I'm volunteering this year at the fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival. At the start of the new year, it was my goal to volunteer more (usually for non-profit, social programs), but this time I also added a festival. It's great fun and I'm meeting incredibly nice people while helping out. Not everyone has "an agenda" for being there either -- although many of us are writers, actors, directors -- but most people there (many older people too) just want to support filmmaking and the downtown area.
Hey, and I get a free T-shirt and lots of goodies -- and a chance to see many of the movies for free. Volunteering has its perks.
There are many films I hope to see. All the buzz is about Flight 93. Not sure I will see it yet.
I want to, but the trailer alone choked me up. I'm not sure I can sit through it. One of the cable channels did a reenactment of Flight 93 not long ago and it was well-done and very upsetting.
Other buzz is about "The Groomsmen" directed by and starring Ed Burns, also Saint of 9/11 about Fire Department Chaplain Mychal Judge who was killed on 9/11, a documentary about Dorothy Day (a liberal Catholic), "Lonely Hearts" starring James Gandolfini and John Travolta.
So check out Tribeca Film Festival this year and enjoy filmmaking at it's most daring and creative. There is something for everyone (including Family Films).
Perks for people who love movies and filmmaking!