Personally, of the newly announced titles, I'm especially excited about all the documentaries selected for Tribeca this year. For example Alex Gibney's latest, My Trip to Al-Qaeda, will have its world premiere as part of the Encounters section. The very prolific Gibney (he just premiered another new doc at Sundance two months ago) debuted Taxi to the Dark Side at TFF back in 2007, nearly a year prior to its Oscar win for Best Documentary Feature.
Other world premiere's include docs about the band Rush and the hair styling icon Vidal Sassoon, as well as Last Play at Shea (about Billy Joel and the final concert ever at the Mets' former stadium), Monogamy, which is the fiction feature debut of Murderball co-director Dana Adam Shapiro, and Nice Guy Johnny, the new film from Edward Burns, which will also debut simultaneously online as part of TFF Virtual.
Neil Jordan's mermaid movie Ondine will make its U.S. debut, while fellow Irish director John Carney (Once) will bring his new comedy Zonad, which he co-directed with his brother Kieran. Other U.S. premieres include Soul Kitchen, which is the latest from Head-On director Fatih Akin, Mat Whitecross' Ian Dury biopic sex & drugs & rock & roll and Shinya Tsukamoto's latest installment of his 20-year-old Tetsuo franchise, this one titled Tetsuo the Bullet Man.
And for those of us New Yorkers who haven't made it out to any other American film festivals this year, we get our first chance to see Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs, Nicole Holofcener's Please Give, the documentary Joan Rivers - A Piece of Work, Aaron Schneider's Get Low and Michael Winterbottom's controversial The Killer Inside Me.
I have to admit TFF's lineup this year looks really good. Almost too good, considering I'll probably have trouble fitting in everything that I'm dying to see. Let's help each other narrow down our definite must-see picks in the comments section below. Just don't try to sway me from seeing Andy Serkis' portrayal of Dury. I hear it's amazing, and given the lack of familiarity with the British punk singer in the States, I fear I won't have another chance for a while.