After a roller-coaster start to President Donald Trump's administration, this year's Tribeca film festival comes with a dose of politics. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER) STORY: After a turbulent U.S. presidential election and almost daily political controversy, many of this year's selections at the Tribeca Film Festival will making statements. Co-founded by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal in 2002 as a way to revitalize lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks, Rosenthal said artists can express things that no politician can. "Once again we are relying on the artist, the storytellers, the filmmakers, the documentary journalist who have spent years and years telling stories to focus on this year. I've been seeing that we curated a program this year the way the administration looked at their budget," she said. "It's the issues that we care about in terms of, and this country cares about, with the environment, with the fact that we're an open society and everybody is welcome here," she added. Some of the films with a social and political message include "Elian," a documentary about the young Cuban boy who was at the center of an international custody and immigration controversy in 2000. "11th Hour" a short film set on the night of 9/11. De Niro said films like these are inevitable. "You can label it political art, you can label it this, that, but they cross over in ways that is alright. That's the way it should be." The 16th annual festival will open with a documentary on legendary music producer Clive Davis followed by a concert with Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind and Fire. Other highlights include Eleanor Coppola, the wife of veteran director Francis Ford Coppola, directorial debut at the age of 80 with, "Paris Can Wait." Television pilots including "Handmaid Tale," "The Sinner" and "Genius" will make their debut. Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks will sit down for a talk, as well as Barbra Streisand with Robert Rodriguez. A total of 32 films will compete in documentary, narrative and internal narrative categories, respectfully. The festival will run from April 19th until April 30th with the closing night film celebrating the 45th anniversary of "The Godfather."