By Indiewire | Indiewire March 23, 2004 at 2:00AM
Tribeca Fest Expands to 9 Full Days, Event to Open with Disney's "Raising Helen"
by Eugene Hernandez
Garry Marshall's Disney film, "Raising Helen," will kick-off the third Tribeca Film Festival, which this year will open a few days earlier and run for a full nine days in May. While last year the event opened with family films during the first weekend and presented a mid-week opening night selection, this year the event will begin with a full roster of screenings on Saturday May 1st and a gala opening event at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center that night. The fest will continue with eight more days of competitive films, specials screenings, international films and free events. It will conclude on May 9th in Lower Manhattan.
Kate Hudson stars as the title character in "Helen," the story of a Manhattan fashionista forced to raise her sister's three orphaned children. The comedy also stars John Corbett and John Cusack among others. It will open in theaters on May 28th.
Festival organizers are planning to unveil competition lineups on Tuesday, while additional lineups will be announced later this week.
DreamWorks' upcoming animated film, "Shark Tale," will unspool with a preview of selected scenes at the fest, as will Jim Jarmusch's latest, "Coffee & Cigarettes" from United Artists. The festival is also planning a focus on films, art and exhibitions from South Africa, along with a spotlight of work from Latin American filmmakers and a screening of Hector Babenco's "Carandiru" from Sony Pictures Classics.
Among the jurors already set for the fest are Ellen Barkin, Chad Lowe, Chris Noth, Mary Louise Parker, Eddie Izard, and former UA exec., Bingham Ray.
Other films already set include Lisa Cholodenko's latest, "Cavedweller," Tony Piccirillo's "The 24th Day," and Richard Ledes' "A Hole in One." Festival tickets will go on sale next month.
[ For more information, please visit: http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org. ]