TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL - ID FILM SCREENINGS
by Elaine Hegwood Bowen
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ID releases schedule for Tribeca Film Festival Screenings
ID just announced their public screenings of the following movies: Death of a Superhero; The Fourth Dimension; The Giant Mechanical Man; Knife Fight; Revenue for Jolly, Side By Side, Sleepless Night; and Struck By Lightning.
Synopses for the movies and screening dates are as follows:
Death of a Superhero is part of the Viewpoints series, and features Director: Ian FitzGibbon; Producers: Astrid Kahmke, Philipp Kreuzer, Michael Garland; Cast: Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aisling Loftus, Michael McElhatton, Sharon Horgan, Jessica Schwarz ; Running Time is 94 minutes.
The Fourth Dimension is also part of the Viewpoints series and features Directors: Harmony Korine, Alexey Fedorchenko, Jan Kwiecinski; Producers: Priya Swaminathan, Matt Elek, Michael Derkits, Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Michal Kwiecinski; with cast Val Kilmer, Igor Sergeev, Darya Ekamasova, Tomasz Tyndyk; Running Time is 106 minutes. New York Premiere.
A motivational speaker named Val Kilmer (played by Val Kilmer) delivers a sermon at a roller rink. A Russian scientist builds a time machine in his apartment. Four friends stumble upon an abandoned village in the Polish countryside. All are in search of the fourth dimension—whether they know it or not. Together, Grolsch Film Works and VICE Films present The Fourth Dimension, a film that gives us a glimpse of enlightenment through the eyes of three one‐of‐a‐kind characters. Weird, ominous, cool, compelling: these three short films could only be inspired by the creative vision of Harmony Korine and VICE’s Eddy Moretti.
The Giant Mechanical Man is part of the Spotlight series, with Director: Lee Kirk; Producers: Molly Hassell, Jenna Fischer, Michael Nardelli; Editor: Robert Komatsu; and Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Chris Messina, Jenna Fischer, Lucy Punch, Malin Akerman, Rich Sommer, Topher Grace. Running Time is 94 minutes. World Premiere.
The Giant Mechanical Man is a charming comedic romance between Janice (Jenna Fischer), a woman in her 30’s who has yet to learn how to navigate adulthood, and Tim (Chris Messina), a devoted street performer who finds that his unique talents as a “living statue” don’t exactly pay the bills. Out of work and crashing with her overbearing sister (Malin Akerman), Janice is on the receiving end of well-intentioned but misguided pressure to date an egotistical self-help guru (Topher Grace). Everyone seems to know what’s best for Janice, but Tim helps her find her own voice and realize that it only takes one person to make you feel important.
Tribeca Films: Opening April 27th in New York. Available nationwide on VOD beginning April 17.
Knife Fight is a Special Screening), with Director: Bill Guttentag; Producers: Guerrino De Luca, Catherine Davila, Daniel Davila and Cast: Rob Lowe, Jamie Chung, Jennifer Morrison, Julie Bowen, Saffron Burrows, David Harbour, Eric McCormack, Carrie Ann Moss, Richard Schiff. Running Time is 99 minutes. World Premiere.
Rob Lowe is Paul Turner, a maverick political strategist struggling to keep his wayward clients—including a philandering Kentucky governor and a California senator being blackmailed—in office and out of the scandal sheets. This tightly wound dramatic satire from two-time Oscar-winning director and TFF alum Bill Guttentag (Nanking) shows us what our political leaders are really made of. With Julie Bowen, Eric McCormack, Jennifer Morrison and Carrie-Anne Moss.
Revenge for Jolly is part of the (Cinemania) series, with Director: Chadd Harbold; Producers: William Green, Aaron Ginsburg, Brian Petsos and Cast: Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Kristen Wiig, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe. Running Time is 85 minutes.
Harry (Brian Petsos) will stop at nothing to avenge the death of his beloved dog, Jolly. He and his demented cousin Cecil (Oscar Isaac) follow a series of clues in a frenzied attempt to track down the dog’s murderer, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Elijah Wood, Kristen Wiig, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe, Gillian Jacobs, Bobby Moynihan, Kevin Corrigan, David Rasche, Amy Siemetz, and Garret Dillahunt all stand between Harry and revenge for Jolly.
Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by Side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh, and many more.
Tribeca Films: Opening theatrically, and available nationwide on VOD, Summer 2012
Sleepless Night is part of the Cinemania series; with Director: Frederic Jardin; Producers: Marco Cherqui, Lauranne Bourrachot and Cast: Tomer Sisley, Serge Riaboukine, Julien Boisselier, Joey Starr, Laurent Stocker, Birol Unel. Running Time is 103 minutes. New York Premiere. In French with English subtitles.
Sleepless Night tells the story of Vincent, a respected and dedicated police officer – or so it seems. After he and a colleague are recognized while stealing a massive bag of cocaine from drug dealers employed by local mob boss Marciano, Vincent quickly finds himself trapped in a situation that no parent would envy: his son has been kidnapped with the promise of execution if he doesn’t immediately deliver the bag back to its rightful owner.
Vincent heads to Marciano’s nightclub on the outskirts of Paris to make the swap, but competing interests and misplaced loyalties soon threaten to complicate the exchange. The ensuing game of cat-and-mouse quickly spirals into madness, sprawling across every seedy back room and pulsating, claustrophobic inch of the crowded dance floor. With enemies on all sides and time working against him, the night to come might not only be the longest but also the last of Vincent and his young son’s life.
Tribeca Films: Opening May 11 in New York and Austin. Available nationwide on VOD April 17.
Struck By Lightning is part of the Spotlight series; with Director: Brian Dannelly; Writer: Chris Colfer; Producers: David Permut, Roberto Aguire, Mia Chang; Executive Producers: Jason Berman, Chris Colfer, Glenn Rigberg, Lawrence Kopeikin; Co-Producers: Monica Aguirre Diez Barroso, Steve Longi, Mark Moran and Cast: Chris Colfer, Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland, Rebel Wilson. Running Time is 90 minutes. World Premiere.
In the close-minded town of Clover, outspoken high school senior Carson Phillips is tragically killed when struck by lightning. In a series of flashbacks, Carson quips about his own funeral and recounts the last weeks of his life; running the writers’ club, dealing with his alcoholic mother, and caring for his Alzheimer’s stricken grandmother. With his eyes set on the college of his dreams, Carson will do anything to get accepted. He devises a scheme to better his odds by creating a school literary magazine filled with works by popular students, who Carson has blackmailed into participating. Ironically, he winds up inspiring his classmates, learning that life is what happens when you’re busy planning your future, and that we should all embrace each day like it’s our last.
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Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago, who also serves as a news editor for FilmMonthly.com
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