April 25, 2015
The Tribeca Film Festival, which ends today, is basically a regional festival, with nearly all screenings and events located in downtown Manhattan. It’s lately getting a reputation as one of the finest festivals for documentary film, but there were a number of buzzy narrative premieres as well as movies that previously played at Sundance and are slated for release later this year, plus panels with filmmakers and mini-events about video games, interactive technologies, television, and more.
Some of the flashiest events didn’t fit my work schedule, but I saw eleven movies. Below are some of the highlights.
In My Father’s House, a documentary directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, follows Grammy-winning rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith after he buys the house in which his father Brian grew up, then goes looking for him. It turns out that after being absent for most of Che childhood, he’s homeless and an alcoholic. That sets off a chain of events that changes a lot of things for both Che and Brian.