Tribeca: What to See, Whom to Meet and More

5:00 AM 4/11/2016

by Gregg Kilday

THR's guide to the big events at this year's festival, from the 'Elvis & Nixon' premiere to J.J. Abrams getting grilled by Chris Rock.

Courtesy of TNT
  • World Premieres

    Steve Dietl

    Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley make Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon a must-see of the festival, running April 13 to 24. Other curiosities: Katie Holmes' directorial debut, All We Had; Tom Tykwer's adaptation of Dave Eggers' A Hologram for the King, starring Tom Hanks; and Eddie Murphy playing serious in Bruce Beresford's drama Mr. Church.


  • Hot Documentaries

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    Robert Kenner, an Oscar nominee for 2008's Food, Inc., takes aim at the world's nuclear arsenal in Command and Control, and The Banksy Job probes the street artist.


  • Television Tune-In

    Courtesy of TNT

    The fest will bow episodes of TNT's Animal Kingdom, starring Ellen Barkin, and Greenleaf, which marks Oprah Winfrey's return to acting for her OWN network. There's also the Broad City finale.

  • Boldfaced Names

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    For its directors series, J.J. Abrams will be grilled by Chris Rock, Jodie Foster will discuss directing with Julie Taymor, and, as part of the storytellers lineup, Hanks will sit down with HBO's John Oliver.


  • And Some Goggles

    Courtesy of Zeiss

    The festival hub at 50 Varick St. will present 23 virtual reality exhibits and installations, including the world premiere of Invasion!, a VR short from Madagascar director Eric Darnell that pits aliens against bunnies.