NYWIFT Members at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival
The following films premiering at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival (April 19-30) showcase work by NYWIFT members. Click the name of the film for the screening schedule.
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U.S. Narrative Competition
Keep the Change — Anne Hubbell (Executive Producer)
David, an upper-class charmer, leads a very comfortable life, until he is mandated to attend a support group for adults with disabilities. There, he is forced to come to terms with his own high-functioning autism, despite his resentment towards being singled out as different, or anything other than what he interprets as ‘normal.’
In group, David is paired with Sarah – a quirky and outgoing woman whose optimism initially irks David - and the two take a trip together to the Brooklyn Bridge. Despite their contrasting personalities, they forge a bond. As their relationship deepens, Sarah, confident in herself and her individuality, challenges David to embrace his own uniqueness.
An endearing and naturalistic romantic comedy about people navigating the difficulties of a relationship, Keep the Change details an underrepresented community with authenticity, optimism and humor.
Love After Love — Leslie Bellamy (Costume Department)
When their family’s patriarch loses a harrowing battle against a fatal disease, Suzanne (Andie MacDowell) and her middle-aged sons, Nicholas (Chris O’Dowd) and Chris (James Adomian), must navigate through their increasingly unstable lives without his support. Over the course of several years, their family must endure an emotional gauntlet of domestic hardships. They face painful break-ups, failed careers, and dangerously concealed depression. Through it all, one essential truth remains: even without a father figure’s presence, a family’s bond is the most important thing of all.
With shades of John Cassavetes and Kenneth Lonergan, director/co-writer Russell Harbaugh’s Love After Love cuts to the core of what it takes to recover from the most intimate tragedies: losing a beloved family member. Funny without overplaying its comedy and touching minus fits of melodrama, Love After Love hums with universality and the everyman charms of average people overcoming life’s emotionally grandiose obstacles.
One Percent More Humid — Lisa Thomas (Line Producer)
Iris (Juno Temple) and Catherine (Julia Garner), college –age childhood friends, reunite for a humid New England Summer to help each other cope with the unimaginable. As they attempt to enjoy the usual vacation hijinks- parties and skinny-dipping and sexual adventure- a shared trauma in their past becomes increasingly difficult to suppress. As the hot summer wears on, the two young women continue to be haunted by their memories, and find that their shared experience begins to drive them even further apart. Each seeks refuge in a forbidden affair- Catherine to an former crush turned enemy, and Iris to her older, married college advisor at a crossroads of his own (Alessandro Nivola).
One Percent More Humid is a sun-soaked, atmospheric coming-of-age tale of two young women looking to free themselves from distractions, to repair their friendship, and help each other reach the other side of grief.
International Narrative Competition
Nobody's Watching – Veronica Mulero (Script Supervisor)
Nico is a famous actor in Argentina, but in New York, nobody takes notice. After giving up a successful career in his home country for a chance to make it in the Big Apple, he needs to juggle bartending, babysitting and odd jobs to keep himself afloat. Starting from square one is hard in the city of dreams. With each role Nico takes on, he puts on a new persona in order to fit in. He performs the ideal bartender, the up-and-coming actor, the friend, the father figure. But when old friends from Buenos Aires come to visit, he needs to juggle the image of his old life with the reality of the struggling actor in New York City.
In a moving depiction of this vibrant city, director Julia Solomonoff’s touching feature presents a portrait of immigrant solitude. Nico faces the difficulty of finding not only a home, but himself amidst the indifferent metropolis. Nobody’s Watching questions how we adjust when we lose our audience.
The Departure – Laura Vigilante (Associate Producer)
Lana Wilson follows up her award-winning documentary After Tiller with this lyrical, intimate character study of the complex figure Ittetsu Nemoto, an aimless and rebellious former punk rocker-turned-Buddhist priest. Most famously, he is renowned in Japan for saving the lives of countless suicidal men and women through his wise and compassionate counsel. But Nemoto is now approaching middle-age with a wife and young boy of his own, when he learns his life is at risk from heart disease, compounded by the heavy emotional workload of supporting those who no longer want to live. When saving others takes such a toll, can he find the resiliency to save himself? The Departure is an intimate portrait of one quietly extraordinary man who has helped so many learn to live, and now must find the strength to learn from his own advice.
Get Me Roger Stone – Jill Woodward (Assistant Editor)
With his bespoke suits and collection of Nixon memorabilia, political firebrand and noted eccentric Roger Stone has been a fixture of Republican politics since the 1970s, yet at the same time, Stone has always been an outsider to the political establishment. The youngest person called before the Watergate grand jury, Stone wears his notorious reputation (and his full-back Nixon tattoo) like a badge of honor. His candor in this timely and unexpectedly entertaining documentary opens the book even further on his proprietary brand of underhanded politicking. Despite its success, his strategy of confrontational (some would say “dirty”) politics was always publicly rejected by the conservative mainstream. But now, with the shocking ascendancy of his longtime pet project Donald Trump (interviewed in the film), Stone — the ultimate political trickster — would likely say he was just ahead of his time.
I Am Evidence — Mariska Hargitay (Producer) and Wendy Blackstone (Composer)
Every year, thousands of rape kits containing DNA evidence are left untested by police around the country. Over 175,000 kits have been uncovered to date, resting in backlogs and storage facilities, each of them an unsolved case. Currently, only eight states (Georgia, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York) have passed laws requiring that rape kits be tested by police. As a result, decades worth of kits have been shelved, perpetrators remaining free and victims ignored, the potentially crucial evidence left to languish.
Produced by Mariska Hargitay, I Am Evidence takes an intimate look at this widespread problem and its consequences. By taking a step closer, it gives access to the reality that hides behind these daunting statistics. In victims’ accounts of their assaults and the serious consequences they suffer, we see the people behind the numbers. Shining through is the hope of a different future, brought to reality by the extraordinary efforts of people like prosecutor Kym Worthy to combat this issue. Not only have cases been solved, but perpetrators have been prosecuted and justice served.
The Family I Had – Carolyn Hepburn (Producer)
A family is torn apart by an unthinkable crime: the brutal and seemingly unmotivated murder of a young girl by her teenage brother. At the center of the story is the beleaguered single mother Charity, now mother to a murdered child and the murderer himself- how does she move forward, and what kind of relationship can she forge with her now incarcerated son? Devastatingly honest, The Family I Had performs a family archaeology to understand not only this tragedy itself, but the generations of intra-family violence, mental illness, and unspoken secrets that preceded it. More than just an undeniably compelling true crime story, Katie Green & Carlye Rubin’s The Family I Had is a study in both the power and the limits of family, forgiveness, and filial love.
My Friend Dahmer – Jamie Kirkpatrick (Film Editor)
Before Jeffrey Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a teenage loner. Conducting grisly experiments in a makeshift backyard lab, Jeff was invisible to most. That is until his increasingly bizarre behavior unexpectedly attracted friends. Based on the cult graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer chronicles the origins of the man. The monster. The high school senior.
Writer/director Marc Meyers adapts graphic novelist (and actual Dahmer classmate) Derf Backderf’s source material with a careful eye, presenting this origin story with a thoughtful approach and drawing remarkable work from his young cast. At the center of the film is a revelatory performance from former Disney® star Ross Lynch as the teenage Jeff, who lends unexpected dimension to his portrayal. Shot on location not just in Dahmer’s hometown, but also in his actual childhood home, the film nails the necessary period details with stunning accuracy. Meyers has crafted a unique biopic, entertaining the audience with a frighteningly compelling narrative while simultaneously presenting a nuanced snapshot of mental illness, the inherent desire for human interaction, and the perils of duplicitous friendship.
Warning: This Drug May Kill You – Sheila Nevins (Executive Producer) and Wendy Blackstone (Composer)
Through the personal and emotional stories of people on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in the U.S., Warning: This Drug May Kill You takes an unflinching look at the devastating effects of addiction through the stories of four families whose lives have been decimated by addictions that all began with legitimate prescriptions to dangerous painkillers. Featuring startling data alongside humanizing home movies and photos, Tribeca alum Perri Peltz’s film is a personal, eye-opening dive into the terrifying and widespread epidemic that is devastating communities across this country, and the toll it has taken on its victims and their families.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Apr. 11, 2017