Ronnie Wood And Brian Wilson Documentaries To Premiere At 2020 Tribeca Film Festival

The annual Tribeca Film Festival schedule has been announced, which will take place from 15 – 26 April.

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The annual Tribeca Film Festival schedule has been announced, which will take place from 15 – 26 April in New York City. This year’s event includes a total of 115 films from 124 filmmakers from 33 different countries. The 2020 selections feature some of music’s biggest names, including Ronnie Wood, Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams, The Go-Go’s, Big Freedia and DMX. Live performances will be following many of the premieres.

One of the most anticipated titles is Somebody Up There Likes Me, profiling the 50-year career of guitarist Ronnie Wood, who played in Faces, the Jeff Beck Group, and, most famously, The Rolling Stones. Directed by Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas), the film offers extensive input from Wood, as well as interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Rod Stewart, among others.

Another prominent premiere is that of Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, which offers a rare look at the Beach Boys frontman’s last two decades. The intimate portrait follows the reclusive artist and Rolling Stone Editor Jason Fine in conversation, as they drive around Wilson’s native Los Angeles. The film also features input from a cross-generational collection of talking heads, including Bruce Springsteen, Nick Jonas, Elton John, Jakob Dylan and Jim James.

Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me (2019) Trailer

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Also premiering is The Go-Go’s, which documents the synonymous pioneering new wave band. A performance by the Los Angeles group will take place after the screening. Don’t Try to Understand: A Year in the Life of Earl “DMX” Simmons follows the rapper and actor as he struggles to reignite his career following incarceration. DMX is also scheduled to perform.

Hydration goes behind-the-scenes at Pharrell Williams’ Something In The Water festival and includes performances by the likes of Gwen Stefani, Jay Z, Dave Grohl and Snoop Dogg. Ricky Powell: The Individualist examines the pop culture photographer who captured New York in the 80s and 90s and later toured with the Beastie Boys. The film includes interviews with Powell, Chuck D, LL Cool J, Mike D and Natasha Lyonne, among others.

Underplayed focuses on radical female artists who have struggled to break through the gender barrier in the male-dominated world of EDM. The premiere of the film, which includes interviews with Alison Wonderland, Tygapaw, Tokimonsta and Suzanne Ciani, will be followed by a set from Tokimonsta.


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Highlighting one of the earliest marriages of politics and popular culture is Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President. Through archival footage and recent interviews with the 39th president, the film examines how Carter’s love of music – and relationships with popular artists – helped him win the 1976 election. Live performances from Willie Nelson, Nile Rogers and others will follow the documentary’s 15 April premiere at the Beacon Theatre.

Also on the political spectrum is Freedia Got A Gun, in which the New Orleans bounce icon investigates her hometown’s complex relationship to gun violence, while System of a Down’s Serj Tankian explores Armenia’s political revolution in Truth To Power. The screening of the film, which includes interviews with Rick Rubin and Tom Morello, among others, will be followed by a concert from Tankian and the NYU Symphony Orchestra.

For the full line-up films, visit the official Tribeca Film Festival website.

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