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September 28, 2006
MAYOR BLOOMBERG JOINS TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL FOUNDERS ROBERT DE NIRO, JANE ROSENTHAL AND CRAIG HATKOFF TO WELCOME ROME MAYOR VELTRONI AND ROME FILM FEST ORGANIZERS AND DETAIL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO FESTIVALS
Rome Film Fest Announces Tribeca Film Festival as First Recipient of Steps and Stars Award for Cinematic Merit
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today joined Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff to welcome Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni and Rome Film Fest CEO Carlo Fuortes to discuss a partnership between the Rome and Tribeca Film Festivals. As part of the partnership, the Rome Film Fest will screen six films from the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and in 2007, Tribeca plans to show a selection of films from Rome. Robert De Niro will also screen 20 minutes of select scenes from the upcoming Universal Pictures/Morgan Creek/Tribeca Productions film, "The Good Shepherd," at the Rome Fest. In addition, Mayor Veltroni announced that the Rome Film Fest will present the Tribeca Film Festival its first Steps and Stars Award, which recognizes individuals and cultural entities that have made significant contributions to the film industry. The first annual Rome Film Fest will run from October 13 - 21, 2006.
"On behalf of 8.2 million New Yorkers, I want to welcome Mayor Veltroni and the Rome Film Fest organizers to the Big Apple," said Mayor Bloomberg. "The bond between New York and Rome - one of our sister cities - will only grow stronger with the partnership between the Tribeca Film Festival and the Rome Film Fest. Every year, film lovers throughout the city and the world eagerly anticipate the Tribeca Film Festival - an event that brought hope to Lower Manhattan in its darkest days. I am delighted that the Rome Film Fest has joined Tribeca and embraced a similar mission, which will surely energize the cultural vitality of Rome."
"Our partnership with the Rome Film Fest will expand Tribeca's international outreach and develop new audiences for our filmmakers," said Jane Rosenthal. "We are so pleased that Rome has chosen us to be a part of its first Fest."
Robert De Niro will present a preview of 20 minutes of clips from the "The Good Shepherd" at the Rome Film Fest. The film, which was directed by De Niro, stars Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. It tells the story of the birth of the CIA, viewed through the life of a man who believed in America and would sacrifice everything to protect it. Following the screening, De Niro will participate in a discussion about the making of the film.
The six Tribeca Film Festival selections that will be shown as part of the partnership with the Rome Film Fest include:
In addition to the partnership selections, four films that screened at Tribeca in 2006 were chosen by the Rome Film Fest to be part of its inaugural slate. They include:
In 2006, the Rome Chamber of Commerce and the Rome Film Fest together became a Cultural Sponsor at the Tribeca Film Festival. They hosted the Tribeca Food and Film dinner with a panel discussion among American film luminaries about the Roman and Italian culinary experience in cinema.
About the Tribeca Film Festival (www.tribecafilmfestival.org)
The sixth annual Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 25 - May 6, 2007. The Festival is anchored in Tribeca and takes place in additional neighborhoods throughout Manhattan featuring screenings, special events, concerts, a family street fair, and panel discussions.
As Founding Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, American Express is committed to expanding the Festival and bringing it to new audiences in compelling ways. As part of a long-term partnership with the Festival, American Express celebrates filmmakers, facilitates storytelling and is dedicated to bringing energy and business to Lower Manhattan.
About the Rome Film Fest (www.romacinemafest.org)
Stu Loeser/Matthew Kelly (212) 788-2958
Tammie Rosen (Rubenstein) (212) 843-8008
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