Three Documentaries You Should See at the Upcoming Tribeca Film Festival

tribeca-film-festival-09_banner_720x250 Recently, the Tribeca Film Festival announced its competition lineup for next month's event in New York. Tribeca has always been a great festival to discover new and gripping documentaries. Even in this lean year, where the festival had to scale back a little, it looks as if the festival will still keep its edge with respect to its doc competition. As big fan of the genre... I couldn't be more excited with the lineup! Here are three standouts in competition for the top doc prize. Transcendent Man Directed by Barry Ptolemy Some hail him as a modern-day Nostradamus, others dismiss him as a crackpot. Futurist and famed inventor Ray Kurzweil is the preeminent theorist on the pending fusion of humans and super-intelligent machines as the next phase of evolution, a "singularity" he predicts will occur within 30 years. This fascinating (and at times terrifying) doc explores the personal ideals behind his controversial ideas. outrage-tribeca-film-documentary Outrage Directed by Kirby Dick Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) delivers a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to. Outrage boldly reveals the hidden lives of some of our nation’s most powerful policymakers, details the harm they've inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media’s complicity in keeping their secrets. fixer-tribeca-film-documentary Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi Directed by Ian Olds. In 2007, the Taliban kidnapped 24-year-old Ajmal Naqshbandi and an Italian journalist. Naqshbandi was one of Afghanistan’s best “fixers”—someone hired by foreign journalists to facilitate, translate, and gain access for their stories. This gripping, tragic story is a behind-the-scenes look into the dangerous and unseen world that happens before we get the news. In English, Dari, Pashto, Italian with English subtitles. What do you think about these three compared to the rest of the documentary lineup? Are you planning on attending Tribeca? Which films are you looking forward to seeing?

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