Kyra Sedgwick, Geeta Gandbhir, Katie Holmes, Nadia Hallgren, and Hannah Marks are among the directors who will premiere films at the 2022 edition of Tribeca Film Festival. More than 64 percent of the features set to screen are directed by female, BIPOC, or LGBTQ+ filmmakers — 46 percent women directors, 34 percent BIPOC directors, and eight percent LGBTQ+ directors, per a press release from the fest.
The Spotlight Narrative section includes Sedgwick’s “Space Oddity,” the story of a space-obsessed man whose love for a woman brings his attention back to Earth; Holmes’ “Alone Together,” a pandemic-inspired romance; and Marks’ “Don’t Make Me Go,” a drama about a father who takes his teenage daughter on a road trip to find her estranged mother.
Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard’s “After Selma: The Lowndes County Freedom Party” and Hallgren’s “Civil” are part of the Spotlight Documentary slate. The former focuses on the citizens and activists on the frontlines in 1960s Georgia, and the latter is a portrait of Ben Crump, the lawyer described as “Black America’s attorney general.”
The U.S. Narrative Competition includes “The Drop,” Sarah Adina Smith’s comedy about a couple whose marriage is tested when one of them drops a baby while at a destination wedding at a tropical island. Del Kathryn Barton’s “Blaze,” the story of a girl who summons an imaginary dragon to help her cope after witnessing a violent crime, is part of the International Narrative Competition. Violet Du Feng’s “Hidden Letters,” a look inside how two women in China are striving to preserve an ancient secret language that has bonded generations of women, is among the titles set to screen in the Documentary Competition.
Tribeca Film Festival is taking place June 8-19.