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Tribeca Film Festival
April 22 - May 3, 2009

Written by Wendy R. Williams

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Rachael Roberts and Josh McLane
Photo Credit: Evan Sung

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On April 22, 2009 New York City will be invaded by the huge monolith of the Tribeca Film Festival. The Festival was founded by actor Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal in response to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. They created the Festival to bring people back to lower Manhattan; the first Festival opened in April of 2002. The Eight Annual Film Festival will feature 85 features and 46 shorts. And as always there will be multiple filmmaker panels, roundtable interview for the film's directors, lots of red carpet events and parties, parties, parties.

Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience

Mandy Stein's Burning Down the House

Larry David in Woody Allen's Whatever Works

As the years have past, the Festival has become more selective about the films that are chosen. In the Festival's earlier years it was more the Big Lots of film festivals; Tribeca presented a great variety of work, with great films mixed in with a lot of no-so-greats. This year the Festival is presenting fewer works (down from the 150 of previous years) and the selection is finer. Some of the 2009's highly anticipated films are: Woody Allen's Whatever Works (the festival's opening film):Carlos Cuarón's (of Y Tu Mamá También fame) Rudo Y Cursi; Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience; Raymond De Felitta's City Island (starring Andy Garcia); Bette Gordon's Handsome Harry (starring Aidan Quinn, John Savage, and Campbell Scott); Mandy Stein's Burning Down the House (story of CBGB's); Spike Lee's Kobe Doin' Work (Kobe Bryant); Spike Lee's Passing Strange (film version of the actual Broadway musical); and Cheryl Hines' Serious Moonlight. The Festival will end with Donald Petrie's My Life in Ruins (starring Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, and Rachel Dratch).

2007 Tribeca Family Film Festival Family Festival
Photo Credit Kristina Fazekas

2007 Sports Festival
Photo Credit Kristina Fazekas

But films aren't the only attractions at the Festival. One of the most fun parts of any Tribeca Film Festival is the family festival which features a parade with giant puppets, games, arts and crafts. This year year Family Day will conincide with Tribeca ESPN Sports Day, both on Saturday, May 2, 2009.

New York Cool will be posting film reviews every day during the festival and we will also post a Photos From the Festival page. So check back often.

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