The twentieth edition of the Tribeca Festival is over. Though the live/virtual hybrid was different, the fest itself once again was a showcase for some strong films. There were documentaries that shined a spotlight on the education system and horror comedies based on virtual reality video games. Below is a list of some of our favorites.
The documentary is a sobering look at an education system that seems to unashamedly helps those that have money. While this is not a big surprise, Accepted brings up questions that will make its audience think. Is it okay to lie to get into college? Is teaching kids to manipulate a system that wants to use them a bad thing? How much, if any, of a person’s identity is lost in the fervor to get into an elite college. The film is a powerful look at a problem and the lengths people will go to fix it.
One of the greatest compliments a movie can be paid is it manages to convey a feeling of authenticity. It is one thing for an actor or a story to flow naturally; it is something else entirely for a film to capture reality. Directors Ori Segev and Noah Dixon manage to do just that in their first feature film. The story transports audiences to the music scene of Columbus, Ohio. Sylvie Mix is stunning as Lennon while Bobbi Kitten brings a compelling energy to this intimate thriller.
Danielle Beckmann stars in this funny yet tragic story about a young woman who dons several disguises and joins various support groups. From fake tattoos to fake accents, Liza searches for her people. Written by Leah McKendrick and directed by Aubrey Smyth , this colorful short will make you laugh, but maybe also make you think about your own addictions.
Tribeca’s Juneteenth programming featured some of this best films of the festival. Waves sounds simple enough. A young Black teen who is also deaf wants to get a haircut for prom night. From this basic premise, writer-director Agazi Desta tells a poignant tell that is subtly emotional, incredibly funny, and a complete joy to watch.
Many are lauding Werewolves Within as the best video game movie ever; however, one does not need to know about the game to enjoy this hilarious film. Directed by Josh Ruben, this film features a highly comedic cast. Sam Richardson plays Finn Wheeler, a forest ranger who is trying to keep the wacky citizens of a small town safe from a werewolf. Michaela Watkins and Harvey Guillen also star in horror take on a whodunit.
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