The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival is underway, running June 9th through June 20th. This year’s line-up, a combination of both in-person and virtual, features a number of exciting film projects that have caught my attention. Check out the first preview here. As a reminder, I will be covering the festival and sharing my thoughts on what I have seen through reviews, interviews, and other features.
Below are even more films that I am looking forward to, in no particular order.
Note: All information, including pictures, has been provided by Tribeca Film Festival unless otherwise noted.
Creation Stories (UK)
Comedy, Music, Biography
Synopsis: Music producer and Creation Records co-founder Alan McGee, boisterous with a penchant for hard living, was instrumental in creating the Britpop soundtrack of the 90’s by launching era-defining bands including Oasis, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine. Framed by McGee’s drug-fueled mid-90’s trip to Los Angeles where he sits poolside and reminisces with a reporter (Suki Waterhouse) about his past, Creation Stories charts McGee’s rollercoaster ride from working-class Glasgow schoolkid with an ear for music and an entrepreneurial streak to becoming one of the biggest and most influential music moguls in Britain.
Why I’m Interested: Some of the best music of the 90’s came out of Britain (I love Oasis), so this is a must-watch in terms of what McGee’s influence has meant to music worldwide.
My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To (United States)
Synopsis: Dwight (Patrick Fugit) prowls the streets after dark. He searches each night for the lonely and forlorn, looking for people who won’t be missed. Dwight takes no joy in this, but he needs their blood. Without fresh human blood, his fragile young brother Thomas cannot survive. Each death takes a larger toll, the burden of his crimes weighing heavier each time, threatening to crack his spirit. But Thomas (Owen Campbell) and his sister Jessie (Ingrid Sophie Schram) are all the family Dwight has left, and as a fiercely private and close-knit family unit, they depend on him and the rituals they’ve learned in order to keep their secret. But while Dwight yearns for another life, Jessie needs them to stay together. And always the boy must feed.
Why I’m Interested: Honestly, this just seems super-interesting in that it is a unique way of approaching a vampire story. Sign me up.
Wolfgang (United States)
Documentary, Food, Biography
Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmaker and Tribeca alum David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Chef’s Table) comes another mouthwatering delight of a film about one of the first “celebrity chefs” to rule the scene and a pioneer in the world of California cuisine, Wolfgang Puck. Pushing beyond the sunny, superstar persona, Gelb follows Puck as he revisits his birthplace in Austria, revealing an abusive childhood that pushed him to flee home and fight for a life of his own as a teenager. With Puck steadily gaining life confidence and cooking know-how in his homeland, France and, eventually, America, he would officially launch a storied career in Los Angeles with the opening of the celebrity hot spot of the 80s and 90s, Spago. Though Puck’s inventive cuisine has remained the core of his popularity, his charming, energetic persona is what pushed him to a stratosphere of fame that would eventually include countless TV appearances, cookbooks and restaurants that span the globe.
Why I’m Interested: Who among us has not heard of Wolfgang Puck? Growing up, he was an icon when it came to chefs, so it makes complete sense that it would be time to dive into his story and learn about his rise to stardom.
Giants Being Lonely (United States)
Synopsis: Set in the rural American South, this striking coming-of-age story revolves around two high school baseball players, Bobby (Jack Irving) and Adam (Ben Irving), fumbling their way into adulthood with little direction from their parents. Star pitcher Bobby is beloved by the town for his skills, but is restless and receives little guidance from his alcoholic, housebound father. Adam, the less talented player and the coach’s son, has a crush on their beguiling classmate Caroline (Lily Gavin), but he must deal with his increasingly volatile and abusive father (Gabe Fazio) and his emotionally distant mother. All of their lives intertwine in unexpected ways as the film moves to a shocking conclusion.
Why I’m Interested: The film promises to be an intense look at troublesome family dynamics that are ever-present in society today and incredibly necessary to draw attention to. With young individuals carrying more responsibility and more pressure, Giants Being Lonely is as important as ever.
Synopsis: As Michael (Himesh Patel) seeks novel ways to halt his spiralling depression, a moment of hope arrives via an unexpected source.
Why I’m Interested: Mental health still remains a taboo topic in society and especially with men. Any film that seeks to pull back that curtain, encourage the conversation, and promote the importance of tackling one’s mental health is a must-see for me. Add in the fact that it features Himesh Patel and I can’t wait to view it.
Learn more about everything showing at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival here.