HOLLYWOOD ON THE HUDSON
Attending a film festival can seem a daunting task for the average movie
fan, so I will attempt to de-mystify the process for those of you that
skipped this year's second annual Tribeca
Originally conceived by post-9/11 downtown NYC residents Robert DeNiro
and Jane Rosenthal to give something back to the
Of course, the primary goal of a film festival is to attract good (if
not great) films and TFF is definitely doing that. This year's winners
included the internationally acclaimed films "Blind Shaft"
Attending audiences were also allowed to vote for their favorites which
included the critically acclaimed "Together" (China) and the
documentary "Keeping Time: The Life, Music, and Photographs of Milt
Hinton." Another type of film that permeates TFF which you definitely
can't find at your local cinema is the "short" (under 30 min.)
category. Not only were many great shorts preceding feature screenings,
but collections of shorts were presented throughout the festival (over
200 shorts in all).
For those looking for glitz and glamour there were several 'red-carpet' Hollywood films at TFF, including "Down with Love" featuring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor; "The In-Laws" with Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks, "Paris" with Bai Ling (escorted by Richard Gere), and "Maldonado Miracle" (attended by director Salma Hayak and her escort Edward Norton). Other celebrities either attending panel discussion or just watching movies and spotted in the crowds included director Michael Moore, Al Pacino, Helen Hunt, Ann Magnuson, Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth Shue, Jane Seymour, etc. Even if you don't like movies, the festival also featured street entertainment, concerts, and giveaways galore.
I would like to note that those who try to order advance tickets next
year and find the films "sold out" should not be discouraged.
The reason being that 'pre-sold' events take into
Hope to see more of you at the third annual Tribeca Film Festival 2004 next spring, especially now that you know prices and seating availability for screenings are reasonable and accessible right up to the last minute.
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