The 19th edition, set for April, will also expand across the Hudson River to Hoboken, New Jersey.
The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival will open with the world premiere of the documentary Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President, it was announced Monday (Feb. 17). The film, directed by Mary Wharton, illustrates the role of popular music and Carter's passion for it in helping propel the Georgia peanut farmer to the White House. The doc was written by Bill Flanagan and produced by Chris Farrell.
The world premiere event will take place April 15 at New York's Beacon Theatre and be followed by live performances from Willie Nelson, who is featured in the doc via archival footage, and musical director Paul Shaffer.
Rock & Roll President combines interviews with Carter and archival footage of performances from Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett and Paul Simon. In the film, Wharton traces how Carter's approachability and the unifying power of music became key to his political appeal and allowed him to connect with voters.