The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival will feature a wide selection of music-themed features and documentaries, covering everything from the life and music of Linda Ronstadt to a profile of a beloved New York record store, the theft of a $6 million Stradivarius violin and a chronicle of the legendary New York venue The Apollo.
According to a rundown of the films provided by the 18th annual festival — which will take place Apr. 24-May 5 — among the highlights of the roster are a documentary about late Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon using footage shot by Hoon on his camcorder, All I Can Say, and a doc about R&B singer D’Angelo‘s return to touring after a long professional break entitled Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo.
Other highlights include:
— A Day in the Life of America: A Jared Leto-directed doc about the 92 film crews he sent out on July 4th to all 50 states to chronicle a single 24 hour period in the life of the nation.
— The Apollo: the festival-opening debut of Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams’ doc about the Harlem theater that has been the site of innumerable legendary music performances.
— Inna De Yard: a profile of the multi-generational, pioneering reggae group of the same name.
— Lil’ Buck: Real Swan: profile of the dancer/actor best known for popularizing the Jookin street dance style and how his life changed after a video of him dancing to “The Swan” changed his life.
— Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice: a look at the life of the legendary singer featuring interviews with Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Jackson Browne and Dolly Parton; followed by a performance from Sheryl Crow.
— Other Music: doc about the now-shuttered East Village music store that was a hipster destination from 1995-2016, with Vampire Weekend, The Strokes and Interpol.
— Plucked: world premiere of the saga of the theft of violinist Frank Almond’s Stradivarius violin worth more than $6 million.
— Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts: a film that follows the folk-singing drag queen in her journey as a touring performer following her win on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
— Mystify: Michael Hutchence: another world premiere, diving into the career of the late INXS singer, featuring interviews with Kylie Minogue and Helena Christensen.
— The Quiet One: profile of Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman with hours of unseen footage, personal photos and a look at his vast archive of memorabilia.
— Gay Chorus Deep South: profile of San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ unprecedented bus tour through the Deep South to celebrate music and challenge intolerance.
— The Remix: Hip-Hop X Fashion: doc about how hip-hop cahnged the fashion world and led to the rise of streetwear, followed by a musical performance inspired by the film.
— Sublime: documentary about the Long Beach, California, reggae-punk trio and late lead singer Brad Nowell.
— Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation: In advance of the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1969 music festival that changed everything, interviews with attendees.
— Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound: a peek behind the scenes at some of the most iconic sounds in film, from the helicopters in Apocalypse Now to the sound of the lightsabers in Star Wars.