If you've heard anything about this year's Tribeca Film Festival lineup, it's probably gossip about the anti-vaccination documentary that organizers (Robert De Niro, specifically) defended and then yanked from the lineup after the Internet voiced its loud dissent. The controversy put the annual New York event on shaky footing, but don't let it distract you: This may be Tribeca's finest roster in years.
In addition to amplifying the festival's television and virtual-reality components, 2016's Tribeca -- which begins on Wednesday and continues through April 24 -- offers a diverse inventory. One-third of the features are directed by women, according to organizers, and illustrious offerings include Chris Rock in conversation with J.J. Abrams, the 40th-anniversary "Taxi Driver" reunion, the farewell sit-down with the cast of "The Good Wife," an O.J. Simpson panel centered on ESPN's 7.5-hour miniseries, and a discussion with David Byrne following the premiere of the new documentary "Contemporary Color."
Now in its 15th year, Tribeca has always had a tough time positioning itself between the indie haven that is January's Sundance and the prestige parade that is May's Cannes. But several film and TV premieres seem poised to break through the noise. We've rounded up a handful of potential hits, but come back to HuffPost over the next couple of weeks for continued Tribeca coverage.