Fueled by pure rock energy, this doc chronicles the unlikely birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championship and the intense rivalries that develop on the way to the event in Finland. Also featured are jam sessions and interviews with notable air guitarists and the "airheads" who follow them. |Read MoreComedy, Documentary, Music
Alekesam is the story of Hugh Masekela, an international jazz icon and apartheid activist who was exiled from his homeland South Africa for 30 years, and his son Selema, who attempts to embrace the roots of his identity through music and reconnect with his father.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Triptych program. |Read MoreDocumentary, Music
An intimate and deeply moving tribute to jazz diva extraordinaire Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006. Packed with terrific clips and anecdotes from friends and fellow musicians, this enjoyable documentary zips along at the speed of her renowned up-tempo interpretation of "Sweet Georgia Brown." |Read MoreDocumentary, Music
Armonia takes the ride of the dynamic original piano concerto "Armonia Degli Uccelli," and marries it to a universally accessible animation, to produce a uniquely layered spectacle of spatial storytelling. Supported by Tribeca Film Institute. |Read MoreAnimation, Environmental, Music, Art
Adam Goldstein made a name for himself, most notably as DJ AM but not least for his celebrity connections. As I Am is an insider’s look into the life of the late, famed mash-up pioneer: his professional successes that made him the first million-dollar deejay in the United States and his incredibly complex personal life that featured a long battle with drug addiction. |Read MoreDrama, Documentary, Music
As I Open My Eyes depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid’s musical feature debut offers a nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring. In partnership with Venice Days. |Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Music
Although the statistic is alarming--one in 150 children in the U.S. is now diagnosed with autism--this documentary is steeped in a sense of optimism. Filmed over the course of one year, it follows five autistic children in Los Angeles as they write and rehearse their own full-length musical, tossing aside all stereotypes in the process.
|Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Music
Bad Rap follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. Sharing dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, these artists will make the most skeptical critics into believers. With humor and insight, the film paints a portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle. |Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Music, NY Director(s)
Filmmaker and TFF alum Marie Losier, who has created engaging short films on avant-garde artists like George Kuchar and Guy Maddin, makes her feature documentary debut with a mesmerizing and deeply romantic love story between pioneering musician and performance artist Genesis P-Orridge and soul mate Lady Jaye. Breaking new ground in its depiction of gender identity, Ballad chronicles the physical and spiritual merging of two beings into one. |Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Music
Go behind the scenes like never before at BAM, the nation's oldest performing arts center. Featuring footage of recent BAM performances, interviews with groundbreaking artists like Laurie Anderson and Robert Wilson, and the fascinating history of the creative home to such greats as Pina Bausch, Peter Brook, and Merce Cunningham, TFF alum Michael Sládek's (Con Artist) doc shows that BAM's 150 years were not always easy, but are a testament to the power and stamina of the institution that launched Brooklyn as a cultural mecca. |Read MoreDocumentary, Music
The most groundbreaking act to emerge from the New York hip-hop scene of the early '90s, A Tribe Called Quest electrified a generation with its brand of jazz-infused beats and intelligent rhymes before dramatically disbanding in '98. In his directorial debut, Michael Rapaport draws from eight months of total access to uncover the history and inner workings of the Tribe. Featuring De La Soul, Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Ludacris, Beastie Boys, and more. |Read MoreDocumentary, Music
Aspiring singer Nelli needs someone to produce her demo, while shy hip-hop DJ Sune is just looking for a pretty girlfriend. Karukoski's feature debut throws them together in a romantic comedy about contemporary Finnish youth trying to find their way into adulthood. (Ages 15+) |Read MoreMusic
A reverie of images and sound, Below Dreams follows the narratives of three very different people returning to New Orleans for the promise of a better life. As each character experiences the city, it becomes clear that their individual hopes and dreams are not possible without sacrifice. Shot documentary style but with dreamlike qualities melding fiction and reality, this is a hypnotic tribute to both the socially marginalized and to New Orleans itself. |Read MoreFemale Director(s), Music, New York, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
Driven by a constant need to create, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio takes on new projects, including some of his most personal music to date as well as Phish’s ambitious New Year’s Eve show at Madison Square Garden. |Read MoreDocumentary, Music