New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil LaBute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.


Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, LaBute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight section highlights many familiar faces as well as new ones, while the films’ stories deliver unconventional perspectives and fresh commentary,” said festival director Genna Terranova.

“Seeing a film together alongside a live performance heightens the experience, engages the imagination and brings audiences together in unforgettable way. We have had a lot of success with these film events in the past, so it was only natural to make them a bigger part of the program with a series of Special Screenings featuring live music, dance and comedy.”

“As a genre fan myself, I had a lot of fun with the range of storytelling in this year’s section,” said senior programmer Cara Cusumano. “From one worst nightmare to another, I know this year’s selections will engage – and sometimes unnerve – audiences with a range of edgy horror stories, suspenseful thrillers, and absurd humour.”

The Short film programme will be announced March 6 and Storyscapes and Tribeca Talks will be announced over the next two weeks. The 14th edition of Tribeca will take place in New York City from April 15-26.


Aferim! (Romania-Bulgaria-Czech Republic), dir Radu Jude
North American premiere, narrative

Aloft (Canada-France-Spain), dir Claudia Llosa
New York premiere, narrative. Sony Pictures Classics

Among The Believers (Pakistan),dirs Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi
World premiere

Anesthesia (USA), dir Tim Blake Nelson
World premiere, narrative

Angry Sky (USA), dir directed by Jeff Tremaine
World premiere, documentary. ESPN Films

The Armor Of Light (USA), dir Abigail Disney
World premiere, documentary

As I AM: The Life And Times Of DJ AM (USA), dir Kevin Kerslake
World premiere, documentary

Ashby (USA), dir Tony McNamara
World premiere, narrative

Backtrack (USA), dir Michael Petroni
World premiere, narrative

Bleeding Heart (USA), dir Diane Bell
World premiere, narrative

Cartel Land (USA-Mexico), dir Matthew Heineman
New York premiere, documentary. The Orchard

The Cut (Germany), dir Fatih Akin
North American premiere, narrative

Dirty Weekend (USA), dir Neil LaBute
World premiere, narrative

Down In The Valley (USA), dir Jason Hehir
World premiere, documentary. ESPN Films

The Driftless Area (Canada-USA), dir Zachary Sluser
World premiere, narrative

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story Of The National Lampoon (USA), dir Douglas Tirola
New York Premiere, Documentary

The Emperor’s New Clothes (UK), dirs Michael Winterbottom and Russell Brand
International premiere, documentary

Far From Men (Loin Des Hommes) (France), dir David Oelhoffen
US premiere, narrative. Tribeca Film

Fastball, (USA), dir Jonathan Hock
World premiere, documentary

A Faster Horse (USA), dir David Gelb
World Premiere, Documentary

Good Kill (USA), dir Andrew Niccol
US premiere, narrative. IFC Films

Grandma (USA), dir Paul Weitz
New York premiere, narrative. Sony Pictures Classics

Hungry Hearts (Italy), dir Saverio Costanzo
US premiere, narrative. Sundance Selects

Jimmy’s Hall (UK-Ireland-France), dir Ken Loach.
North American premiere, narrative. Sony Pictures Classics

Maggie (USA, pictured), dir Henry Hobson
World premiere, narrative. Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions

Mojave (USA), dir William Monahan
World premiere, narrative

A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did (UK), dir David Evans
World premiere, documentary

The Overnight (USA), dir Patrick Brice
New York premiere, narrative. The Orchard.

Peggy Guggenheim - Art Addict (USA), dir Lisa Immordino Vreeland
World premiere, documentary

Prescription Thugs (USA), dir Christopher Bell
World premiere, documentary

Requiem For The American Dream (USA), dirs Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P Scott
World premiere, documentary

Roseanne For President! (USA), dir Weinrib
World premiere, documentary

Sleeping With Other People (USA), dirLeslye Headland
New York premiere, narrative. IFC Films

Slow West (UK-New Zealand), dir John Maclean
New York premiere, narrative. A24/DIRECTV

Steak (R)evolution (France), dir Franck Ribière
International premiere, documentary. Kino Lorber

Thought Crimes (USA), dir Erin Lee Carr
World premiere, documentary. HBO Documentary

Tumbledown (USA), dir Sean Mewshaw
World premiere, narrative

The Wannabe (USA), dir Nick Sandow
World premiere, narrative

When I Live My Life Over Again (USA), dir Robert Edwards
World premiere, narrative

Wondrous Boccaccio (Maraviglioso Boccaccio) (Italy), dirs Paolo Taviani and Vittoria Taviani
International premiere, narrative


Bodyslam: The Revenge Of The Banana! (USA), dirs Ryan Harvie and John Paul Horstmann
World premiere, narrative

Emelie (USA), dir directed by Michael Thelin
World premiere, narrative

Hyena (UK), dir Gerard Johnson
US premiere, narrative. Tribeca Film

Scherzo Diabolico (Mexico-USA), dir Adrián García Bogliano
World premiere, narrative

Stung (Germany-USA), dir Benni Diez
World premiere, narrative


A Ballerina’s Tale (USA), dir Nelson George
World premiere, documentary
Followed by a Q&A with Misty Copeland and a special ballet performance by her mentees Erica Lall (American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company) and Naazir Muhammad (ABT’s JKO School) sponsored by Under Armour.

Mary J Blige - The London Sessions (UK-USA), dir Sam Wrench
World premiere, documentary
A performance from Mary J Blige will follow the screening.

Rifftrax Live: The Room (USA) by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett
World Premiere
For their first-ever New York performance the Rifftrax gang will unleash their comedy on Tommy Wiseau’s modern The Room for a one-night-only live cinema event.

Speedy (USA), dir Ted Wilde
Newly restored print from the Criterion Collection, narrative
For one-night only, DJ and producer DJ Z-Trip willcreate an all-new soundtrack for this silent film classic.


LoveTrue(USA), dir Alma Har’el
Har’el and executive producer Shia LaBeouf will present an exclusive preview of scenes from the film.

All Work, All Play (USA), dir Patrick Creadon