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"Before Stonewall"

Newly Restored in Conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  Opens June 21 at The Quad in NYC, June 28 at Laemmle's Music Hall in LA, and June 19 and 28-30 at the CCA, Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM.  Director: Greta Schiller.  Co-Director: Robert Rosenberg. In 1969, the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in NYC's Greenwich Village was raided by the police leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community.   ...

"The Quiet One" Sundance Selects Video on Demand

The World Premiere of "The Quiet One" was held on 5/2/2019 at the world-renowned Tribeca Film Festival, and NOW, the film will open on June 21, 2019 on Sundance Selects, Video On Demand. You have heard of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, and most likely even Brian Jones, however, this film, directed by Oliver Murray, is about "a man of few words who came from a working class background," former founding member of "The Rolling Stones,"...

Tribeca review: "House of Hummingbird"

Eun-hee is a 14 -year-old girl in the 8th grade living in Seoul, Korea.  Her teacher tells the class not to waste time going out on dates, or singing at karaoke bars, and to study hard to prepare for acceptace into Seoul National University. Eun-hee wants to act her age and do what the teacher says she shouldn't do; sing in karaoke after school, and go out on dates. Eun-hee's family life is dysfunctional, and her father is also very strict putting pressure on her to study harder a...

Tribeca reviews: "Wild Rose"

Cute movie about a girl from Glasgow, Scotland who has to make amends for her past and present before things can go right in her future.  Rose-Lynn is obsessed with country music, and is dreaming of getting to Nashville, TN to "make it" as a country singer.  Little does she realize, that she is sitting on one of the greatest unwritten country songs to date, her own life story.  Fresh out of prison, she references the late, great, Johnny Cash, and how, he too, spent tim...

Tribeca reviews: "Inna De Yard" about Reggae Music

A musical journey with Roots, Rock, and Reggae.  Reggae music was recently added to the list of international cultural treasures by Unesco.  Spend some time on this musical reunion with Rastafarian reggae legends, Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I, Jah9, Juddy Mowatt, and Cedric Myton (Congos), in their backyard, located in the panoramic green hills high above Kingston, Jamaica.  Hang out with these veterans and novices, as they record an acoustic album, jam on brass instr...

Tribeca reviews: "Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation"

  "Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation" is less about the acutal concert performances from the classic rock era musicians, and more about what is was like to put the festival together, be a musician playing at the festival, and attend the festival as a peace and love searching concert-goer.  The film has a few more screenings at The Tribeca Film Festival 2019, will then play at the Quad Cinema in NYC starting on May 24, 2019, at Landmark's Nuart Cinema on J...

Tribeca reviews: "Burning Cane"

  Get your blues on down South with the youngest filmmaker at Tribeca Film Festival 2019!  Phillip Youmans is a filmmaker from New Orleans, Louisiana.  In his last two years in high school, Phillip began writing, directing, shooting, and editing, his first feature, "Burning Cane." "Burning Cane," stars Wendell Pierce from "The Wire" and was executively produced  by Benh Zeitlin from "Beasts of the Southern Wild."  Inspired by b...

Tribeca reviews: "The Apollo" - Tribeca opener

  The 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival opened up with a screening of "The Apollo," about the legendary theater that has been providing over 80 years of African American entertainment located on 125th Street between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevards in NYC, NY. The film captures the 1,506 seat venue, which became 'The Apollo' in 1938, with honesty and pride.  Amateur Night at The Apollo, founded by Ralph Cooper, is held every Wednesday evenin...

Tribeca reviews: "Maiden"

Opens June 28, 2019 in NY/LA.  Sony Picture Classics One of my favorite films at Tribeca 2019. The Whitbread Around the World Sailing Race (WRTWR) began in 1973, and was originally sponsored by a brewery in Britain that grew into a hotel chain.  The race is held every three years, and is now known as the Volvo Ocean Race.  When Tracy Edwards was 10 years old, her father died from a cardiac arrest.  When she was 16, she found herself escaping an alcoholic stepfather, drop...

Tribeca reviews: "The Gasoline Thieves"

Lalo is a fourteen-year-old farmhand who lives with his mother in rural Mexico. He is trying to gain the attention of a young girl, Ana.  When Ana tells him that she would like a smartphone, Lalo thinks about buying her one, however, he finds out that his mother has spent all of his money on medical bills. Looking to earn a quick income, Lalo seeks out the illegal underground world of siphoning gasoline from government pipelines.  He soon finds himself way in over his head, and his l...

Tribeca reviews: "Mercy"

    Travel to Cameroon, where 14 year-old-Edith, seeks surgery to remove a tumor from her jaw.  Very inspirational.  Tribeca Cinema 360, Virtual Arcade at Spring Studios.  ...

"American Relapse"

Follow two recovering heroin addicts, Frankie and Allie, as they try to help other drug addicts by placing them in REPUTABLE treatment facilities in Florida. Shot over a 72 hour time frame, the film demonstrates the battles users face, the recovery process, and why they find it so hard to break the 360 degree cycle, often relapsing. Opens at Cinema Village in NYC and the Laemmle Monica Film Center in LA on March 29,, 2019. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Vimeo, and Amazon (VOD), beginning ...

"Tigerland"

   In 1900, there were 100,000 tigers living in the wild.  Today, there are less than 4,000.  Observe experts as they risk their lives in order to protect and save these endangered animals from poachers and extinction in the South and Far Eastern parts of the world. "Tigerland" takes you into Bikin National Park (The Russian Amazon), Kanha National Park (India), and the Siberian Taiga, to demonstrate how these holy symbols of power act in their natural habitat...

"Between Me and My Mind" Phish-heads, documentary about Phish guitarist, Trey Anastasio

The documentary "Between Me and My Mind," about Phish guitarist, Trey Anastasio, and their psychedelic New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden, will have it's world premiere on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm at the Beacon Theater.  The Trey Anastasio Band will perform after the screening.  GALA DATE: Friday, April 26 TIME: 8:00 PM LOCATION:  Beacon Theatre ...

"The Good, The Bad, The Hungry" TRIBECA/ESPN SPORTS FILM

On Friday, April 26th at 6:00pm at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the documentary, "The Good, The Bad, The Hungry" will have it's World Premiere at the 13th Annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala. Last July 4th, Joey Chestnut, aka "Jaws," who hails from California, won his 11th title at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, downing 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes.  Watch him take on his rivals in "The Good, The Bad, The Hungry."  DATE:...

"For Sama"

Winner of the Documentary Feature at SXSW Waad is a young mother and journalist married to a doctor named Hamza.  Hamza runs a hospital in war-torn Aleppo during the height of the siege in 2016.  Eight out of the nine hospitals in the area have been destroyed, while miraculously, his remains functioning.  The film documents the time leading up to the siege, the devastation, the day to day occurrences within the hospital, Waad and Hamza's wedding, the delivery of their...

The 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival 2019! From April 24 - May 5, 2019

  The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival shorts competition exemplifies racial and gender equality. With 63 diverse short films from 19 countries, 45 percent of the films are directed by women.        ...

"Diane"

Winner of the Tribeca Film Festival 2018 Founders Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature.  "Diane” is a woman in her 60’s/70’s, who her friends and family can count on.  She is a mother who has never stopped caring, and truly values those close to her.  She can be found holding the hand of her dying cousin at her hospital bedside, at the dinner table gossiping with her relatives over a home cooked meal, at a soup kitchen dishing out meals to the homeless w...

"Notes from Dunblane, Lessons from a School Shooting"

Winner of the Best Documentary Short at The Tribeca Film Festival 2018.  On Wednesday, March 13, 1996 at 9:35 am, Thomas Hamilton (43 years old), entered the games hall at Dunblane Primary School in Dunblane, Scotland, shooting 16 children (aged 6-7 years old), and one teacher dead, before turning the gun on himself.  It remains the deadliest mass shooting in British history.  Following this school massacre, the United Kingdom had passed some of the toughest gun reform legislat...

"Smuggling Hendrix"

Winner of the Best International Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018! The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the northern part of the island in response to a military coup that was backed by the Athens government. The Greek South is inhabited by Greek Cypriots, while the Turkish North is inhabited by Turkish Cypriots.  Nicosia or Lefkosa, is the capital, and the seat of the Cyprus government. Before they broke up, former mus...

"O.G."

Winner of the Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film category at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018-Jeffrey Wright in "O.G." Tony, Emmy, AFI, and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld," "Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Mockingjay Part 2," "Basquiat," and the upcoming film, "The Goldfinch"), plays Louis, an incarcerated African American male in a maximum security prison in Indiana. Once "the mayor" of one of ...

"United Skates"

Winner of the Audience Award in the Documentary Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018.  Roller rinks across America have been around for 30 to 40 years or longer, and are credited with hosting hip-hop and rap artists as a place where they could feel welcomed to perform.  Some may say that hip hop and rap were born out of the skating world.  The rinks have long been a place where those in the African American communities could go and meet up with one another, unwind, and ...

"Momentum Generation"

  From the Directors of “The Two Escobars,” Michael and Jeff Zimbalist, comes a surf documentary about the 80’s/90’s pro surf posse; Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Ross Williams, Taylor Steele, and Benji Weatherly.  When Benji’s parents split up, his mother moved to Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu.  World-renowned surf competitions like Billabong Pipeline Masters, Vans Triple Crown, WSL Championships are held at the Banza...

"Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable"

Determination, strength, willpower, and a supportive family, makes female pro surfer, Bethany Hamilton, unstoppable.  She grew up in Kauai, Hawaii, in a family that was passionate about surfing.  She learned how to surf at a young age, was naturally good at it, and let nothing stop her from returning to the sport.  Even when a tragic event occurred as a teenager, only four weeks later, she got right back up on her board, and kept paddling out, turning the negative into a positiv...

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