This year’s Tribeca Film Festival has a lot of good treats. Find out what’s what after the jump.
New movies from Richard Linklater, Neil Jordan, David Gordon Green, Mira Nair, Neil LaBut and Clark Gregg; and documentaries about Elaine Stritch, Gore Vidal, and Moms Mabley — from Whoopi Goldberg — are just the latest few films announced for the Tribeca Film Festival.
But it is the latest project from Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, that has caught our attention. Richard Pryor: Omit The Legacy will make its debut at the venerable film festival with Jennifer Lee as a producer of a film calling it “a definite documentary”.
The Richard Pryor Estate reportedly gave director Marina Zenovich (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired) access to photos, other mementos and even the late funnyman’s own personal diary will be used for the picture. Many of Pryor’s friends (Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Mel Brooks, Quincy Jones) and family opened up for the project, which will focus on Pryor’s transformation from successful but mild stand-up comedian to successful but dangerous social critic.
Without giving too much away, those who aren’t able to attend the Tribeca Film Festival will be able to catch the broadcast on Showtime. The move comes as part of a new documentary series showcase titled Closeup, which will give measured and complex looks at the lives of several notable public figures.
The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 17-28 in New York City, so stay tune as we bring you more from the event!
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