Along with a strong slate of movies, Tribeca will be home to plenty of interesting documentaries. There will be films about iconic musicians, groundbreaking directors, and of course, true crime. If you are a fan of documentaries, then there will be definitely something for you. Here are some of the documentaries we are looking forward to most.
A jaw-dropping true crime documentary, American Pain tells the story of twin brothers and bodybuilders Chris and Jeff George, who operated a franchise of pain clinics in Florida where they handed out pain pills like candy. The brothers haul in trash bags full of cash each day as their business grows, to the point that lines of people wrap around the block and busloads of new patients arrive from surrounding states daily. A story of arrogance, greed, and capitalism.
This insightful, revealing documentary, shows the evolution of desire and “sex” on-screen from a female perspective. Body Parts uncovers the often invisible processes involved in creating intimacy for mainstream American film and television, the toll these scenes exact on those directly involved, and the impact on women and girls in the real world. Director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and producer Helen Hood Scheer deftly pair interviews with clips from Hollywood’s archives, shining a light on the positive changes rippling through the entertainment industry as it grapples with remedy and redemption.
Leave no Trace
The Boy Scouts are an American institution, lauded by multiple presidents as the epitome of integrity and described by one interviewee in the documentary Leave No Trace as “wholesome as apple pie.” But beneath its Norman Rockwell exterior lies a scandal—and a coverup—of shocking proportions. More than 82,000 men have come forward with charges of sexual abuse against scoutmasters and other authority figures within the Boy Scouts, prompting bankruptcy filings and a massive settlement that’s still moving through the U.S. court system. Leave No Trace asks how the Boy Scouts could have gone so horribly astray—and, more provocatively, if exploitation is built into this seemingly clean-cut organization’s DNA.
Liquor Store Dreams
The debut feature of So Yun Um is a moving personal film about immigrant dreams and generational divides. It follows So and her friend Danny, both “liquor store babies,” whose Korean parents made the best of limited opportunities by running liquor stores in Black and Brown communities in Los Angeles. Liquor Store Dreams also places these struggles in the larger context of Korean-Black relations in Los Angeles, including the 1991 murder of Latasha Harlins in a Korean convenience store, the 1992 uprisings sparked by the police brutality against Rodney King and ensuing looting of Korean businesses, and growing political organizing.
Documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe specializes in taking viewers deep inside their favorite movies. For his latest project, he lifts the velvet curtain on iconic filmmaker David Lynch’s obsession with The Wizard Of Oz —a film that Lynch/Oz argues is the foundational text for all of Lynch’s work. Red shoes, hollow winds, gossamer bubbles, naïve young women in terrible trouble—all these elements and more are present in Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, as Lynch/Oz illustrates with striking, persuasive split-screen visuals. Interviews highlight how the things love affect our creativity.
The Tribeca Film Festival takes place from June 8 – June 19. Full lineup, passes, and tickets can be found HERE
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