In my few days of experience with this year's Tribeca Film Festival, I've constantly forgotten that there are fiction works being shown, too. And I've seen one or two of them, on assignment, but for the most part I don't even know what's going on in that area of programming. I barely care, either. As I somewhat noted in last week's column, Tribeca's documentary offerings have been traditionally more satisfying to me than the "narrative" selections, and so far this year I haven't been disappointed.
Maybe I'm just becoming more and more partial to non-fiction film, but I think the same is increasingly true for the choices at film festivals in general. Not that I've been to a whole lot of them recently, but I wonder how many regular festivalgoers out there are similarly drawn more to the documentaries, whether at a big event like Sundance or a small local fest, because they're a more consistent medium in terms of cost/benefit ratio. Considering film fests aren't cheap (individual Tribeca tickets can run you as much as $22 a piece), you want better odds in your crap shoot. With docs, even when they're bad they typically have some pay-off in the form of information or cinematic tourism.