Entering its sixth year, The Tribeca Film Festival maintains status quo as a dizzying spectacle; commencing with an opening night gala hosted by Al Gore, this year’s festival offers over 150 feature films and 88 shorts accompanied by “Drive-In” outdoor screenings, a “Sports Saturday” in conjunction with ESPN, and numerous goodies from its major sponsor, American Express, to those in attendance. As tie-ins and sponsors for the festival multiply (along with screening venues—films will be shown as far north in Manhattan as Morningside Heights, and the premiere of Spiderman 3 will take place in Queens), there is little doubt of the festival’s local visibility or economic stamina. Yet in shedding its association with downtown Manhattan beyond its official title, Tribeca’s focus remains in flux, leaving both critics and the average viewer slightly discouraged over its hefty, cluttered and often middling screening options.
Braving the massive program, our festival coverage will range from upcoming mainstream releases to critically lauded foreign films and overlooked experimental pieces. The Tribeca Film Festival takes place in numerous New York City venues and runs Wednesday April 25th through Sunday May 6th.
Introduction by Jenny Jediny
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|Still Life||11 May|