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The Crime Films featured at the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival

Since 2002, The Tribeca Film Festival has brought together filmmakers, actors, movie enthusiasts and International artists in the world of art, music, and film. Founded by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the festival brought some business and life back into New York City after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival has something for everyone and this year there will be some new features and events.

Robert DeNiro at The Tribeca Film Festival
Photo by Larry Busacca

For fans of the crime genre, there are several crime films being shown at this year’s festival.

1971 is a documentary that takes a look at an incident in 1971 where eight activists hatched a plan to break into local FBI offices for the purpose of exposing the illegal surveillance of Americans. Johanna Hamilton is the director and writer with co-writer Gabriel Rhodes.

Another crime documentary is Art and Craft about Mark Landis, a famous forger of great works of art. Unlike other forgers that gain to profit from their crimes, Landis has donated his forged art, leaving the curators he has conned to wonder why he would do such a thing. Art and Craft is directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman.

When it comes to the crime genre, true stories always make for a great plot. Electric Slide directed and written by Tristan Patterson follows Eddie Dodson, known as the “Gentleman Bank Robber.” Dodson was known to get money from female bank tellers by his suave demeanor. The film has a strong cast with Jim Sturgess, Chloe Sevigny and Patricia Arquette.

Every Secret Thing directed by Amy Berg and written by Nicole Holofcener takes a look at a story of a mysterious Baltimore town and the abduction of a baby. Two girls are sentenced to seven years for the crime and are released back into the town. Soon thereafter, another child is reported missing and detectives are investigating a community where it's residents seem to be hiding some secrets. The cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning and Nate Parker.

Glass Chin is a story about a down and out boxer Bud Gordon that looks to get back his fame by working with a crooked restaurateur. His illegal schemes start to catch up to him and he must decide if he will try to keep his integrity or continue on his destructive path. Noah Buschel is the director and writer of Glass Chin.

Katie Holmes stars in director and writer Karen Leigh Hopkins crime film Miss Meadows. Katie Holmes portrays the unassuming schoolteacher Miss Meadows. When not teaching, Miss Meadows is a vigilante that tries to right the wrongs in the world by any means she can. Things get complicated for Meadows when she begins a romance with the town sheriff.

Director and writer David Heilbroner teams up with director Kate Davis in their documentary The Newburgh Sting. The film uses footage from hidden cameras to investigate the 2009 plot by four men to bomb two Jewish Centers in the Bronx.

Night Moves is a thriller by director writer Kelly Reichardt and co writer Jon Raymond. The film starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard as radical activists, follows the trio as they plot to blow up Oregon’s Green Peter Damn.

Tribeca Films is behind the crime drama Starred Up. The film takes a look inside a brutal British prison. Jack O’ Connell portrays Eric, a young prisoner that is so out of control and violent, he is placed in an adult prison. Eric has to navigate in his new world inside the prison and is under watch by his own estranged father who is also an inmate.

Five Star by director and writer Keith Miller, is a film that combines reality with fiction. It features a compelling look at a member of the notorious Bloods gang, Primo and how he teaches John a fallen gang member’s son the code of the streets.

In Order of Disappearance is a thriller directed by Hans Petter Moland and written by Kim Fupz Aakeson. Nils portrayed by Stellan Skarsgard is a community leader that wins an award for 'Citizen of the Year.' His world changes when he finds out his son died of a heroin overdose. Nils then does some investigating into his son's death and finds himself at the center of gang war between Serbian drug dealers and a mob boss known as "The Count."

For those that are not fans of the crime genre, the Tribeca Film Festival offers a plethora of films from all genres.

The festival will run from April 16th to the 27th.

For more information on the films being offered and all the events taking place at the festival, visit

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