Tribeca Film Festival: Music Docs Spotlight Nas, Bjork, James Brown + More

Nas in "Time is Illmatic," directed by One9

Nas in "Time is Illmatic," directed by One9

The Tribeca Film Festival has added music documentaries on James Brown and Bjork along with post-screening performances from rapper Nas, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and a tribute to jazz trumpeter Clark Terry featuring Quincy Jones, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, singer Dianne Reeves, pianist Justin Kauflin and others.

Alex Gibney's untitled James Brown Documentary will screen as a work in progress on the 12-day festival's closing night, April 27. Gibney's documentary, which coincides with Universal Pictures' Brown biopic "Get on Up" and follows his yet-to-be-released film on Fela Kuti, covers Brown life from 1933 to 1974. Gibney will be on hand to discuss the work on the 27th.

Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland's "Björk: Biophilia Live" chronicles a concert centered on the musician's eighth studio album and includes animation from apps created by significant designers as well as found footage. The film will receive its world premiere at TFF on April 26.  

Weir will discuss his career and perform April 23 after the screening of "The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir," director Mike Fleiss' look at Weir journey from high school dropout to Merry Prankster to the Dead. "The Other One" explores the counter-culture and music scenes that defined the Dead.

The story of Clark Terry, 89, mentoring blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, 23, is at the heart of director Alan Hicks' "Keep On Keepin' On." Hicks spent four years following the two musicians as Terry, a veteran of the bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, saw his health falter. The Hargrove-Reeves-Kauflin performance will follow the April 19 world premiere.

Nas will perform at the Beacon Theater on opening night, April 16, after the world premiere of "Time is Illmatic," multimedia artist One9's documentary on the trajectory of Nas' 1994 landmark debut "Illmatic."

Other music documentaries screening at the festival are:

"Super Duper Alice Cooper" - Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn use archival footage, animation and interviews to tell the epic of Alice Cooper and his outrageous life in the 1970s. It plays April 17, 19 and 20.

"Supermensch" - Following its premiere at SXSW, Mike Myers' directorial debut on manager Shep Gordon appears at Tribeca prior to its June 6 release. Gordon and Michael Douglas will speak after the April 26 screening.

Screenings for the Tribeca Film Festival are held in theaters throughout Manhattan.