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iPOP at the 4th Tribeca Film Festival, Vol. 2

iPOP at the 4th Tribeca Film Festival, Vol. 2

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Covering the seemingly endless stream of events that are part of the Tribeca Film Festival is quite a daunting task. Literally, one could be at a party for nearly two weeks straight it seems! It's even more a crazed effort with a small staff and everyone has a cold! Well, we did our best, and we snapped quite a few pictures at a number of parties/events last week. Films including "Favela Rising," "The Beat My Heart Skipped," "Cote d'Azure," "Pelicanman" and "The Thing About My Folks" were among the parties we hit, but by no means was that it... Tribeca also held their own official parties including Tribeca All Access as well as a filmmaker party with Kodak. Also in this iPOPper are a couple of pics from the Awards Ceremony held last weekend in Lower Manhattan.




Sony Pictures Classics hosted a very pleasant afternoon/evening cocktail party in downtown Manhattan for "The Beautiful Country," which had its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The party had a fair amount of "who's who" attendees mixing casually with guests, sans VIP areas or packed crowds vying for a drink at the bar. It was very chill and relaxed. Posing for a pic left to right: SPC co-president Michael Barker, Hans Petter Moland, director of the film, "Beautiful Country" cast members, Damien Nguyen, Bai Ling (looking fab in red) and star Nick Nolte along with producer, Petter Borgli.


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This one was the less official pictures from the event. Director Ang Lee and Bai Ling at the event having a chat with SPC co-prez Michael Barker. Bai Ling, of course, was dressed in her trademark fabulousness. Ling caught the attention of several photographers outside the party who snapped away as she got into her car.


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Producer Gill Holland (Lasalle Holland) joined the "Beautiful Country" party with Norwegian actress, Ewa Dacruz ("Sex & Sushi") who also turned a few eyes.


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The Finnish director/producing team from "Pelicanman" took this very New York looking picture outside Nobu on Hudson Street in Lower Manhattan following a very tasty lunch in their honor last week. Pictured are director Liisa Helminen (left) and producer Hanna Hemila negotiating with the blowing wind during their pic. Their film, which screened in TFF's Family Festival, is about a pelican who decides to dress human and befriends a young boy who gives teaches him the ways of man, only to learn it's not what it's all cracked up to be. Helminen and Hemila will be traveling some of the festival circuit with their film, including the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, currently underway.


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Wellspring and Strand Releasing hosted a lovely evening dinner in downtown Manhattan for two of their French titles screening in the Tribeca Film Festival. Strand's "Cote d'Azur" (Crustaces et coquillages) and Wellspring's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped," which both had their North American premieres at the festival and were two of our personal favorites. Pictured here are "Cote d'Azur directors Jacques Martineau (left) and Olivier Ducastel posing with Strand Releasing's Marcus Hu (middle) as the two exited the restaurant to participate in a Q&A after a screening of their comedy set in, well... the Cote d'Azur.


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Jacques Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" is a very stylish and cool film, and won the praises of the New York Times in a recent Tribeca Film Festival article (much to the delight of all concerned no doubt). The film's director (right) attended the Wellspring/Strand dinner in Lower Manhattan and is seen here with the film's hot star, Romain Duris.


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Hamptons International Film Festival head of programming (and Berlinale '05 programmer too) Rajendra Roy stopped by the Wellspring/Strand dinner for a chat. He's seated here with "Open Water" star Blanchard Ryan, which had its world premiere at the Hamptons in '03.


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At Cain in Manhattan, the team from "Favela Rising" celebrate the premiere of their new doc, exploring life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Pictured are filmmaker Matt Mochary, Anderson Sá and Junior from Brail, and filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist. Sá is a former drug dealer from the favelas who overcomes continual obstacles and develops the Afro Reggae program to support the community in the face of violence and drugs.


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Tribeca Film Festival co-founder, Jane Rosenthal stopped for a quick shot at the Tribeca All Access party last week at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Tribeca All Access spotlights upcoming filmmakers of color, and the event gave awards to some of the participants in the program this year. The party was co-sponsored by Playboy (no grottos involved this time).


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At the Tribeca All Access party, "Red Doors" producer, Mia Riverton (left) with director Georgia Lee and producer Jane Chen. "Red Doors" won the prize for best feature film in the NY, NY competition at the festival, including a $5,000 cash prize and other goodies such as a load of Kodak film stock and an original artwork by Stephen Hannock called, "Tribeca Dawn." TFF awards many of its winners with original artworks (along with other prizes), which is very cool and so New York.


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The press release for the Tribeca All Access party had a list of celebs that were to be in attendance, and we actually stood outside for a bit to get a red carpet shot or two (but fuuuuuggghetaboutit!!!). We were late or just over it, so we went inside instead, and found some of the TAA winners including "Nice Bombs" director Usama Alshaibi (middle) with producer/wife Kristie Alshaibi and producer Ben Berkowitz who left the ceremony after their win for best documentary to join the party.


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By Friday night, everyone on the indieWIRE staff had fallen victim to nasty cold that was making its rounds among some of the festival regulars. A couple of us even had to stay home a couple of days during the fest. But, Friday night, we turned up at the "Outsider" party in order to get one quick snap of the film's director Nicholas Jarecki and subject James Toback. Later we heard others turned up and there would've been more pics to be had, but it was time for bed and Sudafed. Toback had some problems of his own with a badly injured foot, which forced him to use crutches when not seated.


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One of TFF co-founder Robert DeNiro's downtown enterprises includes the Tribeca Grill in the heart of TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal in case anyone cares what that actually means), the site of the "The Thing About My Folks" party (dir. Raymond De Felitta). The party was also a chill affair, with actor Chazz Palminteri, Tribeca Grill partner Drew Nierporent, and director Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") among the attendees. Spurlock's latest project is "30 Days," at television show in which each episode features he and his fiance doing a task such as working a minimum wage job for thirty days. The program begins in June.


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On stage after the awards program Saturday night, Griffin Dunne and Robert DeNiro (left) look on, while Peter Scarlet (right) congratulates winners.


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Winners congratulating each other on the stage following the ceremony held at the Manhattan Borough College (some with their big $25,000 American Express checks in hand -- not too shabby). People then filed over to the Embassy Suites Hotel for a big party.


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[Eugene Hernandez contributed to this report.]


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