Dave Chappelle closed the Tribeca Film Festival with a Radio City Music Hall premiere of his documentary, This Time This Place.
Academy Award-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar helmed the project and explained that Chappelle is their neighbor and he approached them about doing a film.
“We live in a small town in Ohio. We have a neighbor. His name is Dave," they said as they introduced the comedy superstar. "We see him at the grocery store and on the street. When Dave came to us with the idea, we were immediately struck by the challenge to tell the story of our part of the world during the pandemic and the national reckoning on racial injustice. This was a historic moment and we really wanted to chronicle this place and this time, it just felt right.”
Also during the screening, Chappelle brought out a number of major Hip-Hop guests: Fat Joe, Q-Tip, Ghostface Killah, De La Soul, Redman and DJ Clark Kent, among others. And there was no shortage of star power in the audience: Sharon Stone, Zoe Kravitz, Anthony Anderson, Delroy Lindo, Bob Saget and Jeremy O. Harris were among the attendees.
Chappelle ended the show with words of wisdom.
“Commit to being kind to one another,” he said. They cannot break us apart, no matter what our country says, no matter what any corporation says. We will help each other get through tough times. New York City, I love you so much.”
*HEADER CREDIT: Dave Chappelle performs "Creep" onstage with The Foo Fighters as they reopen Madison Square Garden on June 20, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for FF)