“Before Midnight”, Chapter 3

March 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Before Sunrise”, “Before Sunset”, and now “Before Midnight”.

Even if you have not seen Richard Linklater’s,  “Before Sunrise” or “Before Sunset”, you will still be able to understand and enjoy the third film in the series, “Before Midnight”, which is showing at “The Tribeca Film Festival” on April 22nd and, again, on April 24th.  There is still have time to download the two prequels.

It is now eighteen years after the couple, Jesse (Hawke), and Celine (Delpy), met on a train in Europe, and spent an evening meandering around Vienna. The storyline in the third chapter remains fairly basic and  is, for the most part, a long conversation of the two in crisis. Without giving too much away, even though they have spent six weeks on summer vacation at a gorgeous, relaxing farmhouse in Greece, both characters are constantly debating, philosophizing, and purging. 41 year old Jesse, just dropped his 14 year old son, Hank, off at the airport to return to school at his ex-wife’s home in Chicago, but wonders, if he, himself, should move back to the US to be closer to him, to teach him how to throw a baseball, and encourage him to stay in the soccer league. Meanwhile, Celine, has no interest in living in Chicago, has twin girls of her own with Jesse, and fears that they may breakup if he wants to return to the States, and she chooses to remain in Paris. Celine is honest and funny, sharing all her late 30’s or early 40’s hormonal emotions, no holds barred. While Jesse is really just looking to have a rational conversation, Celine is panicking and confrontational.  Seeing as Jesse mentioned that his grandparents were together for 74 years, will this series go on every nine years for 6 more films until 2069?

I once saw Ethan Hawke at a showing of  the 1957, David Lean classic, “The Bridge on the River Kwai” at “Film Forum”, which makes him very cool.  Props for the “Neptune Records” tee shirt he was wearing in “Before Midnight” too. “Neptune Records was a record label founded by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in 1969. They featured artists such as The O’Jays, The Three Degrees and Billy Paul.”


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Article by Sharon Abella


“The Revisionist”

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Let’s hope, that when out of character, Jesse Eisenberg, is nothing like Mark Zuckerberg from “Social Network”, or David, in his latest play, “The Revisionist”, which he wrote and stars in, which is now playing at the “Cherry Lane Theatre”.  David brings an entirely new meaning to the term “ugly American traveling abroad”.

An angry, sci-fi nerd, who does not like to be touched or bothered, David, is looking for a quiet place to revise his book.  After a multitude of destinations turn him down or don’t work out for whatever reason, he winds up at his second cousins home in Poland.  Maria (Vanessa Redgrave), is a 75 year old Holocaust survivor, who volunteers at a local library, and sizes David up within the first few minutes.

Even though she sees right through him, she continues to be nice even after he rudely enters her small, cozy apartment, after a long trip, with an angry attitude demanding, “Can I put my bags down? I have a heavy laptop in here.”  She asks him if he would like to eat dinner, and he whines, “I don’t want to eat.”  and exclaims, “I don’t eat chicken. I am a vegetarian.” After he reminds her  over and over again that he “needs to revise his book and is not there to socialize or tour around her town”, after he is rude to her friend, keeps the window open, letting the heat out, turns her family photos upside down calling them a$$holes because they have not come to visit her for a week like he has, shares a story where he explains how life is not fair because a silly subway story is making it big, and he hasn’t, after he tells her that she was his eighth choice for a place to stay, and last on his list to come to visit, and  the list goes on and on, Maria then shares a secret from her past with him. David begins to feel more comfortable with her. He believes they have started to bond, however, family-oriented Maria, feels otherwise.

Incredible performance by Vanessa Redgrave.

Be a world citizen.

Sample advice from the new World Citizens Guide published by Business for Diplomatic Action:

 Speak lower and slower. In conversation, match your voice level and tonality to the environment and other people. A loud voice is often perceived as bragging. A fast talker can be seen as aggressive and threatening.
 Leave the slang at home. (It) means little or nothing in other cultures. .. (and) can make you seem insensitive.
 Listen at least as much as you talk. By all means, talk about America.. .. But also ask people you’re visiting about themselves and their way of life.
 Dress up — you can always strip down. In some countries, casual dress is a sign of disrespect.
 Remember that your religion is your religion and not necessarily theirs. Most non-Western cultures have little knowledge of the Bible and will not understand references to it.
Article by Sharon Abella


Tribeca Film Festival 2013, Ticket Packages On Sale Now!

March 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

2013 On Sale Dates

Monday, March 4 @ 11:00am
Festival Pass and Ticket Package sales begin exclusively for American Express® Cardmembers (Online and Phone)

Monday, March 11 @ 11:00 am
Festival Pass and Ticket Package sales begin for general public (Online and by Phone) 

Tuesday, April 9 @ 11:00 am
Single Tickets on sale exclusively for American Express® Cardmembers(Online, Phone, and Ticket Outlets).

Sunday, April 14 @ 11:00 am
Single Tickets on sale to downtown residents (Ticket Outlets only, proof of zip code below Canal Street is required)

Monday, April 15 @ 11:00 am
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NOTE: All Ticket Outlets will be open at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, and Monday, April 15.

During the Festival (April 18 – April 28), tickets will be on sale at all Festival Venue Box Offices (based on screening or event availability). Ticketing locations open approximately one hour prior to the venue’s first ticketed screening or event of the day.



March 13, 2013 § Leave a comment




  • Big Shot, directed by Kevin Connolly. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.  In 1997, John Spano, a previously unknown Dallas business mogul, bought the New York Islanders for a whopping $165 million. The future looked bright for the once-legendary team. Then Spano took his seat in the front office. Entourage’s Kevin Connolly takes us behind the scenes of the biggest fraud in hockey history, as Spano’s wealth is revealed to be a lie and his rise to power a brilliantly concocted scheme.

The following Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival titles have been announced in their respective sections as part of the 2013 TFF film program:

·         McConkey, directed and written by Steve Winter, Murray Wais, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff, and Rob Bruce. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. An all-star roster of sports movie-making talent directs this heartfelt biography of extreme ski trailblazer Shane McConkey, once described as “the most influential skier ever.”McConkey covers forty years and countless high places to track Shane’s conversion from downhill racer to freeskiing marvel to pioneer of a hair-raising new discipline—ski BASE jumping—giving new meaning to the question, how do you live your life to the fullest?

  • Lenny Cooke, directed by Benny Safdie and Joshua Safdie. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. In this quintessentially American documentary, filmmaking brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie track the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was only just out of reach.
  • The Trials of Muhammad Ali, directed by Bill Siegel. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Brash boxer Cassius Clay burst into the American consciousness in the early 1960s, just ahead of the Civil Rights movement. His transformation into the spiritually enlightened heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is legendary, but this religious awakening also led to a bitter legal battle with the U.S. government after he refused to serve in the Vietnam War. This film reveals the perfect storm of race, religion and politics that shaped one of the most recognizable figures in sports history.

·         The Motivation, directed by Adam Bhala Lough. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Go inside the lives and training regimes of eight of the world’s gutsiest professional skateboarders. These fearless stars face unique obstacles on the way to the Street League Championship and the coveted title of best street skateboarder in the world. Adam Bhala Lough, creator of the independent hit Bomb the System (TFF 2003), directs this fresh, energetic documentary search for that elusive quality that separates winners from the pack. In English, Portuguese with subtitles.

Special Screenings from the “Nine for IX” series

  • Pat XO, directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters. Produced by Robin Roberts. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. In August 2011, Pat Summitt, NCAA basketball’s winningest coach, made the stunning announcement that she had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Before and after resigning in April 2012, the legendary coach and her son, Tyler, have set out to beat this challenge as they had every other—with grace, humor and, most of all, each other. Pat XO tells the remarkable story of this incomparable coach as it has never been told before, straight from the people who knew her best.
  • The Diplomat, directed by Senain Kheshgi and Jennifer Arnold. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. At the height of the Cold War, Katarina Witt became one of East Germany’s most famous athletes, winning six European titles, four world championships and back-to-back Olympic gold medals. Known as “the most beautiful face of socialism,” she earned unique benefits in East Germany but also constant surveillance from the Stasi, the notorious secret police force.

·         No Limits, directed by Alison Ellwood. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Suffering from scoliosis as a teenager, Audrey Mestre found freedom in the ocean. Years later, she discovered another reason to love the water: the elusive, often raucous free diver Pipin Ferreras. As Mestre follows Ferreras’s almost spiritual quest to push his limits underwater, she moves from supporter to ardent free diver to world-class competitor. Then a challenge from a rival pushes the couple to the brink of what is possible, both above and below the surface.

  • Let Them Wear Towels, directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. During the 1977 World Series, Sports Illustratedreporter Melissa Ludtke was denied access to the players’ locker room. After a very public fight, the door was opened, but the debate about female journalists in the male sanctum of the clubhouse remained. Through interviews with pioneering female sports writers, Let Them Wear Towels captures the raw behavior, humorous retaliation, angry lawsuits and remarkable resolve that went into the struggle for equal access for women reporters.

About the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival

The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival is a partnership between Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, and ESPN Inc.  The Festival, founded in 2006, is the premiere showcase for independent sports films.

Tickets for the 2013 Festival:

Advance selection ticket packages and passes, as well as discount ticket packages are now on sale. All Festival packages and passes can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com/festival, or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

Tickets for the Festival will be $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings, and $8.00 for all late-night and weekday matinee screenings. Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, April 9 for American Express Cardmembers, Sunday, April 14 for downtown residents, and Monday, April 15 for the general public. Single tickets can be purchased online, by telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, with locations at Tribeca Cinemas at 54 Varick Street, Clearview Cinemas Chelsea at 260 W. 23rd Street, and AMC Loews Village 7 at 66 3rd Avenue. The 2013 Festival will continue offering ticket discounts for evening and weekend screenings for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only. Additional information and further details on the Festival can be found at www.tribecafilm.com.

Tribeca Film Festival Short Film Selections, April 17- April 28, 2013

March 12, 2013 § Leave a comment


A list of the short film selections within the eight programs is as follows:

CHARACTER WITNESS – Documentary program

These documentaries present first-person perspectives that ponder events affecting life, death and in-between. In Yamamoto, Japan, eighteen months after the Tohoku disaster, survivors left with nothing hold onto their existence through pictures found and restored from tsunami rubble in RecollectionsGrave Goods explores the fetishism of the “beautiful things” collected by a grandmother during her lifetime and what happens to these prized possessions after she is gone. When the Song Dies weaves a captive spell of stories, songs and memories from across Scotland, in counterpoint to the country’s richly evocative landscape. Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop reveals a chapter in the life of one of basketball’s greatest players when a different era of the sport met the borscht belt at the peak of its Dirty Dancing-style fame. A slot machine junkie records his psychotherapy sessions and confronts the consequences of his twelve-year addiction in Lapse: Confessions of a Slot Machine Junkie.We Will Live Again looks at the unusual operations and caretakers of the Cryonics Institute, a mom-and-pop style warehouse that maintains ninety-nine deceased human bodies stored at below-freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. Timmy Brennan, a Freedom Tower ironworker and surfer who lost everything in the Breezy Point fires during Hurricane Sandy, is given a new board by strangers and finds hope riding the same ocean that shattered his community in The Rider and the Storm.

  • ·         Recollections, Directed and written by Nathanael Carton, (Japan), New York Premiere
  • ·         Grave Goods, Directed and written by Leslie Tai, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         When The Song Dies, Directed by Jamie Chambers, (Scotland), North American Premiere
  • ·         Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop, Directed by Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Lapse: Confessions of a Slot Machine Junkie, Directed and written by Jonathan VanBallenberghe, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         We Will Live Again, Directed by Josh Koury and Myles Kane, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         The Rider and the Storm, Directed and written by David Darg and Bryn Mooser, (USA), World Premiere


DEADBOLT – Narrative program

Robots and vampires and werewolves, oh my, roam these short films as we call for a lockdown with our late-night genre program. In The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden, an inventor takes an unorthodox approach to childrearing after the death of his wife. A young girl who lives in a remote wrecking yard confronts the town bullies when they torment her father inYardbird. It is 2021, and imprisoned journalist Joseph Michaels faces government execution and contemplates a desperate escape attempt in order to return to his young family in The Exit Room. Following a gruesome accident, a man finds himself stuck and injured on a remote road in the dead of winter waiting for first responders in AB-. As a young runaway heads to Harlem, where her father is a low-level drug dealer, she is assaulted by a mysterious creature and left for dead in Peanut Butter & Jelly. A special American guest is coming to a hotel in Beijing to stay in the Honeymoon Suite, but the new guest services manager soon learns that the visitor is not quite what he appears to be. A culinary connoisseur and a chef go on a hunt for a rare animal inDelicacy. Set in the candy-colored world of 1950s suburbia, The Root of the Problem follows a reluctant young housewife who suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret.

  • ·         The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden, Directed and written by Andrew Legge, (Ireland), New York Premiere
  • ·         YardbirdDirected by Michael Spiccia, written by Julius Avery, (Australia), New York Premiere
  • ·         The Exit Room, Directed and written by Todd Wiseman Jr, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         AB-, Directed and written by Daniel Klein, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Peanut Butter & Jelly, Directed and written by David Winkfield, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Honeymoon Suite (蜜月套房), Directed by Zao Wang, written by Zao Wang and Tom Toro, (China), World Premiere
  • ·         Delicacy, Directed by Jason Mann, written by Frieda Luk and Jason Mann, (USA), New York Premiere
  • ·         The Root Of The Problem, Directed and written by Ryan Spindell and Mark E. Davidson, (USA), New York Premiere


THE END IS NEAR — Narrative program

The Mayans were wrong. We’re still here, but endings both apocalyptic and personal confront the characters in these short films. Every forty seconds a person commits suicide, and The Acrobat is the story of one of them. Two friends who work as luggage rack attendants on a bus take a road trip filled with reality and mysticism in Murk LightSnow In Paradise is a snapshot of life on a remote island in the South Pacific through the eyes of a young girl unaware of the power beyond the ocean reef. Grace follows a dozen interconnected lives as they experience loss and understanding in the pivotal hours before a global event occurs. On a stormy night in Long Island, three siblings fight over their grandmother’s fortune, but no one realized that Grandma was ready to fight back in Grandma’s Not a Toaster. Skillman has vanquished his nemesis, recovered the artifact and saved his latest lover from certain doom, but wait until you see what happens when his greatest adventure is over in Epilogue.

  • ·         The Acrobat, Directed and written by Gerardo Herrero, (Spain), New York Premiere
  • ·         Murk Light (ضوء دامس), Directed by Yasir Al-Yasiri, written by Mohammed A. Al Hammadi, (Iraq), North American Premiere
  • ·         Snow in Paradise, Directed by Justine Simei-Barton and Nikki Si’ulepa, written by Nikki Si’ulepa, (New Zealand), New York Premiere
  • ·         Grace, Directed and written by Keir Burrows, (U.K.), International Premiere
  • ·         Grandma’s Not a Toaster, Directed by Andrew Napier, written by Shawn Christensen, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Epilogue, Directed and written by Dylan Allen, (USA), World Premiere


HISTORY LESSONS — Documentary program

The past is brought into the present through these personal and social documentaries offering a wide range of insights on shaping our world. Four experts on arms trafficking recount first-hand experiences with the black market and how the illegal flow of weapons facilitates loss of life and devastation in A Short Film About GunsReporting on The Times: The New York Times and The Holocaust explores why The New York Times, a Jewish-owned newspaper, buried reports of The Holocaust during World War II. Coach Vivian Stringer is one of the most prolific coaches in the history of college basketball, and also a perfect example of grace under fire. Royal American features a love triangle between a found typewriter from the 1930s, the streets of Manhattan and the lost art of letter writing. Who Shot Rock & Rollexplores the groundbreaking collaborations between the photographers and musicians who created some of the most enduring images in rock history.

  • ·         A Short Film About Guns, Directed by Minos Papas, (Cyprus), (U.K.), (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Reporting on The Times: The New York Times and The Holocaust , Directed by Emily Harrold, (USA),World Premiere
  • ·         Coach, Directed by Bess Kargman, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Royal American, Directed and written by Michael Scalisi, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Who Shot Rock & Roll, Directed and written by Steven Kochones, (USA), World Premiere


This selection of experimental short films showcases the profound artistic influence of light. In their artistic practice, experimental filmmakers are acutely aware of the quality of light that informs their work. This selection highlights the unique manner in which they seek inspiration from the power of the sun, the reflections of the moon and the luminosity emitted by artificial light sources. In linking their own vision directly to that of the eye of the camera, these artists create brilliant moving works that both illuminate the human condition and reflect the cycles of life. Films include SightStar Light No. 5 BisDepartLunaticParallel North,HermeneuticsLight PlateThe Moon Has Its ReasonsCorn MotherThe Last TimeTwo IslandsDead World Order and Look Inside the Ghost Machine.


  • ·         Sight, Directed and written by Thirza Cuthand, (Canada), U.S. Premiere
  • ·         Star Light No.5 Bis, Directed and written by Cécile Fontaine, (France), North American Premiere
  • ·         Depart, Directed by Blake Williams, (Canada), U.S. Premiere
  • ·         Lunatic, Directed and written by Aasa Ersmark, (Sweden), International Premiere
  • ·         Parallel North (Parallèle Nord), Directed and written by Félix Dufour-Laperrière, (Canada), World Premiere
  • ·         Hermeneutics, Directed by Alexei Dmitriev, (Russia), New York Premiere
  • ·         Light Plate, Directed and written by Josh Gibson, (Italy), (USA), New York Premiere
  • ·         The Moon Has Its Reasons, Directed and written by Lewis Klahr, (U.K.), North American Premiere
  • ·         Corn Mother, Directed and written by Taylor Dunne, (USA), New York Premiere
  • ·         The Last Time, Directed and written by Candy Kugel, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Two Islands, Directed and written by Jan Ijäs, (Finland), North American Premiere
  • ·         Dead World Order, Directed by Dana Levy, (France), International Premiere
  • ·         Look Inside The Ghost Machine, Directed and written by Peter Lichter, (Hungary), North American Premiere


SKIN DEEP — Narrative program

We expose our more sensitive side to delve into issues of self-image and self-discovery. A young girl battles with body image and enters the world of eating disorders, where worth rises as weight falls, in Likeness. Fifteen-year-old Klara is Eating Lunch with four others at the Eating Disorder Clinic under the supervision of nurses, but they have only thirty minutes to finish their meal. In Wings, Christopher prepares for one of the most important concerts of his career knowing that he cannot make any mistake. On a sweltering hot day, pregnant Maria’s loving-kindness practice is tested by work schedules, mechanical failures and complex human relationships conspiring against a desperately needed cooling dip in The RiverThe Cup Readerfollows a woman renowned for her mystical seeing and matchmaking as she reads the fortunes of clients who must choose between love or marriage. Tonight, Sophie will play the violin in the school concert and wants desperately for her mother to be there to see her shine in Ina Litovski. A vow to climb a summit in the Italian Alps becomes the challenge of a lifetime for a man and a woman recovering from open-heart surgery in The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars.

  • ·         Likeness , Directed and written by Rodrigo Prieto, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Eating Lunch (Äta Lunch), Directed and written by Sanna Lenken, (Sweden), International Premiere
  • ·         Wings, Directed and written by José Villalobos, (USA), (Spain), International Premiere
  • ·         The River, Directed and written by Sam Handel, (USA), New York Premiere
  • ·         The Cup Reader (Qariat il Finjan), Directed and written by Suha Araj, (Occupied Palestinian Territory), World Premiere
  • ·         Ina Litovski, Directed by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and André Turpin, written by André Turpin and Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, (Canada), U.S. Premiere
  • ·         The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars (Il Turno di Notte lo Fanno le Stelle), Directed by Edoardo Ponti, written by Erri De Luca, (Italy), North American Premiere


UNLIMITED RIDE — Narrative program

This year our New York shorts program takes you on a journey through Manhattan and into the boroughs to meet some unique individuals trying to survive in the city we call home. Henry and Lucy sleepwalk through New York City in the middle of the night and experience sights and sounds that most people slumber through in ZZZZZZZ. Visually impaired Imani has dreams of college acceptance and love despite her over-protective mother’s objections to both in Close Your Eyes. Ronnie is an existential enforcer for a Brooklyn crime boss  conflicted by his life and the pointlessness around him, as he sculpts in ICE and searches for life’s meaning. A seventeen-year-old girl in a wheelchair and a young antisocial male prostitute living on the streets have an unexpected encounter in Atlantic Avenue. Paul and Kate excitedly arrive for dinner at the home of a cool couple from their kids’ school, only to discover an interloping third couple already in attendance, as playground politics boil over inPlaydate. In Fortune House, a butterfly romance takes flight with a twist of fate and fortune cookies. When his hippie parents suggest he see a shrink, a dreamy fifteen-year-old goes into a tailspin of self-doubt before his confidence is restored thanks to some quick thinking in Space Cadet.


  • ·         ZZZZZZZ, Directed and written by Tarik Karam, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Close Your Eyes, Directed and written by Sonia Malfa, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         ICE, Directed and written by Anthony Tarsitano, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Atlantic Avenue, Directed and written by Laure de Clermont, (France), International Premiere
  • ·         PlaydateDirected and written by David Shane and Scott Organ, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Fortune House, Directed by Matthew Bonifacio, written by Bob Linton, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Space Cadet , Directed by Paul Riccio, written by Michael Gambino, (USA), World Premiere


WORST DAY EVER — Narrative program

If you are having a bad day, we are betting that these short films will make you feel a wee bit better about things. Three friends go to a housewarming in a Paris apartment, but when some uninvited guests try to crash, the tension mounts in The Hounds. Set in the late 1950s at California’s iconic Madonna Inn, a despondent father struggles with the decision to end his own life and the life of his young son in What’s Left, What’s Lost. On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, Esther Weary must come to terms with the realities of becoming a woman through her clueless grandfather and his pet pug in Life Doesn’t Frighten Me. Two video game characters forge an unlikely romance in RPG OKC. Showing that there is always a reason to laugh, stand-up comic Reuben Stein does the most daring set of his life in Setup, Punch. A small bird with a Fear of Flying tries to avoid heading south for the winter. A third-grade class pulls an innocent prank on its teacher with disastrous results in Fool’s Day.


  • ·         The Hounds (Les Meutes), Directed and written by Manuel Shapira, (France), North American Premiere
  • ·         What’s Left, What’s Lost, Directed and written by Katie Rose, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, Directed and written by Stephen Dunn, (Canada), New York Premiere
  • ·         RPG OKC, Directed and written by Emily Carmichael, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Setup, Punch., Directed and written by David Schlussel, (USA), World Premiere
  • ·         Fear of Flying, Directed and written by Conor Finnegan, (Ireland), New York Premiere
  • ·         Fool’s Day, Directed by Cody Blue Snider, written by Cody Blue Snider and Shane Snider, (USA), World Premiere

In addition, the Festival will host one special shorts screening with a corresponding TribecaTalks After the Movie discussion



  • ·         The Battle of amfAR, Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, written by Sharon Wood.  (USA), New York Premiere, Documentary. In the darkest days of the AIDS pandemic, two women from very different walks of life unite to take a stand. Two-time Academy Award®-winner Rob Epstein and his longtime collaborator Jeffrey Friedman, the creative forces behind The Celluloid Closet, tell the story of the extraordinary moment when Dr. Mathilde Krim and Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor launched the country’s first AIDS research foundation. The fight against HIV/AIDS would never be the same. An HBO Documentary Films release.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with special guests Dr. Mathilde Krim, Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter-in-law Aileen Getty, global health consultant and activist Regan Hofmann and amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost to discuss the exciting strides medicine has taken in AIDS research development. Moderated by amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole.

“Renoir” Director Gilles Bourdos

March 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

French director, Gilles Bourdos, shared with the sophisticated Film Society of Lincoln Center audience attending his Rendez-vous with French Cinema film, “Renoir” on Saturday night, that while walking around the Metropolitan Museum of Art and getting lost one day, he found himself in the room where the French Impressionist  paintings are kept. He came across Renoir’s paintings, and felt he had an obligation as a Frenchman to tell Renoir’s story.  “It was either Cezanne or Renoir, and I chose Pierre-Auguste Renoir.”

Absolutely beautiful cinematography, by Gilles Bourdos and Mark Ping Bing Lee, as each scene and lighting was set up so precisely in a protected area in a National Park near St. Tropez on the Cote d’Azur.  As it is a time period piece from 1915 to 1919, Gilles explained that it was difficult not to get a light bulb or a modern day boat in the shot.”

“There are many disagreeable things in life, I don’t need to create more poverty, despair, or tragedy. Flesh is all that matters. If you understand flesh, you understand life.”~Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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