Last year Dave Chappelle held a summer’s worth of outdoor comedy shows in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio. A new documentary set to premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival will show that there was much more going on.
The film, which will close out the festival at the Radio City Music Hall, “portrays the challenges facing a rural village in Ohio during the early days of the pandemic. It captures the emotional period of the Black Lives Matter movement and the remarkable leadership of the town’s youth who started weekly marches and rallies.”
“Premiering our film at Tribeca and closing out the festival at Radio City Music Hall is a big honor,” said Chappelle. “Our film is about courage and resilience, something New Yorkers can relate to.”
“This extraordinary documentary is the most fitting to close this historic night at Radio City Music Hall and our 20th Festival,” said Jane Rosenthal, Tribeca Enterprises and the festival’s co-founder and CEO. “We’re huge fans of Dave’s ability to make us laugh and this poignant story provides us with another look at his unique talent to bring people together and the grand re-opening of a fully-vaccinated Radio City after 18 months.”
Chappelle enlisted his neighbors to shoot all the shows. His neighbors, however, just so happened to be Oscar winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, who made the film American Factory.
“Dave is our neighbor. We see him in the grocery store, and on the street. When Dave came to us with the idea, we were immediately struck by the challenge to tell the story of our part of the world during the pandemic and the national reckoning on racial injustice,” said Reichert. “This was a historic moment and we really wanted to chronicle this place and this time, it just felt right.”
Bognar added, “Dave and his friends entrusted our team of amazing young filmmakers from Ohio with intimate moments which enabled us to create a moving portrait of artists’ as they navigated a time of fear and isolation.”
Attendees will have to be fully vaccinated to attend. More information on the festival can be found on Tribeca’s website.