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Tribeca Film Institute Announces Four Projects to Receive $140K from Sloan Filmmaker Fund

The Tribeca Film Institute today announced the four projects that will receive financial and creative support from the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund. A total of $140,000 in funds will be awarded and recognized at this year's Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 4, 2013 2:00 PM
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Review: Antonio Campos Returns with Sexy, Disturbing 'Simon Killer,' Q & A

"Simon Killer" marks the second feature by Antonio Campos, who previously wrote and directed the Cannes Un Certain Regard selection "Afterschool" (2008). "Simon Killer" is an icy exercise in troubled masculinity, and a bold pronouncement of cinematic style that's as strong an American indie as any in recent memory. (See IFC's Kubrickian poster below, as well as highlights from Campos' AFI FEST Q&A last fall.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 11:45 AM
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'Midnight's Children,' 'Reluctant Fundamentalist' and Bollywood Come to Hollywood in 2013 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

The 11th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles is gearing up for its 2013 edition (April 9-14), and has a handful of special screenings decorating its lineup. Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Shreiber and Keifer Sutherland, is part of the program, along with Anurag Kashyap's festival opener "Gangs of Wasseypur" and Deepa Mehta's Salman Rushdie adaptation and fest closer "Midnight's Children."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 3, 2013 2:50 PM
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San Francisco International Film Festival Complete Lineup Includes Julie Delpy with 'Before Midnight,' 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' A2E Lab

The arrival of the annual San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25 -- May 9, 2013) is like finding water in the desert -- and this in a supposedly sophisticated film-going city. At this year's press conference, the usual phrase "we're showing over 200 films from xyz countries" lacked the second quantifying number, but a quick count of the Country Index in the program book yields 50. (By far the largest number -- 68 -- come from the United States, but the lineup is international indeed.)
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 3, 2013 3:25 AM
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Honorees for Disruptive Innovation Awards, Includes Twyla Tharp, Glenn Beck, Morgan Spurlock

Honorees have been announced for the Tribeca Film Festival's Disruptive Innovation Awards, which will honor innovative pioneers and game-changers across various disciplines and domains on April 26.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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My French Film Festival Announces 2013's Winning Films and Sets 2014 Dates

The fourth edition of My French Film Festival has been set for January 17 through February 17, 2014. This year's edition of the worldwide online fest, which saw 750,000 registrants from 189 countries streaming the fest's selection of 10 competition films, three non-competition and 10 short films (all French, naturellement), has announced its five winners.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2013 12:41 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival to Stream Seven Official Selections Online, and Host Vine's #6SECFILM Competition

The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) announced today that it will stream seven 2013 fest selections -- four of which are premiere titles -- to allow domestic US audiences the chance experience the festival from across the country. Also streaming will be Tribeca's first-ever Vine Competition, #6SECFILM.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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Tribeca Trailer Watch: 'Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia' Interviews the Iconic Writer, Essayist and Feisty Feuder

Check out the new trailer for documentary "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia," set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28). Directed by Nicholas Wrathall, the film features candid interviews with the iconic American writer, essayist, intellectual and first-rate feuder. Also interviewed are David Mamet, Sting, Mikhail Gorbachev, William F. Buckley, Norman Mailer, Jodie Evans and Nina Straight. Commentary blends with footage from Vidal's legendary on-air career.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 29, 2013 12:50 PM
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Clint 'Eastwood Directs' Documentary to Premiere at Tribeca, Followed by Panel with Eastwood and Darren Aronofsky

WBHE's documentary "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story" will have its premiere April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28), followed by a panel with Clint Eastwood, moderated by Darren Aronofsky.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 29, 2013 12:44 PM
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Martin Scorsese's 'King of Comedy' to Close 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Rupert Pupkin. The name slides off the tongue like luggage off an airport carousel. And as portrayed by Robert De Niro -- post Jake LaMotta, pre Noodles Aaronsen -- he is one of the more memorable pieces of cultural/emotional baggage produced by the American screen. A hero of dubious sanity. Dubious worth. More cringe-worthy than an episode of “Two Broke Girls.” He is “The King of Comedy.” And he will be closing the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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