In this week's Time Out New York, I examine the Tribeca Film Festival in its fifth edition in a piece titled "The News at 5." As has been written before, the article examines the festival's expansive growth and widespread focus -- which still has plenty of naysayers. But I have to admit, festival executive director Peter Scarlet has a point when he says that like other big cities such as Toronto and Berlin, New York deserves a massive film event. I'm still not sure if I totally agree (do you?), and there is definitely the sense that smaller films get outpaced by Hollywood blockbusters, like this year's disaster-movie tryptich United 93, Mission Impossible: 3 and Poseidon. . . 2.
As indie director Georgia Lee (Red Doors) told me of her experience last year, "We were afraid of being buried and lost in the shuffle." But then again, the creme usually does rise to the top. Still, as I quoted one film executive anonymously in the story, "They should program fewer movies. You don’t have any confidence that the movies are going to be worth your time.”