By Indiewire | Indiewire May 10, 2002 at 2:00AM
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with articles by Eugene Hernandez, Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> TRIBECA 2002: The Taste of Tribeca: Food and Music Compete with Festival Films
(indieWIRE: 05.10.02) -- Spend some time lounging in the luxurious Tribeca
Film Festival hospitality tent on the corner of Greenwich and N. Moore Streets
and the conversation invariably leads to commentary about the incredible amount
of media exposure that this festival has received. Everyone seems to be
noticing that the press is covering nearly every move this festival, and its
high-profile organizers, makes; articles have appeared in the New York Times
and USA Today, alongside local and national television reports. Some 550
journalists are credentialed for the Tribeca Film Festival, according to PR
rep Lisa Mortman of Rubenstein Communications, the NYC-based firm that is handling the event. And while the event is offering a film competition and an
international showcase of acclaimed pictures (see today's interview with
Eamonn Bowles and our overview of the international section), there are a
number of associated events to complement festival moviegoing.
Wednesday's opening ceremony drew an array of notables that had attendees
buzzing at the kick-off party held at the Regent Wall Street (also the site
of Liza Minelli's recent wedding reception). Former South African president
Nelson Mandela, former U.S. president Bill Clinton, actors Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Spacey, and Hugh Grant (here with the opening night film "About a Boy"), director Francis Ford Coppola, and festival co-founder Robert De Niro were among those who joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the steps of City Hall for the Wednesday afternoon ceremony. Former president and political prisoner Mandela is in New York on the eighth anniversary of
his release from a South African prison.
NY1, Time Warner's 24-hour New York City news network, covered the City Hall opening ceremony live throughout the five boroughs on Wednesday afternoon
and the opening of the fest was included on numerous local newscasts.
Nationally, the first-year fest has benefited greatly from the star power
attached, nabbing coverage on programs like NBC's Today (which interviewed De Niro in Washington Square Park), ABC's Good Morning America, on other programs on channels such as CNN and E!.
"Movies don't just entertain, but they heal," Mayor Bloomberg told the crowd
of luminaries, as he introduced Mandela to a standing ovation. Movies may
heal, but a bit of music and food doesn