The Tribeca Film Festival, now in its twelfth year, kicks off Wednesday, April 17. Genna Terranova, Director of Programming for Tribeca Film Festival, joins us to discuss some of the music-related offerings at the festival this year, including a documentary about Brooklyn indie band The National, filmed by Tom Berninger, brother of lead singer Matt Berninger (Mistaken For Strangers); a portrait of the Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Elaine Stritch (Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me); a narrative feature about late singer and songwriter Jeff Buckley (Greetings From Tim Buckley), and more.
On Mistaken For Strangers, which opens the festival:
[Tom Berninger] is the younger brother — the younger, sort of slacker brother, let’s say — and Matt is the perfect brother, who over the years was always good at everything. And Tom has been struggling to find his voice and what he does, and he’s an aspiring filmmaker as well. So this is… an exploration of a relationship between two brothers — and [it’s] really funny and heartwarming.
On Greetings from Tim Buckley, a drama about guitarist Jeff Buckley struggling to emerge from the shadow of his folk musician father:
Jeff’s standing in his own way because of his father. It affronts those issues. The main character is Penn Badgley, from Gossip Girl, and he actually performs [as Jeff Buckley] in the movie…. Actually, he has a pretty good voice. He really carries the role really well beyond just the acting part of it.
On When the Song Dies, a poetic documentary about Scottish mysticism and traditional music:
It’s very haunting because you have the Scottish folk music, which is beautiful and a capella, and then you have these interwoven ghost stories where people are talking about these interesting encounters that they’ve had. The idea is that the music is passing away and so are we, but there’s always this resonance, whether it’s musically or supernaturally in some ways.
On Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a portrait of the Tony and Emmy award winner at 87 years old:
[Strich is] a character — you might remember — with the big, black-rimmed glasses [and] a suit with a big white, collared shirt. [She] speaks her mind and does her own thing…. It’s a very compelling documentary. She’s funny, she’s fiery, she’s feisty.