De Niro's Baby In Rude Health
New York's Tribeca Film Festival

Established nine years ago by Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal, the Tribeca Film Festival was initially a civic regeneration programme created in direct response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. This year sees the Festival continue to grow outwith economic considerations into a serious contender on the circuit.

With new man at the helm, Geoff Gilmore (former head honcho at Sundance) the organisation are developing new initiatives, one of which is the Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFFV). This is an online venture enabling audiences to watch films exclusively through the website, allowing multiple viewings for the price of a couple of cinema tickets.

They have also initialised a new distribution initiative with ten selected films in the offing with the aim to expand the organisation and address the distribution challenges currently facing the film industry.

“All movies that have potential audiences need the opportunity to find them,” Gilmore commented. “And it’s this kind of creative thinking at festivals and companies that is required.”

In a recent interview with the BBC, De Niro defended some of the more controversial screenings on offer such as ‘Ticked Off Trannies With Knives” (which has been condemned by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance but sounds like a must see for us at Clash) to “give people the right to express how they feel about things…is the American way, we have an obligation”.

Running from the 23rd April to 2nd May the Tribeca Film Festival will be screening 85 features from 38 countries.


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