This year’s Festival will include 85 feature films and 47 short films, chosen from 5,050 submissions. The Ninth Annual TFF also features a wide array of panel discussions, valuable networking opportunities for filmmakers and the industry, as well as free, community events, including the three-night Tribeca Drive-In (April 22 through April 24), the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day [Saturday, May 1, 2010], and the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair [Saturday, May 1, 2010].
New this year, Family Festival-goers can walk an official TFF red carpet, catch a free (ticketed) screening of the Tribeca Family Festival feature film, Snowmen, and enjoy a variety of performances and activities inside and outside of BMCC Tribeca PAC at the Street Fair. For the first time, Washington Market Park will also host storytellers, puppeteers, stilt walkers, and other Family Festival favorites.
Now that your dance card for the weekend is totally full, make sure you are ‘camera-ready’ to roll!
The free events are as follows:
TRIBECA DRIVE-IN OUTDOOR SCREENINGS
Thursday, April 22 – Saturday, April 24, 2010
World Financial Center Plaza
The following films will be featured at the Tribeca Drive-In, TFF’s outdoor screening series for film enthusiasts of all ages. Co-sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City and hosted by Brookfield, owner of the World Financial Center, this free evening of cinema under the stars is open to the public, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The programs will also begin at 6:00 p.m., with screenings starting at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m.
El Espiritu de la Salsa
(The Spirit of Salsa)
Thursday, April 22
To celebrate the world premiere of this invigorating documentary, live salsa bands, local dancers and salsa pros will come together to strut their stuff for a night of salsa under the stars. Movie-goers will enjoy salsa lessons, dance contests and percussive revelry for all ages.
Lonely hearts from all over New York City -- from an ER doc and an equities trader to a construction contractor and a cop -- meet in Spanish Harlem once a week at Santo Rico Dance School, where they learn the rich art of salsa. Under the great salsa dance teacher Tomas Guerrero’s tutelage, they have only six weeks to rehearse for a public performance. Directed by Francisco Bello and Tim Sternberg. Produced by Jon Alpert, Francisco Bello, Matthew O’Neill and Tim Sternberg. Featuring music by Tito Puente, Eddie Santiago, Héctor Lavoe, Norah Jones, and more. World Premiere, Documentary (USA) Suggested for ages 8 and up. An HBO Documentary Films presentation.
Friday, April 23
At Tribeca’s official family night, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will present a special screening of the beloved family comedy “Big,” in honor of the studio’s 75th anniversary, a year-long celebration that will honor Fox’s library and legacy of fan favorite films. Everyone will have a blast enjoying classic carnival-style fun on the waterfront including face painters, fortune tellers, games, trivia contests, music and more before the screening of this beloved comedy.
At a carnival on Coney Island, young Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) wishes he was big-only to awake the next morning and discover he is! With the help of his friend Billy (Jared Rushton), Josh lands a job at a toy company in Manhattan. There, his inner wisdom enables him to successfully predict what children want to buy, making the awestruck, naïve Josh irresistible to a beautiful ladder-climbing colleague (Elizabeth Perkins). But the more he experiences being an adult, the more Josh longs for the simple joys of childhood. Directed by Penny Marshall. Written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg. (USA) A Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Presentation.
The Birth of Big Air
Saturday, April 24
BMX street tricks and freestyle demonstrations will take place on the upper and lower plazas to highlight the world premiere of this new ESPN Films documentary. Stick around for a spectacular stunt extravaganza featuring BMX pioneer Mat Hoffman, a.k.a. “The Condor.”
In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur. By 16, he had soared to the top of the sport. Throughout his prodigious career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations; instead focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of ‘what’s next.’ Academy Award® nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to Big Air. World Premiere, Documentary (USA) An ESPN Films ‘30 for 30’ Presentation. Suggested for ages 8 and up.