The new Encounters section is designed to offer provocative film-making from new and established talents. Screenings include the world premieres of The Air I Breathe starring Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia and Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Franco's latest film as a director Good Time Max, Randall Miller's Nobel Son with Alan Rickman and Danny DeVito, Marc Klein's Suburban Girl (aka The Girl's Guide To Hunting And Fishing) starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin, Mary Stuart Masterson's family drama The Cake Eaters, Diego Luna's boxing documentary Chavez, and John Poll's high school comedy Charlie Bartlett starring Robert Downey Jr.
Midnight screenings include Jonathan King's New Zealand horror tale Black Sheep, and the world premieres of Michael Addis' documentary Heckler, Lucy Liu vampire saga Rise: Blood Hunter and sex comedy The Workshop directed by Jamie Morgan.
Among Restored/Rediscovered selections chosen by Martin Scorsese and Peter Scarlet are Cinda Firestone's 1974 prison riot documentary Attica, Grigori Chukrai's 1956 Russian romance The Forty First, and Alvaro J Covacevich's rarely seen 1966 Chilean drama To Die A Little (Morir Un Poco).
The two special presentations are a live performance of Arvo Part's Passio set to images selected by film archivist Paolo Chierchi Usai, and a re-mix of DJ Spooky's Rebirth Of A Nation, which deconstructs D W Griffith's controversial 1915 film.
For a complete list of films visit the official website at www.tribecafilmfestival.org.