LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The Tribeca Film Festival has announced half of its 2015 slate of 97 feature films, setting a lineup that includes the world premiere of features including James Franco starrer "The Adderall Diaries," Olivia Wilde-Luke Wilson drama "Meadowland," Richard Gere topliner "Franny" and "In My Father's House," a documentary about Che "Rhymefest" Smith, who recently won an Oscar for co-writing the song "Glory" from "Selma."
Competitive titles in the dozen-film competition categories for world narrative feature and world documentary feature were among the first batch of 2015 movies that Tribeca announced, as were the 27 films on tap for the non-competitive Viewpoints section, focusing on notable perspectives and voices.
Programmers said the emphasis this year has been on risky films, new visions and talent discovery. Festival director Genna Terranova pointed out that in the past, "Whiplash" writer-director Damian Chazelle premiered his first film at the fest, and four Tribeca alumni made the shortlist for this year's Oscar documentary race. "We're really looking again to discover young filmmakers," she said.
"Adderall Diaries", "Meadowland" and "Franny" are among the movies to vie for the world narrative feature prize. "Adderall Diaries," writer-director Pamela Romanowsky's adaptation of the Stephen Elliott memoir, centers on a novelist who digs into a press-magnet murder case while struggling with writer's block and Adderall addiction. Ed Harris, Cynthia Nixon and Amber Heard also star.
"Meadowland," the directorial debut of d.p. Reed Moran ("Frozen River," "The Skeleton Twins"), follows an unraveling relationship with a cast that includes Wilde, Wilson, John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss and Giovanni Ribisi and Merritt Wever. Andrew Renzi's "Franny" stars Gere as an eccentric who gloms on to the daughter (Dakota Fanning) of a deceased friend and her new husband (Theo James).
Also in the world narrative lineup are Stephen Fingleton's post-apocalypse drama "The Survivalist," which made the Black List in 2013, as well as international entries such as Jeppe Ronde's Irish offering "Brigend" and Alexis Alexiou's Greece-set "Wednesday 04:45."
In the world doc section, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "In My Father's House" follows Smith's efforts to reconnect with his estranged dad. "In Transit," a world premiere co-directed by Albert Maysles, traces America's busiest long-distance train route.
Also among the doc competition titles are Matt Fuller's look at romance and autism "Autism in Love"; "The Birth of Sake," Erik Shirai's movie about the making of the Japanese spirit; "Thank You for Playing," David Osit and Malike Zouhali-worrrall's chronicle of the making of a videogame based on a child's battle with cancer; and Leah Wolchok's "Very Semi-Serious," an exploration of the New Yorker magazine's single-panel cartoons.
Tribeca has become a notable launching pad for documentary films over its 14-year lifespan. This year's festival will open with a documentary, the previously announced "Saturday Night Live" history "Live From New York!"
The lists for the Viewpoints section spans a wide range that includes Natalia Leite's "Bare," which stars Dianna Agron and Paz de la Huerta in the story of a woman whose life is upended by the arrival of drifter; Gust Van den Berghe's "Lucifer," about a fallen angel who lands in a Mexican village; Jeanie Finlay's documentary "Orion: The Man Who Would Be King," about a mysterious masked performer who might or might not offer evidence that Elvis Presley is still alive. Among the movies also making the cut for Viewpoints are "Gored," Ido Mizrahy's doc about the most-gored bullfighter in history, and Sundance alum (and upcoming Magnolia Pictures release) "The Wolfpack," Crystal Moselle's story of a sheltered group of brothers who learn about the world through movies.
Drawn from a pool of 6,223 submissions, the overall Tribeca lineup this year hails from 31 different countries and includes 64 world premieres. Thirty of the 2015 fest's features were directed by women.
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, the first edition of the fest to feature a central downtown hub to provide a space for gatherings and events, runs April 15-26. Movies in the festival's spotlight, midnight and special sections will be announced later this week.