April 1, 2009 - The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on April 22 and will be packed with “Made in NY” films.
Opening night of the Festival will feature the world premiere of Woody Allen’s latest film Whatever Works presented by American Express. The film stars Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood and was shot on location in New York City during the summer of 2008.
Entre Nos (We Can), another “Made in NY” film, has been selected for Tribeca All Access, which is designed to help foster and nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. Entre Nos, directed by Paolo Mendoza and Gloria La Morte, follows an immigrant mother and her two children as they struggle to survive in the US after her husband abandons them.
Among the other “Made in NY” films that will be showcased during the festival:
Written and directed by Raymond De Felitta
Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer, and Alan Arkin star in this poignant dysfunctional-family comedy set in unassuming City Island.
An Englishman in New York
Directed by Richard Laxton; Written by Brian Fillis
John Hurt revisits the role of real-life writer, actor, and gay icon Quentin Crisp as he moves to New York in 1981. Cynthia Nixon, Jonathan Tucker, and Swoosie Kurtz are also a part of the cast.
The Girlfriend Experience
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Written by Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Director Steven Soderbergh follows five days in the life of a $2,000-an-hour Manhattan call girl who thinks she has her life totally under control.
The Exploding Girl
Written and directed by Bradley Rust Gray
Cherubic college student Ivy (Zoe Kazan) is back home in Brooklyn for spring break with her longtime platonic friend Al in tow.
Directed by Bette Gordon; Written by Nicholas T. Proferes
Harry (Jamey Sheridan) lives a simple life until his dying best friend forces him to deal with painful memories. Aidan Quinn, John Savage, and Campbell Scott also star.
Written and directed by Julio DePietro
The film takes an inside look at the culture of Wall Street and what it takes to be "good.” The cast includes Scott Porter, Alexis Bledel, and Bryan Greenberg.
The Tribeca Festival has screened over 1100 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than two million attendees and has generated over $530 million in economic activity for New York City.
Now in its fifth year, the Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca Film Fellows program brings together 20 young people for a unique all-access look at the Festival and the film industry through a series of screenings, panels, workshops, creative filmmaking exercises and special events. The Film Fellows program also creates a short group film that depicts all five boroughs of New York City through the eyes of its young filmmakers.
Tickets for the Tribeca Film Festival are $15.00 for evening and weekend screenings and $8.00 for daytime weekday and late night screenings. The Festival runs through May 3. Additional information and further details on the Festival can be found at www.tribecafilm.com/festival.