Tribeca Film Festival 2017: Must Watch Films

Since it’s inception in 2002, Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the preeminent showcases of independent cinema. Recently, VR and television have been added to its repertoire. And as per usual, there is so much to see and so little time to see it all!

With all the incredible VR, shorts, music and television featured this year, I tried to narrow my list down to features. But don't think I wont be making a trip to the Tribeca Festival Hub (a VR short feature one of my favorite couples, Alessandro Nivola and Emily Mortimer? One centered around Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah? Another that places you IN Shakespeare's Hamlet? Sounds good to me!) and other events throughout the festival including The Handmaid's Tale screening and panel!

I won't overlap with Gaby's list; clearly she's got some great choices, all of which are on my list as well.

Here are five of my must watch films:

Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock

Until last year, many of us had probably never heard of Standing Rock, North Dakota or the Sioux tribe who lived there. Their peaceful protests and fight for basic human rights, capture the world's attention (and support). Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock takes us deeper into the struggle for clean water and a safe environment.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr was known as one of the most beautiful women in the world. Few knew how important she was to our nation's history. Hedy Lamarr - Film star, immigrant, engineer, and inventor, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a look at the contribution of this incredible woman.


About the man who inspired the creation of Rocky Balboa, Chuck Wepner went 15 rounds against Muhammad Ali. Known as the Bayonne Bleeder, Wepner is one of the few to have ever knocked down Ali. The film follows Wepner's life during and after the fight as he tries to stay relevant. Directed by Philippe Falardeau, Chuck stars Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, and Elisabeth Moss.

One Percent More Humid

When I first heard about this Liz W. Garcia directed film, I really hoped I have a chance to see it. My wish was granted as One Percent More Humid debuts at this year's festival! With Juno Temple and Julia Garner playing childhood best friends, the two return home hoping to recapture a time when they were young during a summer break from school. It quickly becomes clear that they've changed as a shared trauma reemerges causing even more of a rift between friends.


Starring a barrage of talented actors lead by Richard Armitage, Tom Holland and Jon Bernthal, Pilgrimage follows a small group of monks as they travel along the Irish coast as they transport a holy relic to Rome. Intriguingly described as a "period drama crossed with action-laced road movie," the cast alone would make this a must-see!

Be sure to check out these films and more at this year's Tribeca Film Festival!

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