The Tribeca Film Festival is also a showcase for TV. This year, new pilots and documentaries highlight why TV is so special to storytelling as a whole. Check out the TV listings below:
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Bobby Kennedy for President (Netflix) – World Premiere.
Executive Producers: Laura Michalchyshyn, Dawn Porter, Gunnar Dedio, Nestan Behrans, Dave Sirulnick, Justin Wilkes, Jon Kamen.
Acclaimed director Dawn Porter reveals anew what America gained and what it lost in the life, vision, politics, and hope of Bobby Kennedy.
After the screening: A conversation with director Dawn Porter and Ambassador William vanden Heuvel.
Screening: Wednesday, April 25, 5:00 PM, SVA Theatre
Cobra Kai (YouTube Red) – World Premiere
Executive Producers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Susan Ekins, Will Smith, James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka.
Epic adversaries return to the dojo in Cobra Kai, an all-new series in which Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their star-making roles (and rivalry) from the iconic film franchise, The Karate Kid. With Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Mary Mouser, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Courtney Henggeler.
After the screening: A conversation with writers, directors, and executive producers Hayden Schlossberg, John Hurwitz, and Josh Heald and series stars and executive producersRalph Macchio and William Zabka.
Screening: Tuesday, April 24, 7:45 PM, SVA Theatre
Drunk History (Comedy Central) – Season Five, Midseason Premiere
Executive Producers: Derek Waters, Jeremy Konner, Will Ferrell, Owen Burke, Adam McKay.
Derek Waters, along with an ever-changing cast of actors and comedians, travels across the country to present the liquored-up narrative of our nation’s rich history. With Derek Waters, Jeremy Konner.
After the screening: A conversation with co-creator, director, and host Derek Waters, co-creator and director Jeremy Konner, and other special guests. Each screening ticket provides access to two (2) complimentary drink tickets.
Screening: Thursday, April 26, 8:30 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub
Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, directed by Brent Hodge, produced by Aly Kelly, Matthew Galkin. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary
Tribeca alum Brent Hodge examines the untold stories and pivotal moments from the making of one of the greatest “one-season wonders” ever produced—one that influenced pop culture far beyond the series’ short TV life. ?With Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, James Franco.
After the movie: A conversation with director Brent Hodge and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig.
First Screening: Saturday, April 21, 8:00 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub;
Additional screenings detailed on tribecafilm.com.
Genius: Picasso (National Geographic) – World Premiere
Executive Producer: Ken Biller
In its second season, Genius explores the Spanish expatriate Pablo Picasso’s devotion to his craft, his contribution to modern art, and his turbulent personal life. With Antonio Banderas, Alex Rich, Clémence Poésy, Samantha Colley, Poppy Delevingne, T.R. Knight, Seth Gabel.
After the screening: A conversation with showrunner Ken Biller, executive producers Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo, and cast-members Antonio Banderas, Alex Rich, Clémence Poésy, Poppy Delevingne, and Samantha Colley.
Screening: Friday, April 20, 8:30 PM, BMCC Tribeca PAC
Little Women (PBS) – North American Premiere
Executive Producers: Colin Callender, Sophie Gardiner, Heidi Thomas, Lucy Richer, Rebecca Eaton.
Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy on their journey from childhood to adulthood under the guidance of their mother Marmee. Little Women is a coming-of-age story that is as relevant and engaging today as it was on its original publication in 1868. With Emily Watson, Michael Gambon, Angela Lansbury, Maya Hawke, Annes Elwy, Kathryn Newton, Dylan Baker and Jona Hauer-King.
After the screening: A conversation with Executive Producers Colin Callender and Rebecca Eaton along with cast-member Maya Hawke.
Screening: Friday, April 27, 5:00 PM, SVA Theatre
Mr. SOUL!, directed by Melissa Haizlip, Samuel Pollard, written and produced by Melissa Haizlip. (USA) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary
Mr. SOUL! offers an entertaining, essential look at the groundbreaking television show SOUL!, which, under producer-host Ellis Haizlip’s passionate guidance, showcased the breadth of black artistry from 1968 to 1973.
After the movie: A tribute to SOUL! hosted by Blair Underwood and featuring performances from Robert Glasper and more.
First Screening: Sunday, April 22, 8:00 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub
Additional screenings detailed on tribecafilm.com.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Amazon Prime Video) – North American Premiere
Executive Producers: Jo Porter, Anthony Ellis, Penny Win.
A penetrating reimagining of the iconic, timeless Australian classic, Picnic at Hanging Rock plunges audiences into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day, 1900. With Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan, Madeleine Madden, Samara Weaving, Lola Bessis, Yael Stone, Inez Curro, Harrison Gilbertson, Ruby Rees.
After the screening: A conversation with director Larysa Kondracki, executive producer Jo Porter and cast member Natalie Dormer.
Screening: Saturday, April 28, 8:00 PM, SVA Theatre
Phenoms (FOX, FOX Sports) – World Premiere
Executive Producers: David Brooks, Mario Melchiot, Tony Sella.
Chronicling the journey of the next great soccer players on their quests to represent their respective countries in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, Phenoms allows fans and viewers to experience the personal lives of players through unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.
After the screening: A conversation with Executive Producer David Brooks, Producer Arbi Pedrossian, Director Chris Perkel, and Editor Thomas Verette.
Screening: Wednesday, April 25, 8:30 PM, SVA Theatre
Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (Paramount Network) – World Premiere
Executive Producers: Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Michael Gasparro, Nick Sandow, Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Chachi Senior.
Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story depicts the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin, presenting the definitive look at one of the most talked-about, controversial events of the last decade.
After the screening: A conversation with co-directors Julia Willoughby Nason and Jenner Furst, the parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, executive producers Mike Gasparro and Chachi Senior, and special guest.
Screening: Friday, April 20, 5:45 PM, BMCC Tribeca PAC
The Staircase – International Premiere
Executive Producers: Matthieu Belghiti, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.
The true-crime phenomenon The Staircase returns with all-new chapters, as convicted murderer Michael Peterson faces his final trial.
After the screening: A conversation with creator and director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and producers Matthieu Belghiti and Allyson Luchak
Screening: Saturday, April 28, 6:00 PM, SVA Theatre
Sweetbitter (STARZ) – World Premiere
Executive Producers: Stephanie Danler, Stuart Zicherman, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Sarah Esberg.
New to New York City, 22-year-old Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world of the upscale restaurant industry, where she tastes expensive wine, explores dive bars, and learns who she can trust. With Ella Purnell, Tom Sturridge, Caitlin FitzGerald, Paul Sparks, Evan Jonigkeit, Eden Epstein, Jasmine Matthews, Daniyar.
After the screening: A conversation with Sweetbitter creator, executive producer, and writer Stephanie Danler, showrunner Stuart Zicherman, and cast-members Ella Purnell, Caitlin FitzGerald, Tom Sturridge, and Paul Sparks.
Screening: Thursday, April 26, 5:00 PM, SVA Theatre
Westworld (HBO) – Season Two, New York Premiere
Executive Producers: Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Roberto Patino, Richard Lewis, Ben Stephenson.
As a new chapter begins, Westworld continues on its dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. With Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson.
After the screening: a conversation with co-creators, showrunners, and directors Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and cast-members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and James Marsden.
Screening: Thursday, April 19, 8:30 PM, BMCC Tribeca PAC
For the second year, Tribeca opened submissions to independently produced TV pilots. This showcase program represents the most exciting new voices and stories in the episodic space.
Screening Showcase: Monday, April 23, 6:45 PM, Cinépolis Chelsea
Fabled (USA) – World Premiere
Executive Producers: Evan Jonigkeit, Alex Gayner, Zosia Mamet.
This anthology series reimagines classic fairy tales through the perspective of its female characters, whose overlapping stories take place in the same small town. With Zosia Mamet, Trace Lysette, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Wesley, Norbert Butz.
Nice (USA) – World Premiere
Tribeca Film Festival takes place from April 18 – Apr 29 in New York City.