The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival has filled out its 2014 feature slate with a starry Spotlight section as well as midnight and special screenings, a group that taken together includes a new movie written by Joss Whedon, the directorial debut of Courteney Cox, a Katie Holmes starrer, meme-fodder mashup “Zombeavers” and a doc about “bronies,” the adult-male fans of “My Little Pony.”
Programmed alongside the three major subcategories announced earlier this week, the Spotlight section, weighing in at 31 features, incorporates work from recognizable talent that is likely to attract attention to the fest.
The section’s roster includes a notable list of world premieres including “In Your Eyes,” a metaphysical romance penned by Whedon, directed by Brin Hill and starring Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David; “Just Before I Go,” the Cox-helmed comedy that stars Seann William Scott, Rob Riggle, Olivia Thirlby and Garret Dillahunt; and Holmes starrer “Miss Meadows,” Karen Leigh Hopkins’ story about a schoolteacher who is not what she seems.
Also debuting in the same Tribeca category are Anton Yelchin topliner “5 to 7,” Victor Levin’s romance that also stars Glenn Close and Frank Langella; “About Alex,” Jesse Zwick’s millennial “Big Chill” story starring Aubrey Plaza and Max Greenfield; Robin Williams vehicle “Boulevard”; the Nicole Holofcener-penned “Every Secret Thing” and “Life Partners,” Susanna Fogel’s story of female friendship starring Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs and Gabourey Sidibe.
On the list of documentaries premiering in Spotlight are Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn’s “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper’s “All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State,” Alan Hicks’ jazz-world story “Keep On Keepin’ On,” Mike Fleiss’ “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir” and Ian Cheney’s “The Search for General Tso.”
Films in the section that aren’t world premieres include Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur,” Paul Haggis’ “Third Person,” Ira Sachs’ “Love is Strange,” Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves.”
Meanwhile, the festival’s genre-focused midnight section includes the preem of Jordan Rubin’s cabin-in-the-woods horror flick “Zombeavers”; “Preservation,” Christopher Denham’s story of a hunting trip gone awry; and Alastair Orr’s Chupacabra story “Indigenous.”
Tribeca has tapped Brent Hodge’s “A Brony Tale,” about a surprising demographic of “My Little Pony” fans, as part of its five-title series of special screenings, a lineup that also will include a work-in-progress screening of “6,” the latest doc from “The Cove” filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, centering on activists calling attention to species extinction.
Tribeca also has set the slate for its transmedia-centric Storyscapes section, rounding up projects including interactive nonfiction outing “Choose Your Own Documentary” and immersive journalism experience “Use of Force.”
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival runs April 16-27.