Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Going to the Tribeca Film Festival? Here's what you need to know.

Photo credit: Hollywood Reporter

It's Tribeca Film Festival time, Or, more accurately in New York vernacular, TriBeCa Film Festival time.

The annual celebration of independent -- and some not-so-independent -- film, launched in 2002 by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, is just around the lower Manhattan corner.

April 19 to 30, to be exact.

Planning a trip to NYC is always a treat. New York is at once the crossroads of the world, the city that never sleeps and the coolest place ever to spend a day, a week, or, really, any length of time. So much to do. So much to see.

And when a major film festival is taking place, it's even more alluring.

Attending the festival? Here's some stuff you need to know:

A grand opening
The festival opens with world premiere of the documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Radio City Music Hall, followed by a special concert featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more. The full lineup is here.

Godfather reunion!
Possibly the best reason to buy tickets as soon as possible. The festival will close with back-to-back screenings of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the first film’s theatrical release. The Radio City Music Hall event, held April 29, will also feature a reunion panel with director Francis Ford Coppola and actors Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro.

Special screenings
These include the world premieres of Zac Posen doc House of Z; Johnny Rotten doc The Public Image is Rotten; and Dare to Be Different, the story of the 1980s rebel Long Island radio station WLIR, which will include live performances by A Flock of Seagulls, The Alarm, and The English Beat. 

Virtual reality
This year, the festival will present a virtual reality program that includes a new film by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker).

Visit the festival's website for complete details.

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