23 films part of new film festival category

The directorial debuts of Mary Stuart Masterson, “The Cake Eaters”; Diego Luna, “Chavez”; and editor-producer Jon Poll, “Charlie Bartlett” are part of the 23 docs and features in Tribeca fest’s new Encounters category announced Tuesday.

Jieho Lee’s “The Air I Breathe” starring Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia and Kevin Bacon; Marc Klein’s “Suburban Girl,” starring Alec Baldwin and Sarah Michelle Gellar; and Rosario Dawson starrer “Descent” are also in the sidebar.

At the same time, fest announced the lineup for the Restored/Rediscovered section, including Cinda Firestone’s “Attica”; Mikheil Kalatozishvili’s “The Letter Never Sent” (Neotpravlennoye pismo); and Gerard Blain’s “The Pelican” (Le Pelican).

Film archivist and historian Paolo Cherchi Usai’s “Passio” and artist DJ Spooky’s “Rebirth of a Nation” will be showcased. Both projects are reworks based on material from the past: “Passion According to the Gospel of St. John” and “The Birth of a Nation.”

The Midnight section will feature 11 pics, including Jonathan King’s “Black Sheep,” Michael Addis’ “Heckler” and Jamie Morgan’s “The Workshop.”

Pics in the Encounters and Midnight sections are eligible for the audience award for feature film.

World narrative, world doc and Spotlight selections for the sixth annual fest, running April 25-May 6, were announced Monday.

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