Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Preview: 10 Titles To Look Out For

By Katey Rich and Kristy Puchko 2013-04-17 09:36:34discussion comments
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Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Tribeca Film Festival, a time when an already movie-loving city like New York becomes home to hundreds of new independent films, all of them given the chance to premiere in front of the kind of giant audiences only New York City can provide. As with any festival, there's way too much to choose from at Tribeca, from an outdoor screening of Beetlejuice to a conversation between Darren Aronofsky and Clint Eastwood to a movie about a famous Internet cat. It's the usual overwhelming number of options in New York, just ramped up a whole lot.

Katey and Kristy will be on the ground to cover the festival for the next 10 days, and we put our heads together to come up with 10 titles we think you should keep an eye on. From somber documentaries to star-studded comedies, these movies are what we're excited to see-- and hopefully we'll see you in the theater as Tribeca runs through next Sunday.

The Kill Team
Tribeca has a reputation for curating an outstanding slate of documentary films. While there's plenty of promising titles in this year's doc line-up, it's this world premiere that has me the most intrigued. In 2010 a unit of US infantrymen dubbed "The Kill Team" made headlines for murdering Afghan civilians. Focusing on the shocking story of one of the group's whistleblower's, director Dan Krauss digs deep into this sensational tale to try to uncover how aspiring heroes became calculating murderers.

 
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
New York City is still pulling itself back together in the wake of last fall's Hurricane Sandy, but already there's a film dealing with the storm's impact. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors was filmed in part in the Far Rockaways, a beachfront neighborhood that took the worst of the storm, and incorporates the damage into a story about a young autistic boy who skips school and escapes into the New York City subway system. The first-time feature from director Sam Flesichner, Stand Clear looks like a true New York story with a somber real-life edge.
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