By Diedre Johnson
Tribeca Festival continues to build equity, diversity, and inclusion, both behind the scenes and on the big screen. Championing a diverse range of filmmakers, actors, and creators Tribeca is working collectively to engage audiences and tell engrossing stories through the powerful medium of cinema.
Eve’s Bayou enchanted audiences when it was released in 1997. The twisty Southern gothic period drama about the adulterous dalliances of a Black doctor and the effects on his family starred Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Megan Goode and a 10-year-old Jurnee Smollett from whose viewpoint the story is told. Over 20 years later, director Kasi Lemmons, Whitfield, Goode and producer Caldecot Chubb, will reunite for a discussion and retrospective screening. Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution is a two-part documentary series produced by comedian/actor Kevin Hart’s production company and Time Studios. It explores the social times of Black comedic royalty— from Redd Fox to Tiffany Haddish. Elsewhere, directors Nasir “Nas” Jones and Peter J Scalettar look at the inner workings of the 1980s crime gang led by Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff in a three-part docuseries. New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds talks to Radiolab podcaster Jad Abumrad about growing up with his mom and her influence in My Mother Made Me, W. Kamau Bell and more!