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February 27, 2009 4:05 AM
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Peter Scarlet Resigns From Tribeca Film Festival

Jeffrey Wright and Peter Scarlet at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival's NY, NY section kick off party.

Tribeca Film Festival today announced that Peter Scarlet has stepped down from his position as Artistic Director of the Festival, effective immediately.

"The term 'The Seven-Year Itch' always evokes that famous still of Marilyn Monroe standing on a NY subway grating with her skirt blowing up around her thighs," Scarlet said in a statement today. "But as my 7th Tribeca Film Festival loomed, I realized simply that it's time for me to seek new challenges. I'm enormously grateful for the terrific experiences I've been able to share with colleagues and viewers here, and I'll never stop being grateful to Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal for having invited me along for such a glorious ride. I wish them and the Festival all success."

"We are grateful to Peter for his leadership, his knowledge and his contributions to the Tribeca Film Festival over the past seven years," co-founder Rosenthal said in a statement. "I have enormous respect for Peter and appreciate his work on behalf of Tribeca as well as the countless filmmakers around the globe which he helped bring to New York audiences. We thank him and know he will continue to play an important role in cinema."

The festival program continues under the collective efforts of Executive Director Nancy Schafer and the core programming team of David Kwok, Director of Programming, and Genna Terranova, Senior Programmer.

"The finishing touches are being put on our program and I am truly thrilled with the slate our programming team has put together. We look forward to announcing the program on March 9th," said Rosenthal in a statement.

This announcement marks the latest in a series of changes within the Tribeca organizations. Last month, festival co-executive director Paola Freccero announced her departure to join B-Side, and ten days ago former Sundance Film Festival director Geoff Gilmore announced that he is joining Tribeca Enterprises as the Chief Creative Officer for the company.

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4 Comments

  • shane danielsen | March 1, 2009 11:52 AMReply

    'The Green Hat' is, indeed, a very fine film - and still ridiculously unknown.

    That said, this is probably the least surprising news of the year thus far.

  • larry-411 | February 28, 2009 6:05 AMReply

    When Gilmore signed on, I noted at the time that "his new position will not actually be Tribeca Film Festival Director. That job is held by Peter Scarlet. But Tribeca Enterprises is the umbrella organization which includes the festival, and as Chief Creative Officer of the larger organization it's hard to imagine Gilmore having no say in programming...as for the future of Tribeca, how will director Scarlet's job will be affected by Gilmore's presence?" If only you could see my slight sarcastic smirk and knowing twitch of the eye as I speculate if there's more to this story than either Scarlet or Rosenthal will ever admit. Oh, the drama.

  • paulpotter | February 28, 2009 3:59 AMReply

    I'm certain we're not getting the inside story.
    I've not had a film accepted by the festival but my experience with Scarlet has been good. He seemed warm and genuine.
    He is meticulous with his film selections. He scours the planet for rare, powerful films. "The Green Hat" comes to mind. I'm sorry to see him go.
    I don't think it's coincidence that Gilmore just joined the team.

  • hardy jenns | February 27, 2009 9:20 AMReply

    Anyone else think it's strange that Scarlet's leaving two months before the festival begins?

    And I don't know about other filmmakers' experiences, but when my film played at Tribeca, my limited exposure to Peter Scarlet was thoroughly unpleasant. To put it simply, he was a jerkwad.