Every year film buffs descend upon New York City for the Tribeca Film Festival (presented by AT&T). It’s a chance to discover new talent and get a sneak peek of incredible films, both big and small. Now that the festival is over and we’ve finally had a chance to catch our breath, we’re excited to share some of our faves from the festival! Take a look at the list below, and keep checking in on DIRECTV.com to see when our picks will be available to stream.
Woman Walks Ahead
The film which stars Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) as Catherine Weldon, explores the unlikely friendship between her character and the legendary Sioux chief Sitting Bull. As Weldon travels to North Dakota in hopes of painting him, she must overcome many obstacles to gain not only the respect, but also the trust of the men who surround her. Directed by Susanna White, the film boasts both jaw-dropping landscapes and spectacular performances from a supporting ensemble cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Ciarán Hinds, and Michael Greyeyes as Sitting Bull.
We’re very excited about this film as it was the first winner of AT&T’s Untold Stories program, an initiative that was started to support filmmakers that are underrepresented in the industry. The film’s director, Faraday Okoro, received a $1 million grant from AT&T to produce the film, and we absolutely loved it (we’re not just saying that!) Telling the story of American teenager Eze who is sent to his mother’s native Nigeria against his will, the film vacillates between high-tension sequences and unexpected moments of levity. This is Okoro’s first film, and he finished it in just under 12 months after his win last year.
It’s no secret that we’re fans of Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Whip It), and this film really showcases the breadth of her abilities. Playing opposite Laia Costa (another incredible young talent), the film explores the highs and lows of modern romance… with an unexpected twist. Directed by Miguel Arteta (Beatriz at Dinner) and co-written by Shawkat, you won’t want to miss this unique film.
Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Basquiat was such a downtown art darling, that much of his life has become the stuff of storied legends. What’s so cool about Sara Driver’s new documentary, is that it finally touches on some of Basquiat’s earliest work. Using archival footage from the late 70s and early 80s, coupled with contemporary interviews, the film is a fresh take on the early life of a New York City legend.