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Tribeca Film Institute Invites Students to Learn More about Filmmaking during Festival

April 15, 2009 - As the Tribeca Film Festival gets underway, the Tribeca Film Institute is gearing up for its youth programming, inviting educators and students with an interest in cinema to come together and learn more about how to use film to think about their own lives, communities, and careers.

The Tribeca Youth Screening Series

Entre Nos, April 17, 12pm
Directors: Gloria La Morte, Paola Mendoza
When a father abruptly abandons his family, a mother have to rely on her own imagination and courage - and that of her remarkable kids - to survive insurmountable odds during their first summer in the United States. (In Spanish with English subtitles; high school audiences only.)

Team Qatar, April 18, 12pm
Director: Liz Mermin
Equal parts competition movie and cultural examination, Team Qatar follows the first Qatari national debate team and their springy English coach as they train in Doha, London, and New York in preparation for the world championship in DC.

Off and Running, April 29, 12pm
Director: Nicole Opper
With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean - Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. Even so, she can’t quell her curiosity about her biological African American roots and decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she’s always known. (High school audiences only.)

Only When I Dance, April 30, 12pm
Director: Beadie Finzi
Two teenage ballet dancers from the working-class favelas of Rio are determined to dance their way to a better life, but to do so they must grow up against harsh prejudice, doubt, and some of the best dancers in the world. This inspiring doc trails their path to beat the odds and follow their dream of making it in the elite world of professional ballet. (In Portuguese with English subtitles.)

All screenings take place at the School of Visual Arts Theater located at 333 West 23rd Street.

Community Events

Medicine for Melancholy
April 26, 11am @ Tribeca Film Center (375 Greenwich Street)
From first-time feature director Barry Jenkins comes a love story that deals with issues of class, identity, and the evolving conundrum of being a minority in rapidly gentrifying San Francisco. After the screening, Jenkins will take part in a unique Q&A via video iChat.

Beyond the Reel: Explorations in Media
April 28, 7:45-9:15pm @ The Apple Store in Soho (103 Prince Street)
The internet has transformed how people watch and interact with moving images while galleries and new venues for video art have created the chance for multi-screen projections. This interactive event will bring together four very different but extremely exciting artists who are expanding the definition of “filmmaker.”

Next Steps: From High School to Higher Ed
April 23, 3-5pm @ DCTV (87 Lafayette Street)
Students interested in studying film after high school but aren’t sure where to begin are invited to find out about the educational choices available. Professors, students, and school representatives from film programs at ten New York institutions will be on hand to answer questions.

Youth-Made Work

Our City, My Story
May 1, 12pm @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers Street)
Our City, My Story, an annual celebration of excellence in New York City youth-made media, gives student-made work an audience during the Tribeca Film Festival. Our City, My Story aims to highlight and bring attention to the tremendous work that the city’s young filmmakers are producing.

Tribeca Teaches: Four Short Films
April 29, 6pm @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers Street)
Four short films created by students from the Bronx Preparatory Charter School will premiere. Each of these four films explore the lives, experiences, and perspectives of young people in the south Bronx.

To attend one (or several) events from Tribeca’s series of education fairs, screenings and special events, visit All events are free of charge; reservations required.

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