Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off next week here in New York City.
This festival always has a cool, festive vibe come springtime in lower Manhattan. The hipster directors, producers and actors stroll the streets while promoting their latest movie projects in the city.
Some cynical folks imagined this festival, founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, might have puttered out by now after its 2002 launch (in tribute to the World Trade Center and to help revitalize the TriBeCa neighborhood), but TFF just keeps getting better. It's a whole new decade with lots of new films for us to see. 2010 marks the festival's ninth year in presenting top talent and unique films from around the world.
This year TFF promises to be even bigger than ever -- with expert panels, independent features, documentaries, short films, a family festival, a Drive In and movies on-demand. Not everyone can afford to visit Manhattan and attend the festival, but don't fret -- Tribeca Film is making some 15 films available to the public on-demand. Check out the TFF website for more information. http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/
I will be attending the festival and plan to cover some of the events. So keep checking back here to see exclusive red carpet photos, videos, reviews and features. Hats off to Mr. De Niro and his Tribeca colleagues for all their hard work year round to pull this off. They've gone above and beyond the call of duty to booster this great city's spirit and local economy.
The festival runs from April 21st-May2nd. Tune in or come downtown and visit.