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Tribeca NOW is a program that discovers, highlights, and celebrates New Online Work from independent storytellers who choose to create and share their work in the online space. Comprised of three subsections: N.O.W. Showcase, Special Screenings, and the N.O.W. Creators Market.


A curated selection of independent, online creators invited to showcase their latest work at a public screening as official Tribeca Festival selections.
Program A Headspace: Sci-fi, documentary, drama, and comedy collide in this collection of works that push aesthetic boundaries and challenge storytelling tropes.
Program B Reality Check: A cornucopia of personalities are at the center of these evergreen stories of parenthood, aging, and sexuality. Plus, President Obama.


These two screenings spotlight a selection of high profile work from the digital industry’s leading networks and talent:
Topic – Digital Docs
The New York Times Op-Docs


A daylong, private industry market that brings together leading online and immersive storytellers to pitch new projects with a curated group of industry (distributors, agencies, networks, etc.), uniquely positioned to set a new standard for the creation, pitching, showcase and sale of these creators’ work.

Adult Ed.

Matt Dellapina

A disgraced former teacher (Matt Dellapina) starts tutoring fellow failures around New York City while coming to grips with the toughest lesson of his life: fatherhood.

Matt Dellapina, born and raised in the Bronx, cut his teeth on the Off-Broadway scene. Recent credits including Dirty 30, Fits and Starts, and Ruin Me. Dellapina serves as Co-Artistic Director of Slant Theatre Project, where he help found the New York City storytelling series On This Island.

Little Ark Films (Production Company)

Maud Wiemeijer + Valerie Bisscheroux

The weekend 24-year-old Anne (Hanna van Vliet) moves into her Amsterdam apartment, she unexpectedly runs into ex-girlfriend Lily (Eline van Gils). Her reappearance pushes Anne to reflect on the diverse women from her past and their influence on her life.

Maud Wiemeijer is a screenwriter. In 2015 she created the concept for the web series Anne+, which premiered at the Nederlands Film Festival and aired on national Dutch television.

Valerie Bisscheroux is a film director. Her main focus and incentive as a filmmaker is the positive and nuanced representation of LGBTQ+ characters and storylines in film.


Better Days

Nabeel Muscatwalla + Adam Turkel

A Muslim-American twenty-something (Nabeel Muscatwalla) faces a series of awkward encounters as he tries to get on with his day.

Nabeel Muscatwalla is an LA-based comedian. He can be seen writing and performing sketch comedy on Maude Nights at UCB.

Adam Turkel is a filmmaker born, raised, and based in New York. His film Freehand won Best Digital Short at the 2019 HollyWeb Festival.

Yvonne Michelle Shirley

Celebrated photojournalists explore images of the people and events that helped shape the American experience in this documentary series, and discuss how working with photographs impacts them personally.

Screening in: N.O.W. Special Screening: Topic – Digital Docs and N.O.W. Showcase: Reality Check

Yvonne Michelle Shirley is a director and producer of narrative and documentary films. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, her work includes Flowers, which won Best Short Film in the HBO Short Film Competition at the 2016 American Black Film Festival, and Miasia: The Nature of Experience.

Frame by Frame

Kiss of the Rabbit God

Andrew Thomas Huang

A young Chinese restaurant worker (Teddy Lee) falls in love with a god (Jeff Chen) who leads him on a journey of sexual awakening and self discovery.

Andrew Thomas Huang studied Fine Art at the University of Southern California. His film and video work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, The Barbican Centre, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. His work bridges the gap between video art and film, expanding into installation and alternative modes of storytelling.

Staceyann Chin + Micaela Birmingham

The true story of a lesbian's (Staceyann Chin) quest to become a mother. With her closest friends (Gina Yashere, Laura Gomez, Janine Brito) by her side, she embarks on a wild road toward motherhood.

Staceyann Chin is a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. Her critically acclaimed solo theater piece MotherStruck, directed by Cynthia Nixon and produced by Rosie O’Donnell, opened in New York in 2015.

Micaela Birmingham is an Emmy Award®-winning writer and director with projects spanning public service, comedy, and branded content.



Laura Moss + Nick Kocher

A comedic sci-fi anthology series exploring personal anxieties. In episode 1, eureka!, a chronic procrastinator (Karen Gillan) meets an otherworldly being responsible for giving humanity its great ideas.

Laura Moss is a filmmaker from New York City. Her recent short film, Allen Anders—Live at the Comedy Castle (circa 1987) premiered at SXSW 2018.

Nick Kocher is a stand-up comic and writer who has written for Saturday Night Live, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Marvel Comics.

Joe Penna + Ryan Morrison

When a deadly and mysterious airborne disease spreads from remote areas of the world to the United States, the country is thrust into chaos and panic as it strikes the quiet outskirts of a large American city.

Joe Penna is a Brazilian writer and director. His debut feature, Arctic, was part of the Official Selection at Cannes in 2018.

Ryan Morrison is a writer, producer, and editor from the Boston area. He co-wrote, edited, and executive produced Arctic with Penna.


Sweater + 99

Nick Borenstein


Corey's (Nick Borenstein) day couldn't be worse. Then he gets a free coffee.


A mother (Kathryn Markey) and son (Nick Borenstein) shop for a Bar Mitzvah gift at a 99 Cent store.

Nick Borenstein is a New York-based writer, director, dancer, and actor. He wrote, directed, and starred in the comedic digital series Trip, a selection of IFP's Screen Forward Lab, and The Buddy System, a short film that was developed into a digital series for His most recent series was a finalist for Sundance Institute’s YouTube New Voices Lab.

Sarah Salovaara

The Future Is Then follows a widowed Trinidadian woman (Myra Lucretia Taylor) who is recruited to be the brains behind the scenes of an Expedia-esque start up, run by three twenty-something white dudes (Carl Kranz, Matt Barats, Stephen Gurewitz).

Sarah Salovaara is a filmmaker from New York City. Her work is primarily concerned with the retooling of gender roles and genre tropes. Her previous series, Let Me Die a Nun, starring Ana Fabrega and Hari Nef, was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award in 2017.

The Future Is Then

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Laura Nix

Paul and Millie Cao lost their youth to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they have become successful professionals in Southern California—and are rediscovering themselves on the dancefloor.

Screening in: N.O.W. Special Screening: NYT Op-Docs–Featuring Stories of Immigration and N.O.W. Showcase: Headspace

Laura Nix is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She previously directed the feature documentary films Inventing Tomorrow (Sundance 2018), The Yes Men Are Revolting (Toronto International Film Festival, Berlinale 2014), and The Light In Her Eyes (IDFA 2011).