Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2001 with the mission of enabling the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film. The festival was created to redefine the film festival experience, and it has since become a major influence in the film festival circuit. This year’s event, running from April 13 to 24, 2016, had a total of 6,779 submissions, of which 102 features and 74 shorts were accepted. We’re thrilled to see 10 Indiegogo alumni on the list of films this year, from a Ghostbusters documentary to a tale of one woman’s journey with ayahuasca. If you’re at Tribeca Film Festival 2016, don’t miss these 10 incredible films.
World Documentary Competition
A personal documentary about family, faith and the painful costs of prejudice, Memories of a Penitent Heart tells the story of Miguel, a gay man who moved to New York City in the 1980s. After making history as the first-ever Puerto Rican heart transplant recipient, he succumbed to AIDS, leaving behind a live-in partner, a devout Catholic mother and a lot of unanswered questions. Director Cecilia Aldarondo raised more than $31,000 in 2014 for this untold story, which will be a part of this year’s World Documentary Competition at Tribeca.
|Friday 4/15||7:30pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-9|
|Saturday 4/17||10:00pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 9|
|Wednesday 4/20||9:15pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 4|
|Saturday 4/23||5:00pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-3|
Tickling Giants is a film about free speech, satire in the Middle East and the very real consequences of joking about a repressive government. This documentary tells the story of Bassam Youssef, the “Egyptian Jon Stewart,” and his rise and career as Egypt’s most famous television presenter. Director Sara Taksler raised more than $105,000 last year for this documentary that embraces satire as a tool with greater use than the extraction of a laugh.
|Thursday 4/14||9:30pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6|
|Friday 4/15||6:30pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6|
|Tuesday 4/19||8:45pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-10|
|Thursday 4/21||3:30pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6|
US Narrative Feature Film
Days before her deployment to Afghanistan, Joey, a recent high school graduate, returns to rural Pennsylvania with plans to go AWOL. She meets and falls in love with Rayna, a neglected housewife, and begins to lose sight of what’s most important to her. This clear-eyed love story originally premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2011 as a short, and turned to the Indiegogo community to raise funds to turn it into a feature film. You can catch AWOL as part of Tribeca’s US Narrative Competition.
|Friday 4/15||5:30pm||SVA Theater 2 Beatrice|
|Saturday 4/16||6:15pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-6|
|Tuesday 4/19||3:45pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 5|
|Wednesday 4/20||6:15pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-6|
International Narrative Feature Film
In search of a miracle, an American woman embarks on a journey to the Peruvian Amazon and finds hope in a community. Icaros: A Vision is a feature film telling the story of this woman’s experience with an ancient psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca, which in turn takes her through discovering transcendence, companionship and the meaning of life and death. Icaros: A Vision raised more than $64,000 on Indiegogo in 2015, and is a part of Tribeca’s International Narrative Competition.
|Saturday 4/16||5:30pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 8|
|Monday 4/18||7:15pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-7|
|Thursday 4/21||7:15pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-7|
|Sunday 4/24||3:45pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 5|
Hip-hop music originated as the voice of Black America, but it’s since transcended all racial and language boundaries. Since its inception, the music and culture has spread far and wide to include those who may have been considered outsiders – like Asian-American rappers. Bad Rap follows the lives and careers of four artists trying to break into a world that often treats them with disdain or indifference. This feature film raised more than $33,000 on Indiegogo in 2014 and is a part of this year’s Spotlight film section.
|Saturday 4/16||6:30pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7|
|Monday 4/18||9:30pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-1|
|Wednesday 4/20||3:45pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 5|
|Saturday 4/23||2:45pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7|
One of the world’s most famous street artists, Banksy, is equally mysterious and notorious. The Banksy Job is a documentary highlighting AK47, an ex-porn star, acid rave promoter and self-anointed “art terrorist,” and his goal to wipe out one of Banksy’s well-known pieces of public art – in broad daylight. Don’t miss this thrilling documentary at Tribeca this year.
|Sunday 4/17||9:30pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6|
|Tuesday 4/19||6:45pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 5|
|Friday 4/22||3:15pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 4|
|Saturday 4/23||6:15pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 4|
Fed up with being pushed around, a group of gay and trans teens of color form a gang called Check It in Washington DC. This feature-length documentary about this gay gang is an intimate portrait of five childhood friends as they claw their way out of gang life through an unlikely avenue – fashion. Check It raised more than $63,000 last year and can be seen as part of Tribeca’s Spotlight section.
|Saturday 4/16||9:30pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7|
|Sunday 4/17||3:45pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 5|
|Monday 4/18||4:45pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-8|
|Friday 4/22||9:15pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-6|
|Sunday 4/24||7:45pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-8|
Works in Progress
Ghostbusters is one of cinema’s most iconic franchises, with one of the most dedicated fanbases. Ghostheads is a documentary exploring the many faces of Ghostbusters fandom, featuring interviews with Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Sigourney Weaver, and Paul Feig. Ghostheads raised more than $32,000 in November 2015 and will be included as a Work in Progress at Tribeca.
|Saturday 4/23||5:30pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-4|
Randall, a recently divorced man in his 40s, confronts the rocky shores of loneliness after spending a day with his adolescent son and an encounter with his ex-wife. The Scarecrow is a dramatic, character-driven short film, sharing how Randall experiences love in one afternoon. You can see The Scarecrow as part of this year’s Narrative Shorts in Competition.
|Saturday 4/16||2:45pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-10|
|Monday 4/18||2:45pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-10|
|Tuesday 4/19||8:45pm||Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-4|
|Saturday 4/23||6:45pm||Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 5|
Vloggers: video diarists who have created a massive audience and wild financial success by filming themselves, their thoughts and their daily lives and uploading these videos to YouTube. Vlogumentary is a feature-length documentary delving into the lives and nature of these vloggers, and it raised more than $201,000 on Indiegogo in 2013. After the screening, you can be a part of a conversation with the stars of the film and celebrated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
|Wednesday 4/20||8:00pm||Festival Hub 6th Floor|
If you’re attending Tribeca Film Festival, don’t miss these 10 incredible Indiegogo alumni. Keep in touch with the Indiegogo Film team by following @indiegogofilm on Twitter!
Feeling inspired to get your film idea in the film festival circuit? Download the free Indiegogo Film Handbook to get started.