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For the fourth summer, Nitehawk Cinema and Tribeca have partnered to present a curated series of four documentaries that made their World Premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow each screening.

The Tribeca Summer Doc Series will open with The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson from Oscar-nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague), which 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. Netflix will release the film later this year. 

The series continues with David Byars’ directorial debut, No Man's Land, a detailed, on-the-ground account of the standoff between protestors occupying Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities in 2016.

Next, ELIÁN, from directors Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell, revisits the story of Elián González eighteen years after the custody battle between his Cuban father and his Miami-located relatives grabbed international headlines. Executive produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), the film gives the now grown-up Elián the chance to tell his side of the story and brings the conflict between Cuba and the U.S. to the forefront.

The Reagan Show concludes this year’s programming with directors Pacho Velez’s and Sierra Pettengill’s prescient documentary presenting Ronald Reagan as the first made-for-TV president—a man whose experience as a performer and public relations expert made him a unique match for an emerging modern political landscape. Gravitas Ventures will release the film theatrically on June 30 followed by a VOD release on July 4.

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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Directed by David France, written by David France, Mark Blane. (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.
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ELIÁN

Directed by Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell. (Northern Ireland, Ireland, USA)

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. In English, Spanish with subtitles.
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No Man's Land

Directed by David Byars. (USA)

We are patriots,” utters one of the characters in David Byars' detailed, on-the-ground account of the standoff between protestors occupying Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities. That statement—believed to be true by the armed occupiers—underlines the film, which unspools in measured pace and slowly unpacks its loaded meaning.
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The Reagan Show

Directed by Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill, written by Josh Alexander, Pacho Velez, and Francisco Bello. (USA)

Constructed entirely through 1980s network news and videotapes created by the Reagan administration itself, Velez and Pettengill’s prescient documentary presents Ronald Reagan as the first made-for-TV president—a man whose experience as a performer and public relations expert made him a unique match for an emerging modern political landscape, and for his chief rival: charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
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