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Midnight movies and more genre fare announced for 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | News


The New York City mainstay is coming back this summer, and is part of the reopening of the theatrical experience.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will be held June 9-20, featuring 66 features by filmmakers from around the world, including 54 world premieres. These will include live events, and a number of movies that were set to premiere at the postponed 2020 fest will also be screened. Of particular RUE MORGUE interest are the films showing in the Tribeca Midnight section:

SHAPELESS, directed by Samantha Aldana, written by Kelly Murtagh and Bryce Parsons-Twesten, produced by Lizzie Guitreau, R. Todd Campbell, William Ramsey and Brian C. Miller Richard. (United States) World Premiere, Feature Narrative. Out in public, Ivy is a New Orleans lounge singer trying to make a name for herself. When alone, though, she suffers from a terrifying eating disorder. And the more she hides her struggles, the stronger her inner demons become. With Kelly Murtagh, Bobby Gilchrist, Jamie Neumann, Marco Dapper, Erika Ashley and Gralen Bryant Banks.

ULTRASOUND, directed by Rob Schroeder, written by Conor Stechschulte, produced by Rob Schroeder, Georg Kallert and Charlie Prince. (United States) World Premiere, Feature Narrative. After his car breaks down, Glen spends one hell of an odd night with a married couple, setting into motion a chain of events that alter their lives plus those of several random strangers. With Vincent Kartheiser, Chelsea Lopez, Breeda Wool, Tunde Adebimpe, Rainey Qualley and Bob Stephenson.

WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING, directed by Sean King O’Grady, written by Max Booth III, produced by Bill Stertz, Josh Malerman, Ryan Lewis and Peter Block. (United States) World Premiere, Feature Narrative. Trapped inside their bathroom for days after a tornado ravages their home, a family of four struggles to keep their composure. That’s nothing, however, compared to what’s coming for them beyond the bathroom’s walls. With Sierra McCormick, Vinessa Shaw, Pat Healy, Lisette Alexis and John James Cronin.

Also genre-centric, in Spotlight Narrative:

NO MAN OF GOD, directed by Amber Sealy, written by Kit Lesser, produced by Daniel Noah, Lisa Whalen, Elijah Wood and Kim Sherman. (United States) World Premiere. To better understand the infamous serial killer’s crimes, FBI investigator Bill Hagmaier sits down with Ted Bundy for multiple jailhouse interviews over five years. Their conversations lead to unexpected results, both philosophically and personally. With Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Aleksa Palladino and Robert Patrick.

WEREWOLVES WITHIN (pictured above), directed by Josh Ruben, written by Mishna Wolff, produced by Jason Altman, Margaret Boykin, Andrew Lieberman, Natalie Metzger, Matt Miller, Benjamin Wiessner and Sam Richardson. (United States) World Premiere. In Josh Ruben’s video game-inspired horror-comedy, a newly assigned forest ranger checks into a quaint Vermont inn just as a snowstorm cuts him and the eccentric townsfolk off from civilization. Yet frigid weather isn’t their biggest concern–that’d be the bloodthirsty creature picking them off one by one. With Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, Michaela Watkins, Cheyenne Jackson and Glenn Fleshler. An IFC Films release.

For more info on the Tribeca Film Festival, head over to its official website.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.