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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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Tribeca Film Acquires Rock Road Movie Janie Jones

Tribeca Film Acquires Rock Road Movie Janie Jones
New indie distributor Tribeca Film continues its buying spree, acquiring all U.S. rights to road movie rock musical Janie Jones, starring actor-singers Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola as a father-daughter act. Elisabeth Shue plays Breslin's mom, who goes into rehab. The film debuted in Toronto last September. Tribeca plans to open the Unified Pictures film this summer in major cities as well as other platforms such as VOD. Filmmaker David M. Rosenthal wrote and directed the film based on his own experience.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2011 3:52 AM
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Tribeca Lures 410,000 Attendees

Tribeca Lures 410,000 Attendees
Attendance at Robert De Niro's ninth Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) was over 410,000, if you count panels and free community events as well as screenings. 94,000 went to theater screenings and events over 12 days ending May 2; 396 screenings and panels were at more than 95% capacity. TFF screened 85 features and 47 short films from 38 countries.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2010 3:55 AM
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Tribeca Film Festival Jurors Include Eckhart, Alba, Braff, Goldberg

Tribeca Film Festival Jurors Include Eckhart, Alba, Braff, Goldberg
The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival--which opens April 21 and runs through May 2--has selected some 35 jurors for its six juries. Jessica Alba, Selma Blair, Zach Braff, Hope Davis, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Facinelli, America Ferrera, Whoopi Goldberg, John Hamburg, Alicia Keys, Aidan Quinn, John Ridley, Gary Ross, Brooke Shields and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will vote for competition winners to be announced at the Awards Night Party on April 29. The full list of jurors and their respective categories is below: 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 5:31 AM
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Tribeca: Exclusive Monogamy Preview

Forget celebrity bad boys like Eliot Spitzer, Tiki Barber, Jesse James and Tiger Woods. Fidelity in everyday relationships seems to be a hot topic in films these days, from Date Night to micro-indies like Breaking Upwards and The Freebie. Add Dana Adam Shapiro's feature directing debut Monogamy to the list. The low-budget indie-financed film debuts April 24 at the Tribeca Film Festival (Submarine is selling). Check the exclusive clip below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 4:03 AM
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Tribeca Film Hot Topic

Tribeca Film Hot Topic
The hot topic of conversation at this Friday's Independent Spirit Awards will be the role of film festivals in distribution, as Tribeca Enterprises honchos Jane Rosenthal and ex-Sundance director Geoff Gilmore announce their plans to actively engage in distribution for indie films with backing from investor Jonathan Tisch and American Express. Gilmore has long indicated that this was a direction he wanted to take. Now he's acting on it. (Here's the NYT.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 4, 2010 2:26 AM
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