IT'S BASIC To Have World Premiere at Tribeca Festival 2023 in the Spotlight Documentary Section - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Thursday, May 25, 2023

IT'S BASIC To Have World Premiere at Tribeca Festival 2023 in the Spotlight Documentary Section


At a time of widespread economic uncertainty, few films tackle the issues, offer solutions and most importantly show the human side of the story in the way It's Basic does. That's what makes this a must-see film at the 2023 Tribeca Festival.

How do we combat poverty, economic insecurity, and inequality? This film argues it's basic - give people money! It sounds simple and to many totally unrealistic. Yet, here are case studies and examples from among 100 cities across the United States that are running guaranteed income pilots. And here are the humans – real Americans – who are actually being helped by these programs that were activated by a movement that is building toward results in the face of dysfunctional gridlock in Washington, DC.

Timely New Documentary Feature on the Movement for Guaranteed Income for Those Who Need It Most


To Have World Premiere at Tribeca Festival 2023
in the Spotlight Documentary Section

From Emmy and Peabody award
winning director Marc Levin

It’s Basic looks at several pilot programs launched in the US that test the effects of giving everyday people an extra $500 to $1,000 monthly, with no strings attached. The film presents an unbiased account of the benefits, criticisms, and outcomes of providing unconditional money to people in need, and examines whether Basic Income pilot programs eradicate child poverty and level the racial playing field through community-centric solutions.

This concept has been up for discussion many times throughout history. The film highlights recent events that are the reasons why it is happening now. With commentary by Michael Tubbs, the founder of Mayors for Guaranteed Income, and interviews with program recipients and participating mayors across the country, the real-life challenges of trying to get by on a daily basis are at the heart of the film.


At Tribeca Festival a number of high-profile guests will join former Mayor Michael Tubbs and some of the participating mayors who are members of Mayors for Guaranted Income, including Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui of Cambridge, MA; Mayor Ras J. Baraka of Newark, NJ; former Mayor Adrian Perkins of Shreveport, LA; Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard of Mt. Vernon, NY;  and Mayor Ariel Kelley of Healdsburg, CA. Also attending: Chris Hughes the co-founder of Facebook and author of the book Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn.


Monday, June 12 - 8:30 PM
AMC 19th Street East 6

(890 Broadway, New York, NY 10003)
Note: Red carpet press line will precede this event. Email to request press access for the red carpet (ie. for photos or interviews). This screening is now Rush.

Followed by a Q&A with director Marc Levin and executive producer Michael Tubbs. More details to follow.

Wednesday, June 14 - 6:00 PM
AMC 19th Street East 6

(890 Broadway, New York, NY 10003)
Note: This screening is now Rush.

Followed by a Q&A with director Marc Levin.

Saturday, June 17 - 12:00 PM
Village East by Angelika

(181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003)

Sunday, June 18 - 12:00 pm
Village East by Angelika
(181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003)

Tickets and more information:

Public virtual screenings available from June 19th through July 2nd.


"At a time when we are bombarded by news of economic instability, inflation, debt crisis, drastic cutbacks in social services and fears of more layoffs and recession, here's a story about a subterranean movement that has grown from one city, Stockton CA. From back in 2018, when we released the documentary Stockton on My Mind, to now over 100 cities actually doing something to improve the lives of their citizens. It's Basic gives the participants themselves a chance to tell this story."

– Marc Levin, May 2023
At the age of 26, Michael D. Tubbs became the youngest mayor of a major American city, lauded for his leadership and innovation. Under his stewardship, Stockton was named an “All-America City” in 2017 and 2018, saw a 40% drop in homicides in 2018 and 2019, led the state of California in the decline of officer-involved shootings in 2019, was named the second most fiscally healthy city in California and one of the top most fiscally healthy cities in the nation and was featured in an HBO documentary film, Stockton on My Mind.

Tubbs raised over $20 million dollars to create the Stockton Scholars, a universal scholarship and mentorship program for Stockton students. He is the Founder and Chair of Mayors for Guaranteed Income. Tubbs has been named a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics and The MIT Media Lab, a member of Fortune’s Top 40 under 40, a Forbes 30 under 30 All-star Alumni, the “Most Valuable Mayor” by The Nation, the 2021 Civic Leadership Award winner from The King Center, and 2019 New Frontier Award Winner from the JFK Library. Before taking the helm as Mayor, Tubbs served as a Council Member for the City of Stockton District 6, was a high school educator, and a fellow for the Stanford Design School and the Emerson Collective. 
The author of the memoir The Deeper the Roots, Tubbs currently serves as the Special Advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom for Economic Mobility and is the founder of End Poverty in California (EPIC).

Marc Levin is an award-winning, independent filmmaker dedicated to telling powerful, real stories in an authentic style. He has won four Emmys, four duPont-Columbia awards, the Peabody Award, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, among other prominent accolades. Highlights include SLAM, his breakout festival hit film about the impact of the spoken word movement; Brick City, the groundbreaking docu-series about Mayor Cory Booker and the city of Newark, New Jersey; Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock and Emmy-winning Thug Life in DC, both for HBO; and Chicagoland, a docu-series for CNN and Sundance Productions, nominated for an IDA award. One of America’s most respected filmmakers, Levin has directed over a dozen acclaimed documentaries for HBO with his producing partner, Daphne Pinkerson, including Class Divide, winner of the DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize.

Blowback Productions was created by Marc Levin in 1988. He and his producing partner, Daphne Pinkerson, have made over 30 films which have won Emmys, duPonts, Cable Aces, and numerous other awards and accolades.

Facebook: Blowback Productions

Twitter: @BlowbackTV

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