Thursday, April 21, 2011

NYC: It's all about Music at TriBeca Film Festival 2011

Here's a listing of Movies that are related to music. I'll be trying to catch at least one or two of these. Putting the Tribe in TriBeca is Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tibe Called Quest is my top pick. Another one to watch is LimeLight a documentary on the legendary New York club that now sadly is a mall. Visit for a complete listing of all the movies and events. It's great to be in NYC for this.

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jayne
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
Feature Documentary, 2011, 70 min

Directed by: Marie Losier

Filmmaker and TFF alum Marie Losier, who has created engaging short films on avant-garde artists like George Kuchar and Guy Maddin, makes her feature documentary debut with a mesmerizing and deeply romantic love story between pioneering musician and performance artist Genesis P-Orridge and soul mate Lady Jaye. Breaking new ground in its depiction of gender identity, Ballad chronicles the physical and spiritual merging of two beings into one. Read More

Public Screenings

Mon, Apr 25, 7:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 2
Wed, Apr 27, 9:00PM SVA Theater 2 Beatrice
Thu, Apr 28, 3:00PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7

Beats, Rhymes, & Life

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
Feature Documentary, 2011, 98 min
Directed by: Michael Rapaport

The most groundbreaking act to emerge from the New York hip-hop scene of the early '90s, A Tribe Called Quest electrified a generation with its brand of jazz-infused beats and intelligent rhymes before dramatically disbanding in '98. In his directorial debut, Michael Rapaport draws from eight months of total access to uncover the history and inner workings of the Tribe. Featuring De La Soul, Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Ludacris, Beastie Boys, and more. Read More

Public Screenings

Wed, Apr 27, 6:00PM BMCC Tribeca PAC
Thu, Apr 28, 1:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 2

Crash & Burn

Short Documentary, 2011, 18 min

Directed by: Rick Rodgers
Plays In: Shorts: Off the Grid

Two-man rock duo Crash&Burn is turned upside down when Burn decides to have transgender surgery. Read More

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne
Feature Documentary, 2011, 91 min

Directed by: Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli

Ozzy. For four decades, the name has been synonymous not just with a singular brand of blistering heavy metal, but also with a life lived to the extreme. Made for fans and the uninitiated alike, this definitive portrait of a troubled icon—told in part through the eyes of his family (son Jack Osbourne produced)—relives Ozzy's artistic triumphs while chronicling his arduous journey to sobriety and peace. Read More

Public Screenings

Sun, Apr 24, 6:00PM BMCC Tribeca PAC
Thu, Apr 28, 9:30PM SVA Theater 1 Silas
Sat, Apr 30, 1:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 2

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Janie Jones
Feature Narrative, 2010, 106 min

Directed by: David M. Rosenthal

Ethan (Alessandro Nivola), a struggling musician content with his on-the-road rock-and-roll lifestyle and his much younger girlfriend (Brittany Snow), has his life turned upside down with the arrival of a 13-year-old daughter he never knew he had. Left with the responsibility of raising Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin), a shy but talented aspiring musician herself, Ethan embarks with Janie on a road trip of music, discovery, and father-daughter bonding. Read More

Public Screenings

Fri, Apr 29, 6:00PM SVA Theater 1 Silas
Sat, Apr 30, 2:30PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 3
Sun, May 01, 3:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 1

Mama Africa
Feature Documentary, 2011, 90 min

Directed by: Mika Kaurismäki

Packed with five decades of rare archival footage and captivating melodies, Mama Africa tells the incredible story of Miriam Makeba. First introduced to American audiences by Harry Belafonte, Makeba's songs exposed the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa to the world—resulting in a 30-year exile from her home country. Throughout her life, Makeba inspired millions through her powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution. Read More


Feature Narrative, 2011, 95 min

Directed by: Michael Cuesta
Drama, Music, New York, Returning Filmmaker

For 20 years, Jimmy (Ron Eldard) lived his rock-and-roll fantasy as a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult, but the glory days are gone, and Jimmy just got the boot. Returning to his childhood home in Queens, he finds his mom teetering toward dementia and his high school crush (Jill Hennessy) married to his still-nettling childhood rival (Bobby Cannavale). Building a future means confronting the relationships of the past in this heartfelt coming-of-middle-age tale. Read More

Public Screenings

Sat, Apr 23, 9:30PM SVA Theater 1 Silas
Tue, Apr 26, 4:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 2
Thu, Apr 28, 10:30PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9
Sat, Apr 30, 3:30PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 2

Sing Your Song

Sing Your Song
Feature Documentary, 2011, 104 min

Directed by: Susanne Rostock

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. But, as Sing Your Song proves in a most stirring way, Belafonte has had a significant and lasting impact on the ongoing worldwide struggle for human rights. This powerful documentary reveals Belafonte's multifaceted contributions to the arts, the U.S. Civil Rights movement, the fight against Apartheid, ending starvation in Ethiopia, and much more.

After the Movie: Join us for a conversation with Harry Belafonte. Moderated by noted broadcaster Tavis Smiley. Read More

Public Screenings

Fri, Apr 29, 6:00PM BMCC Tribeca PAC

The Swell Season
Feature Documentary, 2011, 90 min

Directed by: Nick August-Perna, Carlo Mirabella-Davis and Chris Dapkins

The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova when their songwriting collaboration in the film Once culminated in a jubilant Oscar® win. But behind the scenes, where Glen and Mar's on-screen romance became reality, a grueling two-year world tour threatens to fracture their fated bond. Gorgeously filmed in black and white, this music-filled documentary is an intimate look at the exhilaration and turmoil created by both love and fame. Read More

Public Screenings

Fri, Apr 22, 10:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 2
Mon, Apr 25, 9:30PM SVA Theater 1 Silas
Fri, Apr 29, 3:00PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7

Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon
Feature Documentary, 2011, 87 min
Directed by: Stephen C. Mitchell

Who are the Kings of Leon? This energetic behind-the-scenes documentary provides some fascinating insight for fans and non-fans alike. Known now as an all-American rock-and-roll band with millions of fans around the world, the Kings of Leon remind us that they will never forget their strict Pentecostal upbringing or rough-and-tumble backcountry roots. In fact, that may just be what makes them unstoppable. Read More

Public Screenings

Thu, Apr 21, 9:30PM BMCC Tribeca PAC
Fri, Apr 22, 11:59PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 1
Thu, Apr 28, 7:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 2
Sat, Apr 30, 9:00PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7

The Union
Feature Documentary, 2011, 90 min

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

A captivating and exhilarating real-life experience of musical creation and generosity, The Union is an unprecedented look at the creative life of Elton John and his remarkable collaborative album with his early-career idol, Leon Russell. Never before filmed in his composing process, John is captured by director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) in a candid portrait of one of the world's most treasured artists and performers. Although the event is free, a special TFF WRISTBAND is required to be seated at the event. 2000 wristbands will be made available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Two wristband limit per person. Details coming soon about how and where wristbands will be distributed. Read More

Public Screenings

Wed, Apr 20, 8:15PM North Cove at the World Financial Center Note
Thu, Apr 21, 2:30PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 3
Thu, Apr 21, 10:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 2
Sat, Apr 23, 8:30PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 3

When the Drum is Beating
Feature Documentary, 2011, 84 min
Directed by: Whitney Dow

The 20-member band Septentrional has been making music for 62 years as Haiti's most celebrated big band. This inspirational documentary charts the history of Haiti from its triumphant independence from French colonialism to 2010's devastating earthquake—all set to the vibrant music of Haitian-Caribbean jazz fusion band Septentrional and punctuated with its members' personal memories. Featuring a wealth of live rehearsal and performance footage, When the Drum Is Beating is a poignant and high-energy story of resilience. Read More

Public Screenings

Fri, Apr 22, 8:15PM Tribeca Drive-in
Mon, Apr 25, 6:30PM SVA Theater 1 Silas
Thu, Apr 28, 10:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 2
Sat, Apr 30, 3:00PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7


Feature Documentary, 2011, 92 min
Directed by: Billy Corben

As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the king of the New York club scene—until years of legal battles led to his eventual deportation to Canada. This exuberant documentary charts Gatien's rise and fall against the transformation of New York City, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of NYC nightlife. From the director of Cocaine Cowboys. Read More

Public Screenings

Fri, Apr 22, 9:30PM SVA Theater 1 Silas
Sun, Apr 24, 9:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 1