The Tribeca Film Festival was created in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro to help the economy of New York and to help draw attention to filmmakers in New York. Well, it is about to enter it’s eighth year and it is still going strong. The amount of things to do during the festival is incredible, but what is even better is that it is open to the public. There are almost 200 movie screenings during the week, a street fair, a drive-in theater, and events for kids. The admission price of the movie tickets range from $8-15, and the discussion panels cost $25.
For those of you who are attending, here are some movies that sound interesting. For everybody else, these movies are worth checking out in the future. Some of the documentaries look really interesting. I am pretty curious myself.
Check them out…
- Black Dynamite - All you suckas gather round. This glorious ’70s blaxploitation throwback is a fistful of chase scenes, gunfights, kung fu, pimps, and hos. Michael Jai White plays Black Dynamite, the smoothest, baddest mother to ever pick up a pair of nunchucks. When the CIA gives back his license to kill, Black Dynamite makes it his mission to keep smack out of orphanages at any cost. Can you dig it?
- Pandora’s Box - Yesim Ustaoglu’s (Journey to the Sun) latest is a gorgeous, expertly developed cross-generational dramedy. When an aging matriarch (90-year-old Tsilla Chelton) starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her. Pandora’s Box took the top prize and Chelton was named best actress at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.
- The Girlfriend Experience - Director Steven Soderbergh follows five days in the life of a $2,000-an-hour Manhattan call girl (adult film star Sasha Grey) who thinks she has her life totally under control. She even has a devoted boyfriend who accepts her lifestyle. But when you’re in the business of meeting people, you never know who you’re going to meet next.
- Departures - Winner of the Academy Award® for best foreign language film, Departures is the eccentric, lushly scored, movingly funny tale of a cellist who returns to his picturesque rural hometown with his adoring wife following the breakup of his Tokyo orchestra. A cryptic classified ad for work in “Departures” leads him into an unexpected but strangely rewarding new job as an undertaker.
- Easy Virtue - Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, Jessica Biel, and Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian) star in the comical tale of a young Englishman who brings his glamorous American bride home to meet his stuffy British parents. Based on the Noel Coward play. Always sublime, Scott Thomas scored nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and the London Critics Circle.
- Rudo y Cursi – Stars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna and producers Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) present a splendid, riotous film about a pair of thickheaded stepbrothers whose rivalry takes them from their jobs on a small-town banana ranch to star spots on opposing soccer teams.
- Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi - In 2007, the Taliban kidnapped 24-year-old Ajmal Naqshbandi and an Italian journalist. Naqshbandi was one of Afghanistan’s best “fixers”—someone hired by foreign journalists to facilitate, translate, and gain access for their stories. This gripping, tragic story is a behind-the-scenes look into the dangerous and unseen world that happens before we get the news.
- Poliwood - In this fascinating documentary, legendary Academy Award®-winning director Barry Levinson sets out to explore the collision and collusion between politics and Hollywood. The film gives the viewer a front-row seat and backroom access to the most significant presidential campaign of the 21st century. Featuring interviews with high-profile celebrities and powerful political figures, Poliwood looks at the influence Hollywood has over today’s political process as we discover the thin line between politician and actor, news and entertainment, policy and tabloid.
- Playground - Executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, this astonishing doc travels to the dark heart of one of the world’s most sinister industries—the child sex trade. Beginning her journey infiltrating brothels in South Korea and Thailand, director Libby Spears soon discovers that the United States is a major player in the human trafficking racket and turns her attention to the homeland. Featuring original artwork by Yoshitomo Nara.
- Transcendent Man - Some hail him as a modern-day Nostradamus, others dismiss him as a crackpot. Futurist and famed inventor Ray Kurzweil is the preeminent theorist on the pending fusion of humans and super-intelligent machines as the next phase of evolution, a “singularity” he predicts will occur within 30 years. This fascinating (and at times terrifying) doc explores the personal ideals behind his controversial ideas.
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- The Future of Independents | May 1 | 5:00 pm | Directors Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, TFF ’07), Rose Troche (The L Word, Go Fish), Raymond De Felitta (City Island, TFF ’09), and Gary Winick (Bride Wars, Tadpole) will discuss some of the challenges ahead for independent directors with David Carr of The New York Times.
- Industry | Various Times | Free | Various topics that affect filmmakers are discussed, including, alternative marketing, marketing 2.0, and digital workflow.
- Poliwood | May 1 | 6:00 pm | Following the screening, Emmy Award®-winning writer/producer and MSNBC political analyst Lawrence O’Donnell will lead a discussion about this convergence of politics and Hollywood with director Barry Levinson and actors Josh Lucas, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tim Daly, Lynn Whitfield, Tony Goldwyn, Robert Davi and Matthew Modine, who appear in the film.
- Passing Strange | May 2 | 7:00 pm | After the movie there is a conversation with director Spike Lee, creator and star Stew, and co-composer and band member Heidi Rodewald, focusing on the themes of race, culture, nationality, and adolescence raised in Stew’s semi-autobiographical show, while also exploring the difficulties of translating a staged piece of theater to the big screen. This is a special event exclusively for American Express® Cardmembers.
Are any of you attending the festival? Do any of the movies or documentaries sound interesting? Would you like to see any of them?