The Tribeca Film Festival received a record number of submissions this year with 5,950. Documentaries about singing sensation Tony Bennett, legendary theater producer Joe Papp, and the seminal rock band Queen are among those that have been selected for special screenings.
First comes the world premiere of The Zen of Bennett, which was conceived, created, and produced by Danny Bennett, produced by Jennifer Lebeau, and directed by Unjoo Moon.
At 85 years young, Tony Bennett has the voice and the kind of philosophy that has made him one of the most beloved and respected performers of the last six decades. Made with as much class and refinement as Tony himself, the documentary is an insider’s look at the icon as he records his latest duets collection with stars like Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, and Amy Winehouse.
The festival will also host the world premiere of Joe Papp in Five Acts, directed by Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen. It tells the story of an indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts who brought more theater to more people than any other producer in history. Co-produced with American Masters and featuring Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones, and more, the film lets Papp’s great accomplishments and tumultuous personal history be revealed by the artists he helped create, and sometimes tried to destroy.
Lastly, from the UK, Queen: Days Of Our Lives is any fan's dream. Directed by Matt O’Casey, the film is packed full of rare archival footage of the band hashing out their signature overdub sound in the recording studio, mind-blowing live performances, and Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon’s candid reflections on their career and the last days of Freddie Mercury. (Watch the first part below!)
The 11th Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 18th to April 29th.
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