Tribeca Festival Continues to Build Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Black Women in Media, Tammy Reese (Hustle and Soul Magazine & NYWIFT) along with LaKisa Renee (Cultured Focus Magazine) trailblazed at the Tribeca Festival 2022 with industry press credentials to capture history in the spirit of Juneteenth.
Tribeca Festival continues to build equity, diversity, and inclusion, both behind the scenes and on the big screen. Championing a diverse range of filmmakers, actors, and creators Tribeca is working collectively to engage audiences and tell engrossing stories through the powerful medium of cinema.
A taste of the Black Excellence that was highlighted during Tribeca 2022 included, but was not limited to the Eve’s Bayou 25th Anniversary Celebration, Al Sharpton’s “Loudmouth” premiere, Ben Crump’s “Civil” premiere, and THE DOC documentary.
About Eve’s Bayou
Eve’s Bayou enchanted audiences when it was released in 1997. The twisty Southern gothic period drama about the adulterous dalliances of a Black doctor and the effects on his family starred Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Megan Goode, and a 10-year-old Jurnee Smollett from whose viewpoint the story is told. 25 years later, director Kasi Lemmons, Whitfield, Goode, Smollett, and producer Caldecot Chubb, reunited for a discussion and retrospective screening.
Attorney Benjamin Crump is on a mission to root out anti-Black racism and violence by hitting perpetrators where they’re hurt most: their wallets. Representing the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, Andre Hill, Winston Boogie Smith, Jacob Blake, and the people of Flint, Michigan, among others, in civil lawsuits, Crump has been working to ensure financial accountability and raise the value that courts put on Black life.
“Bursting with passion, emotion, and ideas, CIVIL is a deeply-felt piece of non-fiction filmmaking that approaches police violence through the lens of one man, his diligent work, and the compassion and community that guide him. Charting a fraction of Crump’s far-reaching work from 2020 to 2021, Nadia Hallgren crafts an empathetic, empowering documentary that speaks to what justice can and should look like today.” — Cara Cusumano (Tribeca Festival Director)
Celebs that were spotted at the “Civil” premiere red carpet included the director Nadia Hallgren who is an award-winning filmmaker from The Bronx. She directed the Emmy®-nominated documentary Becoming about Michelle Obama. Beyoncés father and former Destiny’s Child manager, Mathew Knowles, as well as the King of Funk and front man for Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton.
Josh Alexander’s Loudmouth documents the winding road that is Al Sharpton’s life story as an iconic activist and spiritual leader. Viewers peek under the fold and witness the unrestricted details of Sharpton’s development from an 8-year-old preacher to a (sometimes painted as controversial) civil rights figure. Along with his history in the public eye, the good and the bad, the film offers behind-the-scenes insight into Sharpton’s experience as a presidential candidate advisor and racial justice advocate during the volatile climate of 2020.
Audiences will be drawn in by Sharpton’s depth of knowledge and unpublicized details about police brutality in the United States, in particular, New York. Scenes with Andrew Cuomo and other influential figures highlight what makes Sharpton so special as a storyteller and agitator. Viewers are introduced to a new side of the activist and politician, who many have mixed feelings about. Loudmouth makes one thing clear — there’s no one like him. — Shakira Refos
Powerhouse celebs and icons who did a walkthrough during the “Loudmouth” red carpet were Pam Grier, Al B. Sure, Spike Lee, Tribeca Festival Co-Founders Jane Rosenthal & Robert De Niro, Jesse Williams, John Legend, Cassandra Freeman, MSNBC President Rashida Jones, and Al Sharpton himself to name a few.
After the Premiere Screening, there was a conversation with Rev. Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, & John Legend moderated by Cori Murray.
About THE DOC
Director Dave Caplan’s directorial debut is a love letter and inspirational hip hop archive about The DOC a master of the art who is more than likely your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. The film chronicles the life of the lyricist and producer who wrote for NWA and Dr. Dre, co-founded Death Row Records, mentored Snoop Dogg, and left his mark on hip-hop culture forever. 30 years after a devastating car crash that took his voice, The DOC is still struggling with his legacy as a rapper with the greatest cadence before WestCoast rap exploded in popularity and he considers surgery that might be able to restore his vocals. The DOC explores this risky decision alongside a cast of celebrities who reflect on his impact in their lives and in the world from music, to love, to civil rights crusading.
The film is a time capsule of the passion and purpose behind hip hop music in the 90s, especially within the social and political contexts of LA. Stories of falling in love with Erykah Badu and creating other meaningful relationships with giants in the rap game make for an emotional experience that will comfort both HipHop heads and pop-culture enthusiasts. — Shakira Refos
After the Premiere Screening, there was a special birthday performance for The DOC by DJ Quik, Xzibit, Das, Kurupt, Slick Rick, and more. Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang made a surprise appearance at the afterparty/birthday party for THE DOC.
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