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8 Must-See Tribeca Film Festival Events Happening This Week

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|by Mikey Miller |


From screenings to celeb appearances and more

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival – Manhattan’s premier film festival – has been in full swing since last Wednesday, April 24. Attracting approximately three million people from around the world, in addition to high-profile celebrities, the festival is a showcase for independent filmmakers to display their works to a wider audience. Continuing through to next Sunday, May 5, we’ve gathered a list of eight exciting things you might want to do or see if you decide to pop by Tribeca. 

Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (Photo: Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic)

Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (Photo: Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic)

Check Out the Rashida Jones Panel
At 6 p.m. on May 1, actor, director, screenwriter and producer Rashida Jones takes to the stage at the Stella Artois Theatre. This versatile artist is best known for her performance as nurse Ann Perkins on the long-running NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, as well as playing the title role on TBS’s Angie Tribeca. Jones will be discussing her multifaceted career in film, television and music.

See the Anticipated Documentary After Parkland
On February 14, 2018, our nation was changed forever, as gunman Nikolas Cruz fatally shot seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in what turned out to be the deadliest high school shooting in American history. This tragedy enabled a new generation of activists to speak out against gun violence to affect social and political change. At 8 p.m. on May 1, and 12:30 p.m. on May 5, you can catch After Parkland, the Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman documentary that follows the survivors as they make some attempt to return to normalcy.

Experience May the Fourth Properly
May the Fourth be with you on Saturday! In celebration of the intergalactic holiday, there will be a special screening of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope at 10 a.m. at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Bring the whole family for free, and join Luke Skywalker as he begins his Jedi training. Costumes are encouraged and welcomed.

Go Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox
On April 30th at 6 p.m., Back to the Future and Family Ties star Michael J. Fox will be in the spotlight at the Stella Artois Theatre. With a Grammy, four Golden Globes, two SAG Awards and five Emmys under his belt, Fox is a New York Times bestselling author, and he is noted for his advocacy for Parkinson’s research, having been diagnosed at the age of twenty-nine. Marty McFly and Doc Brown would highly recommend this event.

Celebrate Pride
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots, The Tribeca Film Festival is dedicating May 4 to celebrating LGBTQ+ pride. Running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., this day features content to bring visibility to all people who consider themselves queer. Panelists and guest speakers include Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, Stacy Lentz and Asia Kate Dillon.

Ask Dr. Ruth
Dr. Ruth Westheimer escaped the Holocaust as a child and then went on to be one of America’s leading radio personalities and psychosexual therapists in the 1980s. On May 1, at 6:45 p.m., and on May 2, at 2:30 p.m., you can see screenings of Ask Dr. Ruth, the hundred-minute documentary that follows the life of this extraordinary personality.

Preview a Female-Centric Podcast
This summer, Tribeca and iHeartRadio are releasing their first joint podcast on the iHeartPodcast Network. The podcast, Fierce, is female-written, created, produced and hosted, and it will explore incredible and deserving women who have been forgotten by history, as well as those currently striving to uphold the precedent set by women who have come before them. Check out the live preview of this powerful podcast at 1 p.m. on May 3.

Spot Some of Your Favorite Celebs
Every year, the Tribeca Film Festival boasts a guest list of A-list celebrities. Some who have already shown up this year include Billy Crystal, Hilary Duff, Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin, the Reverend Al Sharpton, Robert DeNiro, Kim Cattrall, Angela Bassett, Sutton Foster and Ben Schwartz. Head on over to the festival, and you never know who you might find!

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