Following the exciting news last month that Tribeca All Access® alum Time Is Illmatic will open the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, with the announcement today of the World Narrative and Documentary Competition selections as well as their out-of-competition Viewpoints slate, the TFI at TFF love continues. We're happy to see that two alumni from our TFI programs will be premiering in the doc section along with one showing in Viewpoints.
They include in the doc competition Marshall Curry's latest film, Point and Shoot (2013 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund). His previous film, the Oscar-nominated If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, was a 2008 Gucci Doc Fund grantee. And Garnet's Gold (2013 TFI Documentary Fund), from UK-based filmmaker Ed Perkins. In Viewpoints it's Art and Craft (2013 TFI Doc Fund), by filmmakers Sam Cullman (producer/DP on The House I Live In) and Jennifer Grausman (Pressure Cooker).
Here's more about the titles from today's press release. The Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 16-27.
Point and Shoot, directed and written by Marshall Curry. (USA) – World Premiere. In 2011, unassuming Matthew VanDyke left his home in Baltimore to find adventure and see the world on his motorcycle, only to end up joining the Libyan rebel army to take arms against Gaddafi. Gun in one hand, video camera in the other, Matthew finally finds purpose and meaning in his wanderlust, until he is captured and held in solitary confinement for six months and must decide where his allegiances really lie. Director and TFF award winner, Marshall Curry (Racing Dreams), captures one man’s arresting transformation from a sheltered kid to a soldier on the front lines.
Garnet’s Gold, directed by Ed Perkins. (UK) – World Premiere. Twenty years ago, Garnet Frost nearly lost his life hiking near Scotland’s Loch Arkaig. The near-death experience still haunts him to this day, and, in particular, a peculiar wooden stick he discovered serendipitously right before he was rescued. Believing the staff (as he calls it) is actually a marker for a fortune hidden nearly 300 years ago, Garnet embarks on a treasure hunt to search for the lost riches. But beneath the search for gold, lies a poignant pursuit for life’s meaning and inspiration.
Art and Craft, directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Mark Landis is one of the most prolific and notorious ‘artists’ of the century. An expert forger of masterpiece art, Landis has duped curators across the nation, further befuddling them by donating his imitations instead of selling them. Many have dedicated years tracking his escapades with one burning question: “Why?” Framed around a cat-and-mouse chase between Landis and those he has hoodwinked, Art and Craft paints a richly complicated portrait of mental illness, skewed philanthropy, and the desire to feel connected.
[Photo: Point and Shoot]