Jay-Z, the Ramones, Dave Matthews, and Eric Clapton are among the stars of movies set for the second annual Tribeca Film Festival, which will take place May 3-11 in the downtown New York neighborhood.
Jay-Z and his Roc-A-Fella Records partner, Damon Dash, are the stars of “Death of a Dynasty,” a satire about the hip-hop world. Making its world premiere at the festival, the movie follows a hip-hop journalist (played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach) on assignment to get an inside view of Roc-A-Fella. Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy Jones) and supermodel Devon Aoki co-star in “Death of a Dynasty,” which was directed by Dash.
The movie also features cameos from New York radio DJs and former “MTV Raps” hosts Dr. Dre and Ed Lover, songwriter Denise Rich, television personality Carson Daly, Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav, and Run-D.M.C. members Darryl McDaniels and the late Jam Master Jay. Jay-Z and Dash have previously collaborated on the films “Backstage,” “State Property,” and “Paper Soldiers.”
Dash also stars in “Paper Chasers,” another film that will make its world premiere at the festival. The documentary about hip-hop entrepreneurs features appearances by Ludacris, Public Enemy, and Fat Joe.
The documentary “End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones” will have its New York premiere at the festival. The influential punk band’s late bassist, Dee Dee Ramone, is the focus of another festival documentary, “Hey! Is Dee Dee Home?”
Dave Matthews makes his film debut in the long-finished “Red Fern,” while the nonfiction film “Eric Clapton & Friends” (which makes its North American premiere at the festival) documents the rehearsals leading up to the legendary guitarist’s 2001 tour.
Also screening at the festival will be “MC5: A True Testimonial,” a documentary about one of the pioneering acts of Detroit’s garage-rock movement, and “Prey for Rock & Roll,” a drama starring Gina Gershon as the front woman of a struggling rock band.
The Tribeca Film Festival, which was co-founded by Robert De Niro, attracted more than 150,000 people last year, according to organizers. The event will again boast a live rock and comedy concert, with acts to be announced. More information can be found at the festival’s official Web site.