The Tribeca Part of the Tribeca Film Festival

I’ve made more than one snide snarky comment about how the Tribeca Film Festival should consider renaming itself, given that most of the films are screened in Chelsea and the Village. Well, at last night’s meeting of the CB1 Tribeca Committee, member Marc Ameruso asked whether the festival was making any effort to actually, you know, be in Tribeca.

Executive director Nancy Schafer explained that she wishes it were. “I want to be down here as much as you do,” she said, especially because this will be the festival’s 10th year. For months she “pleaded” with Regal to rent out the Battery Park City facility—”and after a lot of nice conversation I finally got a flat no. It’s just not their business model to rent out the theaters—their model is to please the distributors.” Someone asked about using Pace. “We haven’t used Pace in years. It’s a logistical nightmare. I call that theater the Hotel California.” Update: I neglected to add what’s between the lines here: There’s nowhere else that would work. BMCCTPAC is too big for weekday screenings, and 92YTribeca is too small (and has its own programming). Maybe someone will build a movie theater on the last open plot in Tribeca.

So the Tribeca components of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival will be…. 1) The Tribeca Family Festival—more on that in a minute. 2) The Drive-In, when films are screened at the North Cove Marina. 3) Opening night this year will also be at the marina. 4) New for 2011: The Tribeca Film Festival is planning a daylong soccer event at Pier 40, with kids’ events and a five-on-five celebrity soccer tournament. 5) A few films, including several big premieres, will also be screened at Tribeca Cinemas and the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

As for the Tribeca Family Festival, you may remember how last year’s made certain people unhappy because so much—and particularly most local vendors—were relegated to the lower level of BMCC. Creative director Peter Downing said that they learned from the mistake (which was partially a result of the street construction in the neighborhood). He says the family festival is going back to the layout of two years ago: “We learned that people who come to a street festival like for it to be on the street.” It’s Saturday, Apr. 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (but the street closures—Greenwich between Hubert and Duane—include Friday, Apr. 29).

P.S. On Apr. 17, downtown residents can buy TFF single tickets a day before everyone else (at Tribeca Cinemas).


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