The Tribeca Film Festival has just kicked off in New York City, N.Y., and there are a number of exciting films showing at the festival that movie fans everywhere should be paying attention to.

 

Tribeca, more than anything else, is known for its documentary exhibitions. This year, one of the hottest docs to play at the festival is “A Brony Tale.” This film will delve into the strange, ever growing phenomenon that is brony culture. If you do not already know, bronies are male — sometimes adults — fans of the “My Little Pony” television program, which is intended for small children. There is a lot of brony hate out there among the non-initiated, and judging by the trailer, “A Brony Tale” will attempt to get at the heart of what the movement is all about. The director is Brent Hodge.

 

Another highly anticipated picture is the fiction feature “The Canal.” “The Canal,” a horror film, follows a film archivist and his wife as they discover their house was the site of a grisly crime, which took place many years earlier. Film historians should be particularly excited for this one, as not only does it follow a film archivist (when was the last time that profession was seen on film?), but it was also shot on a camera made in 1915. It will certainly be exciting to see what modern filmmaker, Ivan Kavanagh, can do with a camera that dates back to the early days of cinema technology.

 

One music-themed documentary that will be showing at the festival is “Keep On Keepin’ On” from first time documentarian Alan Hicks. This music doc will capture the life of Clark Terry as he works with the blind pianist Justin Kauflin. These two jazz musicians are highly regarded within the music world, and this documentary is certainly one to look out for for fans of jazz music.

 

Perhaps the most looked forward to fiction film of the festival is “In Your Eyes” from director Brin Hill. This sci-fi, romance was written by Joss Whedon, which is probably why there is so much interest in the film. The film features actors Jennifer Grey, Nikki Reed, and Steve Howey. Coming off of “Cabin in the Woods,” “The Avengers,” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Whedon can do no wrong in the eyes of most fans, and it will be interesting to see what he can do in the genre of romance — a genre he has never really tackled before.

 

Other films playing at the festival include “Art and Craft,” “Every Secret Thing,” “Gabriel,” “Every Secret Thing,” “Dior and I,” and many more.

 

If you are in the New York area, be sure to check out the Tribeca schedule to see if you can make it to any of these incredible films.

 

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