Tribeca Online Auteurs

(Pictured Above: ‘The Birch’ from ‘Crypt TV’s Monster Madness’)

The Tribeca Film Festival, founded by Robert DeNiro, is recognizing the work of aspiring online filmmakers with its Tribeca N.O.W. (New Online Work) Showcase.

The N.O.W. Showcase will present the curated work of independent, online creators on after their world premiere screenings Thursday, April 20, during the Film Festival.

Ten showcased titles will include Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock, executive produced by Divergent’s Shailene Woodley. Awake looks at “the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s peaceful resistance against the North Dakota Pipeline that captured the world’s attention and changed the fight for clean water and the future of the planet.”

Other N.O.W. screenings include:

  • Documentaries from The New York Times’ Op-Docs online series examining the “struggles faced by everyday citizens, providing a window into universal experiences”;
  • Hotel U.S.A., chronicling immigrant families’ overwhelming first night in America (pictured below);
  • Undue Burden, exploring what it’s like to deal with an unwanted pregnancy in a state that restricts abortion access;
  • Taller Than the Trees, about “a Japanese man’s struggle to parent his young child while providing palliative care for his aging mother;”
  • CryptTV’s Monster Madness, which consists of “some of the best character shorts from the scare-makers at CryptTV.”

Other selections will include stories about “a child’s toy that reveals horrors around every corner of a suburban home, the tale of a terrifying protector of the bullied, and the real-life account of a man whose body is stretched and pierced into a piece of daring art.”

The April 20 event will also feature “Out of This World,” an evening dedicated to “three diverse works” from women sci-fi filmmakers. The films, which “artfully skew everyday life into the bizarre and visually fantastic,” include YOYO, about “telekinetic mother-daughter relations; Two Sentence Horror Stories: MA; and Pineapple, about “an unseen predator in a mining town.”

Finally, for would-be online movers and shakers, there is the second annual “Creators Market,” a “daylong, private industry event” that brings together emerging filmmakers, buyers, producers, and brands seeking production, sales and distribution opportunities.

For more information about the festival, visit the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Film Guide.

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