The ninth edition of the Tribeca Film Festival is already a week old. Though the event officially kicked off last Wednesday night with the opening night film, “Shrek Forever After” by Mike Mitchell with a star studded “green carpet” outside the Ziegfeld Theater in Midtown Manhattan, festival events began with the opening of Tribeca All Access last Monday.
As people have noted in previous years and again in 2010, the Tribeca Film Festival has firmly moved outside its namesake, with only some official programs in its TriBeCa neighborhood. Co-founder Jane Rosenthal alluded to the festival’s uptown migration Monday morning in the atrium of westside Manhattan venue The Park during a Directors Brunch, co hosted by Invest Northern Ireland.
“We think of TriBeCa as the ‘Triangle Below Canada,'” she said to laughs. For those not in the know, the upscale Manhattan neighborhood, which suffered the brunt of the economic fallout following 9/11 gets its name because of the convergence of streets below Canal Street which bisects Manhattan, thus called the ‘Triangle Below Canal’ or TriBeCa.
Geography aside, it’s still about the filmmakers and audiences and industry & fans scurried around over the weekend to attend screenings, parties and the annual Apple Chats at the SoHo Apple store on Prince Street. indieWIRE co-hosts the chats with Apple throughout the year, but the program is packed with guests during the span of the Tribeca Film Festival. Participants this year include: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Neil Jordan, Catherine Keener, Ed Burns, Andy Serkis, Patricia Clarkson and a leading group of film producers. The programs are free and open to the public, for a schedule of remaining progrms, click here.
This coming Thursday, Tribeca will host its annual awards and one lucky film in both the World Narrative and World Documentary competitions will receive some big $$. Additionally, winners will receive an original work of art created by an established artist. Last Friday night, Tribeca All Access – a program that promotes work by emerging filmmakers of color – held its honors with Ghazi Albuliwi and Bandar Albuliwi’s “Peace After Marriage” winning in the Narrative section prize.
Below are just some of the sights and people who took part in the first very busy week of the Tribeca Film Festival.