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    TRIBECA '06: The Doc Is In: "Toots" and "Rock The Bells"

    There has been considerable griping among buyers again at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, with industry-types maintaining that there simply are not enough quality films to warrant the size of the festival's program. In the case of the event's doc programming, though, insiders and audiences alike seemed to connect with a number of films this year. Michael Moore was spotted at a raucous screening of "Jesus Camp" in the East Village the other day, while Woody Allen made it to a showing of "Toots" yesterday at the festival. The latter, a doc about the legendary New York restaurant owner Toots Shor, directed by his granddaughter Kristi Jacobson...

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    Trbeca All Access Honors "Beast" and "Box" in Third Annual Awards

    The Tribeca Film Festival's program spotlighting U.S. based filmmakers of color, Tribeca All Access, announced the winners of its TAA Creative Promise Awards Thursday night, with Sterlin Harjo's screenplay, "Before the Beast Returns" taking the narrative section prize and Lacey Schwartz winning the documentary section prize for her documentary work-in-progress, "Outside the Box." Also receiving an honor was Milton Liu for his screenplay, "John Huges Ruined My Life," which took the screenplay section prize. Honorable mentions went to Shola Lynch for "Free Angela & All Political Prisoners" in the documentary section as well as Ose Oyamendan for...

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    AP: Tribeca Films Show Varying Takes on Iraq

    "Several documentaries playing at the Tribeca Film Festival offer perspectives on the war in Iraq that you won't get from the news. One is 'The War Tapes,' which made its world premiere over the weekend and was shot entirely by members of the New Hampshire National Guard; another, 'The Blood of My Brother,' focuses on a Baghdad family mourning the death of a son, who was shot by U.S. forces while protecting a mosque. Also making its world premiere at Tribeca is 'When I Came Home,' about an Iraq war veteran who returned to Brooklyn suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and ended up living out of his car. Finally there's 'Home Front,' a...

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    TRIBECA '06: Trying to Make Science Entertaining in "The Flock of Dodos"

    The conflict between the religious right and science -- about the origin of life -- has garnered a spotlight in liberal Manhattan with the Tribeca Film Festival screening of writer/director Randy Olson's "The Flock of Dodos" playing in the fest's Discovery section. Utilizing an entertaining and unacademic angle -- this is not your high school biology class film -- the film aims for the style of Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me," or a Michael Moore film to try to make science interesting. Olson, an evolutionary ecologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard, tackles the current debate in the United States over intelligent design and looks at its place in...

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    TRIBECA '06: In a Time of Change for the Movie Business, Talking About Emerging Distribution Platfor

    While John Cassavetes is hailed as the godfather of the modern independent film movement, many have argued that the Indiewood business model was truly born when Bob and Harvey Weinstein acquired and released Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape" in 1989. But now, that model seems to be changing. Earlier this year Soderbergh, whose career fluctuates regularly between high-profile Hollywood fare like "Oceans Twelve" and low-budget movies, like "Bubble," was at the center of a heated entertainment industry debate when his recent HD feature was distributed in select movie theaters, on cable television, and via DVD on the exact same date. ...

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    TRIBECA '06: Trying to Reach Beyond Potential Boundaries: "Jesus Camp", "The Wars Tapes", and "The T

    Among the more popular films that have screened so far at the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York City are three movies -- two docs and one fiction feature -- that are eyeing potentially unlikely audiences. A documentary about evangelical Christians is trying to play to both sides of the aisle, a...

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    "The Watering Hole" Wins Tropfest@Tribeca Prize

    Matthew Bonifacio's "The Watering Hole" won the Tropfest@Tribeca prize over the weekend. Co-jurors Matt Dillon and Naomi Watts were on hand to announce the winners in front of 5000 people at the Tribeca Drive In at the World Financial Center. The film tells the story of a young girl who makes the ultimate sacrifice to stop her father's downward spiral into depression and alcoholism in the aftermath of her mother's death. Tropfest, founded by John Polson, is one of the world's largest short film festivals and one of Australia's most popular public cultural events. The central aim of Tropfest is to stimulate the production of short films and p...

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    Critic's Notebook: The State of Things: The 2006 Tribeca Film Festival

    Paul Greengrass's "United 93"-- energetic, screw-the-star-system doc-style fiction that tackles sensitive issues inextricably intertwined with the Tribeca Film Festival's host neighborhood -- was an appropriate opening for this fifth edition, which began last Tuesday (April 25th) and ends Sunday (Ma...

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    TRIBECA '06: Uptown and Downtown With "Walker Payne," "Boy Culture" and "Big Bad Swim"

    On the first full day of screenings Wednesday, Tribeca Film Festival organizers presented some 40 individual showings throughout Manhattan, more than half of them for Midtown and Uptown audiences for the first time. Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal stepped out onto the stage at the Tribeca Perform...

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    NY Times: "The TV Set" at the Tribeca Film Festival Sends Up the Making of Sitcoms

    David Carr reports on "The TV Set," screening Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival. "Where does bad television come from? "The TV Set," a movie that has its premiere tomorrow night at the Tribeca Film Festival, considers the question of agency, or blame, for the dreck that generally passes for the mo...

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