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2011 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Goes to Six Projects

2011 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Goes to Six Projects
The Tribeca Film Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced six recipients of the 2011 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, which totals $140,000. Each project dramatizes themes of science and technology, and in addition to the financial grants they will receive creative support from both science and film industry experts for a year. The recipients, listed below, will be honored at a luncheon during the Tribeca Film Festival, running April 20-May 1. Co-chairman of the Tribeca Board Jane Rosenthal states:“Over the past 10 years, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has been an essential part of Tribeca, as well as  the film community, by providing funds to help compelling films with science and technology themes to be made. We look forward to the continued success of the program, including this year’s deserving group of grantees.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2011 9:59 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Teaser Trailer & Poster for Tribeca Entry Rid of Me: A "Low Budget Mean Girls for Adults"

EXCLUSIVE: Teaser Trailer & Poster for Tribeca Entry Rid of Me: A "Low Budget Mean Girls for Adults"
Writer-director James Westby's Rid of Me is a black comedy featuring Katie O'Grady as a young married woman on a journey through embarrassment, emotional breakthroughs and rediscovery. The film will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22. The synopsis and poster are also below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2011 7:16 AM
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Will Tribeca's Future of Film Blog Catch On?

Will Tribeca's Future of Film Blog Catch On?
I commend the Tribeca Film Festival for trying to explore the edges of how to mount a truly interactive film festival. Now the Fest has launched "The Future of Film Blog," a great idea if they know where to take it from here. Blogs don't work unless they have an authentic mission, a strong recognizable voice and are regularly fed. All of that requires commitment of time, energy and manpower to create vibrant new content that will stimulate a community response.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2011 11:08 AM
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Tribeca Premiere Titles on VOD: Last Night, Bleeding House, Neds, Bang Bang Club

Tribeca Premiere Titles on VOD: Last Night, Bleeding House, Neds, Bang Bang Club
The Tribeca Film Festival will simultaneously share several of its 2011 premiere titles on video-on-demand, including The Bang Bang Club, The Bleeding House, Last Night (pictured) and Neds on April 20 (available through June 23). Other festival films will also be available on VOD, including Dax Shepard's Brother's Justice and Zach Braff starrer The High Cost of Living.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2011 5:24 AM
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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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Tribeca 2011: Special Events, Tribeca Talks Panel Series Announced

Tribeca 2011: Special Events, Tribeca Talks Panel Series Announced
Along with the film program, the Tribeca Film Festival's lineup of special events and Tribeca Talks panel series will run from April 20 – May 1, 2011. To celebrate the festival’s tenth year, Tribeca Talks is mounting a Directors series featuring Martin Scorsese interviewing Souleymane Cisse, Brian Williams talking to Robert De Niro, and Alec Baldwin querying Doug Liman. Five new documentaries will screen alongside panels: the world premiere of L.A. Noire, an interactive crime thriller, will accompany a panel looking at the crossover between the film and gaming industries. The fest will showcase a special 10th anniversary screening of A Beautiful Mind [pictured] with a discussion with director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 23, 2011 4:57 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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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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Weekly Wrap: Awards Season Climax, Oscar Parties & Video, Box Office, Oscar Contenders at Work

Weekly Wrap: Awards Season Climax, Oscar Parties & Video, Box Office, Oscar Contenders at Work
- Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 4, 2011 7:20 AM
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