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2017 FILM GUIDE

SHOWING 85 RESULTS | FILMS SORTED BY GENRE: 'DOCUMENTARY'
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CITY OF GHOSTS

  • Section: Viewpoints
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Matthew Heineman
  • Country: USA
The fearless citizen-journalists of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” (RBSS) risk their lives on a daily basis to document and expose the atrocities of the Islamic State in their home city of Raqqa, Syria. Academy Award-nominee Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) returns to Tribeca with an immersive and deeply personal documentary chronicling the lives of these activists. | Read More
Documentary
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CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES

  • Section: Gala
  • Runtime: 123 minutes
  • Directed By: Chris Perkel
  • Country: USA
Chris Perkel’s riveting profile of legendary music man Clive Davis spans a remarkable five-decade career, providing an incredible tour of the most sensational music of the cultural revolution, from the ’60s to the rise of hip-hop. Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and a great many more attest to Davis as, in Aretha Franklin’s words, “the greatest record man of all time.” This amazing film is definitive, fascinating and ceaselessly entertaining proof. | Read More
Documentary, Music, First Time Filmmaker
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COPWATCH

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Directed By: Camilla Hall
  • Country: USA
Copwatch is the true story of We Copwatch, an organization that films police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. In her feature film debut, director Camilla Hall crafts an intriguing and timely profile of citizen-journalist-activists- including Ramsey Orta who filmed Eric Garner’s fatal arrest- who seek to disrupt the ever-present challenge of police violence. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, First Time Filmmaker
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THE COUNTERFEITER

  • Section: Shorts
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 23 minutes
  • Directed By: Brian Biegel
  • Country: USA
Featuring actual wiretapped phone calls and surveillance video, this film explores how the FBI brought down the largest counterfeit operation in U.S. history during the summer of 1998, thanks to the help of some major league baseball players. | Read More
Documentary
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DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Directed By: Ellen Goldfarb
  • Country: USA
Featuring interviews and rare footage of U2, Blondie, Duran Duran, Joan Jett, The Cure, Billy Idol, and Depeche Mode, Dare to Be Different is a nostalgic look at WLIR 92.7, the radio station that introduced these bands to a US audience. Director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the rise and fall of this institution, and the birth of the punk and new wave communities.

After the Premiere Screening: A live music tribute to WLIR from A Flock of Seagulls, Dave Wakeling of The English Beat, and The Alarm. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Music, First Time Filmmaker
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THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Directed By: David France
  • Country: USA
Featuring never-before-seen footage and rediscovered interviews, Academy Award nominee David France (How to Survive a Plague) follows a new investigation into the mysterious death of self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, one of the courageous black transgender activists who spearheaded the modern gay civil rights movement. | Read More
Documentary, LGBT
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THE DEPARTURE

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Directed By: Lana Wilson
  • Country: USA
Lana Wilson follows up her award-winning film, After Tiller, with this profile of Ittetsu Nemoto, a Buddhist priest renowned for saving the lives of countless suicidal people. But Nemoto, suffering from heart disease and supporting his wife and young son, risks his life carrying the heavy emotional load to support those who no longer want to live. When saving others takes such a toll, can he find the resiliency to save himself? | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
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DUMB: THE STORY OF BIG BROTHER MAGAZINE

  • Section: Midnight
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 79 minutes
  • Directed By: Patrick O'Dell
  • Country: USA
Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine charts the rise and fall of the irreverent, boundary-pushing “Big Brother Magazine”, whose taboo-breaking stunts and unapologetically crass humor spawned MTV’s Jackass and a generation of skaters. Featuring a trove of original footage and interviews with the magazine’s major players, Dumb celebrates the lowbrow legacy of this touchstone of 90’s counterculture. | Read More
Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
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ELIÁN

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Directed By: Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell
  • Country: USA, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland
Thanksgiving, 1999: Two fishermen on the Florida Straits find a young Cuban boy, Elián González, floating alone in an inner tube. Their discovery evolves into a custody battle between Elián’s Cuban father and his Miami-located relatives that brings the conflict between Cuba and the U.S. to the forefront. Eighteen years later, ELIÁN, executive produced by Alex Gibney, gives the now grown-up Elián the chance to tell his own side of the story. | Read More
Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
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THE EYESLICER

  • Section: Tribeca TV
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 59 minutes
  • Directed By: Vanessa McDonnell and Dan Schoenbrun
  • Country: USA
The Eyeslicer is a new variety TV show that brings the next generation of alternative American filmmakers together under one strange roof. The hour-long show will slice, dice, and then mince your eyeballs into delicious ceviche. Each episode is a handcrafted mixtape, blending boundary-pushing short form work into into a weird, wild, uninterrupted whole. The Eyeslicer premieres at Tribeca with the episode "Facial Reconstruction", featuring work from acclaimed indie filmmakers Lauren Wolkstein, Erin Vassilopoulos, Shaka King, Danny Madden, and Leah Shore.

After the episode: A conversation with co-creators Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell, and filmmakers Lauren Wolkstein, Erin Vassilopoulos, Shaka King, Danny Madden, and Leah Shore. Moderated by filmmaker and performer, Josephine Decker. | Read More
Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Experimental

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