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Tribeca Film Institute Expands Digital Storytelling Program to Los Angeles; Youth Screening Series Partners with Women and Girls Lead Campaign

The Tribeca Film Institute is expanding its Tribeca Teaches program to Los Angeles. The after school digital-storytelling program is going to Lennox Middle School (in a neighborhood with a 93% low-income Latino population), marking its first location outside of New York...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 2:27 PM
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Tribeca Film Institute Names Non-Fiction Recipients of New Media Fund: Interrupters, Tillman Story

The Tribeca Film Institute announces the first-ever grant recipients of the new Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund. Six projects have each been awarded between $50-$100,000, and will participate in a three-day workshop run by Crossover Labs, to help their projects find their audiences. Recipients include The Interrupters' web campaign and The Tillman Story Interactive Edition.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 6:08 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Venice and Telluride Reviews, Pre-Toronto Buys, Lifetime Achievement Awards

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  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 9, 2011 10:04 AM
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Phase 4 Acquires James Westby's Rid of Me, Starring Katie O'Grady

Berry Meyerowitz's Phase 4 Films has acquired all North American rights to James Westby’s black comedy Rid of Me, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. Phase 4 will partner with Submarine on a fall theatrical release. Writer-editor-director Westby (Film Geek, The Auteur) also produced the film with star Katie O’Grady's Alcove Productions. The film won the Founder’s Prize for Best US Fiction Film at the 2011 Traverse City Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2011 6:58 AM
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Human Quotient of New Doc Semper Fi: Always Faithful Overcomes Flaws

Human Quotient of New Doc Semper Fi: Always Faithful Overcomes Flaws
Semper Fi: Always Faithful , Rachel Liebert and Tony Hardmon’s affecting if imperfect exposé of water contamination at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, takes its title from what the Corps website calls “more than a motto — a way of life.” Some life. From 1957 to 1987, the USMC exposed nearly one million people to toxic cleaning agents in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water. Then the Corps tried to cover it up. (Watch the trailer below.)
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 25, 2011 4:53 AM
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How Rookie Director Tadjedin Made Miramax/Tribeca's Last Night, Starring Knightley

How Rookie Director Tadjedin Made Miramax/Tribeca's Last Night, Starring Knightley
Last Night is a high-profile test of new indie distributor-on-the-block Tribeca Films' video-on-demand model. Screening April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival following its Toronto Fest debut, the movie was released on VOD on April 20, opening night of the Fest, and will open theatrically in limited situations on May 6. (Caryn James likes it. Trailer is below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 25, 2011 8:00 AM
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My Movie Pitch Presents First Winner at Tribeca, Accepting Entries for 2011

My Movie Pitch Presents First Winner at Tribeca, Accepting Entries for 2011
American Express's My Movie Pitch presented its first contest winner's short film at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23. John Nash's pitch idea (chosen from over 2,000 entries) was adapted into a screenplay and short film -- Mr. Stash -- directed by Jac Schaeffer and starring Amy Smart and Rich Sommer.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 25, 2011 7:46 AM
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Goes to Magnolia Before North American Tribeca Premiere

North American rights for Jiro Dreams of Sushi have gone to Magnolia, which plans to release the film later this year. Jiro Dreams had its world premiere at the Berlinale and will make its North American premiere at Tribeca on April 21. The film follows 85-year old chef Jiro Ono and his son, Yoshikazu, who is heir to his legendary Tokyo restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 20, 2011 7:08 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Juries Include Russell, Wiest, Dano, Cera, Lebowitz, Wilson, Egoyan

Tribeca's Jury Members are announced for the 2011 Film Festival. The 38 filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, journalists and media peers include David O. Russell, David Gordon Green, Dianne Wiest, Souleymane Cissé, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Rainn Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Denis Leary, Atom Egoyan and Fran Lebowitz. They are divided into six competition categories (as listed below), and will announce their chosen winners (who will receive a combined $175K in cash and prizes) at the TFF Awards ceremony on April 28 (streaming live on TribecaFilm.com). Fest co-founder Jane Rosenthal says the jury members bring a "fresh and well-rounded perspective." The complete list of jury members is below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 18, 2011 6:14 AM
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EXCLUSIVE Clip: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, Premieres at Tribeca April 23

EXCLUSIVE Clip: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, Premieres at Tribeca April 23
Director Dori Berinstein's Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, a look at the legendary performer's life, catches the vibrant 90-year-old Broadway actress both then and now, onstage and off. Berinstein co-wrote the documentary with Adam Zucker, which features many famous faces, from Barbara Walters to Debbie Reynolds to Lily Tomlin. The film premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23. Here is the NYT's take on the fest's 10th year. Check out the exclusive clip below, in which Channing shares an anecdote about Jackie and Caroline Kennedy:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2011 3:45 AM
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