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2015 Tribeca Film Festival Special Screenings Include Docs on Mary J. Blige And Misty Copeland

Mary J. Blige, DJ Z-Trip and dancers Erica Lall and Naazir Muhammad will perform following films in this year’s Special Screenings section.

Click to see titles in the TFF 2015 World Documentary CompetitionWorld Narrative Competition, Viewpoints, SpotlightMidnightShorts, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival and Storyscapes categories.

For the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, our Special Screenings program pairs exciting film experiences with unique live performances. One event movie and music lovers will undoubtedly be talking about is Mary J. Blige—The London Sessions, a new documentary that shows the singer’s creative process as she writes, records, and curates one of her most experimental albums to date. After the world premiere at the Beacon Theater, Blige will take the stage in front of our TFF audience, which will no doubt prove to be unforgettable.

Filmmaker Nelson George will debut A Ballerina’s Tale, his documentary on trailblazing dancer Misty Copeland, which will be followed by a conversation with Copeland and a special performance by her protégées. DJ Z-Trip will perform a new live film score to Harold Lloyd’s silent classic Speedy and the comedy crew from Rifftrax will provide laughs with a live-commentary on The Room. Additionally, TFF alumni Alma Har’el and Patrick Creadon will also screen Work In Progress cuts of their latest documentaries: LoveTrue and All Work, All Play. New York audiences just got 6 more reasons to get excited about this year’s Festival. 

A Ballerina's Tale
Directed and written by Nelson George
(USA) – World Premiere, Documentary

Join us for a world premiere screening of Nelson George’s much-anticipated, behind-the-curtain documentary about the daily routine of Misty Copeland, the first African-American female soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre® in two decades.

Followed by a Q&A with Misty Copeland and a special ballet performance by her mentees Erica Lall (American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company) and Naazir Muhammad (ABT's JKO School), sponsored by Under Armour

Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
Directed by Sam Wrench
(U.K., USA) – World Premiere, Documentary

Join Mary J. Blige in London, where over ten days she will record her 13th studio album. Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at her work sessions with some of Britain’s hottest recording artists, including Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, and Sam Romans.

A performance from Mary J. Blige will follow the screening.

Rifftrax Live: The Room
(USA) – World Premiere

The brainchild of Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumnus Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy (aka Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (aka Crow T. Robot), Rifftrax skewers cult classic films with hilarious live commentary.

For their first-ever New York performance the Rifftrax gang will unleash their signature comedic chops on Tommy Wiseau's modern masterpiece, The Room, for a one-night-only live cinema event.

Directed by Ted Wilde
(USA) – Newly restored print from the Criterion Collection, Narrative

Silent comedy legend Harold Lloyd stars as a die-hard Yankees fan who can't keep a job, but is determined to save the last horse-drawn trolley in New York. This lighthearted slapstick classic features visits to Coney Island and Yankee Stadium, an incredible cameo by Babe Ruth, and hair-raising cab rides through the city streets.

For one-night only, the legendary dj and producer DJ Z-Trip lends his amazing musical talent to create an all new soundtrack for this silent film classic, showcasing his eclectic style and considerable live turntable skills.


Directed by Alma Har'el
(USA) – Work in Progress, Documentary

Director Alma Har'el returns to TFF with a work-in-progress presentation. LoveTrue weaves three challenging relationships, while examining non-fiction performance as a documentation of truth and a purveyor of memory.

Join Har'el and Executive Producer, Shia LaBeouf for an exclusive preview of scenes from the film and an intimate conversation about True Love. 

All Work All Play
Directed by Patrick Creadon
(USA) – Work in Progress, Documentary

There’s something happening in the world of video games. Thousands are flocking to arenas to watch tournaments unfold. Tens of millions are watching online. One percent of the world population is playing the most popular competitive game. In All Work All Play, go behind the scenes and follow the ascent of eSports, and watch as the best pro gamers in the world fight for the Intel Extreme Masters championship.


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