Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff, and Robert De Niro, apparently in response to 9/11 and the resulting loss of business and tdy_hoda_deniro_160328__660211.nbcnews-ux-1080-600vitality in their neighbourhood of lower Manhattan (Tribeca stands for the Triangle Below Canal St).

After just 120 days of planning (thank you 1300 volunteers!), the festival was launched in 2002 and featured premieres such as Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, About a Boy, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. New York City was anxious to remind people what a boon to the film business it was, and Hollywood was more than happy to pay their respects. 150, 000 people turned up to that first year but today it’s more like 3 million, and it generates something like $600 million dollars for the city, so, hello! Even press-shy celebrities turntumblr_o446mlCvS11uoq4k6o1_400 up to these events, and lots are eager to lend a hand. Martin Scorsese has curated a Best of New York series in the past, and this year Whoopi Goldberg is helming the animation lineup.

But Tribeca doesn’t just show great movies, it has also premiered video games, virtual reality exhibits, lots of amazing talks, and a spotlight on TV. Tribeca had a huge outdoor screening for the finale of Friends in 2004, and it’s also premiered Inside Amy Schumer and Mr. Robot. This year Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will be on hand to introduce the premiere of the second season of Grace and Frankie (which is awesome, by the way – look for it on Netflix), Oprah will be showcasing her new OWN show Greenleaf, Tom Hiddleston’s in town to show off his new AMC series, The Night Manager, Forest cq5dam.web.620.398Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Anna Paquin are all pushing the History miniseries Roots, and TNT is launching a new drama based off the movie Animal Kingdom, starring Ellen Barkin. Tribeca will also be screening the finale of the show Six Feet Under, with Alan Ball there to provide commentary (this is THE MOST GUTTING television I’ve ever seen) and Julianna Margulies will be toasting The Good Wife’s finale. When the television’s that good, you know the movies are going to be incredible. And we’ll get to those.

But first: Tribeca Talks. They’re absolutely KILLING ME with how wonderful their DS-Abrams-Rockstorytellers series is. First night: Patti Smith being interviewed by Ethan Hawke. Next: JJ Abrams interviewed by Chris Rock. There are talks with Idina Menzel, Catherine Hardwicke, Tina Fey, Samantha Bee, Francis Ford Coppola, Jodie Foster & Julie Taymor, Alfonso Cuaron, Bahz Luhrmann, and more. It drives me crazy how good these are.

And then there are the movies: the zillions of super awesome movies. Premieres up the large_23-Taxi-Driver-1976-Martin-Scorsese-Robert-De-Nirowazoo, but also some throwbacks worth seeing again and again (this year they’re recognizing the 40th (!) anniversary of Taxi Driver, and Scorsese, De Niro, and Foster will all be in attendance). Tribeca Film Festival runs April 14-24th, and Sean and I will only be there for the second half of it, which means we’re seeing only a tiny sliver of all the goodness available. I’m a sad panda about missing Abrams & Rock, but we arrive in time to see John Oliver take on Tom Hanks, and I think I can live with that!

Stay tuned because we’re seeing some blindingly good stuff and are bound to rub elbows and\or knees with tonnes of celebrities, and you can read all about it right here – or, if you’re impatient, get up to the minute updates and some questionably appropriate pictures on our Twitter feed @AssholeMovies .

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Tribeca Film Festival

  1. Jay Post author

    Opening night film: First Monday in May – a clash between the making of the MET exhibit “China: Through the Looking Glass” and its premiere at Anna Wintour’s Met Gala,both NYC institutions. Subtly questions whether the circus of celebrity is perhaps overshadowing Bolton’s good work, and you know Kim Kardashian’s ass is going to be a chief suspect.

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  2. Jay Post author

    Jason Biggs is a juror for the 2016 Albert Maysles Award (Best New Documentary Director Award).

    Chloe Grace Moretz and Mike Birbiglia are on the 2016 Narrative Short Film Competition jury.

    Parker Posey is a member of the 2016 Documentary and Student Visionary Competitions jury.

    Rachael Leigh Cook, Judy Greer & Mary Stuart Masterson are jurors for 2016 Nora Ephron Prize.

    Danny Glover is a juror for the 2016 International Narrative Competition.

    Liev Schreiber is a juror for the Tribeca X award.

    And weirdest of all, the jury for Tribeca Snapchat Shorts includes Jessica Alba, Steve Aoki, Steve Buscemi & DJ Khaled.

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  3. John Charet

    Interesting that you mention that 2016 is the 40th anniversary of the film Taxi Driver since I just recently did a post on my favorite Martin Scorsese films 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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  4. kmSalvatore

    Ohh what fun!!!!! I know your going to have such an awesome time , and all the stories .. I can’t wait !!!! Go ahead u rake s great big bite of the Apple 😂👍🏻

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