April 21, 2011

What to see at the Tribeca Film Festival

New York City is one of the best places in the world for festivals. From massive summer music concerts in Central Park to the coveted Lincoln Center Fashion Week, influential audiences members from around the globe flock to NYC to give their best opinion on what is happening in pop culture. And, true to heart, New York City is host again of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival which is kicking off today.

We've read through all of the 100+ films chosen to be viewed this year, and below is a guide to some of the films we just can't wait to check out and by the looks of it, documentaries are what really will be enchanting this year.

The Union
USA - Documentary
Director: Cameron Crowe
Cast: T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, Leon Russell

The film that opens the festival. Cameron Crowe's documentary explores the unique bond between music legend Sir Elton John and legendary Leon Russell and the music that they made.

Fire in Babylon
UK - Documentary
Director: Stevan Riley

Every one loves a good sports movie. While everything seems to be about fighters or boxers these days, director Stevan Riley focuses on cricket and the great West Indies cricket team from the 1970's and 1980's.

USA - Documentary
Directors: Gretchen Morning, John Morning

Just like in Liam Neeson's Taken, a young child goes abroad and disappears. Only this time, the parent is a retired-NYPD cop, Kathy Gilleran, who simply wants an answer.

USA - Documentary
Director: Billy Corben

The party scene in New York is infamous and everyone wants to be a part of it. The film tells the story of Peter Gatien who was once the owner of New York hot spots Limelight, Tunnel, and Palladium - all of course before he was deported off to Canada.

The Bang Bang Club
Canada, South Africa - Narrative
Director: Steven Silver
Cast: Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Phillippe

First screened at last year's Toronto Film Festival, this film tells the true story about four photographers risking their lives in South Africa to capture the violence and turmoil of the country.

Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
USA - Documentary
Director: Michael Rapaport

New York City hip-hop superstars are followed by producer Michael Rapaport for almost a year span. My early critic review: this should be a great rockumentary.

L'amour fou
France - Documentary
Director: Pierre Thoretton

The world is still mourning the loss of iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Though, soon after his death, his beloved, Pierre Berge, auctioned of his famed art collection. A documentary about the seemingly about the ironies of life, this will become a classic film for any fashionable fan.

The Assault
France - Narrative
Director: Julien Leclercq

A true story about impeccable anti-terrorist action and the success of the French SWAT elite.

When The Drum is Beating
USA, Haiti - Documentary
Director: Whitney Dow

A rockumentary about the 20 member band named Spetentrional who, for 62 years, has been representing Haiti and playing throughout the world. This band's story is interwoven with the history of Haiti all the way up to the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Lotus Eaters
UK, USA - Narrative
Director: Alexandra McGuinness
Cast: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Johnny Flynn, Benn Northover

It seems as if the new chic thing on screens big or small, is the tale of properly twisted teens: Skins, Teen Mom, Gossip Girl, etc. Coming out this festival is the narrative about London's social elite. Directed by Alexandra McGuinness and forecasted in black-and-white, this flick, it seems, is going to be a very honest and notorious movie.

For more documentary love, check out our list of the Most Iconic Rock-Docs, or 2010's Best Documentaries. Also, be sure to check in with all the films screening at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival on MRQE.

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