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Focus Forward Partners with Tribeca, LA Film Fest and Other Fests; Opens Filmmaker Challenge Submissions

Focus Forward is a global documentary initiative that looks at the human power of ideas and innovation through three-minute films that can educate and inspire. GE and CINELAN's Focus Forward is now accepting submissions for their $200,000 Filmmaker Challenge, in celebration of nine Focus Forward documentary shorts playing at Tribeca on April 25.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 12:27 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Familiar Thriller 'Replicas' Boasts Strong Leads

If you’re out in the woods in a mansion, don’t open the door to strangers. If you do, and you happen to be in a movie, prepare to be at the wrong end of a shotgun.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 22, 2012 3:07 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Alex Karpovsky's 'Rubberneck' Channels Hitchcock and Chabrol

Writer/director/actor Alex Karpovsky is a presence out there for the younger indie public – a bit Woody Allen, a bit of a geek from his own generation, with a sinister side as a pathetic, intelligent but volatile loser at love in the low-budget “Rubberneck,” which made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 22, 2012 2:53 PM
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New Trailer and Early Reviews: Lynn Shelton's 'Your Sister's Sister' Triangle Stars Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt

Actress-writer-director Lynn Shelton's fourth feature, "Your Sister's Sister" (June 15), showcases an exhilarating trio of actors at the top of their improv game: Mark Duplass ("Humpday"), Rosemarie DeWitt ("Rachel's Getting Married," and Emily Blunt ("Young Victoria"). (See the new official trailer below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2012 4:29 PM
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Tribeca Watch: Felicity Jones in 'Cheerful Weather for the Wedding'

Felicity Jones can do Shakespeare ("The Tempest") or indie romance ("Like Crazy"). Warren Beatty cast her in his new Howard Hughes movie--which may or may not get made. Next up: Donald Rice's 1930s period comedy "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" debuts at Tribeca on April 20 and seeks a North American distributor.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 18, 2012 11:51 AM
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Tribeca 2012: Irwin Winkler to Preside Over Star-Packed Jury

Producer-director Irwin Winkler ("Rocky," "Goodfellas," "Life as a House") will serve as President of Tribeca 2012's (April 18-29) jury, which includes thirty-nine industry folks and many actors, from vets Patricia Clarkson and Susan Sarandon to Olivia Wilde and Shailene Woodley, as well as filmmakers Michael Moore, Mike Newell, Stuart Blumberg, Lucy Walker and Brett Ratner. Divided into six competitive caterogies, the jurors will chose winners to be announced on April 26 at the Awards Night ceremony hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. The awards will be live streamed here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 16, 2012 12:59 PM
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EXCLUSIVE First Look Clip: Kat Coiro's Tribeca Premiere 'While We Were Here'

Writer-director Kat Coiro's "While We Were Here" debuts at Tribeca on April 21. Our exclusive first-look clip is below. Shot on the glorious Amalfi Coast in black and white, Coiro's second feature (after cutesy trifle "L!fe Happens," in limited release this month) stars Kate Bosworth, Iddo Goldberg and Jamie Blackley.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 10, 2012 2:08 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Tribeca Trailer: Doc 'Wagner's Dream' Showcases Challenging New Production of 'Ring' Cycle

Susan Froemke's "Wagner's Dream" follows the Metropolitan Opera's unprecedented, four-year challenge of a lavish new production of Richard Wagner's four-part Ring Cycle. The classical music doc will have its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 30, 2012 3:35 PM
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Tribeca Trailer Watch: Promising Taste of 'Free Samples' with Jess Weixler, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter

The trailer for "Free Samples" gives away equal doses of quirk and searching desperation delivered by newcomer director Jay Gammill's upcoming film (video posted below).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 12:46 PM
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Tribeca 2012 Shorts Lineup includes Men-Hattan Program with Labute's 'Bff' and Burns' 'Doggy Bags'

Tribeca announces the lineup for its 2012 shorts program. Of the sixty shorts (selected from 2,800 submitted films), twenty-six will be making their world premiere. The films will play in nine thematic programs - five narrative, three documentary and one experimental...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 13, 2012 1:00 PM
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