Tribeca Film Fest 2019: Half of Films in Competition, Directed by Women

The Tribeca Film Fest has set its full slate for 2019, selecting 103 titles including world premieres of films by Jared Leto, Christoph Waltz, and Margot Robbie.

The 18th edition of the festival, which runs from April 24 to May 5, will include documentaries from Antoine Fuqua, Werner Herzog, and Abel Ferrara, and music-focused docs highlighting the lead singer of band INXS (“Mystify: Michael Hutchence”), Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman (“The Quiet One”), and musician Linda Ronstadt (“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice”) with Sheryl Crow performing after the premiere.

Leto’s “A Day in the Life of America” is a crowd-sourced documentary featuring footage from all 50 states on July 4, 2017.

Waltz is making his directorial debut with the crime drama “Georgetown,” starring himself, Annette Bening, and Vanessa Redgrave.

Robbie stars in and produces “Dreamland,” a Depression-era drama set in the Oklahoma dustbowl.

Other notable titles include “Mad Men” producer Semi Chellas making her directorial debut with “American Woman,” a drama set amid the 1974 Patty Hearst kidnapping; “Only,” with Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr.; Elijah Wood in “Come to Daddy”; Billy Crystal in “Standing Up, Falling Down”; and the documentary “Framing John DeLorean,” starring Alec Baldwin.

Half of the films selected in the three competition sections are directed by women and 40% of the feature films have one or more women directors, while 29% of the feature films are directed by people of color and 13% of the feature films are by individuals who identify as LGBTQIA.

The 2019 festival was programmed from more than 9,295 total submissions.
“Our goal each year is to strike a balance between discovering new talent and showcasing new projects by notable filmmakers and storytellers,” said Paula Weinstein, executive VP of Tribeca Enterprises.

Festival director Cara Cusumano said, “Every festival is shaped by and reflective of its community, and we are fortunate that our hometown just happens to be the most diverse city on Earth.”

Tribeca has already announced that it will open on April 24 at New York’s Apollo Theater with the world premiere of Roger Ross Williams’ documentary “The Apollo.”

The festival has not yet announced its centerpiece and closing night films.

Narrative Competition

Blow the Man Down, directed and written by Danielle Krudy, Bridget Savage Cole. Produced by Drew Houpt, Alex Scharfman, Tim Headington, Lia Buman. (USA)

Burning Cane, directed and written by Phillip Youmans. Produced by Wendell Pierce, Mose Mayer, OjoAkinlana, Karen Kaia Livers, Cassandra Youmans, Phillip Youmans. (USA)

Clementine, directed and written by Lara Jean Gallagher. Produced by Aimee Lynn Barneburg, Davis Priestley, Karina Ripper. (USA)

Gully, directed by Nabil Elderkin, written by Marcus Guillory. Produced by Brad Feinstein, Tom Butterfield, Ben Pugh, Corey Smyth, Alex Georgio. (USA)

Initials SG (Iniciales SG), directed and written by Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia. Produced by Ivan Eibuszyc, ShrutiGanguly, Georges Schoucair. (Argentina, Lebanon, USA)

Low Tide, directed and written by Kevin McMullin. Produced by Brendan McHugh, Kevin Rowe, Richard Peete, Rian Cahill, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. (USA)

The Place of No Words, directed and written by Mark Webber. Produced by Dustin Hughes, Teresa Palmer, Mark Webber. (UK, USA, Australia)

The Short History of the Long Road, directed and written by Ani Simon-Kennedy. Produced by Kishori Rajan, Eddie Rubin, Darren Dean, Cailin Yatsko, Ani Simon-Kennedy, Bettina Kadoorie, Dominique Telson. (USA)

Stray Dolls, directed by Sonejuhi Sinha, written by Sonejuhi Sinha, Charlotte Rabate. Produced by Charlotte Rabate, SonejuhiSinha, Edward Parks. (USA)

Swallow, directed and written by Carlo Mirabella-Davis. Produced by Mollye Asher, Mynette Louie, Carole Baraton, Frederic Fiore. (USA)