into an unstable war-zone to tell the story of one man’s sense of personal duty in light of the realities of the world around him.”

—Genna Terranova

Thought Crimes 


(Dir. Erin Lee Carr) “The Cannibal Cop was now looking at a life sentence for his Internet searches and online activities. His sexual fantasies cost him his family, his job, and his freedom–but it also prompted a fundamental question: can you be guilty of a crime you only thought of committing?”

—Genna Terranova 


Backtrack_Press_1(Dir. Michael Petroni) Backtrack stars Adrien Brody as Peter Bowers, a psychotherapist experiencing ominous visions and nightmares. After having uncovered a secret shared by his patients, he is sent back to his hometown after having fled years prior. There he dabbles into solving an old mystery that proves to be a contributor to his horrifying visions.

—Oscar Flores 

Slow West

SlowWest_Press_3(Dir. John Maclean) There is never a moment to not watch a film starring Michael Fassbender and Slow West should not be any different. Fassbender plays Silas Selleck, a bounty hunter that’s been tirelessly traveling the road and runs into a young Scottish aristocrat, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee). With Selleck’s help, Cavendish embarks on a journey to Colorado to find his beloved, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius).

—Oscar Flores

The 52nd New York Film Festival Daily Still – Clouds of Sils Maria

The 52nd New York Film Festival (NYFF) has opened with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners from Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more! Join us here MoviefiedNYC, as we bring you our daily selection of the one film playing today that we think you shouldn’t miss. Happy NYFF!

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart – Cloud of Sils Maria

Olivier Assayas, 2014
Switzerland/Germany/France | German and French with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 124 minutes

U.S. Premiere

Q&A with director Olivier Assayas and actress Juliette Binoche at both screenings

Q&A with Kristen Stewart on October 8

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is a middle-aged actress who soared to stardom in her twenties in a play called Maloja Snake, in which she created the role of a ruthless young woman named Sigrid who engages in a power game with her older boss. Now an established international actress, Maria is considering the role of the older woman in a heavily promoted revival, with an infamous young superstar (Chloë Grace Moretz) as Sigrid. Maria and her savvy personal assistant (Kristen Stewart) prepare for the production at a secluded spot in the Swiss Alps, in a series of stunning scenes that are the beating heart of Olivier Assayas’s brilliant new film. What begins as a chronicle of an actress going through the paces of celebrity culture (fashion shoots, official dinners, interviews, Internet rumors) gradually develops into something more powerfully mysterious: a close meditation on time and how one comes to terms with its passage. An IFC Films release.

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Series: NYFF52 Main Slate

Venue: Alice Tully Hall


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Yesterday’s News: February 25th, 2013

  • February 24th: Argo was named Best Picture at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, while Life of Pi walked away with the most (4) Oscars. Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz & Anne Hathaway took home the acting prizes. Meanwhile, Adele added an Oscar to her 2013 award mantle after winning a Golden Globe and Grammy earlier this year. How’s your New Year’s Resolution going? 
    • February 24thIdentity Thief climbed back to the top spot at the box office this weekend, while Dwayne Johnson’s latest, Snitch, was the runner-up and A Good Day to Die Hard dropped 50% in its second frame. I just know the Best Actor race between Jason Bateman, The Rock & Bruce Willis is going to be really contentious next year. Source:
    • February 23rd: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 won an impressive seven Golden Raspberry Awards, including a Razzie for leading actress Kristen Stewart. When told about the dubious honor, Stewart stammered, sulked and looked incredibly uncomfortable. So, business as usual. Source: ABC News
      • February 23rd: Also taking place on Oscar Eve, was the 28th Annual Independent Spirit Awards, where Silver Linings Playbook dominated with wins in the best picture, screenplay, director and actress categories. Matthew McConaughey also snagged a win for Best Supporting Male for Magic Mike, which conceivable could’ve gone to his thong. Source: The Hollywood Reporter
        • February 21st: Michael Bay announced via his website that Megan Fox, his estranged Transformers star, would be starring in the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Finally the Facebook generation’s Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullman together again. Source:

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