The Tribeca Film Festival is staying abreast of the hottest trend in movie fests -- making it easier for people not to attend them -- announcing a slate of on-demand films.
Beginning April 21, in conjunction with the real festival, cable providers across the nation will be offering 15 official Tribeca selections as part of their on-demand service, including everything from sports documentaries to romcoms.
The Year of Jay Baruchel continues at Tribeca on-demand with "The Trotsky," about a high school student convinced he's the reincarnation of the late Communist leader and determined to live up to the legacy.
"Muhammad and Larry" is a documentary look back at the 1980 bout between Muhammad Ali and his former sparring partner, Larry Holmes, a fight that basically ended the era of Ali.
Andy Serkis stars in "sex&drugs&rock&roll," as English rocker Ian Dury, best known for his hit of the same name. The film chronicles "the highs and lows of a life lived sneeringly, unapologetically out loud."
Other films include "The Birth of Big Air," about BMX innovator Mat Hoffman; "Climate of Change," a documentary narrated by Tilda Swinton "about a world of regular people taking action in the fight to save our environment;" "The Hellfighters," a doc about Harlem's sole high school football team; and "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle," about a janitor who discovers the company he works for is experimenting on his fellow broom-pushers.
In "Kobe Doin' Work" Spike Lee gets unprecedented, one-day access to basketball great Kobe Bryant as he prepares to play the San Antonio Spurs; "Metropia" is an animated look at an Orwellian dystopia in 2024 Europe; "Road, Movie" follows a young man's trip across India in his uncle's beat up truck; "Through the Fire" documents Coney Island high school basketball legend Sebastian Telfair, cousin of embattled former New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury, as he tries to lead his team to a championship while struggling with the choice between college and pro ball.
"TiMER" is a romcom about the not-so-distant future when we're all implanted with chips that give a countdown to the moment when you meet your soul mate; "The Infidel" is a comedy of religious errors about what happens when a devout Muslim discovers that he was adopted - and worse still -- his biological mother was Jewish. "My Last Five Girlfriends," a comedy based on Alain de Botton's novel "On Love," follows a 30-something man as he sifts through the ashes of his recent romances. "The Swimsuit Issue" is a comedic look at a group of men who come together to form Sweden's first all-male synchronized swim team.