Running since 2002, Tribeca Film Festival in New York reveals the best bits of independent cinema and helps them reach a larger audience. Putting NYC as an exciting spot for filmmaking, we select you the five premieres to check this season.

‘I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead’ by Justin Krook (2016)

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The documentary follows the life of Japanese DJ Steve Aoki just before one of the most important shows in his career, The artist penetrated electronic music genre and as he rose to international stardom, the film shows genuine scenes and honest interviews with Aoki, gradually educating us about life pulsating with music 24/7.

‘All We Had’ by Katie Holmes (2016)

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Holmes’ personal act and debut as a film director, the movie follows Ruthie Carmichael and her mother, Rita, on search for stability. In the wake of the 2008 economic crush, Holmes plays a single mum and a common citizen hit by the recession,and as the story unfolds, it is her daughter that saves all the hopes, convincing  her mother to head East in pursuit of happiness.

‘Adult Life Skills’ by Rachel Tunnard (2016)

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What may seem like another film about a lost woman looking for her identity, the movie by Tunnard defies the conventions. Anna is in her late 20s and moves back to her rural home-town. Living in the shed in the backyard of her family house, she is faced with her mother’s frustrations, quickly realising the real world  requires maturity. In the middle of her crisis, she bonds with a young boy and this is the unusual relationship with a child that will save her.

‘Lavender’ by Ed Gass-Donnelly (2016)

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The hallucinatory thriller shows Jane, a photographer, who loses memory in an accident. As various  clues among her pictures start to suggest that she may be the one responsible for deaths of family members she never knew, she goes on the road and returns home to meet her uncle and dissolve haunting mysteries. A lesson on how to deal with dramatic past.

‘Memories of a Penitent Heart’ by Cecilia Aldarondo (2016)

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Trying to resolve a family drama, Aldarondo revives the story of Miguel, her relative who died of AIDS over 25 years ago. His story starts with a move from Puerto Rico to New York in the 80s, where the young man struggles to reconcile religious upbringing and homosexuality. The film, a crowd-funded initative, looks into a life of an ordinary man, AIDS crisis and the generation of Latin artists that were victims of the epidemic.

Tribeca Film Festival starts on April,13th until 24th.