The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced the feature films in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening sections. Also announced was the Centerpiece film, Works in Progress screenings, and the feature film lineup for the 10th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
Of special note to us, of course, is the Midnight lineup, which you’ll find below along with one Works in Progress selection. For more info on the other sections, visit TribecaFilm.com, and “like” Tribeca on Facebook.
The 15th edition of TFF will take place from April 13 to April 24 in New York City.
The Midnight section will open with the World Premiere of the highly anticipated horror anthology Holidays from some of today’s most visionary genre filmmakers. Midnight is comprised of six world premieres. The section features the best in genre cinema, encompassing a diverse range of thriller, horror, comedy, and action films.
“Festival audiences always want to be surprised, perhaps nowhere more so than in Midnight, so we are particularly excited to see so many unexpected choices and fresh ideas swirling around the section this year. Nothing is quite what it appears to be in any of these awesome late night tales,” said Cara Cusumano, TFF Senior Programmer.
Always a thrill for the late night crowd, Tribeca Film Festival’s Midnight section features the best in horror, comedy, action, and camp. Made up of six narrative World Premieres, the section opens with Holidays, a horror anthology from some of today’s most exciting genre filmmakers. The piece even spills over into our Virtual Arcade: The festival is exhibiting “Holidays: Christmas VR,” which is an extension of Holidays’ “Christmas” segment. It’s an apt opener because just as the Holidays gang have reimagined all our favorite seasonal celebrations, the rest of the Midnight filmmakers put their own spin on favorite genre frameworks. From Here Alone’s unsettlingly believable post-apocalypse to Fear, Inc’s, Fincher-meets-Saw premise and King Cobra’s dramatization of a notorious true crime in the amateur porn world, each film infuses classic concepts with its own distinctive flavor.
Opening Film: Holidays, directed by Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer, Nicholas McCarthy, Gary Shore, Sarah Adina Smith, Anthony Scott Burns, Kevin Smith, Scott Stewart, and Adam Egypt Mortimer; written by Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer, Nicholas McCarthy, Gary Shore, Sarah Adina Smith, Anthony Scott Burns, Kevin Smith, and Scott Stewart (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
Get in the holiday spirit with this horror anthology from some of today’s most visionary genre auteurs. From a very unholy Easter Bunny to a particularly macabre Valentine’s Day gift, Holidays is a full calendar year of festive stories, bringing out the most twisted and subversive sides of each seasonal celebration. With Seth Green, Clare Grant, Ruth Bradley, Sophie Traub, Jocelin Donahue, Harley, Morenstein, Lorenza Izzo, and Andrew Bowen.
In the Virtual Arcade, the Festival is exhibiting “Holidays: Christmas VR,” which is tied to Christmas, a part of the Holidays anthology feature.
Fear, Inc., directed by Vincent Masciale; written by Luke Barnett (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
In this referential horror-comedy thriller, horror junkie Joe Foster gets to live out his ultimate scary movie fantasy courtesy of Fear, Inc., a company that specializes in giving you the fright of your life. But as lines blur between what is and is not part of the game, Joe’s dream comes true begins to look more like a nightmare. With Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Marquette, Stephanie Drake, Mark Moses, and Abigail Breslin.
Here Alone, directed by Rod Blackhurst; written by David Ebeltoft (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
A virus has ravaged human civilization, leaving two groups of survivors: those who have managed to avoid infection and those driven to madness, violence, and an insatiable bloodlust. Living deep in the woods, Ann, Chris, and Olivia are forced to fend off the infected while foraging for supplies. But when a supply expedition goes terribly awry, one among their number must make a terrible choice. With Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson, and Shane West.
King Cobra, directed and written by Justin Kelly (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
This ripped-from-the-headlines drama covers the early rise of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart (Garrett Clayton), aka Brent Corrigan, before his falling out with the producer (Christian Slater) who made him famous. When Sean decides he’d be better off a free agent, a cash-strapped pair of rival producers (James Franco and Keegan Allen) aim to cash in by any means possible. With Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald
Rebirth, directed and written by Karl Mueller (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative
Adam Goldberg, Pat Healy, Harry Hamlin, and Nicky Whelan star as members of a mysterious self-help group (possibly a cult). Fran Kranz plays their newest recruit. Rebirth simultaneously satirizes the buddy comedy and embraces the thriller format, resulting in a film that is at one moment hilarious and at the next, deeply disturbing. A Netflix release.
Tiger Raid, directed by Simon Dixon; written by Simon Dixon, Mick Donnellan, Gareth Coulam Evans (U.K.) – World Premiere, Narrative
Two mercenaries in Iraq speed through the dead of night, on their way to execute a covert mission. But as they near their objective, past misdeeds come violently to the surface in this action-packed two-hander. With Sofia Boutella, Brian Gleeson, and Damien Molony.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Ghostheads, directed and written by Brendan Mertens (Canada, USA) – Work in Progress, Documentary
Join us for a special sneak preview screening of Brendan Mertens’ documentary exploring the many faces of Ghostbusters fandom and celebrating 30 years of one of cinema’s most iconic franchises. Featuring interviews with Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Sigourney Weaver, and Paul Feig.