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Tribeca Fest to Present Five New Categories; To Spotlight Films Produced in NYC

Tribeca Fest to Present Five New Categories; To Spotlight Films Produced in NYC

Tribeca Fest to Present Five New Categories; To Spotlight Films Produced in NYC

by Brian Brooks

A scene from Christopher Herrmann’s “Ghostlight,” which will screen in the Tribeca Film Festival’s “NY, NY” section.

Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival looms nearer, and organizers announced that New York features and documentaries will be a highlight of this year’s second-annual fest. Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal along with new festival director Peter Scarlet announced five new categories to be featured during the event, which begins May 3 in lower Manhattan. The five sections include “NY, NY”; “AMC Presents Martin Scorsese’s and the Film Foundation’s Restored and Rediscovered Classics”; “Special Screenings”; and “Midnight.”

“NY, NY” features 23 films and documentaries shot in New York City, including 14 world premieres. Jim Hershleder’s “Ash Tuesday” starring Janeane Garofalo, Tony Spiridakis, Tony Goldwyn, and Giancarlo Esposito as well as “Ghostlight” by Christopher Herrmann with Ann Magnuson, Deborah Harry, Mark Morris, Isaac Mizrahi, and Richard Move will make their world premieres, screening in the “NY, NY” category. Also set to screen in “NY, NY” is Joe Maggio’s Sundance 2003 film “Milk and Honey,” making its New York premiere and Angela Christlieb and Stephen Kijak’s Hamptons 2002 winning-doc, “Cinemania.”

In the “Special Screenings” category, Toronto 2002 audience award-winner “Whale Rider” will have its New York premiere as well as Oliver Stone’s Fidel Castro documentary, “Comandante.” “Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle’s latest, the zombie thriller “28 Days Later,” will screen in the Midnight section (also a NY premiere) as well as Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields’ “Century: the Story of the Ramones.” The Tribeca Film Festival concludes May 11 and will feature more than 200 features, docs, and shorts.

The full list of films announced yesterday are listed below:



ASH TUESDAY directed by Jim Hershleder and featuring Janeane Garofalo, Tony Spiridakis, Tony Goldwyn, and Giancarlo Esposito (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

DUKE’S HOUSE directed by Till Terror (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

GHOSTLIGHT directed by Christopher Herrmann and featuring Ann Magnuson, Deborah Harry, Mark Morris, Isaac Mizrahi and Richard Move (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

A GOOD NIGHT TO DIE directed by Craig Singer and featuring Ally Sheedy, Ralph Macchio, Deborah Harry, Gary Stretch, Michael Rappaport, and Seymour Cassel (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

JUST ANOTHER STORY directed by GQ (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

KILL THE POOR directed by Alan Taylor (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

THE LUCKY ONES directed by Loren-Paul Caplin (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

LUSTRE directed by Art Jones (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

MARATHON directed by Amir Naderi (U.S.A.) – N.Y. Premiere

MILK AND HONEY directed by Joe Maggio (U.S.A.) – N.Y. Premiere

NOLA directed by Alan Hruska (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

PARTICLES OF TRUTH directed by Jennifer Elster (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

VOTE FOR ME! directed by Nelson Antonio Denis (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

Documentary Features

ASHTANGA, NY directed by Caroline Laskow and Mary Wigmore and featuring Gywneth Paltrow, Willem Dafoe, and Mike D of the Beastie Boys (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

THE CEDAR BAR directed by Alfred Leslie (U.S.A.)

CINEMANIA directed by Angela Christlieb and Stephen Kijak (U.S.A./Germany) – NY Premiere

DIVAN directed by Pearl Gluck (U.S.A./Hungary) – World Premiere

FIGHT BACK, FIGHT AIDS: 15 YEARS OF ACT UP directed by James Wentzy (U.S.A.)

KOENIG’S SPHERE directed by Percy Adlon (U.S.A.) – International Premiere

RISK/REWARD directed by Xan Parker and Elizabeth Holder (U.S.A.) NY Premiere

THE SELF-DESTRUCTION OF GIA directed by J.J. Martin and featuring Gia Carangi (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

STYLE WARS/STYLE WARS REVISTED directed by Tony Silver (U.S.A.)- NY Premiere

WITNESSING directed by Aileen Ghee (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.


CHARLES LAUGHTON DIRECTS “THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER,” UCLA Archivist Robert Gitt’s unique program about the production of the classic film directed by Charles Laughton, and starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish (U.S.A.) – N.Y. Premiere

THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner (U.S.A.) – N.Y. Premiere

MURNAU’S 4 DEVILS – TRACES OF A FILM, Janet Bergstrom’s evocation of the lost 1929 classic, directed by F.W. Murnau (U.S.A.) – North American Premiere

The restored 180 minute version of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (Il Buono, Il Bruto, Il Cattivo) directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef (Italy) – World Premiere

The full-length 229 minute version of ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (C’era Una Volta in America) directed by Sergio Leone and featuring Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, and Tuesday Weld (U.S.A./Italy) – NY Premiere

REDSKIN directed by Victor Schertzinger, starring Richard Dix, a silent film with live musical accompaniment by the Native American musical group National Braid (U.S.A.)


COWARDS BEND THE KNEE directed by Guy Maddin (Canada) – U.S. Premiere

THE EVENT directed by Thom Fitzgerald and starring Olympia Dukakis, Don McKellar, Parker Posey, and Sarah Polley (Canada) – N.Y. Premiere

IN AMERICA directed by Jim Sheridan (U.S.A.) NY Premiere

MY HOUSE IN UMBRIA directed by Richard Loncraine and starring Maggie Smith, Chris Cooper, Timothy Spall, and Giancarlo Giannini (United Kingdom) NY Premiere

THE SHAPE OF THINGS directed by Neil LaBute and starring Rachel Weisz, Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol and Fred Weller (U.S.A.) NY Premiere


In addition to the Festival’s previously announced competitive sections, the Showcase presents more outstanding new features and documentaries from all over the world, screening out of competition. The 56 films in this section include:


BOUGHT & SOLD directed by Michael Tolajian (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

A BREACH IN THE WALL (Sprickorna i Muren) directed by Jimmy Karlsson – International Premiere

BRINGING RAIN directed by Noah Buschel and featuring Adrian Grenier (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

CALIXTO, THE LANDLORD (No Hay Tierra Sin Dueno) directed by Sami Kafati (Honduras) – North American Premiere

CHINESE ODYSSEY 2002 (Tianxia Wushuang) directed by Jeff Lau (Hong Kong/China) – U.S. Premiere

COMMON GROUND (Lugares Comunes) directed by Adolfo Aristaráin (Argentina) – NY Premiere

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS directed by Stephen Frears (U.K.) – NY Premiere

DISTANT LIGHTS (Lichter) directed by Hans Christian Schmid (Germany) North American Premiere

EVENHAND directed by Joseph Pierson (U.S.A.) NY Premiere

FILM IST. (7-12) directed by Gustav Deutsch (Austria)

FLYING WITH ONE WING (Tani Tatuwen Piyabanna) directed by Asoka Handagama (Sri Lanka) – U.S. Premiere

THE HEART OF ME directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan and featuring Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Bettany (United Kingdom) – N.Y. Premiere

HEJAR directed by Handan Ipekci (Turkey/Greece/Hungary) – U.S. Premiere

THE INSIDE STORY directed by Robert Sutherland (Australia) – NY Premiere

L’AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE directed by Cedric Klapisch (France) – NY Premiere

THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI (Suriyothai) directed by Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol (Thailand) – NY Premiere

LOST AND FOUND (Cua roi) directed by Vuong Tuan Duc – North American Premiere

MADAME BROUETTE directed by Moussa Sene Absa (Senegal/Canada/France) – U.S. Premiere

MERCANO THE MARTIAN (Mercano el Marciano) directed by Juan Antin (Argentina) – NY Premiere

MMI-A CHRONICLE OF TIME directed by John Sanborn (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

MY VOICE (Nha Fala) directed by Flora Gomes (Portugal/France/Luxembourg) – NY Premiere

NOTHING (Nada) directed by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti (Cuba/Spain/France/Italy) – NY Premiere

THE RIVER directed by Mama Keita (Guinea/France) – North American Premiere

SHAOLIN SOCCER directed by Stephen Chow (Hong Kong) – NY Premiere

SOLDIER’S GIRL directed by Frank Pierson and featuring Troy Garity and Lee Pace (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY directed by Aisling Walsh and featuring Aidan Quinn (Ireland) – NY Premiere

SWEET SIXTEEN directed by Ken Loach (United Kingdom) – NY Premiere

A TALE OF A NAUGHTY GIRL (Manda Meyer Upakkhyan) directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta (India) – NY Premiere

TOGETHER (He Ni Zai Qi) directed by Chen Kaige (China) – NY Premiere

TOO YOUNG TO DIE (Jukeodo Jo A) directed by Park Jin-Pyo (Korea) – NY Premiere

THE TRILOGY: ON THE RUN (Cavale) directed by Lucas Belvaux (France) – N.Y. Premiere

THE TRILOGY: AN AMAZING COUPLE (Un Couple Epatant) directed by Lucas Belvaux (France) – NY Premiere

THE TRILOGY: AFTER LIFE (Après La Vie) directed by Lucas Belvaux (France) – NY Premiere

THE VIRGIN OF LUST (La Virgen de la Lujuria) directed by Arturo Ripstein (Mexico/Spain) – N. Premiere

WHALE RIDER directed by Niki Caro (New Zealand/Germany) – NY Premiere

WHAT ALICE FOUND directed by A. Dean Bell and featuring Judith Ivey (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

WOMAN OF WATER (Mizu No Onna) directed by Hidenori Sugimori (Japan) – NY Premiere

WOMEN’S PRISON (Zendan-e Zanan) directed by Manijeh Hekmat (Iran) – NY Premiere.

Documentary Features

ALEXEI AND THE SPRING directed by Seiichi Motohashi (Japan) – NY Premiere

BAGHDAD ON/OFF directed by Saad Salman (France/Iraq) – NY Premiere

BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS directed by John Dullaghan (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS directed by Andrew Jarecki (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

COMANDANTE directed by Oliver Stone (Cuba/U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

THE DAY MY GOD DIED directed by Andrew Levine and narrated by Tim Robbins and Winona Ryder (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

DINER GUYS directed by Barry Levinson (U.S.A.)

ERIC CLAPTON AND FRIENDS directed by Jana Bokova (United Kingdom) – North American Premiere

THE GIFT directed by Louise Hogarth (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

GIRLHOOD directed by Liz Garbus (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

HOOKED: THE LEGEND OF “HOOK” MITCHELL directed by Michael Skolnik and William O’Neill (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

LONG GONE directed by David Eberhardt and Jack Cahill (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

MC5* A TRUE TESTIMONIAL directed by David C. Thomas (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

NAKED WORLD directed by Arlene Donnelly Nelson (U.S.A) – U.S. Premiere

PERSONA NON GRATA directed by Oliver Stone (U.S.A.) – North American Premiere

POWER TRIP directed by Paul Devlin (U.S.A./Georgia) – NY Premiere

RESISTING PARADISE directed by Barbara Hammer (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

YVES SAINT LAURENT – 5 AVENUE MARCEAU 75116 PARIS directed by David Teboul (France) – North American Premiere

YVES SAINT LAURENT – HIS LIFE AND TIMES directed by David Teboul (France) – North American Premiere


28 DAYS LATER directed by Danny Boyle (United Kingdom) – NY Premiere

BLACK CADILLAC directed by John Murlowski (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

THE EYE (Jian Gui) directed by Oxide Pang and Danny Pang (Thailand) – NY Premiere

END OF THE CENTURY: THE STORY OF THE RAMONES directed by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

HEY IS DEE DEE HOME directed by Lech Kowalski and featuring Dee Dee Ramone (U.S.A./France) – North American Premiere

THE LOOK directed by David Sigal (U.S.A.) – World Premiere

LOVE OBJECT directed by Robert Parigi (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

PREY FOR ROCK & ROLL directed by Alex Steyermark and featuring Gina Gershon and Lori Petty (U.S.A.) – NY Premiere

THE WANNABES directed by Nick Giannopoulos (Australia) – World Premiere

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