The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is underway and will screen approximately 101 feature films over the course of the next week and a half.  55 titles will make up the competition slates, and 43 of these films will be world premieres.

TFF was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in efforts to contribute to the revitalization of lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.  Since then, TFF has grown at a remarkable pace, and celebrates the power of films that come from all over the world.

Among the amazing films included in the Short Film Competition, You Can Go directed by Christine Turner, written by Daniel Dole will make premiere on Friday, April 15thYou Can Go stars Emmy award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson and revolves around a high school administrator’s attempts to talk down a troubled student.

Turner, a New York filmmaker, is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Her debut feature documentary, Homegoings, a poetically crafted exploration of the history of African-American funeral traditions told through the eyes of Isaiah Owens, one of Harlem’ most renowned funeral directors, premiered at the 2013 Documentary Fortnight at MoMA in New York and opened the 26th season of the acclaimed PBS series POV.  The film also enjoyed a spectacular premiere in Harlem to a packed audience at the legendary Apollo Theater and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).

Turner also wrote and directed the short film titled Rubber Soles, which screened at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.  Turner also co-produced Blackout for PBS’s American Experience and Women of Honor, a Veterans Day special that aired November 2015 on Lifetime featuring the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Turner was one of the recipients of the Women In Film Finishing Fund in December 2015.

If you are interested in attending this screening, tickets and additional information can be found HERE, and check out the trailer to this short film film below.

 

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