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Tribeca Films to Release Movies During Festival, Including Bang Bang Club

Tribeca Films to Release Movies During Festival, Including Bang Bang Club
This year Tribeca Films is going forward with its long-term experiment to release some films day-and-date with the Tribeca Film Festival, in its 10th year (April 20-May 1). While some industry insiders question the wisdom of any filmmaker putting a movie on video-on-demand--much less streaming it-- before its theatrical options have been explored, Tribeca's Geoffrey Gilmore fervently believes that this sort of experimentation has to take place, while admitting that branding and marketing new films from less-known filmmakers, even with American Express advertising, is a continuing challenge. We spoke at a Tribeca party this week at the W in Hollywood that brought together L.A. filmmakers and indie execs to celebrate the upcoming fest, from David O. Russell and Gregg Araki to Roadside's Eric D'Arbeloff and Strand's Marcus Hu.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2011 8:44 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Family Drive-In, Festival Street Fair, Sports Day Soccer with Pele and Pros

Tribeca 2011: Family Drive-In, Festival Street Fair, Sports Day Soccer with Pele and Pros
This year's Tribeca Film Festival free events include the return of their drive-in, a family festival street fair and sports day with ESPN. The Tribeca drive-in will feature The Muppets Take Manhattan, Fame and Haitain documentary When the Drum Stops Beating (including a live performance of Haitian-Caribbean-Jazz fusion band Septentrional) between April 21-23. For the first time, NYFest, on April 23, will have NYC's first film and entertainment soccer tournament (organized by Sony Pictures Classics' Dylan Leiner), a partnership between Tribeca and Umbro, featuring a five-on-five game with film, music, entertainment and sports pros -- all kicking off with a coin toss by soccer legend Pele (pictured).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 24, 2011 5:51 AM
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Trailer Watch: Morgan Spurlock's Greatest Movie Ever Sold

After Morgan Spurlock's fast-food expose Super Size Me turned into an Oscar-nominated Sundance doc hit (and SnagFilms' best ever performer), he followed with Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? His latest, product-placement investigation The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, was bought by Sony before it played well at both Sundance and SXSW. I'll catch up with it and Spurlock at the Ashland Film Festival on April 8 before Sony Pictures Classics releases it April 22. Check out the trailer below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2011 4:22 AM
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Errol Morris Talks Tabloid and Other Strange Topics

Errol Morris Talks Tabloid and Other Strange Topics
Errol Morris's Tabloid was one of my fave films at the Toronto Film Festival, from which Sundance Selects eventually acquired the truth-is-stranger than-fiction doc. It's screening at SXSW. Morris discovered the nugget of this story, about Joyce McKinney and her obsessive love with a man she tries to save from a cult, buried in the jump of a Boston Globe article. Only Morris would see the potential in it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2011 7:55 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Spotlight, Cinemania and ESPN Sports Film Festival Lineups

Tribeca 2011: Spotlight, Cinemania and ESPN Sports Film Festival Lineups
The Tribeca Film Festival, in its tenth year, runs April 20 - May 1. Of the lineup for its Spotlight and Cinemania programs, as well as its special screening and ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup (below) programming director David Kwok says: “Now that the majority of the program has been announced I believe you will see the rich variety and quality of the films and talent that we are presenting at Tribeca this year. The program is about both discovery and showcasing a broad range of filmmaking to our eclectic and diverse audiences who are passionate about film.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 14, 2011 3:59 AM
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Do Something Reel Film Festival Travels USA To Support Green Filmmaking

Do Something Reel Film Festival Travels USA To Support Green Filmmaking
Whole Foods Markets' Do Something Reel Film Festival will launch April 1. In celebration of Earth Month, the festival will travel to 70 cities across America with six films to help remind audiences of the small changes they can make to benefit the planet, while also supporting environmental "green" filmmaking.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 14, 2011 3:44 AM
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Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix

Fandor Streams Indie Video: Sundance Meets Netflix
Finally, the promise of streaming movies has become a practical reality, from Amazon to Netflix. But as multiple indie sites come and go (from Jaman and Mubi to Spout), on the eve of SXSW, a new indie site launches Wednesday, Fandor, that promises a better subscription indie streaming service via its website and Facebook. For $10 a month, you can browse, sample, clip and stream its library of 2500 films, from Fritz Lang and Maya Deren classics to Alex Cox and Derek Jarman indies or Sundance docs. (Shorts are in the mix too, especially as a mobile app comes online.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2011 4:58 AM
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Festival News: Provincetown Honors Aronofsky & Farmiga, Tribeca Lineup, Dallas Honors Ann-Margret

Festival News: Provincetown Honors Aronofsky & Farmiga, Tribeca Lineup, Dallas Honors Ann-Margret
This year's Provincetown International Film Festival, which will showcase 50 films June 15-19, will honor Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) with its Filmmaker On The Edge Award, and actress-director Vera Farmiga (Higher Ground) with the Excellence in Acting Award. Executive director Gabby Hanna says each of them "represent the spirit and artistic voice of what filmmaking is today.” More information on the festival is here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 7, 2011 8:30 AM
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SXSW 2011: Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Nelson Doc King of Luck To Close Fest, New Titles

SXSW 2011: Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Nelson Doc King of Luck To Close Fest, New Titles
The SXSW Film Fest closer on March 19 is Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck (pictured), a documentary about country actor/singer/activist Willie Nelson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 7:58 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Opens with Crowe's The Union, Elton John and Leon Russell's Musical Collaboration

Tribeca 2011: Opens with Crowe's The Union, Elton John and Leon Russell's Musical Collaboration
The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival will open on April 20 with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's The Union, about the musical collaboration of Leon Russell and Elton John, who will perform after the outdoor screening at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza. The Union began shooting in 2009, following John's writing and recording of his collaborative album with Russell, the man who was his idol early in his career. T-Bone Burnett produced the film. The festival, in its tenth year, runs through May 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2011 7:28 AM
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