Bevy Smith's Tribeca Film Fest Diary: Rock These Docs

Bevy Smith
Throughout the madness that is the Tribeca Film Festival, one of our favorite gals-about-town, Bevy Smith, will be reporting from the front lines. Here's her second installment...

As you can tell from my first Tribeca Film Festival post, I'm not your average festival attendee.  I love films and I have a list of them that I will be seeing, but I also love the swag suites, fancy parties and sexually harassing drunken celebrities at swanky downtown hotels (we're looking at you, Mondrian SoHo).

We will get to the sordid deets of the festival later in the week, but for now let's conduct some film viewing business.  Because I am a firm believer that "art imitates life," below are my "Must See" documentaries at the TFFl:

CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE: I think of myself as a "Broadway Show Queen" but I bow down to the legend of Carol Channing!  The original "Dolly" of Hello Dolly fame, Ms. Channing, of baby doll voice, platinum hair and rumored to be an octoroon, is a true Broadway star!  This film is a must-see for anyone that loves Broadway musicals, manages to be a coquette over the age of 30 (hello Janet Jackson) and has felt their lives should be played out on stage (she had me at hello),

GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE: Before he became famous as a doddering rock star dad on reality TV, Ozzy Osbourne was known as "The Prince of Darkness."  This documentary sheds light on why he's really a rock icon and how decades of drug abuse almost destroyed his family. Sounds fascinating but I also want to know exactly how much plastic surgery Sharon Osbourne had -- perhaps I will ask during the Q&A session.

RENEE:  This is the story of Renee Richard, the first transsexual player in the Women US Open.  Renee was in her 40s, married and with a son when she underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1975.  Renee is a true pioneer, and her lawsuit against the US Open led to a landmark decision in favor of transsexual rights. I hope Chaz Bono sent her a thank you note!

L'AMOUR FOU:  when Yves Saint Laurent died an era died with him.  YSL was not only one of the best designers in the 20th Century, but he was also one of the greatest art collectors.  When he died his business partner/lover Pierre Berge made the decision to auction off their art collection.  Heralded as "the auction of the century" the film has Berge talking about their relationship and how their collecting shaped not only Yves' art but their lives!  Louboutin who?

BEATS, RHYTHMS & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST: This film is one of the most anticipated of the festival, not only because it gives a behind the scenes glimpse into one of the most prolific hip-hop groups ever. but also due to turmoil between the subjects of the film (Tribe Called Quest) and the director, actor Michael Rapaport.  I'm torn about seeing it as I'm friends with the group but music industry insiders that respect Tribe's contributions have told me it's a "love letter" to the group's pioneering sound, spirit and creativity.

LIMELIGHT: Growing up in New York City means growing up fast.  Nothing signifies a growth spurt (besides bigger bras) than hitting the club scene while still in your teens.  Peter Gatien was the king of nightlife in the '80 and '90s.  He created Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA.  Temples of dance and drugs with a sprinkling of death (see Party Monster) were what made him famous but were ultimately his downfall.  When Giuliani decided to make Times Square Disney World, Peter Gatien's world of trannies, rappers (how you doing Mr.Cee?) and other misfits had no place to party and Peter was exiled to Canada.  If you remember that era put on your monster boots, dye your hair pink, drop some E and go see this film!

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