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Published on April 18th, 2013 | by Greg


Tribeca Film Festival: Starts Today!

We’re thrilled to be able to attend and report on this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. A short walk from our offices, we visited the primary screening location- Clearview Cinemas in Chelsea- and caught some of the first films. Tonight, the show opens to the public with several exciting movies from around the world. In our preview of this year’s exciting lineup, we mentioned a few of the best of this year’s lineup.

But tonight we hope that you’ll check out a couple of showings. As part of the “Drive-In” series, tonight is a special fiftieth anniversary screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s famous “The Birds”, showing under the stars, complete with live falcons. 8PM, tonight, at World Financial Center Plaza.

On a similar note, tonight is also the world premiere of “Bluebird“, part of the World Narrative Competition. Tonight, 6:30PM, at the SVA Theater. If you miss that showtime, it’s also screening on three other occasions. The synopsis certainly has us intrigued: “In  his  striking  and  moving  debut  feature  Bluebird,  writer/director  Lance  Edmands  explores  the  interconnectedness  of  a small  town  in  the  northern  reachesof  Maine.  When  Lesley,  the  local  school  bus  driver,    (Tony  nominee  Amy  Morton,  AUGUST: OSAGE  COUNTY)  becomes  distracted  during  her  end-­of-­day  inspection,  she  fails  to  notice  a  sleeping  boy  in  the  back  of  the bus.  What  happens  next  shatters  the  tranquility  of  her  small  Maine  logging  town,  proving  that  even  the  slightest  actions  have enormous  consequences.”

And the opening of the Documentary Competition kicks off with Big Men, an industrial expose from Rachel Boynton. And we’re excited for Dark Touch, part of the Midnight Movies section. Tickets might not be available for all screenings, but that doesn’t mean that they are sold out. At Tribeca, there is no such thing- rush tickets are always available. So get on down to the movies!

Today, we were able to catch a showing of Paul Verhoeven’s interesting crowdsourced project, Tricked. The film itself is divided into two parts- a meta-documentary about the creation that takes up the first half, and then the film itself that is the resulting effort. Essentially, four pages formed the script which was then opened up to outside ideas, in several parts- and the director collected them, created a synthesis and plucked the best parts, and triedto sculpt a cohesive narrative out of the whole thing. The resulting project is decent enough- a solid, twisty, sordid story with a bit of family and a bit of business and a little intrigue. Extramartial affairs and a scheming business partner collide, even if much of the plot is predictable, there is still a lot of fun along the way. In Dutch, with English subtitles. Screening Tuesday the 23rd at 6:30PM, we definitely recommend attending, and there will even be a panel discussion with the director afterwards.

And for those who can’t attend in New York City, you can still join in on the fun. Check out the official Spotify playlist!

Finally, we also wanted to note a couple of nifty events happening courtesy of sponsor American Express. Not only will there be a concert on the closing night with Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi, but it will be live streamed and available anywhere in the world. And there’s also the Tribeca Family Festival being held on April 27th, from 10-6, downtown on Greenwich street.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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