Ilana Glazer of Broad City told a crowd at SXSW that her new Comedy Central miniseries, Time-Traveling Bong, will premiere, appropriately enough, on 4/20. But it looks like we’ll get a sneak peek of it at the Tribeca Film Festival. The fest just announced the lineup for its 2016 installment, running April 13 to 24, and there’ll be screenings of both Broad City and the new show, followed by Q&As with the stars. Some of the festival’s highlights are Manhattan-oriented (a short doc about Warhol superstars Taylor Mead and Ultra Violet; a 40th anniversary screening of Taxi Driver followed by a Q&A with stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, and writer Paul Schrader.) But, as you can see below, Brooklyn is really representing.
Sophia Takal’s 2014 film, Wild Canaries, was set in her home borough of Brooklyn, but this psychological thriller finds the actor-director following two old friends (played by Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald) on a trip from Los Angeles to Big Sur. The getaway sounds as fraught with resentment and mind games as the one in Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth.
This documentary about Asian-American rappers features Greenpoint’s own Awkwafina, who is no stranger to Bedford + Bowery readers. Expect observations like, “Bitches be in Bushwick, they all live in Bushwick, they all love Bushwick, but I say fuck that shit.”
Catching this sneak peek of the show’s finale means ending the season early, but to ease the pain, there’ll be a Q&A with Abbi, Ilana, Paul W. Downs (Abbi’s boss at Soulstice) and producer Lucia Aniello. The convo will be moderated by none other than Kelly Ripa (who will be swilling moonshine, judging by her cameo on the show).
If you missed David Byrne’s color-guard spectacular at Barclays Center back in June, this documentary by Bill and Turner Ross (Western, Tchoupitoulas, 45365) is your chance to relive the flag-waving magic.
Demetri Martin’s debut feature is described as a “love note to both the East and West Coast,” which is appropriate for a comedian who a few years ago moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Yup, he’s one of those people. Martin stars as an artist who meets an enchanting woman played by Gillian Jacobs, who also stars in another festival pick, Don’t Think Twice.
Don’t Think Twice
We just caught the world premiere of Mike Birbiglia’s dramedy at SXSW. It’s an homage to the improv comedy world, following the fate of a UCB-esque troupe as they lose their theater and their star cast member.
Like Don’t Think Twice, this one traffics in the comedy world and features real-life comedians like David Cross and Michael Ian Black. But rather than an improv player, the character played by Greenpoint fixture Alex Karpovsky is a standup who sets off on tour with a childhood friend who happens to be an acclaimed folk musician (Wyatt Russell).
This animated buddy flick about aspiring Hollywood types played by Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt takes place in Los Angeles. We mention it because Brooklyn’s own Hannibal Burres is among the comics who make an appearance (others include Mike Judge, Molly Shannon, Paul Scheer, and Kate Micucci, who also appears in another fest pick, Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice).
The Show of Shows: 100 Years of Vaudeville, Circuses, and Carnivals
Ya gotta figure Coney Island will factor into this history of spectacle, if not Bushwick’s current wave of acrobats, burlesque performers and circus acts. Sounds worth a look, especially since the score is composed by members of Sigur Rós in collaboration with Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.
Women Who Kill
This feature from Brooklyn director Ingrid Jungermann promises to appeal to those who enjoyed the wry wit of Appropriate Behavior. Like that film, it’s partly a skewering of Park Slope. The director stars along with Ann Carr as hosts of a true-crime podcast who encounter a “mysterious” character played by Sheila Vand of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.