NO RUNNING seem to have the elements of a winning formula – talented filmmakers, actors, actresses, writers, producers and moolah – to make a stellar movie about racial injustice by drawing on B-movie sci-fi trappings and UFO abductions and their own personal experiences with racial injustice to tell their story in a metaphorical way. With so many Blacks and People of Color being murdered, shot and brutalized by police, there were expectations they would flex some panache. Well, writes reviewer Gregg W. Morris, we should never forget that the best laid plans of mice and men – and filmmakers – often go astray.
BLINDSPOTTING (2021) centers on Ashley, who is trying to come up to speed on a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles, her partner of 12 years and father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated, requiring her to navigate a chaotic and comedic existential crisis when she is forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister – OMG! So, who is Ashley? Who is Miles. Read more to come up to speed!
By Gregg W. Morris
A 2021 Tribeca Film Festival Preview, story documentary: THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL. Lead her team to three national trophies. She played in the ‘76 Olympics. Drafted by he NBA. Have you ever heard of Lucy Harris? By Gregg W. Morris: Twenty-one minutes long?. We want more.
To celebrate the 10 years since video games became part of the Tribeca Festival, Rockstar Games will return with a special live outdoor performance in New York City’s The Battery, featuring Red Dead Redemption 2 Original Soundtrack producer, Daniel Lanois, his band and some very special guests performing versions of highlight songs from the evocative and emotional soundtrack of the latest blockbuster game, live in New York City for the first time. Set to take place at sunset in this iconic location, The Songs of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a must-see performance.
By Gregg W. Morris
Each day throughout the Festival, Tribeca’s storytelling verticals will highlight the voices of the African Diaspora with an emphasis on African-American artists, performers, filmmakers, and interdisciplinary creators all culminating on Juneteenth. TFF, for the first time ever, is presenting The Harry Belafonte Voices For Social Justice Award to Stacey Abrams for her outstanding leadership, service and commitment to fighting against injustices through her work as a political leader, voting rights activist, and novelist.
Gregg W. Morris