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A Guide to All of the Films Picked Up For Distribution at Tribeca 2016

Here are the Tribeca 2016 films that will definitely be coming to a theater and/or VOD platform near you soon.

The toughest thing about the Tribeca Film Festival, aside from plotting out what-to-see calendars based around MTA schedules and unpredictable subway delays? The fact that you need to be in New York City to experience it. For everyone in NYC, of course, the location is one of the Festival's highlights, but for everyone outside of the Big Apple, it's nearly two weeks worth of serious FOMO.

But here's the good news: Many of Tribeca's films will get picked up for theatrical, digital, and/or VOD distribution in the coming weeks, meaning everyone will be able to see them soon enough. All throughout Tribeca 2016, we'll be updating the following list to point out every single Tribeca 2016 film that's been sold.

Check out what’s been picked up so far below:

All We Had
Director: Katie Holmes

Ruthie continually makes the best of her mother Rita's hard luck. When their attempt at settling in a new town hits a stumbling block, even Ruthie struggles to keep it together. Based on Annie Weatherwax's 2014 novel, Katie Holmes' feature directorial debut is an enriching coming-of-age drama about a resilient mother and daughter who find strength in each other.

Picked up by: Gravitas Ventures
Release date: December 9th, 2016 (See it in theaters or buy it on iTunes now!)

Always Shine
Director: Sophia Takal

This twisty psychological drama about obsession, fame, and femininity follows two friends, both actresses (Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald), on a trip to Big Sur, to reconnect with one another. Once alone, the women's suppressed jealousies and deep-seated resentments begin to rise, causing them to lose their grasp on not only the true nature of their relationship, but also their identities. With Lawrence Michael Levine, Alex Koch, Jane Adams.

Picked up by: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Release date: Late 2016

As I Open My Eyes
Director: Leyla Bouzid

As I Open My Eyes depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid's musical feature debut offers a nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring. In Arabic with subtitles.

Picked up by: Kino Lorber
Release date: September 9, 2016

The Book of Love, previously titled The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Director: Bill Purple

Henry (Jason Sudeikis) and Penny (Jessica Biel) are a New Orleans couple very much in love, until tragedy strikes and Henry is forced to rebuild. Quite literally, it turns out. After he befriends a tough street teen (Maisie Williams), he helps her construct the raft she'll use to sail across the Atlantic in search of her long lost father. With Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel, Maisie Williams, Orlando Jones, Mary Steenburgen, and Paul Reiser.

Picked up by: Electric Entertainment
Release date: Later this year

Bugs
Director: Andreas Johnsen

Head Chef Ben Reade and Lead Researcher Josh Evans from Nordic Food Lab are on a mission to investigate the next big trend in food: edible insects. Filmmaker Andreas Johnsen follows the duo on a globe-trotting tour as they put their own haute cuisine spin on local insect delicacies (bee larva ceviche, anyone?) in the pursuit of food diversity and deliciousness.

Picked up by: Kino Lorber
Release date: Fall

Burden
Directors: Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey

Illustrated with performance, private videos, and recollections from those who knew him, this detailed and innovative documentary looks at the life of the always provocative artist Chris Burden, whose work consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art, from his notorious performances in the 1970s to his later assemblages, installations, kinetic and static sculptures, and scientific models.

Picked up by: Magnolia Pictures
Release date: TBA

Burn Country, previously titled The Fixer
Director: Ian Olds

After an exiled Afghan journalist (2016 Tribeca Best Actor winner Dominic Rains) arrives in a small town in Northern California, he lands a menial job as a crime reporter for the local newspaper. Restless in his new position, he teams up with an eccentric local (James Franco) to investigate the town’s peculiar subculture, only to find things quickly taking a dangerous turn.

Picked up by: Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orion Pictures
Release date: December 9th, 2016

Contemporary Color
Directors: Bill Ross and Turner Ross

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an unprecedented event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of color guard—synchronized dance involving flags, rifles, and sabers—by pairing regional color guard teams with performers, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, and Ad-Rock. More than a concert film, the TFI-supported Contemporary Color is a cinematic interpretation of a one-of-a-kind live event, courtesy of visionary filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross.

Picked up by: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Release date: 2017

Dean
Director: Demetri Martin

In comedian Demetri Martin's funny and heartfelt directorial debut, Martin plays an illustrator who falls hard for an LA woman (Gillian Jacobs) while trying to prevent his father (Kevin Kline) from selling the family home in the wake of his mother's death.

Picked up by: CBS Films
Release date: TBA

Detour
Director: Christopher Smith

After his mother ends up in a coma under suspicious circumstances, a law student (Tye Sheridan) decides to drown his sorrows at a seedy bar. The next morning, he wakes up to the realization that he may have hired a hitman (Emory Cohen) and his girlfriend (Bel Powley) to take out the suspected perpetrator (Stephen Moyer) of his mother's life-threatening accident.

Picked up by: Magnolia Pictures
Release date: TBA

Do Not Resist
Director: Craig Atkinson

In Do Not Resist, director Craig Atkinson, through keen and thoughtful observances, presents a startling and powerful exploration into the rapid militarization of police forces in the United States. Filmed over two years, in eleven states, Do Not Resist reveals a rare and surprising look into the increasingly disturbing realities of American police culture.

Picked up by: Vanish Film
Release date: September 30th

Don't Look Down
Director: Daniel Gordon

In the late '80s and early '90s, daredevil entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson made an audacious attempt to cross the Atlantic and Pacific in the world's largest hot air balloon. Don't Look Down is a personal revelation; a dramatic tale of survival and drive. Branson recounts his experience with uncanny vividness and reveals how baiting death forever changed him.

Picked up by: Gravitas Ventures
Release date: November 2016

Holidays
Directors: Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer, Nicholas McCarthy, Gary Shore, Sarah Adina Smith, Anthony Scott Burns, Kevin Smith, Scott Stewart, and Adam Egypt Mortimer

Get in the holiday spirit with this horror anthology from some of today's most visionary genre auteurs. From a very unholy Easter Bunny to a particularly macabre Valentine's Day gift, Holidays is a full calendar year of festive stories, bringing out the most twisted and subversive sides of each seasonal celebration.

Picked up by: Vertical Entertainment
Release date: See it on VOD on April 15th or in theaters on April 22nd.

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
Director: Lydia Tenaglia

The Last Magnificent explores the exceptional, adventurous life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial, outrageous, and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Yet his name has largely been obliterated from history. Featuring interviews with Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Martha Stewart, and Ruth Reichl, this delicious documentary for the culinary set tells the story of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity chef.

Picked up by: The Orchard
Release date: Early 2017

Junction 48
Director: Udi Aloni


Set against a backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Junction 48 charts the musical ambitions of Kareem, an aspiring rapper from the town of Lod. A heartbreaking portrayal of the intersection of personal and political tragedies, Junction 48 questions to what extent music can be dissociated from politics.

Picked up by: The Orchard
Release date: Early 2017

A Kind of Murder
Director: Andy Goddard

The Blunderer, written by Carol author Patricia Highsmith, gets a classic film noir treatment in A Kind of Murder, a sixties-set Hitchcockian thriller that explores how we judge culpability in the death of another. Starring Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Vincent Kartheiser, Haley Bennett, and Eddie Marsan.

Picked up by: Magnolia Pictures
Release date: December 16th, 2016 (See it in theaters or on VOD now!)

King Cobra
Director: Justin Kelly

This ripped-from-the-headlines drama covers the early rise of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart (Garrett Clayton), a.k.a. Brent Corrigan, before his falling out with the producer (Christian Slater) who made him famous. When Sean decides he'd be better off a free agent, a cash-strapped pair of rival producers (James Franco and Keegan Allen) aim to cash in by any means possible.

Picked up by: IFC Films
Release date: TBA

Little Boxes
Director: Rob Meyer

It's the summer before 6th grade, and Clark is the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act "more black," he fumbles to meet expectations as rifts are exposed in his tight-knit family, his parents also striving to adjust. This poignant comedy about understanding identity is the second feature from TFF alumnus Rob Meyer. Executive Produced by Cary Fukunaga.

Picked up by: Netflix
Release date: TBA

Magnus
Director: Benjamin Ree

Magnus Carlsen is known as the 'Mozart of Chess' because, unlike many chess grandmasters, he possesses innate ability, an unbelievable memory, and unrivaled creativity. Memorized moves and calculated probability can only carry a chess player so far; Magnus exploits this weakness in his opponents on his way to becoming the World Chess Champion.

Picked up by: FilmRise
Release date: Fall 2016

Memories of a Penitent Heart
Director: Cecilia Aldarondo

Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved from Puerto Rico to New York City; he found a career in theater and a rewarding relationship. Yet, on his deathbed he grappled to reconcile his homosexuality with his Catholic upbringing. Now, decades after his death, his niece Cecilia locates Miguel's estranged lover to understand the truth, and in the process opens up long-dormant family secrets. In English, Spanish with subtitles.

Picked up by: PBS's POVDocs
Release date: Will air in 2017

My Scientology Movie
Director: John Dower

BBC journalist Louis Theroux joins forces with director John Dower to explore the elusive Church of Scientology. With the help of a former high-ranking Scientologist, Theroux sets out to understand the furtive goings-on of the Church, armed with his irreverent humor and biting irony.

Picked up by: Magnolia
Release date: Late 2016

National Bird
Director: Sonia Kennebeck

Sonia Kennebeck takes on the controversial tactic of drone warfare, and demands accountability through the personal accounts—recollections, traumas, and responses—of three American military veterans whose lives have been shaken by the roles they played in this controversial method of attack. Executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris.

Picked up by: FilmRise
Release date: Fall 2016

Nerdland
Director: Chris Prynoski

Nerdland is an R-rated cartoon comedy about celebrity, excess, and two showbiz nobodies, John (Paul Rudd) and Elliott (Patton Oswalt), with a plan to become famous—or even infamous—by the end of the night. Featuring an army of comedy cameos including Hannibal Buress, Laraine Newman, Mike Judge, Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, and Molly Shannon.

Picked up by: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Release date: December 2016

Ordinary World, previously titled Geezer
Director: Lee Kirk

Perry (Billie Joe Armstrong) is a happily married father of two living a comfortable but sedate life in the suburbs. On the occasion of his 40th birthday, he seeks to revisit his former life as the lead singer in a popular punk band though his middle-aged reality quickly (and hilariously) clashes with the indulgences of his youth.

Picked up by: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) Content Group
Release date: In theaters and on VOD on October 14th, 2016

The Phenom
Director: Noah Buschel

When major-league rookie pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) chokes on the mound, he's sidelined to the minor leagues and prescribed sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist (Paul Giamatti). In the process, long-dormant conflicts with his overbearing father (Ethan Hawke) are brought to light. The Phenom is a captivating psychological study of an individual caught up in the expectations of the big-league sports machine.

Picked up by: RLJ Entertainment
Release date: Premiered in theaters and on VOD on June 24th, 2016

Pistol Shrimps
Director: Brent Hodge

Sometimes girls just wanna have fun…and ball. Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale, TFF 2014) and Morgan Spurlock (Mansome, TFF 2012) introduce us to an eclectic group of women who play in an LA recreational basketball league, focusing on the Pistol Shrimps, a rag-tag group of actresses (including Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation), comedians, musicians, and mothers who brought nationwide attention to the league that could.

Picked up by: Sees
Release date: June 16th, 2016

Reset
Directors: Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai

Stunningly gorgeous and delicate in both subject and treatment, Reset depicts renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (also known for choreographing the dance sequences in Black Swan) as he attempts to rejuvenate the Paris Opera Ballet in his new position as director. With appearances by composer Nico Muhly, Opera alumna Aurélie Dupont, and designer Iris van Herpen, Reset is a delightfully aesthetic affair. In French with subtitles.

Picked up by: FilmRise
Release date: Fall 2016

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Director: Deborah S. Esquenazi

In 1994, four women were tried and convicted of a heinous assault on two young girls in a court case that was infused with homophobic prejudice and the Satanic Panic sweeping the nation at that time. Southwest of Salem is a fascinating true crime story that puts the trial of the San Antonio Four in context of their ongoing search for exoneration.

Picked up by: ID Films
Release date: Watch it on Investigation Discovery on September 15th

The Ticket
Director: Ido Fluk

When a blind man inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive for a better life—a nicer home, a higher paying job—leaving little room for the people who were part of his old life. Dan Stevens, Malin Åkerman, Oliver Platt, and Kerry Bishé star in this haunting parable of desire, perception, and ambition.

Picked up by: Shout! Factory
Release date: 2017

Tiger Raid
Director: Simon Dixon

Two mercenaries in Iraq speed through the dead of night, on their way to execute a covert mission. But as they near their objective, past misdeeds come violently to the surface, in this action-packed two-hander.

Picked up by: Altitude (U.K. and Ireland)
Release date: October 7th, 2016

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