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Dentler’s Diary: Tribeca 2004.3

Dentler's Diary: Tribeca 2004.3

Film travels in New York City for the Tribeca Film Festival…

Recover, recover, recover. The sign of a strong festival is when you have to take an afternoon and just try and detox, so to speak. Now, you may wonder why I need to “detox” on only the second day of the Tribeca Film Festival… but I’ve been here for several days already, doing quite a bit for SXSW.
Being Sunday, I made an effort to spend some time to rest and actually sleep eight hours. I hit the Hospitality Tent and Industry Area to touch base with folks and gauge the festival day. After some lunch and seeing some filmmakers and friends running around, I made my way to the UA Theaters to catch some films. The turn-out has been impressive, with many shows selling out. I finally made it in to see the documentary The Origins of AIDS. A provocative document of the questions surrounding the introduction to HIV in America, the film was very interesting but also very long. It asks a lot of very valuable questions and even pinpoints a few places and people that may have been responsible for the HIV/AIDS pandemic making its way into last century’s population. Scary stuff, and really one of the examples of the kinds of stories you’re only going to hear at film festivals…
Grabbed a great dinner with a friend, but ended the night at the great Tribeca Cinemas lounge, where a group of primarily Festival staffers, filmmakers, and other industry folks were capping the night with drinks and smokes…
Like I said, a day to recover and take it easy. I’ve also decided that my new mission will be to find some cool, obscure worldbeat music on Monday. While some of the pre-programmed music at the South Africa party on Saturday was not my bag, it did make me remember my fondness for Baaba Maal and other greats of the modern African music scene. A fantastic project that embraces this is Palm’s 1 Giant Leap. It’s a collaborative project that mixes a feature film with a full-length LP and marries African and Asian musical influences with Western pop. I need to find some good worldbeat, because there is rarely better summer listening than that….

More soon as I get back on the festival horse and prepare to return back to Austin…

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