From the history of Sean “Diddy” Combs’s record label to the controversial politician behind Donald Trump, the documentaries at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival highlight some of the most fascinating people and their passions.
The 16th Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 19 to 30, will screen an array of films including features, documentaries, and shorts. The festival explores many topics, but these five documentaries will inspire, educate, and maybe even scare entrepreneurs.
1. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story
Sean “Diddy” Combs, the founder of Bad Boy Records, recounts his experiences launching his record label as he reunites the group of musicians for a massive homecoming. Director Daniel Kaufman and Live Nation Productions trace the label’s emergence in Harlem and Brooklyn to its tragedies and fantastic success. Combs provides a behind-the-scenes look into one of the biggest reunions in hip-hop history and the impact the label had on music, fashion and culture.
2. Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World
Ever wonder what goes on in the business of art? Blurred Lines shows viewers the complicated universe through the eyes of the major players in the industry. Director Barry Avrich explains the roles of curators, auction houses, and artists while audiences get to see the inner workings of a trade that is known for its innovation and value.
3. Chris Gethard: Career Suicide
When life gets tough, try to find some humor. That’s what Chris Gethard did as he battled depression, alcoholism, and mental health. In his one-man show, the comedian walks us through his battles and most memorable personal experiences. He shows that while there is no easy solution to some of life’s difficult problems, laughter, family, and support can make a huge difference.
4. Get Me Roger Stone
Just because someone is unpopular doesn’t mean they’re powerless. Roger Stone has been involved with Republican politics since the 1970s, and yet is classified as an outsider to the political establishment. But don’t underestimate him: Stone’s pet project was now-president Donald Trump, who is interviewed in the film. His controversial politics have been rejected by the conservative mainstream, but that hasn’t stopped him from being successful.
5. Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Despite all the energy devoted to food creation, about 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out each year. In this documentary, directors Anna Chai and Nari Kye address the global issue and offer solutions like readjusting consumer perspectives and changes in food production. Anthony Bourdain is the executive producer, and industry powerhouses like Dan Barbar, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, and Massimo Bottura all weigh in on the issue.
These documentaries will screen across multiple theaters in New York during the festival, and open to wider releases after the event.
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