April 15, 2015

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival starts today and runs from April 15 to April 26 at locations around New York City. For more information, go to www.tribecafilm.com/
The 2015 film selection includes feature films from 32 countries, including 55 World Premieres, 6 International Premieres, 12 North American Premieres, 9 U.S. Premieres and 5 New York Premieres.

In terms of Urban and African American films, there aren’t that many features, but a number of documentaries, including one on Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige’s latest album and the process of putting it together. Nelson George returns with a doc on one of the most notable and trailblazing figures in the ballet world, Misty Copeland. Spike Lee has two films at the festival, one as a director and the other as an executive producer.  Zoe Kravitz stars opposite recent Oscar nominee in Good Kill, while Eden Duncan-Smith makes her feature debut in Reed Morano’s Meadowland.


In My Father's House- – directed by Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg

Set against the crumbling landscape of Chicago’s battered south side, IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE is a yearlong journey from homelessness and alcoholism to self-discovery and redemption as Grammy-winning rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith reunites with his homeless father in a quest to reclaim his neighborhood and discover his true self as a father and son.

Che, a co-writer on the Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning original song “Glory” from the 2014 motion picture Selma (Best Picture Oscar nominee), is also know for his insightful anthems “Jesus Walks” and “Bullet” and has long found inspiration in issues facing the African-American community, including the growing crisis of fatherlessness and gang violence.

Himself a child of a broken home, Che hasn’t seen his father, Brian, in over 25 years, and presumes him dead. But after buying his father’s childhood home, Che sets out to find him, and learns that he is now a homeless alcoholic living only several blocks away. Determined to rehabilitate him – and forge a new legacy for his own young family – Che soon realizes Brian may not be ready to take on the responsibilities asked of him.

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