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iPOP at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival

iPOP at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The third annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway in downtown Manhattan with a huge schedule of screenings and events. The festival hosted a 'pre-party' at the Tribeca Cinemas Friday night followed by their gala opening on Saturday night. The fairly nice weather didn't seem to deter crowds from going to the theaters, and word from a fest insider was that ticket sales were good (perhaps no surprise we'd hear that). Tribeca All Access hosted a panel and lunch Monday afternoon at downtown eatery City Hall. TAA is a program that is aimed at fostering relationships between filmmakers of color and members of the film industry. HBO's Julie Anderson, Creative Capital's Ruby Lerner, and moderator Melissa L. Bradley of Positive Impact were among those who spoke to the 24 Tribeca All Access filmmakers and other invited guests at the luncheon. The hospitality tent on Greenwich Avenue once again is a hotbed of sociality and also a great place to relax and unwind with deelish snacks and beer. This year, there's even a DJ. But be careful, if you get the 'purple' Tribeca badge, it doesn't allow you into the tent...




The hospitality tent on Greenwich Ave. is once again a whirl of activity. Get a massage, eat some sandwiches... Or, you can tell Atkins to piss off and eat a brownie and down it with a beer. It's all there in addition to the filmmakers and festival organizers that make the whole event happen. Rainy Monday afternoon was an especially busy day in the tent. Tribeca Film Festival executive director Peter Scarlet (right) entertained guests including (from right to left) recording artist Sussan Deyhim, "Gun Shy" director Dito Tsintzadze, Mr. Scarlet's lovely wife Katayoun Beglari-Scarlet, "The Lost Truth" director Yassamin Maleknasr, Dirk Kurbjuweit from Der Spiegel, and Tribeca staffer Sara Nojoumi.


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Also enjoying a little down time in the tent, "Rhythm Is It" director Thomas Grube (left) hangs out with Oliver Marhdt from German cinema as well as his producer Uwe Dierks. iW overheard the film is suppose to be 'Aaamazing!'


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Producer and writer George LaVoo ("Real Women Have Curves") with Sundance programmer Shari Frilot at Friday's Tribeca Film Festival pre-party at Tribeca Cinemas.


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Phil Roc, director of the festival short, "Avenue X," with his wife Karen Gibson Roc.


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Festival sponsorship production manager Cree Nevins with Festival filmmaker liaison Karl Beck at Tribeca Cinemas readying for their close-up.


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Finishing up lunch at downtown Manhattan restaurant City Hall prior to the panel on Tribeca All Access (a program that nurtures relationships between filmmakers of color and the industry) Firelight Media president Marcia Smith (left) with doc filmmaker Stanley Nelson ("Jonestown") and HBO director of documentary programming Julie Anderson who later participated in the panel.


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"Robot Stories" director Greg Pak at the Tribeca All Access event for his latest project "The Dead Boy". Pak, who is self-distributing "Robot Stories," will take his feature next weekend to Texas (also currently playing in San Francisco and Berkeley). So to all in the Lone-Star state, saddle on up to the cinema and check it out. Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto.


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Anura Idupuganti (left) and Tom Donahue, producers of Alfred de Villa's "1/9" with director Natalia Almada ("Al Otro Lado" -- The Other Side) at Tribeca All Access.


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Hangin' out and lookin' cool on a Monday afternoon in rainy New York at Tribeca All Access, "Estilo Hip Hop" director/producer Vee Bravo (center) with his editor Tat Ho Yee and producer Loira Limbal.


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Still at City Hall making their way out, producer Diana Williams (left), Tony Thomas, V.P. and general partner of Syncom and Positive Impact's Melissa Bradley. Both Thomas and Bradley participated in the panel Monday afternoon.


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"Ram Kali Taxi" director Mridu Chandra at Tribeca All Access looking radiant and was very patient while we figured out our camera dramas for this pic.


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