The Reverend Al Sharpton will have the final say at the 2022 Tribeca Festival.
On June 18, “Loudmouth,” a documentary about Sharpton’s life “as an iconic American civil rights activist and spirtual leader” will close out this year’s festival, WM Leader has exclusively learned.
“My pursuit of activism has always been tied to unwavering faith, and it is my firm belief that art and drama can be a powerful form of protest,” Sharpton said.
Former Essence magazine Deputy Editor Cori Murray will moderate a conversation with Sharpton, Spike Lee and the film’s executive producer, singer John Legend immediately following the screening, we’re told.
“I’m so proud to share the story of my life through ‘Loudmouth’ at Tribeca. The Festival’s commitment to social justice storytelling and the Black experience in America, is full of hope, perseverance, and joy,” he said.
The film’s premiere is the day before Juneteenth, the holiday that celebrates the freedom of enslaved African Americans. Sharpton said, “This Juneteenth, I hope to commemorate alongside my brothers and sisters by fighting for an equal tomorrow.”
Following in Sharpton’s activism footsteps, Oscar-winning rapper Common will receive The Harry Belafonte Voices for Social Justice Award at the festival.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez’s Netflix documentary, “Halftime” kicks off the 12-day festival on June 8.
Some other highly anticipated premieres include: “Corner Office,” starring Jon Hamm and Danny Pudi, “American Dreamer,” starring Peter Dinklage, Matt Dillon, Danny Glover and Shirley MacLaine, David Frankel’s “Jerry & Marge Go Large” starring Bryan Cranston, Rainn Wilson and Annette Bening, and “Alone Together,” starring Jim Sturgess, Zosia Mamet, Melissa Leo and Katie Holmes, who also wrote and directed the film.