Jennifer Lopez’s Documentary HALFTIME Opens Tribeca Festival 2022
Reported by: LaKisa Renee
Last night, celebrities and film industry insiders gathered for the 2022 Tribeca Festival Opening Night with the premiere of Jennifer Lopez’s documentary HALFTIME. Jennifer Lopez, Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro were joined by guests including Lin Manuel-Miranda, Hoda Kotb, Ryan Seacrest, French Montana, Melissa & Joe Gorga, Lorraine Schwartz, Paula Weinstein, Tommy Mottola, Tayshia Adams, Stacy London, Rosanna Arquette, Amanda Micheli and more who were treated to a first look at the Netflix film. Prior to the film’s start, guests were surprised by an impromptu flash mob to Lopez’s hit “Let’s Get Loud.” The documentary kicked off the 12-day festival that brings artists and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, VR, gaming, music, and online. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is a platform for creative expression and immersive entertainment. Tribeca champions emerging and established voices; discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators; curates innovative experiences; and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.
Jennifer Lopez’s Documentary HALFTIME
“HALFTIME” offers an intimate peek behind the curtain revealing the grit and determination that makes Jennifer Lopez the icon she is, from her performances onscreen and on stages around the world, to her Super Bowl Halftime show, to the recent Presidential inauguration. The documentary focuses on an international superstar who has inspired people for decades with her perseverance, creative brilliance, and cultural contributions. And it's only the beginning. “HALFTIME” serves as the kickoff to the second half of Lopez’s life, as she lays bare her evolution as a Latina, a mother, and an artist, taking agency in her career and using her voice for a greater purpose.
“It’s an honor to be selected for the opening night of Tribeca, and so fitting to be celebrating this critical milestone in Jennifer’s life and career just miles from where she grew up! To have the opportunity to share this film on the big screen with a New York audience is a dream come true,” says director and Tribeca Festival Alum Amanda Micheli.
Tribeca Festival 2022 will bring together diverse audiences via a curated lineup of one-of-a-kind events and experiences. Film premieres, live concerts, performances, talks, and demonstrations will take place throughout New York City at some of the world's most iconic venues including the Beacon Theater, the United Palace, Pier 57, Spring Studios, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, SVA Theatre, Village East by Angelika, Cinépolis Chelsea, Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, and Battery Park City.
“The Tribeca Festival has always been an activist festival — a celebration of entertainment and innovation in the midst of remarkable challenges. We’re thrilled to open with ‘HALFTIME,’ an inspirational documentary that spotlights Jennifer Lopez’s activism through her iconic Super Bowl halftime show,” says Tribeca Festival Co-Founder and Tribeca Enterprises CEO Jane Rosenthal.
“Tribeca is proud to feature a wide selection of diverse programming that reflects our commitment to equity and inclusion, and we’re eager to premiere this beautiful exploration of JLo’s Latina culture and heritage at the United Palace, just blocks away from the Bronx.”
About Tribeca Festival
The Tribeca Festival brings together visionaries across industries and diverse audiences to celebrate the power of storytelling. A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, Tribeca supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through panels, premieres, exhibitions, and live performances.
Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center, Tribeca has evolved from an annual event to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan to a gathering place for filmmakers, artists, innovators, and the global creative community. Through programs that embrace storytelling in all of its expansive forms—film, TV, online work, VR/AR, and music—TFF reimagines the cinematic experience and explores how art can unite communities. For more information, visit: https://tribecafilm.com/festival