This year's Tribeca Film Festival will premiere six features made by Columbia MFA faculty, alumni and students.
Frederic Tcheng ('07) follows up his Diana Vreeland documentary with Dior and I (Dior et Moi). The documentary "enters the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior...(and) Raf Simons' first Dior Haute Couture collection as Artistic Director." The film will play as part of the World Documentary Competition representing France, and will screen on April 17th. Tcheng's other work includes short films and documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated Valentino The Last Emperor. Tcheng also shoots and edits fashion and music videos.
Nicole Holofcener's ('88) latest screenwriting project, Every Secret Thing, will premiere in the Spotlight section of the festival. The film, based on Laura Lippman's book of same name, is set in a small Baltimore suburb where everyone has a secret. Two young girls serve time for their crime when a baby goes missing from a porch. Another child goes missing after the girls' release back into the town and detectives must probe the town where everyone seems to be suspect. The film is director Amy Berg's narrative debut. Holofcener's most recent success was with 2013's Enough Said, which she wrote and directed.
Art and Craft, a documentary about master art forger Mark Landis, will be screened as part of the 22 films in the Viewpoints section. Directed by alum Jennifer Grausman ('05) and Sam Cullman, and co-directed by Mark Becker, the film explores Landis' life and "paints a richly complicated portrait of mental illness, skewed philanthropy, and the desire to feel connected." Grausman is known for her work as director and producer on the Emmy-nominated documentary Pressure Cooker as well as for her co-produced feature 3 Backyards, directed by film faculty Eric Mendelsohn.
The feature documentary titled 1971 will have its world premiere on April 17th at the Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Johanna Hamilton and produced by adjunct Film faculty member Marilyn Ness, it chronicles eight activists who plotted an intricate break-in to the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania to leak stolen documents and expose illegal surveillance 40 years before WikiLeaks and the NSA scandal. The re-creations were produced by Film Professor and alumna Maureen A. Ryan ('92). Additional alumni who worked on the film include Production Designer Markus Kirschner ('04), Production Manager Brian Birch ('14) and Production Coordinator Jacey Heldrich ('13).
Screenwriter alums Christian Magalhaes ('10) and Robert Snow ('10) will also show their film Murder of a Cat at the festival. The film is produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Gillian Greene. It stars Greg Kinnear and JK Simmons. The "offbeat detective comedy" follows a grown man, Clinton, bent on finding his cat's murderer with childlike zeal. In his search for the facts, Clinton uncovers a conspiracy that far exceeds any of his expectations.
Love is Strange played first at the Sundance Film Festival and will now also screen in the Spotlight segment at Tribeca. The film stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a New York couple finally given the opportunity to make their relationship offical. Their love is tested when they face discrimination and obstacles in their personal lives that carry over in to their relationship. Co-Written and directed by adjunct faculty Ira Sachs, the film is executive produced by current Film students Ali Betil and L.A. Teodosio, as well as Jim Lande ('90 SIPA). Current student Alan Scott Neal served as casting assistant for the film. The film will first play at Tribeca on April 23.
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival will be held from April 16 - 27.