As usual, there are hundreds of films screening at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. You can't see them all, but here are six must-see picks from the festival's Spotlight section, which focuses on films that teeter between independent and mainstream.
If you were alive in 1995, you probably saw Before Sunrise. Nine years later, you saw Before Sunset. And now Richard Linklater closes his real-time romantic arc starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, 18 years on.
Lil Bub & Friendz
Don't question why VICE thought it necessary to produce a documentary about the Internet's most famous facially deformed perma-kitten. Just go with it. Along the way, Bub meets Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat, and other cats that will ensure long lines at the screening. If you can't make it, check it out as one of the free streaming selections.
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
Marina Zenovich's documentary about late funnyman Richard Pryor chronicles his rapid rise to fame and his many subsequent troubles once in the limelight. (Remember when he set himself on fire after freebasing?) It's sure to be a moving portrait of one of last century's most provocative entertainers.
This documentary by Adam Bhala Lough focuses on the training of some of the world's most daredevil skate boarders including Nyjah Huston, Ryan Sheckler, Rob Dyrdek, Chaz Ortiz, and four others, each on their way to compete in the Street League Skateboarding Championship.
Casting either Paul Rudd or Paul Giamatti in your movie is pretty much a guarantee it'll be good (Role Models and Admission notwithstanding), and here they co-star for a double-whammy of likability in a film about two French Canadians who try to get rich quick selling Christmas trees in New York.
A Single Shot
This is not a gun control movie, it's just Sam Rockwell at his most awesome, starring with William H. Macy, Melissa Leo, and Jeffrey Wright in this moody flick about a master hunter attempting to outrun a gang of backwoods criminals after one of his stray bullets strikes a woman in their camp.