Ever since its inception in 2002, the Tribeca Film Festival has not only helped revitalize the downtown New York neighborhood — a huge part of its post-9/11 origin story — but has introduced a number of talented filmmakers, documentarians, and soon-to-be-famous fresh faces to a whole new audience. The fest's programming has always been extremely varied (you want music docs? ESPN-sponsored sports-hero portraits? Swedish dramas about rural shepherds and micro-indies about Brooklyn hipsters? It's got 'em all!), yet you're almost always guaranteed to find something to spark intelligent conversation and inspire arguments in the theater's lobby as the credits roll.
So as the festival's lucky 13th edition gets ready to take over Tribeca from April 16th through the 27th, we've singled out 10 films that should guarantee some lively post-screening cocktail chatter, from rockumentaries and behind-the-scenes hip-hop history lessons to comedies, thrillers and the latest James Franco joint. By David Fear