Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation/Courtesy of HBO
“Mapplethorpe,” the movie about celebrated photographer Robert Mapplethorpe that’s produced by actress Eliza Dushku and her brother Nate, will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
The film, written and directed by “Dig!” director Ondi Timoner, stars English actor Matt Smith as Mapplethorpe, the art-school dropout who became famous — and infamous — for his provocative black-and-white portraits and pictures of New York’s underground BDSM scene in the 70s.
You’ll recognize Smith and his prominent chin from his roles on the British sci-fi series “Dr. Who” and the Netflix series “The Crown,” in which he plays Prince Philip. “Mapplethorpe” costars Marianne Rendón as punk poetess Patti Smith, who was Mapplethorpe’s good pal.
Over the weekend, Dushku, who’s been working to get “Mapplethorpe” made for more than a decade, tweeted a link to a page on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo seeking financial support to finish the film.
The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival, taking place April 18-29, includes 96 films from 103 filmmakers. According to festival organizers, 46% of the films are directed by women, which is the highest percentage in the fest’s history.
“We’re proud to present a lineup that celebrates American diversity and welcomes new international voices in a time of cultural and social activism,” Paula Weinstein, executive VP of Tribeca Enterprises, said in a statement. “Our films succeed in being both entertaining and illuminating which is what you desire from great storytellers.”
Closing the festival will be the Showtime documentary ‘‘The Fourth Estate,’’ in which filmmaker Liz Garbus captures the inner-workings of The New York Times following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
The festival’s centerpiece will be the sci-fi romance ‘‘Zoe,’’ from director Drake Doremus and starring Ewan McGregor and Lea Seydoux. Also playing will be a documentary about Air Jordan sneakers, titled ‘‘Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1.’’
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