The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) begins tomorrow April 20 in Manhattan, and continues through May 1. Connecticut residents can purchase tickets for any showing NOW by going here. Advance tickets can be purchased online, or by phone, or at the individual theatres.
This entertaining and highly diverse film festival – which is only a short train ride away on the MetroNorth New Haven line – offers Connecticut residents not only an incredible variety of new films to watch, close to home – from full length features to documentaries to short films from all over the world – but also offers film panels with screenwriters, directors and actors, and a host of special events.
Plus you can indulge all your Hollywood yearnings with hundreds of celebrity sightings throughout Tribeca, Chelsea and Greenwich Village. Just a few of the actors and celebrities scheduled to visit and/or participate in the Festival this year include: Dianne Wiest, Whoopi Goldberg, Ed Burns, Michael Cena, Denis Leary, NBC’s Brian Wilson, Elton John, Cameron Crowe, Adrien Brody, and perhaps even Carol Channing (who is the subject of an intriguing documentary shown at the festival this year). Other actors could also pop up unexpectedly, like Kiera Knightley, who stars in Last Night, another scheduled TFF offering, or Orlando Bloom who stars in The Good Doctor. And of course, Robert De Niro is a founder of the festival, so ‘Bob’ sightings usually abound.
Want to know how to participate in the April 20 Opening Night festivities, which feature a viewing of Cameron Crowe’s The Union, as well as an outdoor concert by Elton John? Go here for more information.
So what are you waiting for? Brave the spring rains, ride the train into Manhattan, and check out this year’s festival. Go here for the full schedule.
And when you do go, consider seeing some of the following films:
Detachment is the latest multi-layered character study by Tony Kaye (American History X), chronicling the intertwining lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students. Adrien Brody leads a star-studded cast that includes Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, James Caan, Marcia Gay Harden, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, William Petersen and Bryan Cranston.
Newlyweds is the tenth film written and directed by Ed Burns and the sixth to premiere at TFF. 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. The film 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.
The Good Doctor, directed by Lance Daly, written by John Enbom. When lonesome first-year medical resident Dr. Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom) finally gets the respect he so desperately craves from an enchanting teenage patient, he’ll do anything to keep her in his care.
Blackthorn. Legend has it notorious American outlaw Butch Cassidy was killed in Bolivia in 1908. Mateo Gil's classic Western, however, finds Cassidy (Sam Shepard) 20 years later living on in hiding under the identity of James Blackthorn—and yearning for one last sight of home. Joining forces with a Spanish mine robber named Eduardo, Blackthorn sets out on one final adventure across the sublime landscape of the Bolivian frontier.
Don’t know much about the Tribeca Film Festival? Here’s how it all started:
The Tribeca Film festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. This year TFF celebrates its tenth year!
Don’t think you can get into the City for the festival this year? Don’t despair; go here to learn how you can watch some of this year’s festival selections online, as well as participate in online Qs and As, and catch some of the events as they happen, via the Live from Tribeca link.