Published on April 18th, 2013 | by Greg0
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.