Tribeca Film Festival Will Screen ‘The Birds’ and ‘Beetlejuice’ at the Tribeca Drive-In; Other Free Events Announced

Tribeca Film Festival Will Screen 'The Birds' and 'Beetlejuice' at the Tribeca Drive-In; Other Free Events Announced

The Tribeca Film Festival announced their signature Tribeca Drive-In movie series today along with the full lineup of the festival’s other free community events, including the Street Fair, Sports Day, and new additions.

This year’s Tribeca Drive-In, which is held at Brookfield Place, will screen Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” followed by Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice,” and the festival’s new cat documentary “Lil Bub & Friendz.” The screenings will also feature family events including movie trivia, face painting, costume contests, and more.

In partnership with MoMA PS1, the festival will offer a special TFF
screenings of Michelangelo Frammartino’s (“Le quatro volte”) “Alberi”
and Sam Fleischner’s “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors.” “Alberi,” a
sonic journey through the Italian countryside will run as a free
installation at the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 and “Stand Clear,” about an
autistic boy who skips class for a day-trip on the NYC subway, will
screen at VW Dome 2 in the Rockaways in partnership with Rooftop Films.

Genna Terranova, the festival’s Director of Programming, said “We
are excited to continue to build our public programming with a variety
of free exhibitions that celebrate storytelling and innovation and
engage the New York creative community.”

The festival’s annual Street Fair will feature the new Tribeca Studios Backlot, which will transform the streets of downtown into an interactive movie set, as well as the Tribeca Food Feast where visitors can watch local chefs cook on a show kitchen stage. The street fair will also include live Broadway performances, puppet shows, and a sneak preview of this summer’s upcoming “The Smurfs 2.”

“Free events that foster culture and community have long been a cornerstone of the Festival mission,” said Peter Downing, Creative Director and Producer, Tribeca Family Festival.

“We are looking forward to once again welcoming families from downtown as well as New Yorkers from across the city to experience the fun and energy of our signature Street Fair and Sports Day, and to introduce new programs like the Tribeca Studios Backlot and Tribeca Food Feast that are sure to delight visitors of all ages.”

The festival runs from April 17- 28. See the festival’s free events lineup on page 2…


Thursday-Saturday, April 18-April 20
8:15 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

Brookfield Place (World Financial Center Plaza)
Co-sponsored by AT&T and JetBlue, and hosted by Brookfield                                                          

outdoor screening series features the following films for this year’s
Tribeca Drive-In. The free evening of cinema under the stars is open to
the public, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served
basis. Doors open at 6 p.m. The programs will also begin at 6 p.m., with
screenings starting at dusk (approximately 8:15 p.m.).

“The Birds”–Thursday, April 18
the fiftieth anniversary of one of the greatest thrillers ever made! A
casual boy-meets-girl story takes a turn toward the extreme when the
couple lands in the tiny town of Bodega Bay, California, just in time to
witness its sizable population of birds attack. Alfred Hitchcock, the
Master of Suspense, directed this nightmarish fantasy starring Tippi
Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy and Suzanne Pleshette. Courtesy of
Universal. Come early for classic movie trivia contests and other chances to win great prizes.

“Beetlejuice“–Friday, April 19
just-arrived ghosts discover that scaring away the new residents of
their old house is not as easy as saying a name three times. This
beloved comedy from 1988 was the perfect vehicle for Tim Burton’s unique
style and vivid imagination. Michael Keaton plays the title role with
maniacal relish and a dark edge of menace, alongside co-stars Alec
Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder. Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Take part in a ghoulish costume contest, face-painting and family-friendly activities before the film.


Lil Bub & Friendz”–Saturday, April 20
Called” the most famous cat on the Internet,” the wide-eyed perma-kitten Lil
Bub is the adorable embodiment of the Web’s fascination with all things
cats. Join Lil Bub and her owner on wild cross-country romp as they meet
the Internet’s most famous cat-lebrities. Meet adorable kitties, see
hilarious videos and hear from the dedicated cat enthusiasts who love

Pet enthusiasts unite! Pre-show activities, contests and giveaways for cat lovers of all ages.


Saturday, April 27
10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Greenwich Street (between Chambers Street and Hubert Street)
Presented by American Express

The Tribeca
Family Festival, presented by American Express, will feature the annual
Street Fair on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Greenwich
Street from Chambers Street to Hubert Street, and at venues throughout
the Tribeca neighborhood. The fair, a Festival favorite, is free and
open to the public, and promises to be a day of family fun and lively

and performances throughout the Street Fair will bring storytelling and
filmmaking to life. The celebration will include talented performers,
dancers, stilt walkers, Broadway performances, arts and crafts, face
painters, puppet shows, music, games and much more. Students from dozens
of local schools will also be at the fair with live performances and
vibrant student artwork. The Street Fair will also host restaurants,
merchants and organizations from the Tribeca neighborhood. The American
Express Guest Information Booths will offer comprehensive Festival
information, including event, screening and neighborhood information.
More details and a map of events will be available in the coming weeks

Highlights include:

  • The Tribeca Studios Backlot
    will bring classic elements of filmmaking on location in New York City
    to life. Families can also create their own movie pitch, step in front
    of a green screen, learn how to animate their own stories and
    participate in workshops on stunts, make-up, editing, and more.
    Participating organizations include:
  • The Tribeca Film Institute:
    Movie Hacker! is a fun, interactive experience for the whole family to
    enjoy. It gives movie lovers of all ages a chance to “load” into their
    favorite big screen hits, flip the script, and become the new stars.
    Movie Hacker! was created by the Tribeca Film Institute’s team of
    Teaching Artist Donal Foreman, and Film Fellows class of 2012, Mercedes
    Ortiz and Marsha Larose. The Tribeca Film Institute hosts a year round
    Film Fellows program that teaches high school students to conceptualize,
    pitch, and produce their own films.
  • Museum of the Moving Image
    will present a range of hands-on activities facilitated by Museum
    educators, including animation, video game hacking, and flipbook making.
  • The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment (MOME)
    will have a presence on the “lot” with its “Made in NY” branded hot dog
    cart. Reps from the office will distribute information about REEL JOBS,
    resident FAQs, PA Training Program and the “Made in NY” Lower Manhattan
    Walking Tour. Panels and discussions will focus on NYC as a production
    location and the REEL JOBS campaign.  Professional film gear on display
    will include a grip truck, an electric truck, a make-up trailer, a “high
    end” star trailer and a camera car.
  • Tribeca Flashpoint Academy:
    Calling all digital kids, teens, and parents! Don’t miss Tribeca
    Flashpoint Academy — Chicago’s renowned digital media arts college, a
    partnership with Tribeca Enterprises) — as they demonstrate
    cutting-edge film, gaming, and special effects technology. Make a
    computer monitor seemingly come to life through Augmented Reality, watch
    students cut a TV commercial in record time during 30-minute live
    demonstrations, and more! 
  • Live “Broadway at Tribeca” Performances will feature the casts from Annie, Wicked, Cinderella, Kinky Boots, Motown: The Musical and Hands On A Hardbody.
  • A lineup of New York City chefs will share cooking secrets and offer demonstrations and tastings at the Tribeca Food Feast,
    a new area at the Street Fair that will feature a chef’s kitchen stage
    designed for the Street Fair. Activities will include cake icing,
    meatball baking and taste testing. Festivalgoers can sample food from
    local restaurants and select specialty food vendors from around the New
    York City area.
  • An exciting sneak preview of the upcoming summer comedy “The Smurfs 2,” along with a free family screening of the beloved film The Smurfs and special appearances by cast members at BMCC’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center Theater.
  • Children and families can make their own film credential at the event. The “VIP Pass” they create will be stamped at each area they experience, and a special prize awaits those who fill their pass with stamps.
  •  Kids
    can explore their artistic side with arts & crafts activities
    including turning recycled materials into custom creatures with the ScrapKins® team, street chalk art and face painting.
  • At the Kite Place, kids will be able to make their own kite and learn to fly it from masters of the craft of Kiting.
  • Special Character “Meet & Greets” from “The Smurfs” and others
  • Puppet Shows and Workshops from Puppetworks Inc. and Noel MacNeal’s “10 Minute Puppets”.
  • CHESS NYC will host “speed tournaments” and ongoing chess matches for all skill levels
  • The Gazillion Bubble Garden will have bubble wands of all shapes and sizes, and will offer bubble play to all who enter.
  • The
    Tribeca Kids Access Student Reporters, a diverse group of smart,
    articulate kids (ages 10-14) from Tribeca and other downtown schools,
    will cover this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, from red-carpet premieres
    and panel discussions to all of the action at the Street Fair. Now in
    its 10th year, the reporters will be supported by camera crews from the
    Art Institute of New York City.
  • Other
    participants include the Young Storytellers Foundation, Victorian
    Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park, and the New York Philharmonic’s
    Credit Suisse Very Young Composers.

prizes, music and fun will also be supported by 60 Hudson, AT&T,
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York, ESPN, PepsiCo,
Petcurean, Pure Leaf, Moishe’s, Radio Disney AM 1560, Real Simple Magazine, The New York Times, and Time Out Kids. Additional activities include:

  • Interactive
    games including DJ Studio and All Star Guitar and an experience to make
    a customized video/flipbook provided by AT&T, along with a cell
    phone charging station.”
  • Dogs can walk the orange carpet at a screening of a short film about pets and enjoy doggy refreshments from Petcurean
  • Pepsi will present a sidewalk chalk art station as well as the Pepsi Next Taste Challenge and Tropicana sampling
  • Pure
    Leaf sampling on-site will invite Family Festival goers to take the
    Real Brewed Challenge – a blind taste test between Pure Leaf and freshly
    brewed iced tea. Pure Leaf will also have a photo activity for children
    and families to create their own “Celebri-tea” handprint.
  • Be a red carpet star!  Have your photo taken with a classic movie character at The New York Times Film Club photo booth.
  • 60
    Hudson will host the Hubert Street Stage, the Arts and Crafts Pavilions
    and an art contest for local students. One piece of artwork selected
    from participating schools will be showcased in the 60 Hudson window
    located on the corner of West Broadway and Thomas Street.

For updated information on the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair, visit


Saturday, April 27
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
N. Moore Street (between Greenwich Street and West Street)

perennial favorite of the Family Festival Street Fair, the seventh
annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day will take place on Saturday, April 27,
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on N. Moore Street (between Greenwich Street and
West Street). The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day gives sports fan the
opportunity to engage in a variety of free, sports-related activities
that will include games, demonstrations and prize giveaways. In
addition, some of New York’s most popular athletes, mascots and sports
personalities will make guest appearances throughout the day. 

Highlights include:

  • ESPN New York
    will be on hand giving fans the chance to take home great memorabilia
    and get their picture taken behind the ESPN New York desk.
  • NFL PLAY 60, the
    NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day,
    will be guiding festivalgoers through fun football agility drills and
    will offer great giveaways.
  • Fathead®, the
    leading brand of sports and entertainment graphics, will have life-size
    standees of  well-known professional athletes on the Tribeca/ESPN
    Sports Film Festival red carpet for sports fans to pose with.
  • Join the New York Rangers for an interactive hockey experience, giveaways, contests & prizes for all ages.
  • The New York Mets will offer a special ticket giveaway.
  • The Downtown Giants Youth Football organization will offer football instruction and fun activities.
  • Fencers Club Olympians and elite athletes will be on hand to teach kids the exciting and safe sport of fencing.
  • Visit with the Staten Island Yankees, meet their mascot Scooter the Holy Cow, and try your luck on the Baby Bombers skeeball inflatable.
  • The National Lacrosse League will bring a fun, inflatable lacrosse activity.
  • The National Hockey League Foundation will offer great giveaways throughout the day.
  • Get your run on with fun activities and games from New York Road Runners.
  • New York Women’s Baseball will run pitching and throwing clinics.
  • Tribeca Sailing NYC,
    launching soon from Pier 25 in Tribeca, will have fun sailing games,
    instruction and prizes and will help youth practice their knot tying
  • Players from New York Empire will offer giveaways and provide Ultimate instruction.
  • The NY Rumble,
    a professional Ultimate Frisbee Team, will be holding contests for free
    merchandise and tickets, as well as teaching about the fastest growing
    sport in the country: Ultimate Frisbee.
  • Uncle Funkys Boards and Sure Skateboards will be on-hand to provide beginner skateboard lessons and skate demonstrations.
  • The Myachi Original Hand Sack masters will be on site with their award winning Battle Paddles and tricks.
  • DiscNY will teach you the basics of throwing and test your accuracy with a variety of disc games.
  • City Parks Foundation area will host a custom-built practice green where kids can test their putting skills and win prizes.
  • Jump in the ropes and learn to double dutch jump rope with the instructors of Double Dutch Empire.
  • Sky Blue FC,
    New Jersey’s franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League, will be
    giving away free tickets and information on their upcoming season.
  • The New York Red Bulls will be onsite with their exciting Red Bulls Street team showing off ball tricks and teaching youth new soccer skills.


Downtown Youth Behind The Camera

Sunday, April 21

12 p.m.
SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street)
Tribeca Family Festival will once again present “Downtown Youth Behind
The Camera,” a program of short films made by elementary and middle
school emerging student filmmakers from the downtown communities of New
York City.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of this popular

Sneak Preview of “The Smurfs 2” and Family Screening of “The Smurfs”

Saturday, April 27

11 a.m.
BMCC/Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers Street)
Hosted by Time Out Kids

evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village and into
the exciting, real-life world of New York City in this family mega-hit
featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Glee’s Jayma Mays and the
voice talents of Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Jonathan Winters, Fred
Armisen and more.

Admission is free and ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lines at BMCC begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

TFI Presents

Saturday, April 27

11 a.m.
Tribeca Film Center (375 Greenwich Street)
Fellows with the Tribeca Film Institute will screen a special program
of short films created by downtown student filmmakers. (Recommended for
ages 12 and up)

GE FOCUS FORWARD: “The Long and Short of Innovation”

Saturday, April 27

1 p.m.
Tribeca Film Center (375 Greenwich Street)
special program of Family-friendly short docs that focuses on
innovation in storytelling will feature filmmakers from the GE FOCUS
FORWARD Short Films, Big Ideas series, including director Ricki Stern.
(Recommended for ages 12 and up)

STORY CORPS: “Stories In Animation”

Saturday, April 27

3 p.m.
Tribeca Film Center (375 Greenwich Street)
is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and their
original animated shorts series features some of their best-loved radio
stories. The Peabody Award-winning and two-time Emmy-nominated
StoryCorps Animated Shorts feature the stories of everyday people, told
in their own voices and brought to life with animation from the Rauch


There will be screenings for two TFF titles in partnership with MoMA PS1.


Installation will be open during Museum hours from Thursday, April 18-Saturday, April 27, excluding Sundays

Special event on Saturday, April 20 at 5 p.m.
VW Dome at MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY)
Presented in partnership with MoMA PS1

“Alberi” directed by Michaelangelo Frammartino. (Italy) –World Premiere, Documentary. Wrapping the audience in waves of sound, Alberi
takes us on a circular journey through the Italian countryside. The
marvelous natural music at the tops of the eponymous trees makes way for
the rhythmic cadence of civilization–men baring axes and the natural
clatter of daily life–before their unforgettable return home from the
forest. The singular artistry of director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quatro volte”) is beautifully displayed in this mesmerizing homage to nature. Italian with subtitles.

“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”

Saturday, April 27
7 p.m.

MoMA PS1’s VW Dome 2 (1-94 Beach 95th St. Queens, NY)
Presented in partnership with MoMA PS1 and Rooftop Films

“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,”
directed by Sam Fleischner, written by Rose Lichter-Marck and Micah
Bloomber. (USA) — World Premiere. When autistic teen Ricky is scolded
for skipping class, he escapes into the subway for a days-long odyssey
among the subway’s disparate denizens. Meanwhile, his mother wages an
escalating search effort above ground. Based on a true story and set in
Far Rockaway, Queens, in the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy, these
parallel stories of mother and son take the viewer on a touching journey
of community and connection in and below New York City.

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