This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will see a record number of short films making their debuts, the festival announced Friday.
Of the 60 films in the program, 40 will make their world premiere. Topics include wearable tech, online dating, homeland security, and the consequences of living a digital life. Actors featured both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes include Dick Van Dyke, Katie Holmes, and SNL alumni Fred Armisen and Paula Pell.
The complete lineup, listed below, will be available three hours after the premiere of each film as part of the Tribeca Online Festival. They will run on the festival’s website through April 26.
The Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 15 to 26 in New York City.
Be Yourself; Documentary program; Personal stories about self-identity are the focus of these documentary shorts
American Renaissance, Ryan Scafuro, Jarred Alterman, North American Premier
Explores the fantastic world of Elizabethan England at one of the largest renaissance faires in the U.S., and is a portrait of the characters that return annually.
Live Fast, Draw Yung, Stacey Lee, Anthony Mathile, World Premiere
Follows 7-year-old rap portraitist Yung Lenox and his dad Skip, an unconventional artistic duo navigating the tumultuous worlds of hip hop and modern day parenting.
Eternal Princess (Printesa Vesnica), Katie Holmes, World Premiere
Explores the extraordinary life of famed Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, who at the age of 14 scored the first perfect 10 during the 1976 Olympics, and is now a loving mother, philanthropist and sports icon.
All American Family, Andrew Jenks, World Premiere
Family four generations of the Pederson family have had a star player on The Eagles, one of the best football teams in California, but unlike other teams these players are all deaf.
Elder, Genéa Gaudet, World Premiere
In 1974 when a Mormon missionary in Elder falls in love with a handsome Italian Communist, his world turns upside down.
My Enemy, My Brother, Ann Shin, World Premiere
Former Iran-Iraq War enemies, Zahed and Najah, become blood brothers 25 years after one saves the other’s life.
Family Dynamics; Narrative Program; Relationships are often complicated, particularly so for the characters in this short program.
Merry Xmas, Boman Modine, Matthew Modine, World Premiere
A mischievous dad tells his adult kids he’s divorcing their mom… just in time for the holidays!
SexLife, Stefan Georgiou, Kefi Chadwick, New York Premiere
Dan and Mia haven’t had sex since before the birth of their son, so Dan takes extreme action and decides to get Mia back in the mood.
A Boy’s Life, Howard McCain, U.S. Premiere
A portrait of a troubled youth in an environment of chaos and violence.
The Arrest (HAMA’ATZAR), Yair Agmon, North American Premiere
A film about occupation and creation; the story deconstructs reality, to tell a believable tale about a different Middle East.
Birthday, Chris King, New York Premiere
When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead is going to be a difficult yet amazing journey for them both.
Personal Development, Tom Sullivan, Muirinn Lane Kelly, International Premiere
Personal Development finds Fintan’s already fragile relationship with his youngest daughter is put to the test with the arrival of some unexpected news.
The Parker Tribe, Jane Baker, Roberta Munroe, World Premiere
Secrets and sexuality are revealed in The Parker Tribe, where it’s 1976 and Jo, the oldest daughter in a loud Irish Catholic family of nine questions her place in the family, while taking care of her two critically ill brothers.
FML; Narrative program; This thought-provoking program curated for a contemporary audience that lives online ponders, “Does technology rule, or rule us?”
Cafe Glass, Wen Ren, World Premiere
In a future augmented by wearable tech and online dating a student must risk offline dating to connect with a mysterious profile due to a failed network.
Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist, Julia Lerman, Roja Gashtili. World Premiere
When Iranian-born Rita sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary she accidentally captures the attention of a homeland security agent.
The Girlfriend Experience, Mark Kunerth, New York Premiere
One broken-hearted guy gets more than he bargained for when he tries to get over his recent breakup.
The Evolution of a Gen-X Music Purchaser, Jack Marchetti, World Premiere
All the significant moments over the last twenty years in Zack’s life parallel the changing landscape of music purchasing technology.
Aphasia, Luke LoCurcio, Robin Rose Singer, World Premiere
Emily is your average 26-year old who texts her friends, chats on Facebook, orders online, and uses GPS to get where she’s going in Aphasia, until one day she suddenly comes face-to-face with the consequences of living a digital life.
Like (Gilla), Crazy Pictures, Christoffer Nordenrot, International Premiere
Morgan’s attempt to gain attention is not appreciated in Like—he rebels, and hidden by the Internet’s anonymity he goes on attack against an innocent blogger.
Ghettotube, Saïd Belktibia, Jérémie Delon, World Premiere
Two housing project teens create a website for a video of a staged bus assault, and after it goes viral they receive an unusual offer.
Gallery Opening; Narrative/Documentary program; This combination of artistic and cerebral docs and narratives will captivate you with some very visual storytelling.
Catwalk, Ninja Thyberg, North American Premiere
Nine-year-old Ella’s classmates are playing in the schoolyard in full adult dress-up, and she wants to be part of that world.
Future Relic 03, Daniel Arsham, Tim Stanley, Daniel Arsham, World Premiere
The moon has been excavated for 30 years, as per the work of Dr. Mattias Rey, and his daughter Lona returns to his labs seeking guidance for the first time since being abandoned.
Where We Begin, Mitsuyo Miyazaki, World Premiere
Sheds light on the many faces of love, life, and pressure that we place upon ourselves, and that others place upon us.
The Artist Is Absent, Alison Chernick, World Premiere
Profiles the influential Margiela, who has been a major force in fashion for over 20 years, yet the man himself remains elusive, maintaining his anonymity in an age of celebrity.
Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens, Ronni Thomas, New York Premiere
A look at one of Victorian England’s most enigmatic and quirky characters, who became an unlikely success by putting his creatures in human positions and scenarios, referred to as “anthropomorphic taxidermy.”
Les Bosquets, J.R., World Premiere
Based on the New York City Ballet performance inspired by the riots in France in 2005, Les Bosquets reveals JR’s experience in the ghetto of Montfermeil where he created Portrait of a Generation.
Home Improvement; Documentary program; Home is where the heart in these short docs.
The Lights, Manuel Abramovich, Juan Renau, North American Premiere
Every Christmas, Jorge and Jorge Jr. decorate what the people in the village call “the house of the lights.”
TheGnomist, Sharon Liese. World Premiere
Three broken women discover that magic is real in TheGnomist, a true story about the mysterious appearance of fairy homes in a suburban forest.
The House Is Innocent, Nicholas Coles, World Premiere
Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of the most infamous house in Sacramento, California.
Interview With a Free Man (Entrevue avec un homme libre), Nicolas Lévesque, International Premiere
The questions put to several men at a job interview reveal the plots of their existences.
Body Team 12, David Darg, World Premiere
A team is tasked with arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world: collecting the dead at the height of the Ebola outbreak.
The Trials of Constance Baker Motley, Rick Rodgers, World Premiere
Spans the legal career of the first black woman voted NY State Senator, from working closely with Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to being appointed to the federal bench by President Lyndon Johnson.
Interference; Narrative program; Some are futuristic, others fatalistic, but always expect the unexpected in this group of shorts.
Grow, Micah Levin, Chris Basler, World Premiere
Set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan where even the air we breathe has a price, oxygen dealer Winston Willis faces off with a mysterious buyer who seems to know Winston’s darkest secret.
The Shaman, Marco Kalantari. World Premiere
It’s the dark year 2024 when a shaman is sent on a mission to convert the soul of a giant battle colossus in The Shaman, and faces a deadly psychological confrontation in the Netherworld.
Warning Labels, Jennifer Morrison, Jenelle Riley, World Premiere
Co-workers at the Center for Disease Control meet for drinks only to discover that love is the most hazardous thing of all.
A Mighty Nice Man, Jonathan Dee, World Premiere
The haunting story of a day in a young girl’s life when a kind stranger comes to town.
Foul, Rune Denstad Langlo, North American Premiere
It can be tough to be a kid if you’re not part of the gang in Foul, especially for this ten-year-old girl on a winter day in Norway.
Listen, Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni, Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni. New York Premiere
A foreign woman in a burqa brings her young son to a police station to file a complaint against her abusive husband, but the translator assigned to her seems unwilling to convey the true meaning of her words.
Nostradamus, Thomas Ikimi, Joshua Banta, World Premiere.
A recruit in a military drone program arrives at a remote diner, and is faced with an unexpected chain of events.
NY–Double Espresso; Narrative program; Our popular New York narrative program returns with everyday life imagined – past, present, and future.
Early Sunday Morning, Yoonha Park, World Premiere
A movie theater usher has a chance encounter after hours.
The Statistical Analysis of Your Failing Relationship, Miles Jay, World Premiere
Examines a young man’s probability of reviving his relationship with a young woman through statistical analysis.
Let’s Not Panic, Heather Jack, World Premiere
When an asteroid threatens to hit New York, twenty-something Sadie embarks on a quest from Brooklyn to Manhattan to reunite with the man she loves – her therapist.
Blitz, Faraday Okoro, World Premiere
A father and son agree to a “winner takes all” chess blitz in order to settle a bet.
George and the Vacuum, Chadd Harbold, Charlyne Yi, World Premiere
George and Lacy walk through the streets of Brooklyn and revisit their memories.
Wrapped, Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper, Florian Wittmann, New York Premiere
The deterioration of one cycle is the foundation for another, an exploration of time and change.
Stop, Reinaldo Marcus Green, New York Premiere
A young man’s livelihood is put to the test when the police stop him on his way home from practice.
Best Man Wins, Stéphane Dumonceau, Frederick Waterman, World Premiere
When a celebrated New York chef discovers an affair between his super-model wife and his best man, he devises a plan to deal with each of them.
NY-Daily Grind; Documentary program; Life in New York is tough but the subjects of these documentary shorts are up to the challenge.
We Live This, James Burns, Todd Wiseman Jr., World Premiere
There is so much more to the performers on the MTA than their acrobatic skills, We Live This is the story of four boys from the projects who come together to pursue their dreams.
Better to Live, Linda G. Mills, World Premiere
Drama majors tackle anxiety, cutting, and suicide, in the unscripted and raw Better to Live, as they build a “reality” show for 5,000 college freshmen.
What Lies Beneath The Sky, Vladimir de Fontenay, World Premiere
A meditation on urban alienation and personal disconnection in the eye of a hurricane.
Man Under, Paul Stone, Vincent Tozzi, World Premiere
Every year dozens of people use NYC subway trains as a means to end their suffering, but for a train operator whose life is derailed by such an incident the anguish is just beginning.
Last Call, Stefan Nadelman, World Premiere.
From 1973-1981, bartender Sheldon Nadelman shot over 1,500 black-and-white photographs of his customers at the Terminal Bar in New York City; Last Call recollects their stories 25 years after the bar closed its doors for good.
The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, Joshua Seftel, World Premiere
Photographer Phil Toledano is obsessed with his own demise, photographing himself in every dark depiction of his future, which changes him and his family forever.
Tightrope; Narrative program; Life is a delicate balancing act in these short films.
The Kiss, Carlos G. Davila, Mark Harvey Levine, New York Premiere
What do you do when your best friend shows up at your front door asking you to kiss him, can there really be “just a kiss” between friends?
Big Boy, Bryan Campbell, David R. Larson, World Premiere
A nine-year-old boy’s first solo excursion into a highway rest stop bathroom.
Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney, New York Premiere
Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks, but the boys are in for a shock when they hear that big changes are coming to the family.
The Way Of Tea, Marc Fouchard, New York Premiere
In a small town in Northern France, Alex, a young skinhead, enters a grocery store.
Kingdom of Garbage, Yasser Kareem, World Premiere
Sibling relationships and childhood rivalries are tested as poor children scavenge for valuable materials in a landfill site.
Bandito, Evan Ari Kelman, Parker Hill, World Premiere
A coming-of-age drama about Jamie, a young boy who stows himself away to join his older brother on a highway truck heist.
Last Base, Aslak Danbolt, New York Premiere
Joachim is retiring from base-jumping to become a father, but not until one last adventure with his best friend Øyvind as they set out to climb Mt. Katthammeren.