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The opening of Tribeca Film Festival 2014 thrills fans

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It has been the most highly anticipated film event of the year. On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival 2014 began, heralding a big welcome to the many members of the film industry. The event will continue through Sunday, April 27, 2014. Film enthusiasts who plan on attending will not be disappointed. This year is sure to surpass all expectations.

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The Tribeca Film Festival followed with its tradition as Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, the festival's founders, took to the stage to introduce this newest documentary film and to give it much deserved praise. They welcomed the world to a film event that continues to introduce new talent shaping the film industry for the future.

Presenting sponsor, AT&T, gives audiences a reason to escape reality with their 'Free Film Day' on Friday, April 25, 2014. Savor a sampling of some of the best independent films to hit the big screen.

On opening night, the Red Carpet was rolled out at the Beacon Theatre to welcome not only the main character of the film, 'Time is Illmatic', but all of the eager guests as well. After the screening of the film and now that the fans were pumped up and ready to give some rave reviews, Nasty Nas gave them a sneak peek into his talent with Alicia Keys up on stage on keyboards accompanying him. The film itself is a documentary about the creation of the 1994 debut hip-hop album by Nas, named 'Illmatic.' It isn't just about the music but about NAS' background as well. Being a native of Queens, New York, it was more than just a film. As De Niro so appropriately put it, "this film is about the making of an artist here in our hometown." The film was directed by One9.

The streets of New York are now bustling with the overflow of entertainment from Tribeca Film Festival. There will be so much to see in the world of sports, music, 'shorts', documentaries, live panel discussions with such experts as Ron Howard, Alec Baldwin and Brian Williams and plenty more to keep you busy from early afternoon all through the evening hours.

Opening night was an example of the world class filmmaking that we are certainly in for. This year's slate is full of music-themed films, including documentaries on James Brown (Alex Gibney's untitled film), Bjork ("Bjork: Biophilia Live"), Alice Cooper ("Super Duper Alice Cooper"), the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir ("The Other One") and jazz trumpeter Clark Terry ("Keep on Keepin' On").

There will be a large variety of films to hold your interest and kids will be overly excited to see 'Mary Poppins' during the Drive-In event. Get ready to witness excellent World Premiere films, U.S. Premiere films and New York Premiere films. Innovation Week takes place from April 21st - April 26th. You can even sit at your computer and check out the online festival.

The Tribeca Film Festival will close with the showing of "Begin Again," a film about a music executive (Mark Ruffalo) and a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) from director John Carney ("Once").

Make the most of an event that only comes around once a year and now is the time to take advantage of all that it has to offer. To see the full schedule and read about the films that will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, go to