The Tribeca Film Festival announced its Spotlight and Cinemania programs today, including Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary, Mansome, period drama Cheerful Weather for the Wedding with Like Crazy‘s Felicity Jones (right), and Struck By Lightning, written by Glee‘s Chris Colfer. “It was important that we head into Tribeca’s second decade highlighting projects that were attuned to the pulse of our cultural climate,” said director of programming Genna Terranova, in a release. “That said, both consciousness and levity play a prominent role in this year’s selection. We are also eager to introduce audiences to a group of films that are reworking genres and testing traditional modes of storytelling.”
Simultaneously, the sixth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Benji, a documentary about a high school basketball phenom who was murdered in 1984 before getting an opportunity to fulfill his promise. “This year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival films explore athletes’ diverse challenges on and off the playing fields,” said Terranova. “I’m excited we can share these inspiring stories — from runners training for the Olympics in rural Africa to Tim Wakefield’s ever-elusive and now historic knuckleball — with both our sports and documentary fans alike.”
The 11th edition of Tribeca will take place from April 18-29 in New York City.
Struck By Lightning, directed by Brian Dannelly, written by Chris Colfer. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Even being killed by a bolt of lightning won’t keep Carson Phillips quiet. A hyper-ambitious and outspoken high school senior in a small-minded town, Carson (Glee’s Chris Colfer) narrates his own funeral and the last few weeks of his life through a series of sarcastic flashbacks in this upbeat and energetic comedy from Saved! director Brian Dannelly. With Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, and Drive’s Christina Hendricks.
March 8, 2012 - Entertainment Weekly