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Seven Climate Shorts and Gore to Open Tribeca; “The Gates” to Close

Seven Climate Shorts and Gore to Open Tribeca; "The Gates" to Close

The 2007 Tribeca Film Festival will open on April 25th with seven short films and launch the SOS Short Films Program aimed at spotlighting the world’s climate crisis. TFF’s opening event, hosted by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, includes shorts that are part of the initiative backing the upcoming Live Earth global concert set for July 7, 2007. Sixty filmmakers are participating in the SOS project and closer to opening night, TFF organizers will announce the list of seven films that will screen at the festival. “The very concept of SOS — entertainment effecting social change — is at the roots of our festival and we can’t think of a better way to open this year than by world premiering the SOS Short Film Program,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the festival, in a statement. “Films have the ability to take an issue and galvanize people to act. We commend SOS for reaching out to filmmakers to use their medium to bring awareness to the climate crisis.” Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles‘ “The Gates” will close the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, May 5th. The HBO-backed documentary looks at artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and their decades-long plan to bring 7,500 fabric-paneled gates to Manhattan’s Central Park. Also set for the upcoming festival is Curtis Hanson‘s “Lucky You,” a new Warner Bros. romantic comedy by Curtis Hanson that stars Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall and Debra Messing. [Eugene Hernandez]

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