personalities lead Tribeca festival
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[March 07, 2014]
A scandalous affair, dysfunctional family
dramas, missing babies, a blind piano player, Legos and James Franco
make up an eclectic slate of spotlight films and documentaries at
this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
The lineup of out-of-competition films announced on Thursday
in the "Spotlight" section of the New York-based Tribeca
festival, a section reserved for more prominent actors and
directors, comprises 31 feature films, nine of which are
Highlights include Dito Montiel's "Boulevard," an existential
family drama starring Robin Williams and Kathy Baker, crime
thriller "Every Secret Thing" and "5 to 7," an intense love
story between an aspiring novelist and the wife of a French
diplomat, starring Anton Yelchin and Berenice Marlohe.
"Many films feature real-life personalities who've accomplished
extraordinary feats, while in other films we see personal
relationships at pivotal moments of transition," Genna Terranova,
Tribeca's director of programming, said in a statement.
Actor-filmmaker-writer Franco, a staple of the independent film
community, will see the premiere of the film adaptation of his
book of short stories, "Palo Alto" by director Gia Coppola, and
also stars in Paul Haggis' gritty love tale "Third Person."
In the documentaries, "Keep On Keepin' On" explores the
challenges of a talented 23-year-old blind piano player, while
documentarian James Spione takes a look at the journey of two
people charged under the U.S. Espionage Act in "Silenced."
An untitled documentary by filmmakers Daniel Junge and Kief
Davidson on the fans of Lego plastic toy building blocks will
also have its world premiere at the film festival.
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Organizers also announced seven films in the "Midnight" section,
which profiles "boundary-pushing genre films," and five
installations in the "Storyscapes" section, which showcases
interactive, multimedia storytelling formats.
Championing independent movies and projects from U.S. and
international filmmakers, the Tribeca Film Festival was co-founded
by actor Robert De Niro in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks on New
York's World Trade Center.
The festival is aimed at reviving the economy and culture of
Lower Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood. Organizers say the festival
has generated an estimated $850 million in economic activity since
its first year in 2002. This year's edition will run from April 16
In the competition categories announced earlier this week, 12
narrative films and 12 documentaries will vie for cash prizes
amounting to $215,000 and artwork donated by contemporary artists.
The festival's opening day selections are "Gabriel" by newcomer
filmmaker Lou Howe and starring actor Rory Culkin in a coming-of-age
tale, and "Dior and I," a documentary exploring the
behind-the-scenes world of the Parisian designer brand Christian
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy in Los
Angeles; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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