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Tribeca Preview: The Documentaries

There are tons of amazing-looking documentaries screening at Tribeca this year, but I can only get to see so many! Of the docs listed, the following ones most catch my fancy. Fingers crossed I have the time to see each of these.

Gotta Dance
It's like Young@Heart but with dancing! You know stories like these make me weepy so I'll be seeing this one for sure, probably cushioned by wads of Kleenex. The documentary follows the first-ever, senior citizen hip-hop dance team for the New Jersey Nets Basketball team "from auditions through to center court stardom."

Several more docs if you


Hotel Gramercy Park
This one sounds like a cool peek into the history of one of New York City's most-intriguing historic hotels. The filmmakers check in with everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Deborah Harry to Paris Hilton about what has made this hotel a rich piece of New York history. The description states, "In its earliest iteration, the hotel lured in those who had arrived in high society — and those who wanted to. The Kennedys rented out a floor. An up-and-coming Humphrey Bogart tied the knot there. In the '70s and '80s, it became popular with creative types of a different sort: the musicians, artists, and junkies who appreciated the management's 'anything goes' attitude." Clearly, this is the perfect documentary for a film festival that celebrates New York.

According to the film's description, Lioness tells "the untold story of the first group of women soldiers in US history to be sent into direct-ground combat, in violation of official policy. Together the women's candid narratives and scenes from their lives back home form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view." Everything about this movie piques my curiosity.

My Life Inside
This documentary tells the story of illegal Mexican immigrant Rosa Jiménez who was accused of murdering a child she babysat. Now her challenge lies in convincing a jury to "see past the fact that Rosa came to America illegally."

Gunnin' For That Number One Spot
In this film, "eight of the US's top high-school basketball players compete in the first 'Elite 24' tournament at Rucker Park." It's directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch who "combines two of his favorite things in his first nonconcert feature documentary: the excitement of street basketball and some slammin' hip-hop tracks."

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