Tribeca Film Festival
April 23 - May 4, 2008
Frank J. Avella
Photo: Melody Bates and Josh McLane by Krisztina
here for Tribeca Film Reviews
In 2001, following
the World Trade Center attacks, Robert DeNiro, Jane
Rosenthal and Craig Hatoff founded the Tribeca Film
Festival. In the seven years that followed, TFF
has become quite the exciting celebration of cinema.
It has also generated over $425 million in revenue
for New York City!
The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
commences on Wednesday, April 23rd and will run
through Sunday, May 4th. This year 122 feature motion
pictures will be screened, including 55 world premieres.
These films were selected from 2,329 entries.
Baby Mama, the Tina Fey/Amy
Poehler comedy from Universal Pictures, will open
Tribeca. The movie was filmed in New York City so
it’s a perfect choice for a Fest that celebrates
Gotham. Closing night boasts the Wachowski brothers’
Speed Racer, from Warner Brothers, starring
Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci and Susan Sarandon.
There will also be a gala showing of the new David
Mamet film, Redbelt.
David Mamet's Redbelt
The Spotlight section focuses
on films that have already acquired U.S. distribution
but have yet to be released including work by such
esteemed directors as: Oscar nominee Julian Schnabel;
Guy Maddin and Tom Kalin. This section includes
the powerful feature, Before the Rains,
which is most impressive for four potent performances
by Linus Roach, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das and Jennifer
Ten highly touted festival favorites
and award winners make up the Showcase section and
21 potentially controversial films will be shown
as part of the Encounter section.
The Discovery section encompasses
thirty documentaries from all over the world and
the Midnight section boasts seven of the edgiest
work in cinema today. In addition, the World Narrative
and Documentary sections feature two dozen entries.
Quite a number of stars will appear
at Discussion Series such as Tribeca Talks and Behind
the Screens. They include: Sissy Spacek, Lou Reed,
Emilio Estevez, Gloria Estefan and Isabella Rossellini.
In addition the Restored/Rediscovered section will
present a short film made by Federico Fellini in
1968. And a certain Stanley Kubrick masterpiece
will receive a special discussion panel screening.
Thirty countries are repped by
the 79 shorts that will be presented at this year’s
Festival (there were 2,497 submissions). These films
include such stars as: Matthew Modine; Mamie Gummer;
Rider Strong; and Isabella Rossellini, who had a
short film featured last year as well.
Tickets for 2008 Festival:
Tickets for the Festival will
be $15.00 for evening and weekend screenings and
$8.00 for daytime weekday and late night screenings.
In addition, the Festival will offer a few select
screenings with panel discussions for $25.00.
Select Pass and Package are now
on sale and can be purchased online at www.tribecafilmfestival.org
or by telephone, toll free, at (866) 941-FEST (3378).
Single ticket sales begin for American Express Cardmembers
on April 12, 2008, for downtown residents on April
18, 2008 and for the general public on April 19,
2008. Single tickets can be bought at the Main Box
Office at 15 Laight Street, online and by telephone.
The 2008 Festival will continue ticket discounts
for evening and weekend screenings for students,
seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents.
Additional information and further details on the
Festival can be found at www.tribecafilmfestival.org.