Tribeca 2017: Spotlight Documentary

by IMDb-Editors | created - 18 Apr 2017 | updated - 20 Apr 2017 | Public

Over the past 15 years, Tribeca has solidified itself as one of the preeminent documentary film destinations in the country. The Spotlight Documentary section‘s 16 high-profile world premieres represent the major stories and acclaimed filmmakers that will be making waves in 2017.

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1. ACORN and the Firestorm (2017)

84 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

A hidden-camera video involving a fake prostitute threatens to destroy ACORN, America's largest grassroots anti-poverty organization. World Premiere Tribeca Film Festival.

Directors: Reuben Atlas, Samuel D. Pollard | Stars: John Atlas, Glenn Beck, Bon Bon, Andrew Breitbart

Votes: 102 | Gross: $0.00M

2. AlphaGo (2017)

90 min | Documentary, Sport

Google's DeepMind has developed a program for playing the 3000 y.o. Go using AI. They test AlphaGo on the European champion, then March 9-15, 2016, on the top player, Lee Sedol, in a best of 5 tournament in Seoul.

Director: Greg Kohs | Stars: Ioannis Antonoglou, Lucas Baker, Nick Bostrom, Yoo Changhyuk

Votes: 4,085

3. Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World (2017)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary

An overview of the major players in the contemporary art market and of the economic factors that motivate those individuals and institutions.

Director: Barry Avrich | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Katherine Arnold, Leon Black, Amy Cappellazzo

Votes: 306

4. Elián (2017)

TV-PG | 108 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Executive-produced by Alex Gibney, the documentary shares the remarkable story of Elian Gonzalez, the 5-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999. ... See full summary »

Directors: Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell | Star: Raúl Esparza

Votes: 135

5. Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

TV-14 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

A documentary exploring the life and career of notorious Republican dirty trickster and longtime Trump adviser, Roger Stone, who helped create the real estate mogul's political career.

Directors: Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme | Stars: Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Jeffrey Toobin

Votes: 5,901

6. Gilbert (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

73 Metascore

GILBERT is a wildly funny and unexpectedly poignant portrait of the life and career of one of comedy's most iconic figures, Gilbert Gottfried.

Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Gilbert Gottfried, Dave Attell, Joy Behar, Richard Belzer

Votes: 593

7. Hondros (2017)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, War

68 Metascore

HONDROS follows the life and career of famous war photographer Chris Hondros by exploring the poignant and often surprising stories behind this award-winning photojournalist's best-known ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Campbell | Stars: Pancho Bernasconi, Greg Campbell, Chris Hondros, Justin Merriman

Votes: 338

8. Frank Serpico (2017)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

In his own words, Frank Serpico tells the story of his one-man crusade for police reform in the NYPD during the early 1970s.

Director: Antonino D'Ambrosio | Stars: Frank Serpico, Stanislao Pugliese, Janet Panetta, John O'Connor

Votes: 238 | Gross: $0.01M

9. A Gray State (2017)

TV-MA | 93 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary about the mysterious death of fringe political filmmaker David Crowley, who was found dead alongside members of his family in their suburban Minnesota home in January of 2015.

Director: Erik Nelson | Stars: David Crowley, Komel Crowley, Rani Crowley, Dan Crowley Sr.

Votes: 1,117

10. Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017)

R | 99 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

A look at the current state of Syria amidst war and chaos in 2017, featuring stories of survival and observations by political experts from around the world.

Directors: Sebastian Junger, Nick Quested | Stars: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Amr Al-Azm, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Tareq Al-Hashemi

Votes: 594

11. I Am Evidence (2017)

TV-MA | 89 min | Documentary

An investigation into the way sexual assault cases are handled by police departments across the United States.

Directors: Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir | Stars: Michelle Brettin, Rachel Dissell, Mariska Hargitay, Helena Lazaro

Votes: 404

12. LA 92 (2017)

R | 114 min | Documentary, History

66 Metascore

Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, filmmakers examine that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Henry Alfaro, Danny Bakewell, John D. Barnett, Bart Bartholomew

Votes: 3,072

13. Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017)

TV-MA | 85 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Through the eyes of famous chefs, audiences will see how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

Directors: Anna Chai, Nari Kye | Stars: Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, Anthony Bourdain

Votes: 309 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

Tells the story of Whitney Houston's extraordinary life and tragic death.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal | Stars: Whitney Houston, Tony Anderson, Burt Bacharach, Michael Baker

Votes: 4,060

15. Year of the Scab (2017)

77 min | Documentary

During the strike of the 1987 American football season, NFL owners look to fill their rosters with replacements of anyone willing to play, even if it means players risking their reputation by crossing a picket line.

Director: John Dorsey | Star: Mike Tanier

Votes: 43



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