Experience Filmmaking in NYC at the Tribeca Studios Backlot

The Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair welcomes visitors to a day of free activities in Manhattan. Photo courtesy of TFF.

April 26, 2013 - As the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival continues, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will be part of the festivities of the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair on Saturday, April 27. Media and Entertainment staff will be on hand at the Tribeca Studios Backlot, a free, daylong interactive event where families can experience the fun and excitement of on location filming, located on the southwest corner of Harrison Street and Greenwich Street.

At the Backlot, visitors can learn about the “Made in NY” Walking Tours, downloadable podcast walking tours offering listeners a “behind-the-scenes” look at the fascinating history of film and television location shooting in lower Manhattan as well as intriguing historical, architectural and cultural background about the locations themselves.

At 2pm, local industry professionals, Iris Ng, an electrician, and Manny Torres, a Steadi-Cam operator, will discuss their roles on set while at 4pm, production designer Kristi Kea and location manager Damon Gordon will talk with James Sanders, author of Scenes from the City, about Tribeca as a location from a practical, artistic and historical perspective. The “Reel Jobs. Reel Proud. Real New Yorkers.” videos, showcasing local New Yorkers who work behind the scenes on films and TV shows, will also be on shown, and “Made in NY” t-shirts will be on sale from the CityStore.

Professional film gear will also on display at Tribeca Studios Backlot, courtesy of Local 817, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, featuring everything from a grip truck, an electric truck, a make-up trailer, a “high end” star trailer and a camera car.

To learn more about the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair, visit

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