Tribeca Film Festival Music Lovers Guide 2017 Compiled by soulhead

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We are happy to be partnering with Tribeca Film Festival for the 2nd year.  Each Spring, the amazing folks at TFF gather creatives and fans alike to pay homage to some of the highest quality films anywhere on the planet.   Similar to other well-known film festivals like Cannes, Sundance and Urbanworld, Tribeca showcases a wide range of movie offerings and also includes talks, performances and even a pavilion with virtual reality and other technology experiences.  Started in the wake of the 9/11 disaster by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff, Tribeca Film Festival has evolved into a major week plus long extravaganza that New York eagerly awaits each year.

This year’s program offering is certainly impressive as usual but we wanted to provide a primer for those attendees looking to check out the best of the music related offerings.  Like past years, TFF will have more than enough to keep even the most snobby music fans busy.  Check out the selections below by day and peep our favorites by looking for [STAFF PICK]:

soulhead Tribeca Film Festival Music Lovers Guide 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

7:00 PM – CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES (Radio City Music Hall) [STAFF PICK] – Based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography, the film chronicles the historic influence of “The Man with the Golden Ears,” who rose from humble beginnings, and in a compelling and riveting journey, became one of the music industry’s most iconic figures.  Followed by performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth Wind & Fire, Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, and Dionne Warwick.  BUY TICKETS

Thursday, April 20, 2017

8:00 PM – WHEN GOD SLEEPS (Cinépolis Chelsea 6) – “My songs didn’t make me famous. The fatwa did.” And so we embark on the journey of rapper Shahin Najafi, whose bold style and transgressive lyrics put him in the crosshairs of religious clerics in his native Iran. When God Sleeps tells the story of this tireless artist-activist against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and the European right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. In English, Farsi, German with subtitles.   BUY TICKETS

9:30 PM – CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-5) [STAFF PICK] – Based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography, the film chronicles the historic influence of “The Man with the Golden Ears,” who rose from humble beginnings, and in a compelling and riveting journey, became one of the music industry’s most iconic figures.   BUY TICKETS

Friday, April 21, 2017

6:00 PM – CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-10) [STAFF PICK] – Based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography, the film chronicles the historic influence of “The Man with the Golden Ears,” who rose from humble beginnings, and in a compelling and riveting journey, became one of the music industry’s most iconic figures.   BUY TICKETS

8:30 PM – WHEN GOD SLEEPS (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-4) – “My songs didn’t make me famous. The fatwa did.” And so we embark on the journey of rapper Shahin Najafi, whose bold style and transgressive lyrics put him in the crosshairs of religious clerics in his native Iran. When God Sleeps tells the story of this tireless artist-activist against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and the European right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. In English, Farsi, German with subtitles.   BUY TICKETS

8:45 PM – THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN (Festival Hub 6th Floor) – Within months of the demise of the Sex Pistols in 1978, lead singer Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon) formed post-punk outfit Public Image Ltd., an innovative and influential band which has accumulated a legion of fans since its founding. In this incisive, entertaining doc, Lydon opens up the book on his decades as a music provocateur, while past and present band members fill in the gaps and add their perspectives. With Thurston Moore, Flea, Adam Horovitz, and Moby.   BUY TICKETS

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2:00 PM – BLUES PLANET: TRIPTYCH (Festival Hub 6th Floor)  [STAFF PICK] – Blues Planet: Triptych explores the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and its aftermath through environmental artist Wyland who, along with 30 of today’s pre-eminent artists, recorded a new genre of global blues on the catastrophe’s anniversary.  NOTE:  After the screening on April 22 at 2pm at the Tribeca Festival Hub: Taj Mahal and the Wyland Blues Planet Band will perform. BUY TICKETS

7:00 PM – BLUES PLANET: TRIPTYCH (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-11)  [STAFF PICK] – Blues Planet: Triptych explores the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and its aftermath through environmental artist Wyland who, along with 30 of today’s pre-eminent artists, recorded a new genre of global blues on the catastrophe’s anniversary.  BUY TICKETS

10:15 PM – THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN (Cinépolis Chelsea 3) – Within months of the demise of the Sex Pistols in 1978, lead singer Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon) formed post-punk outfit Public Image Ltd., an innovative and influential band which has accumulated a legion of fans since its founding. In this incisive, entertaining doc, Lydon opens up the book on his decades as a music provocateur, while past and present band members fill in the gaps and add their perspectives. With Thurston Moore, Flea, Adam Horovitz, and Moby.   BUY TICKETS

Sunday, April 23, 2017

12:00 PM – TRIBECA TALKS: MASTER CLASS – DOLBY: IMAGE AND SOUND MASTER CLASS WITH IMOGEN HEAP (Dolby Cinema at AMC Empire 25)  [STAFF PICK]  The new animated short film Escape utilizes exciting new imaging and sound technologies, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, to present a euphoric vision of the future. Join composer/sound designer Imogen Heap, directors Limbert Fabian and Brandon Oldenburg, and other members of the film’s creative team as they discuss how they used audio technologies to tell this compelling story.  FREE

3:30 PM – SATURDAY CHURCH (Cinépolis Chelsea 7) – 14-year-old Ulysses is a shy and effeminate teen being raised in the Bronx by his strict Aunt Rose. He finds escape in a rich fantasy life of music and dance, and soon with a vibrant transgender youth community called Saturday Church. Damon Cardasis’ directorial debut is a rousing celebration of one boy’s search for his identity. With Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, and Alexia Garcia.   BUY TICKETS

4:00 PM WHITE RIOT: LONDON (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-11) – This experimental music documentary explores how a generation united against the neo-Nazi National Front in 1970s Britain through a punk fanzine, with black and white coming together through popular culture at a terrifying time of turmoil and division.   BUY TICKETS

8:00 PM – TRIBECA TALKS: STORYTELLERS – COMMON WITH NELSON GEORGE (Festival Hub 6th Floor) [STAFF PICK] –  Beginning as a rapper in Chicago, Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and three time Grammy® winner Common has crafted an impressive career as a renowned hip-hop artist and notable actor. Director/screenwriter Nelson George joins Common to discuss the power of the combination of film and music.  Note: This conversation will begin with a screening of a never-before-seen extended version of Letter to the Free (Directed by Bradford Young), followed by a conversation with Nelson George and a live performance by Common.  BUY TICKETS

10:00 PM – CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-6) [STAFF PICK] – Based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography, the film chronicles the historic influence of “The Man with the Golden Ears,” who rose from humble beginnings, and in a compelling and riveting journey, became one of the music industry’s most iconic figures.   BUY TICKETS

Monday, April 24, 2017

9:30 PM – THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN (Cinépolis Chelsea 8) – Within months of the demise of the Sex Pistols in 1978, lead singer Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon) formed post-punk outfit Public Image Ltd., an innovative and influential band which has accumulated a legion of fans since its founding. In this incisive, entertaining doc, Lydon opens up the book on his decades as a music provocateur, while past and present band members fill in the gaps and add their perspectives. With Thurston Moore, Flea, Adam Horovitz, and Moby.   BUY TICKETS

9:45 PM – SATURDAY CHURCH (Cinépolis Chelsea 8) – 14-year-old Ulysses is a shy and effeminate teen being raised in the Bronx by his strict Aunt Rose. He finds escape in a rich fantasy life of music and dance, and soon with a vibrant transgender youth community called Saturday Church. Damon Cardasis’ directorial debut is a rousing celebration of one boy’s search for his identity. With Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, and Alexia Garcia.   BUY TICKETS

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

5:30 PM – BLUES PLANET: TRIPTYCH (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-4) [STAFF PICK] – Blues Planet: Triptych explores the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and its aftermath through environmental artist Wyland who, along with 30 of today’s pre-eminent artists, recorded a new genre of global blues on the catastrophe’s anniversary.  BUY TICKETS

7:00 PM SOUNDTRACKS: SONGS THAT DEFINED HISTORY (National September 11 Memorial & Museum) – [STAFF PICK] Soundtracks explores seminal moments in history through the music that defines them. Featuring original interviews with legendary musicians as well as celebrated journalists, historians, and writers, the series reveals how music has been a driving force behind social change. In a Tribeca screening at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the show will explore how songs like Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” took on new and heightened meaning, as music took center stage for a country fighting to heal. Co-hosted by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.  BUY TICKETS

7:15 PM – THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-6) – Within months of the demise of the Sex Pistols in 1978, lead singer Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon) formed post-punk outfit Public Image Ltd., an innovative and influential band which has accumulated a legion of fans since its founding. In this incisive, entertaining doc, Lydon opens up the book on his decades as a music provocateur, while past and present band members fill in the gaps and add their perspectives. With Thurston Moore, Flea, Adam Horovitz, and Moby.   BUY TICKETS

8:30 PM WHITE RIOT: LONDON (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-4) – This experimental music documentary explores how a generation united against the neo-Nazi National Front in 1970s Britain through a punk fanzine, with black and white coming together through popular culture at a terrifying time of turmoil and division.   BUY TICKETS

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

3:00 PM SOUNDTRACKS: SONGS THAT DEFINED HISTORY (SVA Theater 2 Beatrice) – [STAFF PICK] Soundtracks explores seminal moments in history through the music that defines them. Featuring original interviews with legendary musicians as well as celebrated journalists, historians, and writers, the series reveals how music has been a driving force behind social change. In a Tribeca screening at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the show will explore how songs like Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” took on new and heightened meaning, as music took center stage for a country fighting to heal. Co-hosted by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.  BUY TICKETS

5:30 PM – WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME” (SVA Theater 1 Silas) [STAFF PICK] Whitney Houston was the most awarded female recording artist of all time, with more consecutive number one hits than The Beatles, and on top of that she was America’s Sweetheart. Yet despite her fame, talent, and success, she died tragically at the age of 48. Featuring largely never-before-seen footage and Broomfield and Dolezal’s moving documentary tells the story of the girl behind the voice.   BUY TICKETS

5:45 PM – BLUES PLANET: TRIPTYCH (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-3) [STAFF PICK] – Blues Planet: Triptych explores the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and its aftermath through environmental artist Wyland who, along with 30 of today’s pre-eminent artists, recorded a new genre of global blues on the catastrophe’s anniversary.  BUY TICKETS

9:15 PM – SATURDAY CHURCH (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-1) – 14-year-old Ulysses is a shy and effeminate teen being raised in the Bronx by his strict Aunt Rose. He finds escape in a rich fantasy life of music and dance, and soon with a vibrant transgender youth community called Saturday Church. Damon Cardasis’ directorial debut is a rousing celebration of one boy’s search for his identity. With Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, and Alexia Garcia.   BUY TICKETS

Thursday, April 27, 2017

8:00 PM –  CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP: THE BAD BOY STORY (Beacon Theater) [STAFF PICK] – A raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three-week rehearsal period.  This screening will be followed by a live concert featuring Puff Daddy and Mase, ‘Lil Kim and Faith Evans.   BUY TICKETS

8:30 PM – DARE TO BE DIFFERENT (Festival Hub – 6th Floor) [STAFF PICK] – Featuring interviews and rare footage of U2BlondieDuran DuranJoan JettThe CureBilly Idol, and Depeche Mode, Dare to Be Different is a nostalgic look at WLIR 92.7, the radio station that introduced these bands to a US audience. Director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the rise and fall of this institution, and the birth of the punk and new wave communities. With Joan JettDebbie HarryBilly Idol, and others.  BUY TICKETS

Friday, April 28, 2017

3:00 PM – WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME” (Cinépolis Chelsea 7) [STAFF PICK] – Whitney Houston was the most awarded female recording artist of all time, with more consecutive number one hits than The Beatles, and on top of that she was America’s Sweetheart. Yet despite her fame, talent, and success, she died tragically at the age of 48. Featuring largely never-before-seen footage and Broomfield and Dolezal’s moving documentary tells the story of the girl behind the voice.   BUY TICKETS

5:00 PM – TRIBECA TALKS: STORYTELLERS – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WITH TOM HANKS (Beacon Theater) [STAFF PICK] – Bruce Springsteen has had an illustrious career spanning over 40 years of unforgettable cultural achievements. The musician sits down with celebrated actor and longtime friend Tom Hanks to discuss Springsteen’s unique place in American musical history and look forward to the future.   BUY TICKETS

6:30 PM – SATURDAY CHURCH (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-5) – 14-year-old Ulysses is a shy and effeminate teen being raised in the Bronx by his strict Aunt Rose. He finds escape in a rich fantasy life of music and dance, and soon with a vibrant transgender youth community called Saturday Church. Damon Cardasis’ directorial debut is a rousing celebration of one boy’s search for his identity. With Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, and Alexia Garcia.   BUY TICKETS

8:00 PM WHITE RIOT: LONDON (Cinépolis Chelsea 6) – This experimental music documentary explores how a generation united against the neo-Nazi National Front in 1970s Britain through a punk fanzine, with black and white coming together through popular culture at a terrifying time of turmoil and division.   BUY TICKETS

9:00 PM –  CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP: THE BAD BOY STORY (Cinépolis Chelsea 7) – [STAFF PICK] A raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three-week rehearsal period.   BUY TICKETS

9:45 PM – DARE TO BE DIFFERENT (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-9) [STAFF PICK] – Featuring interviews and rare footage of U2BlondieDuran DuranJoan JettThe CureBilly Idol, and Depeche Mode, Dare to Be Different i is a nostalgic look at WLIR 92.7, the radio station that introduced these bands to a US audience. Director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the rise and fall of this institution, and the birth of the punk and new wave communities. With Joan JettDebbie HarryBilly Idol, and others.  BUY TICKETS

Saturday, April 29, 2017

12:00 PM – WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME” (Cinépolis Chelsea 7) [STAFF PICK] – Whitney Houston was the most awarded female recording artist of all time, with more consecutive number one hits than The Beatles, and on top of that she was America’s Sweetheart. Yet despite her fame, talent, and success, she died tragically at the age of 48. Featuring largely never-before-seen footage and Broomfield and Dolezal’s moving documentary tells the story of the girl behind the voice.   BUY TICKETS

3:15 PM – BLUES PLANET: TRIPTYCH (Cinépolis Chelsea 5)  [STAFF PICK] – Blues Planet: Triptych explores the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and its aftermath through environmental artist Wyland who, along with 30 of today’s pre-eminent artists, recorded a new genre of global blues on the catastrophe’s anniversary.  BUY TICKETS

4:00 PM – WHEN GOD SLEEPS (Cinépolis Chelsea 9) – “My songs didn’t make me famous. The fatwa did.” And so we embark on the journey of rapper Shahin Najafi, whose bold style and transgressive lyrics put him in the crosshairs of religious clerics in his native Iran. When God Sleeps tells the story of this tireless artist-activist against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and the European right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. In English, Farsi, German with subtitles.   BUY TICKETS

5:00 PM WHITE RIOT: LONDON (Cinépolis Chelsea 6) – This experimental music documentary explores how a generation united against the neo-Nazi National Front in 1970s Britain through a punk fanzine, with black and white coming together through popular culture at a terrifying time of turmoil and division.   BUY TICKETS

6:00 PM TRIBECA TALKS: STORYTELLERS – BARBRA STREISAND WITH ROBERT RODRIGUEZ (BMCC Tribeca PAC) [STAFF PICK] – Widely recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Barbra Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, director, producer, concert performer, author and songwriter. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars®, five Emmys®, ten Golden Globes®, eight Grammys® plus two special Grammys®, a special Tony Award® in 1970, and two CableACE Awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. She will converse on her unparalleled career and force field of creativity with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.  BUY TICKETS

6:30 PM –  CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP: THE BAD BOY STORY (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-5) [STAFF PICK] – A raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three-week rehearsal period.   BUY TICKETS

9:15 PM – SATURDAY CHURCH (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-1) – 14-year-old Ulysses is a shy and effeminate teen being raised in the Bronx by his strict Aunt Rose. He finds escape in a rich fantasy life of music and dance, and soon with a vibrant transgender youth community called Saturday Church. Damon Cardasis’ directorial debut is a rousing celebration of one boy’s search for his identity. With Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, and Alexia Garcia.   BUY TICKETS

9:45 PM – DARE TO BE DIFFERENT (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-9) [STAFF PICK] – Featuring interviews and rare footage of U2BlondieDuran DuranJoan JettThe CureBilly Idol, and Depeche Mode, Dare to Be Different is a nostalgic look at WLIR 92.7, the radio station that introduced these bands to a US audience. Director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the rise and fall of this institution, and the birth of the punk and new wave communities. With Joan JettDebbie HarryBilly Idol, and others.  BUY TICKETS

Sunday, April 30, 2017

3:00 PM –  CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP: THE BAD BOY STORY (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-10) [STAFF PICK] – A raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three-week rehearsal period.   BUY TICKETS

3:45 PM/9:45 PM – DARE TO BE DIFFERENT (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-9) [STAFF PICK] – Featuring interviews and rare footage of U2, Blondie, Duran Duran, Joan Jett, The Cure, Billy Idol, and Depeche Mode, Dare to Be Different is a nostalgic look at WLIR 92.7, the radio station that introduced these bands to a US audience. Director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the rise and fall of this institution, and the birth of the punk and new wave communities. With Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, and others.  BUY TICKETS

6:30 PM – WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME” (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-5) [STAFF PICK] – Whitney Houston was the most awarded female recording artist of all time, with more consecutive number one hits than The Beatles, and on top of that she was America’s Sweetheart. Yet despite her fame, talent, and success, she died tragically at the age of 48. Featuring largely never-before-seen footage and Broomfield and Dolezal’s moving documentary tells the story of the girl behind the voice.   BUY TICKETS

6:45 PM – BLUES PLANET: TRIPTYCH (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-9)  [STAFF PICK] – Blues Planet: Triptych explores the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and its aftermath through environmental artist Wyland who, along with 30 of today’s pre-eminent artists, recorded a new genre of global blues on the catastrophe’s anniversary.  BUY TICKETS

8:30 PM – WHEN GOD SLEEPS (Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-4) – “My songs didn’t make me famous. The fatwa did.” And so we embark on the journey of rapper Shahin Najafi, whose bold style and transgressive lyrics put him in the crosshairs of religious clerics in his native Iran. When God Sleeps tells the story of this tireless artist-activist against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and the European right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. In English, Farsi, German with subtitles.   BUY TICKETS

In addition to the features, shorts and talks above, each day at the Tribeca Festival Hub @ Spring Studios
6 St Johns Ln, New York, NY 10013, there will be a series of tech-heavy virtual reality experiences beginning each day of the festival at Noon EST including the following:

Hallelujah
Project Creator: Zach Richter, Bobby Halvorson, Eames Kolar Key Collaborators: Chrissy Szczupak, Orin Green, Jess Engel, ECCO VR, International Orange Chorale of SF, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin. (USA) – World Premiere Hallelujah is a revolutionary virtual reality music performance that reimagines Leonard Cohen’s most well-known song. It is the world’s first VR music experience to provide an uncompromised sense of presence with six degrees of freedom using Lytro Immerge technology. A Within Original.

Rainbow Crow
Project Creator: Eric Darnell, Maureen Fan, Larry Cutler, Claudia Southmartin, Kane Lee Key Collaborators: Michael Hutchinson, Nathaniel Dirksen. (USA) – World Premiere From the Director of Madagascar, Invasion! (Tribeca 2016), and Asteroids! comes Baobab Studio’s latest visionary VR animation. The carefree forest animals imagine spring will last forever. However, winter comes and the animals soon realize that their lives are in danger. What they need is a hero; what they need is Rainbow

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