Kerry Washington is the Hero We Need
What you need to watch, ASAP: While accepting the Vanguard Award at Saturday night's GLAAD Media Awards, Kerry Washington gave a gutsy and very moving speech that called for the unification of all "disenfranchised" others in the ongoing fight for equal rights, as well as more "inclusive storytelling [and] representation" both behind and in front of the camera.
Tribeca says: Between Washington's rallying cry and Patricia Arquette's spirited stumping for equal pay at the Oscars, it's been a great year so far for awesomely audacious actresses delivering politically-minded speeches that we all need to hear.
Beacon Events on Sale Now!
What you need to buy: Tickets for the 2015 Festival's exciting series of Beacon Theatre events (including opening SNL film Live from New York!, behind-the-music doc Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions, the 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and a remastered, 25th anniversary showing of Goodfellas) are currently on sale to American Express Card Members.
Tribeca says: Join us as we welcome De Niro, the Pythons, the reigning Queen of R&B, and the Not Ready for Primetime Players to the same stage!
Man Up Trailer Debuts
What you need to view: Watch as a raffish, bearded Simon Pegg woos cynical singleton Lake Bell in the first trailer for Ben Palmer's Man Up.
Tribeca says: Fans of mismatched meet-cutes, requisite dance scenes, American actresses popping up in daffy British diversions, and against-all-odds love stories: be ready to get your romcom fix when Man Up makes its US premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival!
YouTube Gives Viewers the Full 360
What you need to use: YouTube has officially made its innovative 360-degree video feature available to the public, allowing video-makers all across the world to capture and share their complete surroundings (with the right camera and technological know-how, that is) and putting YouTube users in full and unique command of their own viewing experiences.
Tribeca says: Watch (and control!) the above video to get a closer look at the seemingly limitless future of online video-watching.
Getting to Know Your (Virtual) World
What you need to experience: Wall Street Journal writer Nathan Olivarez-Giles has compiled a thoughtful and thorough beginner's guide to participating in virtual environments, a reality that's suddenly no longer science fiction. Olivarez-Giles also catalogs three of the best breakthrough devices that are enabling tech consumers to enter and engage in 3-D worlds by just slipping on a headset within the comfort of their own homes.
Tribeca says: Have a sudden craving for even more inventive, newfangled blendings of entertainment and technology? Be sure to check out all the immersive, interactive storytelling happening at Spring Studios during the upcoming Festival, including the third edition of our free multimedia exhibition Storyscapes, as well as the Virtual Human Interaction Lab, in which Festival audiences can participate in a diverse array of mind-blowing, state-of-the-art VR experiences.
Crowd-Funded Police Exposé Takes SXSW by Storm
What you need to see: Peace Officer, Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson's Kickstarker-financed documentary about the inconsistent accountability of America's urban police forces and the continued militarization of these officers of the law, was one of the high peaks of this year's South by Southwest Festival, nabbing the Grand Jury Prize in the Documentary Feature Competition.
Tribeca says: This vital, timely doc couldn't have arrived sooner and we cannot wait to get our eyes on it.
Over the last 15 years @danielarsham has made drawings on the back of the art in the hotel rooms where his travels take him. His recent stay in Cincinnati was no exception. See the full story on his snapchat ➡️ daniel_arsham
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Daniel Arsham Puts a New Spin on Hotel Art
Who you need to follow: Artist Daniel Arsham has been drawing on the back of hotel room paintings for the past fifteen years and documented his most recent exploit during a stay in Cincinnati on his Snapchat, daniel_arsham.
Tribeca says: We are thrilled to premiere Arsham's captivating short film Future Relic 03 as part of the Gallery Opening series at this year's Festival.