Monday, December 22, 2014

Philly stories, Philly filmmakers, at Tribeca

Tribeca Film Festival 2014 is underway with documentaries from, and about, Philadelphians. Titles include "We Could Be King," which tracks the closing of Germantown High School and its football team's assimilation into the ranks of its arch-rival, Martin Luther King High.

Philly stories, Philly filmmakers, at Tribeca

From ´We Could Be King´
From 'We Could Be King'

Philadelphia films, and filmmakers, are well represented in the lineup of features and documentaries screening at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival , which began Wednesday, April 16 and runs through April 27.

Already generating lots of buzz is Judd Ehrlich’s We Could Be King, about the 2013 closing of Germantown  High School and the struggles and changes faced by students in its football team as they try to assimilate with their arch-rivals at Martin Luther King High. Ehrlich’s film, which has its world premiere at Tribeca on April 23, was funded with support from the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation’s “Sports Matter” campaign, which supports youth sports in communities around the country. We Could Be King will screen on ESPN2 April 26.

Tomorrow We Disappear, premiering Saturday, April 19, was shot in Delhi and tracks a group of slum-dwelling magicians, puppeteers and acrobats threatened with eviction by developers. The documentary comes from Philly natives and Penn alum  Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber.

Ballet 422, also premiering April 19, is a documentary about the New York City Ballet and its 26-year-old choreographer, Justin Peck. The film hails from cinematographer and director Jody Lee Lipes, a Phily native whose credits include directing episodes of HBO's Girls and shooting Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture and the Elizabeth Olsen cult thriller,  Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Fishtail, premiering Thursday, April 17, is a doc – narrated by Harry Dean Stanton -- about the cowboys of Montana’s Fishtail Basin Ranch. Its director, Andrew Renzi, also shot Franny, with Richard Gere, Theo James and Dakota Fanning, in Center City Philadelphia last year.

Mala Mala, premiering Saturday April 19, is a documentary about the transgender community in Puerto Rico. Co-director Dan Sickles is a Philly area native and childhood alum of the Pennsylvania Ballet at The Rock School. His first professional appearance: at the historic Academy of Music in The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker. Sickles was 10.

For information on these and other Tribeca Film Festival screenings, go to: http://tribecafilmfestival.org/festival

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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