Tribeca Film Festival announces first batch of films

by Bob Deutsch

Inflatable screen with Manhattan as backdrop

While there are more information is on the way regarding the entire movie line up, 46 of the 89 films that will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival have been announced. The festival, which will be held from April 17 – 28, will include documentaries, feature films and, for the first time, cat videos for the 12th annual event.

According to the New York Times, the festival will open with the film “Mistaken for Strangers,” a documentary about the band the National, who will also be performing at the festival. Other films that will be screened include “Big Men,” about Africa’s oil companies in Ghana and the Niger River Delta. The movie will be making its world premiere, and will also be the opening film in the world documentary category. Other documentaries include “Bridegroom,” about a same-sex couple’s fight for marriage rights, and “Viewpoints,” which is, as an AP article explains, “a drama about a family in Ireland struggling after the husband suffers a stroke.”

The narrative competition will feature “Bluebird,” a story about a Maine logging town starring Amy Morton and Adam Driver. “Sunlight Jr.” will also be included in that category, featuring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.

Another film movie goers may be looking forward to is “Lil Bub & Friendz,” a documentary about the recent cat video trend, starring famous internet cats Lil Bub, Grumpy Cat, and Keyboard Cat, Fox News explained.

The annual festival is known for taking over the Manhattan region for two weeks each spring. For other spring festivals looking to appeal to big audiences, outdoor movie screens can help accommodate for large volumes of people, while also offering film screenings in a unique way. In a time when the film festival industry is growing, having an outdoor movie screen can help any festival stand out.

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