2011 Tribeca Film Festival
The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival, for 2011, will run from April 20 – May 1. Festival co-founder Jane Rosethal said, “It’s about community-the community of downtown and the community of New York. It’s about the community of filmmakers and audiences, and bringing audiences some new voices and diverse filmmaking.”
Since it was founded, by Rosenthal and actor Robert DeNiro, in 2001, as a way to help revitalized lower Manhattan after 9/11, the festival has screened more than 1,000 films. For the 2011 festival a record number of submissions, 5,624, were received. That number is especially staggering when one considers that this year’s festival is only able to accommodate 91 of those feature-length films. The films at this year’s festival will represent 32 countries and approximately 102 directors. Countries represented will include Israel, India, Spain, Egypt and Iceland.
“The Tribeca Film Festival was started…to revive culture and business in lower Manhattan and showcase what Tribeca has to offer. During each festival, we have featured a variety of free community events as our way of giving back to the city, and this year is no exception,” said Nancy Schafer, Tribeca Film Festival Executive Director.
The free events, this year, will include an outdoor screening, on opening night, April 20, of the world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s new documentary, “The Union.” The film chronicles the making of the eponymous album, a collaboration between Elton John and legendary keyboardist Leon Russell.
The always popular “Tribeca Drive-In” (April 21-23), a free outdoor screening series, returns. The 2011 “Tribeca Drive-In” will screen “Fame” (1980) on April 21, “The Muppets Take Manhattan” (1984) on April 22 and excerpts from the Hatian documentary “When the Drum is Beating,” on April 23. The latter will include a performance by Hatian-Carribean-Jazz fusion band Septentrional.
On April 23, from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, the festival will sponsor NYFest, the city’s first Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament. The free event will feature a five-on-five match where professionals from the worlds of film, sports, music, and entertainment compete. The match will start with a coin toss by soccer legend Pele. The event will take place at Pier 40, 353 West Street (between Houston and the West Side Highway).
Two series of free public panels, under the heading “Tribeca Talks,” will round out the festival’s free offerings. The “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” panels will focus on the art of screenwriting. The “Tribeca Talks: Industry” panels will explore the business side of filmmaking. The “Talks” will provide film enthusiasts with the opportunity to engage in conversations about making and distributing films with film industry leaders, public figures, business leaders and innovators.
Local screening venues for the Tribeca Film Festival will include the AMC Village 7 (66 3rd Ave., at 11th Street), Clearview Cinemas Chelsea (260 W. 23 St., between 7th and 8th Avenues) and the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street). There will also be events at Barnes & Noble Union Square (33 East 17th Street) and screenings at other venues around town.
For ticket information, schedules, screening venues, and everything else related to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Festival, please go to http://www.tribecafilm.com.