Two pics from indie label IFC Films were tapped Tuesday to play the Tribeca Film Festival’s Showcase section: Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton’s punk rock mockumentary “Brothers of the Head” and the recent Sundance pickup “Wordplay.”
Unveiled Tuesday — along with those of the Midnight and Restored/Rediscovered sections — the Showcase lineup includes pics that have previously screened at other fests.
“Head,” which stars newcomers Harry and Luke Treadaway as conjoined twins who launch a punk act, is being released by IFC with Tartan Films. “Wordplay” looks at the world of crossword obsessives.
Other Showcase highlights will include Miramax basketball docu “The Heart of the Game,” Lionsgate’s “Akeelah and the Bee,” docu “Al Franken: God Spoke” and Roadside Attractions’ “Wah-Wah,” helmed by Richard E. Grant and starring Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson and Emily Watson.
Also in the mix will be Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin’s docu on seminal indie rockers the Pixies, “loudQUIETloud,” which played the South by Southwest fest earlier this month.
Tribeca also blew the dust off its Rediscovered section, a look at restored or preserved pics as curated by Martin Scorsese and Peter Scarlet.
Rediscoveries this year include Jean Renoir’s “The River”; Lionel Rogosin’s gritty first pic, “On the Bowery”; and a tribute to video art pioneer Nam June Paik.
For night owls, Tribeca’s Midnight section will bring to Gotham Alexandra Lipsitz’s docu “Air Guitar Nation,” winner of SXSW’s 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award.
Also skedded to screen at the witching hour are TLA Releasing’s adult comedy “Another Gay Movie” and helmer Mandy Stein’s “Too Tough to Die,” a concert docu following music icons Eddie Vedder and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others, paying tribute to the Ramones.
Tribeca also stirred in some late additions to its Spotlight section Tuesday, including Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross’ “Road to Guantanamo,” the controversial docudrama that was picked up by Roadside Attractions this week.
Also falling under Tribeca’s Spotlight this year will be HBO docu “The Gates,” profiling the Central Park project by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
Tribeca’s Discovery section this year will encompass 33 world preems from up-and-coming directors, including Matthew Zeremes and Oliver Torr (“Burke and Wills”), Ahmed Jamal and Ramesh Sharma (“The Journalist and the Jihadi — The Murder of Daniel Pearl”) and Nick Guthe (“Mini’s First Time,” starring Alec Baldwin, Nikki Reed, Luke Wilson, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jeff Goldblum).
Fest runs April 25 – May 7. Go to Tribecafilmfestival.org for a full lineup.