Philly gets a piece of the Tribeca Film Festival

The Awesome Fest is partnering up with Tribeca Film to bring a selection of films to Philly on April 30 and May 1 (including "Death of Superhero" pictured above). All screenings will be a the Trocadero Theatre and are completely free. The features range from a rom com to a crooked-cop thriller.

If you can't make the screenings, don't fret. Each movie will be available for Video on Demand.

Check out trailers and synopses for each film after the jump:

"The Giant Mechanical Man"
Directed By Lee Kirk
Monday, April 30th, 8 p.m.

THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN is a charming comedic romance between Janice (Jenna Fischer), a woman in her 30’s who has yet to learn how to navigate adulthood and Tim (Chris Messina), a devoted street performer who finds that his unique talents as a “living statue” don’t exactly
pay the bills.   Out of work and forced to move in with her overbearing sister (Malin Akerman), Janice is on the receiving end of well-intentioned but misguided pressure to date an egotistical
self-help guru (Topher Grace). Everyone seems to know what’s best for Janice, but Tim helps her find her own voice and realize that it only takes one person to make you feel important.

 

"Death of a Superhero"
Directed By Ian FitzGibbon
Monday, April 30th, 10 p.m.

Donald is a teenager with extraordinary artistic talents. His future as a graphic novel artist should be bright. As his life is consumed by fantastic daydreams, Donald soon discovers that a very real enemy is trying to kill him.  With an unorthodox psychologist teaching Donald to find the light in life in an otherwise dark world, DEATH OF A SUPERHERO tells the story of discovering life, love, and death in this exceptionally honest portrayal of a teenage boy facing his own mortality.

"Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story"
Directed By Raymond De Felitta
Tuesday, May 1, 8 p.m.

Booker Wright was an African-American restaurant owner who also served double-duty as a waiter in a “whites-only” restaurant in Mississippi in the 1960’s.  He became an unlikely activist for the Civil Rights movement when he appeared on a network TV documentary reporting on the changing times in his small town. Exploding the myth of who he was and his experience serving the white community, Booker’s appearance set off a chain of events that eventually led to his untimely murder. BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY follows director Raymond De
Felitta (CITY ISLAND), whose father directed the original 1966 documentary, as he journeys through past and present-day Mississippi with Booker’s granddaughter, searching for details around Booker’s courageous life and shocking murder, while also exploring the impact the film had not only on the local community but also on Raymond’s father.

"Sleepless Night"
Directed By Frederic Jardin
Tuesday, May 1, 10 p.m.

SLEEPLESS NIGHT tells the story of Vincent, a respected and dedicated police officer – or so it seems. After he and a colleague are recognized while stealing a massive bag of cocaine from drug dealers employed by local mob boss Marciano, Vincent quickly finds himself trapped in a situation that no parent would envy: his son has been kidnapped with the promise of execution if he doesn’t immediately deliver the bag back to its rightful owner. Vincent heads to Marciano’s nightclub on the outskirts of Paris to make the swap, but competing interests and misplaced loyalties soon threaten to complicate the exchange. The ensuing game of cat-and-mouse quickly spirals into madness, sprawling across every seedy back room and pulsating, claustrophobic inch of the crowded dance floor. With enemies on all sides and time working against him, the night to come might not only be the longest but also the last of Vincent and his young son’s life.

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