Tribeca lines up Discovery, Midnight


NEW YORK -- The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled its 30 Discovery section and seven Midnight section selections, featuring talent ranging from Chazz Palminteri and Christine Lahti to Mariah Carey and Rumer Willis.

Each section highlights works with offbeat subject matter from emerging artists. Discovery will include 18 World and 11 North American premieres, while the campier and gorier Midnight hosts five World premieres.

The many new talents behind Discovery films include Niels Arden Oplev, with the Danish Jehovah's Witness drama "Worlds Apart" (To Verdener); Duane Graves and Justin Meeks, with the urban legend tale "The Wild Man of the Navidad"; Niels Laupert, with the German true-crime drama "Seven Days Sunday (Sieben Tage Sonntag)"; and Julie Checkoway's artist docu "Waiting for Hockney."

Some established stars also can be found. Simon Brand's illegal immigrant love story "Paraiso Travel" features John Leguizamo, and Robert Celestino's con-man family drama "Yonkers Joe" stars Palminteri and Lahti. But, arguably, more eyes will eagerly await the world premiere of Aaron Woodley's "Tennessee," featuring Carey ("Glitter") as Krystal, a free spirit who joins two brothers on a search to find their father.

This year's Discovery docus cover Chinese prison torture (Makoto Sasa's "Fire Under the Snow"), Iranian censorship (Mohammad Rasoulof's "Head Wind" [Baad-e-Daboor]), the New York City Marathon (Judd Erlich's "Run for Your Life") and a historic African-American neighborhood (Dawn Logsdon's "Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans") from executive producers Stanley Nelson and Wynton Marsalis.

The Midnight section's eye-opening selections include James Westby's docu "The Auteur," a tongue-in-cheek mockumentary about Italian porn director Arturo Domingo ("My Left Nut"), Thospol Sirivivat and Piraphan Laoyont's Thai organ-harvesting ghost story "Sick Nurses" (Suay Laak Sai) and Phedon Papamichael's supernatural thriller "From Within" starring Thomas Dekker and Willis. Some longtime New Yorkers may find nostalgia in Zach Shaffer and Steve Saporito's docu "SqueezeBox!" which looks at the pansexual club/performance night that gave birth to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

Four films in the Discovery section are part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, a selection of athletic fare held in conjunction by downtown sports events. The remaining films in the 10-plus feature slate will be announced Monday along with the Spotlight, Showcase and Restored/Rediscovered lineups. Most notable among the films is Brin Hill's basketball coming-of-age drama "Ball Don't Lie" starring actor-rapper Ludacris, Rosanna Arquette and Nick Cannon, adapted from Matt de la Pena's young adult novel.

The fest runs April 23-May 4 in Lower Manhattan.