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Free Public Events to Take Place during 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

April 15, 2009 - New Yorkers are invited to take part in numerous free community events throughout the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. With outdoor screenings, panel discussions, and the return of Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day, there’s sure to be something to attract everyone to the area.

Tribeca Drive-In Outdoor Screenings

Free, outdoor screenings take place at the World Financial Center Plaza beginning on April 23. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Thursday, April 23
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will make a special guest appearance along with reporter April O’Neil to show off their crime-fighting skills and take part in the Drive-In’s giant Pizza Party before the screening.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Friday, April 24
Tribeca will honor the work of legendary screenwriter William Goldman at this 40th anniversary screening with film luminaries Scott Frank, Tony Gilroy, David Koepp, and Aaron Sorkin on hand to pay tribute to Goldman.

P-Star Rising – Saturday, April 25
P-Star Rising chronicles the inspirational climb to fame of the talented young rapper. At the screening, P-Star will join fellow cast members from the hip-hop-infused PBS series “The Electric Company” to showcase their skills.

Outdoor Festivals

Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair – Saturday, May 2, 10am – 6pm
Greenwich Street betweent Hubert and Chambers Street
The annual Street Fair promises to be a day of family fun and lively entertainment. Throughout the Street Fair talented performers, dancers, stilt walkers, Broadway performances, clowns, jugglers, arts and crafts, face painters, sand sculptors and more will be on hand for families to enjoy.

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day – Saturday, May 2, 10am – 6pm
N. Moore Street between Greenwich and West Streets
Sports fans will have the opportunity to participate in various interactive sports-related games, demonstrations and giveaways as part of the Family Festival Street Fair. Fans of all ages will enjoy the exciting X Games BMX Jams Tour, special appearances by their favorite athletes, dance teams, mascots and sports personalities, along with a special broadcast from 1050 ESPN Radio.

Also a part of Tribeca’s free events are two engaging discussion programs, which will provide audiences with a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and triumphs of movie-making. The newly created “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper,” hosted by Barnes & Noble, will feature conversations about the art of screenwriting, and “Tribeca Talks: Industry” will focus on the business of film.

Additional information and further details on the Festival and its free events can be found at www.tribecafilm.com/festival. The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 22 – May 3.

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