The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City and will screen two films that are works in progress, four world premieres in their midnight section, and five special screenings that include live performances by artists including Mary J. Blige.
The Festival welcomes back two alumni for Work In Progress screenings. Alma Har’el, whose documentary BOMBAY BEACH won the 2011 Best Documentary Feature award, will show excerpts of her new documentary LOVE TRUE, exploring the opposing realities of the ‘true love’ fantasy. Patrick Creadon (WORDPLAY) will show the work in progress cut of his documentary ALL WORK ALL PLAY that looks at the world of video-game arena competitions.
The Midnight section will premiere five films, four of which are world premieres from dynamic new genre voices from around the world. An eclectic lineup of twisted tales, the section runs the gamut from creature features to ominous, creepy horror films, including a real life underground wrestling revenge story and an unsettling babysitter thriller.
“As a genre fan myself, I had a lot of fun with the range of storytelling in this year’s section,” Cara Cusumano, Senior Programmer stated. “From one worst nightmare to another, I know this year’s selections will engage – and sometimes unnerve – audiences with a range of edgy horror stories, suspenseful thrillers, and absurd humor.”
Tribeca’s Midnight section includes a creative and vengeful banana set on disbanding the Seattle Semi-Pro (SSP) Wrestlers: a band of socially outcast band of cabaret fighters that include Ronald McFondle and Eddie Van Flam in BODYSLAM: THE REVENGE OF THE BANANA!, and mutant wasps and crazy ass babysitters who terrorise their heroes in STUNG and EMELIE.
Anti-heroes also take the spotlight with a corrupt, coke-addled cop in HYENA and an envelope-pushing kidnapping story in SCHERZO DIABOLICO. Capping off the program is a one-night only live performance from cinefile comedy group Rifftrax, who will skewer the reigning king of Midnight Movies: Tommy Wiseau’s THE ROOM.
If you want to know more about the programs screening or the latest news about the Tribeca Film Festival, check out our dedicated TFF 2015 blog. In the meantime, here’s a closer look at the five films screening in the Midnight program.
Bodyslam: The Revenge of the Banana!
Ryan Harvie and John Paul Horstmann (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
Ronald McFondle, Eddie Van Glam, and other social outcasts made up the Seattle Semi-Pro (SSP) Wrestlers, an off-kilter family of cabaret fighters that spoofed the pros. When a newcomer Paul, The Banana, fell on the wrong end of the joke, he ran to the government to disband the SSP. BODYSLAM: THE REVENGE OF THE BANANA! captures the wrestlers’ fight to keep the theatrics alive.