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Posted: March 07, 2018

New York Times doc to close Tribeca Film Festival

This image released by Showtime shows filmmaker Liz Garbus during the filming of her documentary
This image released by Showtime shows filmmaker Liz Garbus during the filming of her documentary "The Fourth Estate," which will Executive producer and director of the Showtime documentary which will close the Tribeca Film Festival. (Showtime via AP)

AP Film Writer


Forty-six percent of the 96 films premiering at this year's Tribeca Film Festival are directed by women — a record for Tribeca — including the festival's closing night selection: Liz Garbus' New York Times documentary "The Fourth Estate."

The annual New York festival announced the feature film lineup for its 17th edition on Wednesday. Closing the festival will be "The Fourth Estate," for which Garbus spent months in the Times newsroom documenting the paper's inner-workings after President Donald Trump's inauguration. It debuts on Showtime in May.

The festival's centerpiece will be the sci-fi romance "Zoe," from director Drake Doremus and starring Ewan McGregor and Lea Seydoux.

Among the Tribeca documentary selections are "Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1," about Air Jordan sneakers; "The Bleeding Edge," Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick's expose on medical technology that causes harm; "The Rachel Divide," about the disgraced NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal; "Every Act of Life," about the Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally; and "Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes," about the storied jazz record label.

Fiction film entries include the latest from "Beatriz at Dinner" filmmaker Miguel Arteta, "Duck Butter"; Michael Mayer's Chekov adaptation "The Seagull," starring Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan; the Stockholm Syndrome drama "Stockholm," with Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace; "Jonathan," a sci-fi drama starring Ansel Elgort; and the directorial debut of Paul Lieberstein, best known as Toby from "The Office."

Making a stop at Tribeca after earlier festival premieres are Susanna White's "Woman Walks Ahead," with Jessica Chastain, and Haifaa Al Mansour's "Mary Shelley," with Elle Fanning.

Tribeca, which runs April 18-29, previously announced the Gilda Radner documentary "Love, Gilda" as its opener.

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