For New Yorkers and lovers of cinema alike, the Tribeca Film Festival is the annual cultural behemoth that takes over NYC for 2 weeks every Spring. With the best of film, panels, VR, thought leadership and events, Tribeca quickly earned its place on the culture map. And this year’s program is no exception. While they have hundreds of opportunities for audiences to be entertained, informed and inspired, we’ve singled out the five social good-related films we’re most excited for this year. Get your tickets and popcorn now!
I AM EVIDENCE
Every year, thousands of rape kits containing DNA evidence are left untested by police around the country. Over 175,000 kits have been uncovered to date, languishing in backlogs and storage facilities. Each of them an unsolved case. Produced by Mariska Hargitay, I AM EVIDENCE takes an intimate look at this widespread problem and the people behind the numbers, including prosecutor Kym Worthy who is combatting the issue. The film highlights the solved cases and justice served, but also exists as a call to arms for the 42 states that have not yet passed laws requiring that rape kits be tested by police.
WASTED! The Story of Food Waste
Executive Produced by author and chef Anthony Bourdain, WASTED! The Story of Food Waste sheds a light on the pressing issue of food waste. A issue larger than many people may think, every year 80% of the world’s water, 40% of the world’s land, and 10% of the world’s energy is dedicated to growing the food we eat, yet in the same year 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out. That’s a third of all food grown around the world being wasted before it even reaches a plate. The documentary showcases chefs and thought leaders Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, and Massimo Bottura, who offer innovative (and mouth-watering) solutions to this global crisis.
If you love this film, be sure to check out our campaign, Save The Food, to learn more about reducing food waste!
Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History
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. A conversation with CNN anchor of New Day, Chris Cuomo and professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Jason King will follow this special event, moderated by Executive Vice President and Deputy Director for Museum Programs at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Clifford Chanin.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Starlet. Screen Siren. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. All phrases used to describe 1940’s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. But Inventor? Known for her looks and captivating onscreen persona, Lamarr’s legion of fans never knew she possessed such a beautiful mind. An Austrian Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr came up with a “secret communication system” to help the Allies to beat the Nazis. Weaving in Lamarr’s own voice from archival recordings, Bombshell reveals how Lamarr gave her patent to the Navy and never received appropriate credit for her scientific contributions. After the premiere screening, Tribeca Film Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will host an exclusive panel with director Alexandra Dean, executive producer Susan Sarandon, and prominent women in both entertainment and STEM, focusing on how both groups have been historically underrepresented in their respective fields.
The Last Animals
Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones she is used to covering to a new kind of genocide: the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos in this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis. As the single-digit population of Northern White Rhinoceros ticks closer to zero, Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal wildlife trade and international terrorism and border security. But all is not yet lost. Brooks also documents the heroic efforts of conservationists, park rangers, and scientists to protect these animals on the verge of extinction in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The result is a potent plea for worldwide attention and action to combat the permanent loss of these majestic creatures.