As the Tribeca Film Festival reaches its 14th year, the New York-based celebration of cinema is well into puberty as it continues to get high-profile world premieres starring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, smaller independent films, the best of world cinema as well as highly-regarded documentaries about all sorts of subjects.
Kicking off on Wednesday, April 15 with Live from New York!, a documentary by Bao Nguyen that celebrates the 40th Anniversary of “Saturday Night Live” by showcasing its history and the influence it’s had on how the country views comedy. One expects that many of the stars of the show, both past and present, will be on hand at the Gala Premiere at the Beacon Theatre, which will be followed by a performance from rapper Ludacris.
The festival will conclude with a special presentation of Martin Scorsese’s remastered version of Goodfellas, starring Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro, with Scorsese and much of the cast appearing afterwards, moderated by John Stewart.
In between, there will be twelve days filled with hundreds of movies at venues both in Tribeca and in Chelsea with filmmakers and actors on-hand to answer questions after many of the premieres. Many movie lovers will also want to check out this year’s line-up of Tribeca Talks, which includes top filmmakers like George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Cary Fukunaga and Brad Bird talking about their craft with equally interesting moderators.
Among the classic films being screened include Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting, which will have its own Tribeca Talk on April 22, while the comedy Clue and Lady and the Tramp will be screened for free as part of the popular Tribeca Drive-In on April 16 and 17.
The second weekend of Tribeca will showcase a special “Monty Python Celebration” with all five members of Monty Python in attendance for the festival’s 40th Anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Friday, April 24, and screenings of Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. Tribeca will also debut the brand-new documentary Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, which looks at the group’s preparations for the ten sold-out comedy shows at the 02 Arena in London.
Of course, there will be a lot of movies playing Tribeca that previously played at other festivals such as Patrick Brice’s comedy The Overnight, Leslye Headland’s Sleeping with Other People, Paul Weitz’s Grandma, and the documentary the doc The Wolfpack, all of which were received very well earlier in the year.
You can check out pictures and descriptions of roughly thirty movies that look interesting to us in this year’s festival and hopefully we’ll be able to catch some of them.
The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 15 through April 26. You can find the full schedule and buy tickets–some might still be available–at the official site.