Tribeca Film Festival 2014 trailers

Founded by actor Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival aimed to invigorate lower Manhattan artistically and financially. This year the film fest is in its 13th go-around and kicks off its first day with a screening of the Nas hip-hop documentary “Time Is Illmatic.” Here are a few of the films to be presented at the 11-day festival, which concludes April 27 with a screening of John Carney’s comedy “Begin Again.”

'Beneath The Harvest Sky'

Two Maine teenagers eager to leave their small town come to grips with life’s challenges when they learn what it takes to make a living. They harvest potatoes and sell drugs, but ultimately cause trouble. As they mature, so does their eternal friendship. Directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly.

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'Palo Alto'

Based on James Franco’s collection of linked short stories titled “Palo Alto,” the film follows a group of teenagers involved in intertwining high school stories as girls look for love, boys for trouble, and men for both. With Emma Roberts and James Franco. Directed by Gia Coppola.

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'Time is Illmatic"

A documentary tracing the obstacles revolutionary hip-hop artist Nas faced when creating his debut album, “Illmatic,” 20 years ago. The album went on to become a hip-hop benchmark and energized a generation of young artists searching for their voice. Directed by One9.

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'The Bachelor Weekend'

When a groom-to-be is pushed into a bachelor’s weekend camping trip, he gets a huge surprise when his fiancée’s brother arrives. Nicknamed "The Machine," the rowdy guy tests the patience of the well-mannered bunch. Directed by John Butler.

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'A Brony Tale'

There is a community of straight, adult male fans of the children’s cartoon “My Little Pony,” and they’re called Bronys. This documentary follows the quirky members of the community who are obsessed with the cartoon, and the woman who voices the show’s characters. Directed by Brent Hodge.

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'Black Coal, Thin Ice'

A small-town detective in Northern China takes a job as a security guard at a coal factory after failing to meet expectations in a serial murder case. When a string of mysterious murders crops up five years later, he works with a former partner to investigate. Directed by Diao Yinan.

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Video from Tribeca Film Festival and YouTube. Produced by Christy Khoshaba.