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Tribeca Film Festival starts April 20; 4 official selections available on VOD

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Tribeca Film, the distribution arm of Tribeca Enterprises, announced this week that four of its official selections from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival -- The Bang Bang Club, The Bleeding House, Last Night, and NEDS -- will be released nationwide via video-on-demand under the “Tribeca Film” banner simultaneously with the start of the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20. The “Tribeca Film” VOD category will also offer other festival circuit titles, including Dax Shepard’s Brother’s Justice and The High Cost of Living, starring Zach Braff.

Beginning with the start of the Festival in New York on April 20, and continuing through June 23, these Tribeca Film titles will be available in more than 40 million homes via cable, telco and satellite systems.

Tribeca Film’s initial VOD offerings feature well-known film stars such as Ryan Phillippe, Zach Braff, Keira Knightley, Taylor Kitsch, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes.

The Tribeca Film platform will be available on the web via digital VOD services. Viewers will be able to access Tribeca Film titles via the “Tribeca Film” category of video-on-demand menus, via pay-per-view offerings and via other branded destinations online. Tribeca Film will also begin to roll out these films’ theatrical releases, starting with The Bang Bang Club in select markets as of April 22 and Last Night as of May 6.

Here is a sampling of some of the films premiering at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, on VOD and in theaters:

  • The Bang Bang Club,written and directed by Steven Silver. (Canada, South Africa) – US Premiere. The Bang Bang Club is the true story of four young combat photographers bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risk their lives and use their cameras to tell the world of the violence associated with the first free elections in post-Apartheid South Africa. Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch star in this film which explores the thrills, danger, and moral questions associated with exposing the truth.
  • The Bleeding House, written and directed by Philip Gelatt. (USA) – World Premiere in Cinemania. Meet the Smiths—a family full of secrets who keep to themselves on a back road outside a small Midwestern town. In this visceral, tightly wound horror/thriller, their lives are shaken when a sweet-talking Texan arrives on their doorstep on a mission for retribution. Will he succeed in his goal to bleed them of their sins, or will the family’s haunted past prove to be even more deadly than he bargained for? The Bleeding House will have a limited theatrical release in 2011, beginning May 13.
  • Last Night,written and directed by Massy Tadjedin. (USA) – US Premiere, Narrative. Apart for one night, a happily married couple (Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington) is confronted by temptation that may decide the fate of their marriage. Last Night is ultimately about choices—to be in a relationship with someone, to give yourself to someone physically, to open yourself emotionally, and how to survive all three. Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet, and Griffin Dunne also star in this sexy, provocative romantic drama.
  • NEDS“Non-Educated Delinquents,” written and directed by Peter Mullan. (UK) – US Premiere, Narrative. Directed by award winning actor/director Peter Mullan (My Name is Joe, The Magdalene Sisters), NEDS takes place in the gritty and savage world of 1970s Glasgow. On the brink of adolescence, John McGill is a bright and sensitive boy. He’s eager to learn and full of promise, but with no one willing to give him a chance, young John descends into a violent life of crime. NEDS is an intense and tragic portrayal of the loss of hope.

Also available on Tribeca Film on VOD and in theaters:

  • Brother’s Justice, co-directed by Dax Shepard and David Palmer – This Hollywood satire follows Dax Shepard as he makes the rash decision to abandon comedy in pursuit of his true dream: to become an internationally-renowned martial arts star. Winner of the audience award at the Austin Film Festival and an official selection of the Hollywood Film Festival, it marks the directorial debut of Shepard and features performances by Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum and Nate Tuck.
  • The High Cost of Living, written and directed by Deborah Chow – This dark romantic drama about intertwined fates centers on the burgeoning relationship between an unlikely pair. Nathalie (Isabelle Blais) is expecting her first child, and Henry (Zach Braff) is on his way to his next drug deal. Their paths fatefully collide one night in an event that will irrevocably change their lives. The film was an official selection of the Toronto Film Festival.

The Tribeca Film Festival, held annually in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood, is a wonderful opportunity for any film fan to see a wide variety of interesting full length feature films (many of them world premieres), film shorts and documentaries in a short amount of time, in addition to the Hollywood celebrity sightings that happen all week long.

Local Connecticut film fans should go here to learn more about this festival, which is only an hour away by MetroNorth train and well worth the trip. Go for the day, see three or four films, or sit in on one of the many Tribeca Film Festival panels with well-known actors, writers and directors. Or arrange to see the video-on-demand offerings this year, which are much more diverse than past years, and sure to be talked about for months to come.

Learn more at the Tribeca Film website www.tribecafilm.com, which has an easy-to-use guide on where to find all films offered in this year’s festival.

Check back here for more news on the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as reviews of some of the films that will premiere and be shown at the festival.

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