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by Eugene Hernandez
March 29, 2010 3:54 AM
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"Freakonomics" Doc Closing Tribeca Fest

A documentary based on Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's bestselling book, "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Exposes the Hidden Side of Everything," will close the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival this year. The movie, directed by a host of leading documentary filmmakers, will screen as the event's Closing Gala on April 30th in New York City, though TFF will actually wrap up May 2nd.

"Freakonomics" features filmmakers Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki and Seth Gordon. It was produced by Chad Troutwine ("Paris Je T'aime") and Green Film Company's Chris Romano and Dan O'Meara ("By the People: the Election of Barack Obama") with Cold Fusion Media.

Other galas added to the festival include Summit Entertainment's "Letters to Juliet," directed by Gary Winick and Olivier Dahan's "My Own Love Song."

The festival will open uptown at Manhattan's Ziegfeld Theater on Wednesday, April 21st with the DreamWorks Animation sequel “Shrek Forever After”. As was also previously announced, the festival set eighty five feature films to screen at the upcoming event, on par with the size of last year’s leaner roster. Organizers recently unveiled a list of 33 competition films and rounded out the lineup with additional titles.

"This trio of films embodies the spirit of diversity that has defined Tribeca through the years," said fest exec. director Nancy Schafer, in a statement, "Audiences will be charmed by 'Letters to Juliet,' moved by Jane's emotional journey to redemption in 'My Own Love Song' and glued to their seats during the riveting 'Freakonomics,' which marks the return of some of today's best documentary filmmakers to Tribeca. We are truly honored that they've once again chosen our Festival as a platform to share their work."

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