Today on indieWIRE coverage of Tribeca’s Opening Night, reviews of “The Union” and “Incendies,” a first look at “The Tree of Life” dinosaur and more.
Tribeca Opening Night
The 10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival kicked off last night with an open-air screening of Cameron Crowe’s documentary “The Union” and performances by the Bangles and Elton John. Was the event successful? indieWIRE took a look at the strengths and weaknesses of opening night.
Speaking of “The Union,” indieWIRE critic Eric Kohn was not pleased with Cameron Crowe’s lastest film. “With the production values of a forgettable MTV special, ‘The Union’ is the least-involving piece of filmmaking Crowe has done,” lamented Kohn.
Kohn also got a chance to review “Incendies.” He was much more positive about Denis Villeneuve’s wartime drama, calling it a “curiously poignant story.”
Meet the Tribeca Filmmakers
There are only a few more interviews left in this year’s series of Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers. Today, indieWIRE posted introductions to Kivu Ruhorahoza, Lee Hirsch, Steven Schardt and Sean Nelson.
Five Projects on indieWIRE’s radar
In this week’s in-production column, indieWIRE took a look at “Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede,” the adaptation of a sci-fi comic novel starring Jon Heder. Also profiled are four more Kickstarter projects.
In today’s business news, Snag Films acquired domestic VOD and digital rights to director Iara Lee’s “Cultures of Resistance.” indieWIRE reported on the details of the deal, including the key figures and full press release.
“The Tree of Life” dinosaur!
The anticipation continues to mount over the upcoming release of Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree Of Life.” Today’s hullabaloo concerns the first still of that much-discussed dinosaur. The Playlist offered a peek at the creature.
“Attack the Block” trailer
SXSW favorite “Attack the Block” has released a trailer. Click here to check out Joe Cornish’s alien-invasion comedy.
Honoring Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros
Following the tragic news yesterday of the untimely deaths of photojournalist Tim Hetherington and photographer Chris Hondros in Libya, Thompson on Hollywood put together a tribute to their work. Included in the obituary are clips from Hetherington’s “Restrepo,” several of their photographs and statements regarding their passing.