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Diverse Programming at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-26, 2015

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2001, an annual celebration of film, music and culture, will be held this year on April 15-26 in New York. This year’s themes reflect the diversity of the film program including African American, Asian, Female Centric, Female Directors, Latin, LGBT, TFI Supported among others. The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. For more information visit:

African American Themed Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival  

This year African American Themed Films include: 

  • The Greatest Catch Ever - the new short film from director Spike Lee that revisits the New York Giants’ epic Super Bowl XLII victory over the New England Patriots. The event is part of the “Tribeca Talks” panel series which was designed to bring film enthusiasts together with some of the most prolific directors, actors and industry leaders to explore a wide array of topics and spark a richer dialogue about film.

  • A Ballerina's Tale – a documentary about the daily routine of Misty Copeland, the first African-American female soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre® in two decades, directed and written by Nelson George. (USA)

  • CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap - directed by Robin Hauser Reynolds. (USA) CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap.

  • In My Father’s House – a  documentary directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. (USA) After moving into his childhood home on Chicago’s South Side, Grammy Award–winning rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith hesitantly sets out to reconnect with his estranged father, the man who abandoned him over twenty years ago.

  • Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions – a documentary directed by Sam Wrench. (U.K., USA) Join Mary J. Blige in London, where over ten days she will record her 13th studio album. Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at her work sessions with some of Britain’s hottest recording artists, including Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, and Sam Romans.

Short Films: 

  • We Live This - The story of four boys from the projects who come together to pursue their dreams.

  • Stop – A young man's livelihood is put to the test when the police stop him on his way home from practice.

  • The Trials of Constance Baker Motley Spans the legal career of the first black woman voted NY State Senator, from working closely with Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to being appointed to the federal bench by President Lyndon Johnson. 

Asian Themed Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

This year, Asian Themed Films include: 

  • All Eyes and Ears, a documentary directed and written by Vanessa Hope. (China, USA). When former Utah governor Jon Huntsman was appointed United States Ambassador to China, the charming career politician arrived at his new post with his entire family—including his adopted Chinese daughter, Gracie. Huntsman's diplomatic struggles and triumphs are explored in the broader context of China’s relationship with the rest of the world, and intersected with Gracie's personal experience living in China as a Chinese-American.

  • The Birth of Saké, a documentary directed by Erik Shirai. (USA). Traditional and labor-intensive, the production of Saké has changed very little over the centuries. Erik Shirai’s love song to the artisans who have dedicated their lives to carrying on this increasingly rare artform follows the round-the-clock process for six straight months, offering a rare glimpse into a family-run brewery that’s been operating for over 100 years.

  • Stranded in Canton (Nakangami na Guangzhou), a narrative directed by Måns Månsson, co-written by Måns Månsson, Li Hongqi, and George Cragg. (Sweden, Denmark, China). Lebrun is an entrepreneur from The Democratic Republic of Congo who goes to China intent on making a fortune selling political T-shirts. When things don’t go as planned Lebrun spends more time in karaoke bars and falling in love than he does on business. Somewhere between documentary and fiction, this fascinating story explores new trade routes and their impact in two separate continents. 

Latin Themed Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

This year Latin Themed Films include: 

  • Aloft – directed and written by Claudia Llosa(Latina filmmaker). In parallel narratives, single-mother Nana (Jennifer Connelly) has a mysterious experience at the hands of a traveling healer, years later her troubled son Ivan (Cillian Murphy) sets out in search of his now absent mother. Academy Award®–nominee Claudia Llosa’s (The Milk of Sorrow) decade-spanning family drama is a dreamlike rumination on faith, forgiveness, and family, set against an otherworldly frozen landscape.

  • Bare – directed and written by Natalia Leite (Latina filmmaker) Sarah’s (Dianna Agron) mundane life in a Nevada desert town is turned upside down with the arrival of Pepper (Paz de la Huerta), a mysterious female drifter, who leads her into a life of seedy strip clubs and illicit  drugs. Their passion inspires Sarah to break free of her past and seek out a new life of her own.

  • Cartel Land –A portrait of two men, both leaders of small paramilitary groups that police different sides of the Mexican drug war. With unprecedented access, this film brings forward deep questions about the breakdown of order and entanglement of modern-day vigilante movements at a time when the government cannot provide basic security for its people.

  • Lucifer –An angel falling from heaven to hell unexpectedly lands in a Mexican village where his presence affects the villagers in surprising ways. Inspired by the biblical story, Lucifer is a mesmerizing, moving, and unique exercise in form, presented in the director’s own format, Tondoscope.

  • Scherzo Diabolico – Armed with a fine-tuned chokehold and penchant for piano sonatas, a wearied accountant breaks his mild-mannered routine when he kidnaps a young woman. What starts as a carefully calculated plan soon crescendos into his worst nightmare.