1010 WINS-'ET' Tribeca Film Festival countdown: What to expect

David Caplan
March 15, 2019 - 2:51 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The countdown is on to the Tribeca Film Festival!

The festival, featuring more than 100 films, kicks off April 24 and lasts until May 5. 

Tickets go on sale March 19. 

OPENING NIGHT 

Its opening night kicks off uptown -- way uptown -- at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and appropriately the HBO documentary "The Apollo" will be screened. 

Academy and Emmy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams chronicles the history and contemporary legacy of the NYC landmark. Among those interviewed in the documentary are Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, Jamie Foxx and Pharrell Williams. 

DIVERSITY AT THE FESTIVAL

This year's festival is more diverse than ever, with 40 percent of the films directed by women, 26 percent by people of color and 13 percent who identify as LGBTQ. 

ROCK ON

Music is a prominent theme at this year's festival: There's "Mystify," about INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence," "The Quiet One," about Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, and "Devil's Pie," about the comeback tour of R&B artist D'Angelo. 

Among the buzzier docs, is "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice," which profiles the iconic singer. After its screening, Sheryl Crow will perform.

There's also the documentary "Inna De Yard," about a group of pioneering reggae musicians. Reggae legend Ken Booth will perform after the doc's premiere. 

"This is Spinal Tap" will return to the big screen at the Beacon Theater for the iconic mockumentary's 35th anniversary.

JARED LETO: TRIPLE THREAT

He's an actor, musician -- and a documentary director. The festival includes Leto's "A Day in the Life of America," a crowd-sourced documentary featuring footage from all 50 states on the Fourth of July. 

The documentary explores people's collective national beliefs and who we are as a nation. This is Leto's second time directing a documentary: "Artifact" was nominated for awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and the SXSW Film Festival.

BALDWIN DOES DELOREAN

You don't get more New York than Alec Baldwin, who stars in the documentary-hybrid "Framing John DeLorean." It uses archival footage and dramatic reenactments with Baldwin playing John DeLorean.

Baldwin also produced "Crown Vic," which is also having its world premiere at the festival. It's about two police officers at opposite ends of their careers who find themselves thrust into a violent hunt for two cop killers on the loose in L.A.