The Tribeca Film Festival is a popular yearly spring event held in lower Manhattan. This year, the Tribeca Film Festival is being held April 16-27. It is said that the Festival, founded in 2002, by Robert DeNiro and 2 partners, was started in response to the 9/11 attacks in an attempt to revitalize lower Manhattan, and to promote NYC as a filmmaking destination. The stated mission of the Tribeca Film Festival is "to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience." The films screened include documentaries, independent films, shorts, and there are panel discussions and artists' awards. There are opportunities to attend discussions or events like a panel discussion with, for example, a film's director or actors.
The Tribeca Film Festival website has a detailed schedule, so study it in advance to plan your personal viewing schedule, and it is a good idea to go to one of the ticket outlets the minute it opens to buy a ticket package. Don't be late! This film festival sells out quickly, and the venues fill up, so it's also very good to be early to get the guaranteed seat you paid for (at least 30 minutes is suggested!)
Some ideas (and this is just a very small sampling of the many, many films shown at the festival, which includes 89 features and 58 shorts, in those 2 categories alone ) for this year include a film produced by Chelsea Clinton "Of Many," a documentary about an unusual friendship between a Muslim and a Jewish religious leader. Or, a new film directed by Courteney Cox, "Just before I Go." Or, the music documentary, slated to open the Tribeca Film Festival, about Nas, "Time is Illmatic," named after his debut album released 10 years ago. Documentaries include topics from The Dead's Bob Weir to Texas' former governor, Ann Richards to Lego bricks. There is something for everyone at this film festival!
Just a ten minute walk from the screening location, AMC Loews Village 7, Bianca may be one of the best kept secrets in the East Village. It has delicious dishes, an intimate atmosphere, and reasonable prices. Similarly, The Red Cat is a neighborhood gem. It is just one avenue block from screening locations, SVA Cinema and Chelsea Cinemas.
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