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This year, the Tribeca Festival celebrates the diverse artistry and richness of Black stories and storytellers. In partnership with “Indeed and Emmy Award-winning writer, creator and actor Lena Waithe,” they have put together a program that amplifies Black voices through exciting new shorts. They also have a specially-curated collection of feature and short films, Tribeca Talks, Immersive, podcasts, music and other special events. The Juneteenth celebration is here! Their exciting programming culminates on June 19th with the inaugural presentation of “The Harry Belafonte Voices For Social Justice Award.” We are proud to announce the first-ever recipient of this award will be Stacey Abrams, honored for her outstanding leadership, service, and commitment to fighting social injustice. Some of the highlights of our Juneteenth-inspired lineup include: The Black Filmmaker Foundation Panel: Is The Past Really Past? featuring a discussion with writer and educator Jelani Cobb, actor and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director Melina Matsoukas, director Kasi Lemmons and moderated by the founder of the Black Filmmaker Foundation Warrington Hudlin. Our Feature Film Selections will touch upon a wide range of issues, while also celebrating some of our most dynamic personalities. Some of our more highly-anticipated documentaries chronicle the lives of three influential Black creators: outlandishly-stylish 70’s singer Rick James, photographer and renaissance man Gordon Parks and comedian/activist Dick Gregory.Our Juneteenth Immersive Program opens a window to the future of storytelling and illustrates how creators can use technology to make us think about societal issues through an entirely different lens. A stand-out piece within Immersive will be Breonna’s Garden, an AR experience created in collaboration with Ju’Niyah Palmer to honor the life of her sister, Breonna Taylor. The full lineup will include over 30 full-length and short films, 2 TV world-premieres, 12 Tribeca Talks and discussion throughout the festival, 8 immersive projects, and 6 podcasts.
On Friday, June 18th, in partnership with NYC Pride, Tribeca is excited to present “Pride Presents” formerly known as OUTCINEMA, NYC Pride’s annual LGBTQIA+ Film Festival. The dynamic program will feature ground-breaking shorts, docs and a feature film, culminating with a live discussion. Stories that illustrate the struggles, the strength and the successes of the LGBTQIA+ community are some of the most critical ones to tell, and Tribeca is more than proud to play an integral part.The curated selections for Pride Presents fit the bill perfectly: Kapaemahu is an animated short that chronicles the plight of the Mahu, extraordinary two-spirit beings, known for their unique powers of healing. P.S. Burn This Letter Please is a documentary film where former 1950s drag queens, now in their 80s and 90s, discuss how they survived in a time when being yourself meant breaking the law and inviting unforeseen conflict. These are just two of the handful of vibrant and thought-provoking films that will be featured within the Pride Presents slate of cinematic works. Mark the date on your calendar and head to www.nycpride.org for all the details.