The Tribeca Film Festival may be Robert De Niro’s baby, but it’s not all hetero gangster films and indie versions of Meet The Fockers. This year there’s an abundance of films of LGBT-interest that will premiere at the NYC festival, which runs from April 16-27.
Scroll down to read about some of the movies we’re most looking forward to this year.
Compared to What: The Improbably Journey of Barney Frank chronicles the first openly gay member of Congress, who paved the way for many pivotal LGBT political victories over the past 40 years. There’s also a sure-to-be interesting Tribeca Talk during which Frank will discuss his career with none other than media firebrand (and executive producer on the doc) Alec Baldwin.
Love Is Strange, out director Ira Sachs’ intriguing follow-up to his acclaimed Keep The Lights On, focuses on a gay couple in Manhattan whose relationship is out to the test and stars John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Cheyenne Jackson.
Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) tells the story of a young Venezuelan boy who straightens his hair everyday despite his parents’ homophobic complaints.
The non-fiction film Next Goal Wins follows the American Samoa soccer team, including Jaiyah Saelua, the first transgender player ever to compete in an international FIFA World Cup qualifier.
A Brony Tale looks at real-life dudes who really, really love My Little Pony.
Pirouette inside the graceful world of one of the great ballet companies in the documentary Ballet 422.
Dior and I offers a tantalizing behind-the-scenes peek into the creation of designer Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection.
The fact-based Ice Poison looks at the ravaging effect of crystal meth use in faraway Myanmar.
Puerto Rico’s transgender community is examined in the compelling doc Mala Mala.
In the transgressive romance, Something Must Break, straight-identifying Andreas falls for transgender Sebastian/Ellie.