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The 10th Annual
Tribeca Film Festival
April 20 - May 1, 2011

Written by H.B. Forman

The city gears up for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival”

An eclectic mix of the best that cinema has to offer can be found in the 93 feature films and 60 shorts shown at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Some 104 directors are attending the 10th Annual festival and 60 of the directors will be showing their debut film’s at this years’ event. The festival will represent 34 countries and 47 world premieres, from the 5,624 films that competed to be included in the film festival this year. The festival runs from April 20 through May 1, 2011.


The Union

The Tribeca Film Festival will open with world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s documentary The Union, presented by American Express. A performance by the film’s subject – Elton John – will follow the free, outdoor screening to kick off the Festival’s 10th edition and thank the New York City community for its ongoing support. The Union will premiere on Wednesday, April 20 at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza.

The Union is an unprecedented and personal look at the creative life of Elton John and the remarkable collaborative album with Leon Russell, produced by T-Bone Burnett. Begun in November 2009, the filming captures the entire writing and recording process of the heralded album John recorded with his early-career idol, Russell.

“It’s a special opportunity to open our 10th Festival in this distinct and unique way—not only are we inviting the community to join us for the world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s film The Union, but to have Elton, whose music transcends generations, perform after is an extraordinary gift to our Festival and more specifically the downtown community,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “Cameron Crowe gives audiences unprecedented access into Elton John and Leon Russell’s artistic process in an emotional and realistic way.”

"I'm absolutely thrilled that the documentary The Union will premiere opening night at the Tribeca Film Festival,” said Elton John.

"As a longtime fan of both artists, it was a pleasure to spend a year filming their collaboration,” Cameron Crowe said. “We can't wait to show it to one of the greatest audiences in the world, the Tribeca Film Festival.”



The Tribeca Film Festival will close its 10th edition with the world premiere of Edward Burns’ Newlyweds. The film will premiere Saturday, April 30, at BMCC TPAC.

Newlyweds is the tenth film written and directed by Ed Burns and the sixth to premiere at TFF. Burns, who wrote, directed and stars in Newlyweds, has had a strong connection with TFF since its founding. Ash Wednesday had its world premiere as part of the inaugural TFF lineup in 2002, and Looking for Kitty, Purple Violets and Nice Guy Johnny have also been Festival premieres over subsequent years.

The film, shot almost exclusively in New York City’s TriBeCa neighborhood, is a chronicle of modern marriage, pointing out an essential truth: When you get married, you’re not just getting a husband or wife—you’re getting the family, the friends, and even the exes. With crackling humor and sharp insights into contemporary relationships, Burns tracks a newly wedded couple whose honeymoon period is upended by the arrival of the husband’s wild-child baby sister and the crumbling marriage of the wife’s meddlesome sister. The cast includes Burns, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Max Baker, Marsha Dietlein Bennett and Kerry Bishé. Burns produced the film with producing partner Aaron Lubin and William Rexer. Mike Harrop served as executive producer.

“There is no better way to close this year’s festival than with this film, Newlyweds by Edward Burns,” said Nancy Schafer, Tribeca Film Festival Executive Director. “He is one of Tribeca’s best friends. He lives in our community, and this film, which is exceptional and may very well be his best, was both shot in the neighborhood and captures the zeitgeist of a community and its relationships that is intimate and fun and so true. Closing night will be like coming home for all of us.”

“Tribeca is my home in every sense—it’s where I live, and it’s also the place where I have been so proud to show my work,” Burns said. “And from the beginning, the Festival has been a wonderful place for me to showcase my films and enjoy the kinds of conversations that I love as a filmmaker and a New Yorker.”


Revenge of the Electric Car

Revenge of the Electric Car

Saturday, April 23rd at 5pm

After the Movie: Join director Chris Paine, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Dan Neil, and others for a conversation about the global resurgence of electric cars. Moderated by actor, writer, and director David Duchovny.

L.A Noire

Monday, April 25th at 5:30pm

World Premiere

L.A. Noire is a violent crime thriller that blends breathtaking action with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience. Interrogate witnesses, search for clues, and chase down suspects as you struggle to find the truth in a city where everyone has something to hide. After the Movie: Join us for a conversation about the video game, the technology behind it, and narrative and action in this medium. Moderated by Rockstar Games and Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises.


Amplify the Message: Social Media

Friday, April 22nd at 2:30pm

Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, GetGlue, Foursquare. Social media has changed the way we interact with the world around us. These days, filmmakers don’t just need a press kit and a Web site; they need a social media presence. How should producers and directors engage with this new interactive audience and how much of an impact does this audience have on a movie’s success or failure on multiple platforms? Join us for a discussion on the importance of this growing medium with Rider Strong, writer/director of The Dungeon Master, Howard Tullman, President and CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, and others. Moderated by Marc Schiller, CEO and Founder of Electric Artists.


NY Fest Saturday, April 23rd from 9am to 7pm

At the Tribeca Film Festival in partnership with Umbro with support from Doha Film Institute and The New York Cosmos

Location: Pier 40, 353 West Street (between Houston and West Side Highway)

Details: NYFEST will bring celebrities and industry professionals from the worlds of film, music, sports and entertainment together with New York youth for a day filled with athleticism, learning and fun. NYFEST at TFF will take over Pier 40 in Tribeca to stage a five-on-five industry soccer tournament (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.); a celebrity soccer match kicked off with a coin toss by soccer legend Pele and Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises Geoff Gilmore (4 p.m.-6 p.m.); and a youth soccer showcase (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), which will include introductions to soccer for NYC youth, skills stations and skills competitions, freestyle juggling and youth exhibition matches with celebrity coaches.

More than 300 participants from companies including CAA, Sony Pictures Classics, Focus Features, FilmNation, “The Daily Show”, “The Colbert Report”, “Law and Order”, Technicolor, Paradigm, Gersh, R/GA, AKQA and Deluxe will compete in the industry competition. All proceeds from NYFEST at TFF will go to support a selected group of charitable organizations focused on the betterment of youth in the inner city, including City Soccer in the Community and The Claudio Reyna Foundation. Open to the public, the event will have catered food and drinks on-site and will include all day action for those of every age to enjoy.


The Bang Bang Club

The Bang Bang Club

Premiere on Thursday, April 21st

DIR /scr: Steven Silver

Canada, South Africa • US Premiere

The Bang Bang Club is the true story of four young combat photographers bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risk their lives and use their cameras to tell the world of the violence associated with the first free elections in post-Apartheid South Africa. Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch star in a film that explores the thrills, danger, and moral questions associated with exposing the truth.

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Beyond the Black Rainbow

DIR /scr: Panos Cosmatos

Canada, Italy • International PremiereNarrative • 110 min

Panos Cosmatos brings his bold, Kubrickian vision to the screen in stunning detail in this sci-fi fable of a young woman imprisoned in an experimental laboratory facility and the mysterious scientist who is her captor. At once creatively futuristic and hypnotically retro, Beyond the Black Rainbow will absorb viewers in its unique dystopian futurescape.

Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach

DIR : Alma Har’el

USA , Israel • North American Premiere

Documentary • 80 min

The rusting relic of a failed 1960s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren
California landscape and symbol of the failure of the American Dream. Using a stylized amalgam of nonfiction and choreographed dance set to music by Beirut and Bob Dylan, Bombay Beach revisits this fruitful terrain to find a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet—creating a moving, distinctive, and slightly surreal experience.

Flowers of Evil | Fleurs du Mal

Flowers of Evil | Fleurs du Mal

DIR : David Dusa SCR: Dusa,

Raphaëlle Maes, Louise Molière

France • North American Premiere • Narrative • 99 min

In French, Farsi with subtitles.

Paris-Tehran. A rootless story of young love between Gecko, an Algerian-French hotel bellman and parkourer, and Anahita, an Iranian student forced to leave her country for her own safety after the controversial elections in 2009. Obsessed with tracking the political movement, Anahita’s friends broadcast through YouTube and coordinate via Twitter. Romance and the Internet become the grounds to explore histories lost and identity yet to be found.

(Part of the Tribeca Online Film Festival)



DIR : Gaukur Úlfarsson

Iceland • International Premiere • Documentary • 96 min

In Icelandic with subtitles.

Politics will never be the same! Following his country’s economic meltdown, acerbic Icelandic comedian Jon Gnarr launches his own political party, The BestParty. His platform? Free trips to Disneyland, more polar bears at the zoo, and refusing to work with anyone who doesn’t watch The Wire. But when support for Gnarr’s wacky mayoral bid surprisingly snowballs, what started out as a joke quickly captures the imagination of a nation desperate for a change.

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

DIR : Mike Fleiss, Mike Piscitelli

USA • World Premiere • Documentary • 91 min

Ozzy. For four decades, the name has been synonymous not just with a singular brand of blistering heavy metal, but also with a life lived to the extreme. Made for fans and the uninitiated alike, this definitive portrait of a troubled icon—told in part through the eyes of his family—relives Ozzy’s artistic triumphs while chronicling his arduous journey to sobriety and peace.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

DIR : David Gelb

usa • North American Premiere • Documentary • 81 min

In Japanese with subtitles

An appetizing documentary in every sense, Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, paying lushly photographed homage to the process of preparing the artisan sushi that earned Ono’s esteemed Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant three Michelin stars. From the complicated relationship between Jiro and his sons to the ins and outs of the tuna auction, this spirited film profiles all aspects of Jiro’s craft in tantalizing style and detail.



DIR : Billy Corben

USA • World Premiere • Documentary • 92 min

As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the king of the New York club scene—until years of legal battles led to his eventual deportation to Canada. This exuberant documentary charts Gatien’s rise and fall against the transformation of NewbYork City, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of NYC nightlife. From the director of Cocaine Cowboys.

Neon Flesh | Carne de Neon

Neon Flesh | Carne de Neon

DIR /SCr: Paco Cabezas

Spain • North American Premiere

Narrative • 109 min

In Spanish with subtitles.

Young hustler Ricky was left to a life on the streets at the age of 12 when his hooker mother got sent to the can, but upon learning she’ll soon be released, Ricky enlists a couple of good-for-nothing buddies to help him open a whorehouse as a tribute to Mom. This stylish, edgy crime flick plunges headlong into the fringe world of pimps and junkies, where succeeding in business can cost your life…

The Swell Season

The Swell Season

DIR : Nick August-Perna, Chris

Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis

USA • World Premiere • Documentary • 90 min

The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova when their songwriting collaboration in the film Once culminated in a jubilant Oscar® win. But behind the scenes, where Glen and Mar’s on-screen romance becomes reality, a grueling two-year world tour threatens to fracture their fated bond.

Gorgeously filmed in black and white, this music-filled documentary is an intimate look at the exhilaration and turmoil created by both love and fame.

The Trip

The Trip

DIR : Michael Winterbottom

UK • US Premiere • Narrative • 100 min

The glorious English countryside, haute cuisine, and Britain’s best comics add
up to the most satisfying road trip in years. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star as themselves, old friends who wind up touring romantic restaurants together after Coogan’s girlfriend bails. Breeding sidesplitting banter about everything from Romantic poets to who does the best Michael Caine impression, Coogan and Brydon rediscover their friendship and themselves in one hilarious week.


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