Film : Tribeca Online Film Festival

Here’s a trend that can keep on coming: the online film festival. As my Amtrak hurtles toward NYC, where I’m headed to cover Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) in the flesh, I can warm up with with a few flicks thanks to their online fest and the modern marvel that is wifi on the train.

Four world premiere feature selections from the 2012 TFF are online now, streaming for free. These include my first viewing pick, Babygirl, directed and written by Macdara Vallely. (Ireland, USA). View the trailer:

Other streaming features include:
On The Mat, directed and written by Fredric Golding. (USA)
Achieving greatness in high school wrestling requires a level of devotion unmatched perhaps by any other sport. That greatness has become a yearly expectation at Lake Stevens High, winner of seven Washington state championships in the past 10 years. Narrated by Lake Stevens wrestling alum Chris Pratt (Moneyball), this riveting documentary follows the team over the course of a season as they fight through injuries and academic issues to maintain their school’s legacy.

The Russian Winter, directed by Petter Ringbom. (Russia)
Brooklyn-born John Forté was a Grammy-nominated musician in The Fugees at 21 and a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given a second chance to share his talents with the world. Chronicling his concert tour across Russia, this inspirational documentary takes us on Forté’s personal journey—one that’s as much about having his voice heard as having his music heard. In English, Russian with subtitles.

Town of Runners, directed by Jerry Rothwell. (UK)
Over the past two decades the small, rural Ethiopian town of Bekoji has been the unlikely home to numerous Olympic champion long-distance runners, whose athletic success has paved the way for a generation of young Ethiopians searching for a better future. With a keen artistic eye, TFF award winner Jerry Rothwell (Donor Unknown) follows two teenage track hopefuls who face the challenge of growing up and striving for greatness in a developing nation. In Amharic, Oromo with subtitles.

A handful of shorts will also be streaming, each with limited screening windows and capacity. Go forth and register for free at Tribeca Online Film Festival and have you very own mini Tribeca Film Fest in your living room. Let me know your favorite picks!

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