Muhammad Ali in 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali'

Muhammad Ali in ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’

*The Tribeca Film Festival jumped off today and will run through April 28.

There are narratives, shorts, documentaries, free films, family activities, online viewings and Tribeca Talks where filmmakers have a discourse after their movies. These are just a few of the events taking place this week and next.

African American offerings include “I Got Somethin’ to Tell You,” directed by Whoopi Goldberg where she takes a deep dive into Moms Mabley’s legacy via recently unearthed photography and performance footage. “Let the Fire Burn” gives an account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the African American organization MOVE and Philadelphia authorities.

“The Trials of Muhammad Ali” does just that, deals with the trial and tribulations of the most recognizable boxers in sports history. “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic” chronicles the life of Richard Pryor that begins with his youth in Peoria, Illinois. The shorts include “Peanut Butter & Jelly,” “Grace,” “Lenny Cooke,” “Sidewalk Stories,” and “A Short Film About Guns.”

As part of the TRIBECAFILMINSTITUTE.ORG there will be a special community screening co-hosted by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (one of the world’s most comprehensive Center’s in Black literature and culture). This free event takes place 4/22 at 6 p.m.

Prior to the Festival I did see two films that I recommend: “The Patience Stone” and “At Any Price.” They beg the age old question about retribution. The following films are among the narratives, comedies, sci-fi, documentaries, shorts and LGBT categories: “The Project,” “MoBIUS,” “Dark Touch,” “Just A Sigh,” “Adult World,” “Bluebird,” “A Birder’s Guide To Everything,” “Big Men,” “Bridegroom,” “Byzantium,” “A Case of You,” “The Director,” “The English Teacher,” “Gasland Part II,” “G.B.F.,” “Harmony Lessons,” “A Journal of Insomnia,” “In God We Trust,” “Inside Out: The People’s Art Project,” “The Kill Team,” “The Machine,” “McConkey,” “Lil Bub & Friends,” “Northwest,” “The Motivation,” “Out of Print,” “Oxyana,” “Some Velvet Morning,” “Almost Christmas,” “Ali Blue Eyes,” “Hide Your Smiling Faces,” “The Moment,” “Mr. Jones,” “Star Wars Uncut,” “Teenage,” “The Battle of amFAR,” “Trust Me,” “Wadjda,” just to name a few. For more information, go to: tribecafilm.com

Syndicated columnist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected] .