Wear Where When | Tribeca Film Fest

FROM STREET ART DOCUMENTARIES TO PRO-FEMME DRAMAS, HERE’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING AT MANHATTAN’S ANNUAL MOVIE MARATHON.

The Tribeca Film Festival is one of our favorite events of the year, but with more than 50 films in the line-up, deciding on which tickets to snag can be overwhelming. We mean, the week-long festival may tout itself as “indie,” but this time around, everyone from Blue Hill chef Dan Barber to Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss to our very own CP alum Zac Posen is making an appearance (OK, go ahead and call us biased, but we can’t help but make PSAs for friends). Between the star-studded schedule and a host of politically precent plots, you’d be hard-pressed to “choose a bad one,” but we teamed up with our girlfriends at VIOLET GREY to bring you our top 10 films to see this year anyways. Oh, and make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom because we may have raided VG‘s medicine cabinet too (think spring beauty helpers perfect for urban living and makeup in our palette du jour: dusty, desert-inspired hues).

The Top 10

The Handmaid’s Tale | Moderated by ELLE Editor-in-Chief and CITIPHILERobbie Myers
Based on Margaret Atwood’s celebrated novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of Gilead, a modern-day totalitarian society ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property due to a plunging birthrate. As one of the few fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is forced into sexual servitude in a desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In a society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred has one goal: survive and find the daughter taken from her. | Showtimes HERE

WASTED, The Story of Food Waste
Every year, 80% of the world’s water, 40% of the world’s land and 10% of the world’s energy is dedicated to growing the food we eat, yet 1.3 billion tons of that food is thrown out. Executive produced by Anthony Bourdain, this documentary film outlines the problem, then offers solutions via creative discussions with chefs like Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien and Massimo Bottura. | Showtimes HERE

Aardvark
Actress Jenny Slate plays Emily Milburton, a therapist whose newest patient, Josh Norman (Zachary Quinto), is an emotionally-challenged introvert who suffers from volatile hallucinations. Most pressing though, is his estranged relationship with his brother, Craig (Jon Hamm), a famous TV actor who just so happens to be in town for a visit. So, what happens when Craig shows up on Emily’s doorstep? Skirting the line between quirky comedy and poignant drama, Aardvark demonstrates how personal baggage can be as strangely unifying as it is harmful. | Showtimes HERE

House of Z | Moderated by Andre Leon Talley
CITIPHILE and fashion designer, Zac Posen has become one the most recognizable faces in modern fashion; however, like any journey to great success, his hasn’t come without cost. With unique access to Posen, his friends, family, muses and a wealth of personal photos and videos, director Sandy Chronopoulos traces Posen’s career from its meteoric early rise to a surprising backlash against his success, and later, into his present reinvention as one of the industry’s most prominent figures. House of Z goes beyond the glamour of the runway and the red carpet to show audiences a true portrait of Posen as both an artist and businessman. | Showtimes HERE

When God Sleeps
“My songs didn’t make me famous. The fatwa did.” Opening with the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, When God Sleeps examines the backlash against Middle-Eastern refugees in Europe through the eyes of one exiled Iranian musician, Shahin Najafi. The film follows Najafi, who is living under a fatwa issued against him by hardline Shiite clerics, as he juggles a personal life in Cologne with a professional high profile that may cost him his life (sparring with bandmates who are ambivalent about the peril his status places on their lives and battling German police who refuse to see the death threat on his head as a legitimate danger). Here, we bear witness to the life of an outspoken artist defying powerful men intent on silencing him. | Showtimes HERE 

The Boy Downstairs
This original romantic comedy is the coming-of-age tale of a young writer (Girls‘ Zosia Mamet) moving back to New York City after a two-year stint in London. Navigating the rite of passage of every single New Yorker: the search for the perfect apartment, she finds a jewel of a home– that is, until she realizes her downstairs neighbor is actually her ex-boyfriend whose heart she broke when she left town. Making the age-old “girl-meets-boy” story new again, The Boy Downstairs asks real questions about love, chemistry and cordial cohabitation. | Showtimes HERE

Shadowman
When one thinks about New York City’s art scene in the early 1980s, Jean-Michel Basquiat is typically the first name that comes to mind, but, back in those days, Richard Hambleton was just as notorious within the art circle. Not unlike today’s Banksy, Hambleton created his singular paintings—black, ghost-like silhouettes plastered on Manhattan’s buildings walls—out of plain sight, earning him a larger-than-life reputation. So, why the forgotten legacy? The film finds him today, still painting and unrecognized among New York City’s street art legends, to reveal his story. | Showtimes HERE

My Friend Dahmer
Before Jeffrey Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a teenage loner. Conducting grisly experiments in a makeshift backyard lab, Jeff was invisible to most. That is, until his increasingly bizarre behavior unexpectedly attracted friends. Based on the cult graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer chronicles the origins of the man, the monster, the high school senior. Not only shot in Dahmer’s hometown, but also in his actual childhood home, the film portrays his story with stunning accuracy while it presents a nuanced snapshot of mental illness as well. | Showtimes HERE

My Art
Written, directed by and starring Lena Dunham’s mother and acclaimed artist Laurie Simmons, My Art tells the story of Ellie, a single, NYC artist who hopes to gain inspiration in tranquility as she house-sits for a friend in Upstate New York. Accompanied by her lovable handicapped dog, Bing, Ellie comes of age– middle age— in her new surroundings. She turns the home’s adjoining barn into her new workplace, staging elaborate recreations of classic movies scenes from films like Some Like it Hot and A Clockwork Orange. But, business unexpectedly evolves into pleasure when Ellie invites three local men— two gardeners and a lawyer— to participate in her art. Soon, all three men are becoming romantically interested in her, while she remains determined to resist anything that could interrupt her work. | Showtimes HERE

Literally Right Before Aaron
Still reeling from his break-up with his college sweetheart, Allison (Cobie Smulders), Adam (Justin Long) is devastated when she announces her plan to marry to a man she’s only known for a year. What’s worse is that Adam is invited to the wedding. When he returns home for the festivities (including a nightmarish rehearsal dinner and a bizarre wedding date), Adam is forced to grapple with his unresolved feelings, ghosts from his past and an uncertain future in this light-hearted rom com. | Showtimes HERE

CPxVG Medicine Cabinet | Spring Beauty for Urban Living (& we can’t get enough!)

Clockwise: 1. Shu Uemura Art of Hair Urban Moisture Conditioner ($58), a hydrating conditioner  designed to protect hair against urban living (think dust, pollution and hard water) thanks to one secret ingredient: moringa (FYI, this little plant is so detoxifying that it’s used to purify water); we use it every other day for shiny, healthy hair 2. Chantecaille Pure Rosewater ($68) gets rid of tired eyes and dry skin while its soft rose scent lifts the spirit 3. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in “Beige” ($37) is the only concealer we use when we wake up with major dark circles (it’s a miracle worker); it doesn’t leave an oily finish or a powdery one, but something perfectly in between 4. Charlotte Tilbury Cream Treat & Transform Moisturizer ($100), AKA the face’s “push-up bra”– it moisturizes, brightens and boosts skin for a fresh-looking face 5. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in “Carnal Red” ($36) is a poppy, Spring-inspired take on the classic color 6. Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow Compact in “Earthy Calm” ($45) achieves the most gorgeous, earthy warm brown eye with a silky finish; think Santa Fe pottery teacher meets Bardot 7. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Quick & Precise Brow Definition Brush & Gel in “Linda” ($22.50), a volumizing brow gel to fill in, lift and tint less-than-full brows 8. Kosas Weightless Lip Color in “Undone” ($24), a semi-matte pink-brown neutral that smells like mango (the fruit’s butter is in it) and stays on all day 9. Vita Liberata 10 Minute Tan ($39)– we’re still a bunch of Snow Whites coming out of winter so the entire CP team is currently using this odorless self-tanner; it’s organic and loaded with botanicals that naturally boost collagen (finally, a tanner we don’t have to avoid all furniture or ponder our questionably-rising toxicity levels after applying!) 10. Maison Margiela Republica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette ($125) smells like summer: in fact, its mix of light citrus, coconut milk, musk and pink pepper is all we really want to spritz until the fall CP

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