Two Chicago-made films will have world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival of during its April 25-May 7 run: Steve James’ “The War Tapes,” and Jeff Garlin’s feature directorial debut “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With.”
“War Tapes,” the Iraq War documentary produced and edited by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”), screens April 30 and will have four additional screenings after the premiere.
Director Deborah Scranton supplied cameras to members of the New Hampshire National Guard’s 172nd Unit. The soldiers filmed their deployment in Iraq and ultimately their return to New Hampshire to make the difficult transition back into civilian life.
Guard officials approached Scranton with an offer of complete access to a guard unit, based on the merits of her PBS documentary “Stories from Silence: Witness to War,” a portrait of WWII veterans from Goshen, where Scranton is a ninth generation New Hampshire resident.
SenArt is self-releasing “The War Tapes” with October Films co-founder and former United Artists topper Bingham Ray as a consultant. They plan a June release in New York, Los Angeles, and additional markets possibly including Chicago and Washington, D.C.