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“Made in NY” Films Set to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival


The Tribeca Film Festival returns for its 12th year. Photo courtesy of TFF.

April 1, 2013 - The Tribeca Film Festival returns for a 12th edition, taking place April 17-28. Founded by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of Tribeca, the festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.

This year’s festival features films from over 30 countries, including 53 world premieres, 7 international premieres, 6 US premieres and 8 New York premieres, all chosen from over 6000 submissions. New this year is the Storyscapes Section of works which showcase innovative new media projects in cross-platform approaches to storytelling.

The festival will also feature its signature free community events: the Tribeca Drive-In (April 18-20), Family Festival Street Fair (April 27), Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day (April 27), and Family Screenings (April 21 and 27). At the Street Fair, the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment will provide hands-on accounts of what it’s like to work in the film industry. Professional film gear will also on display, 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.

Among the films chosen this year are some “Made in NY” films including:

When autistic teen Ricky is scolded for skipping class, he escapes into the subway for a underground odyssey while his mother is left searching. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors is based on true events set in Far Rockaway, Queens and tells a story of community and connection in and below NYC.

Starring Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti, Almost Christmas is the story of two French Canadians who travel to New York with a scheme to get rich quick selling Christmas trees.

In A Case of You, a young writer (Justin Long) woos a cute and quirky barista (Evan Rachel Wood) by creating an embellished online profile. When she falls for his alter ego, he must keep up the act or lose his dream girl.

When young Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley) is asked to participate in a tribute concert for his late musician father Tim, music opens his eyes to the artistic legacy that he is destined to follow. Greetings from Tim Buckley is a tribute to those legends sustained by admiration, love and beautiful music.

In The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Pakistan-born Changez (Riz Ahmed) turns a Princeton degree into a cushy life on Wall Street with a gorgeous girlfriend (Kate Hudson). Then the Twin Towers fall, and his American dream shatters amid interrogations and overwhelming national distrust.

The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,400 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4 million attendees and has generated an estimated $750 million in economic activity for New York City.

Visit tribecafilm.com/festival for a full schedule.

- Michael Avila
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