Tribeca Film Festival Update

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the details of its some of its community events. Take it away, press release (edited for concision).

Thursday-Saturday, April 21-April 23, 2011
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. The 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 p.m.  The programs will also begin at 6 p.m., with screenings starting at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 21
The first-ever Tribeca’s Got Talent competition will precede TFF’s screening of the 1980 classic Fame, chronicling the lives of teenagers attending a New York high school for the performing arts. Aspiring singers and dancers are invited to show off their best moves at Tribeca’s open-call song and dance competition where everyone is a winner. [The only scene I remember from Fame—SPOILER ALERT! STOP READING IF YOU CARE! (because I was young when I saw it) was when Irene Cara’s character has to bare her breasts at an audition. My question is will the TFF cut that scene or warn families?]

Friday, April 22
An Evening with When the Drum Is Beating
Haiti’s oldest and best-known Haitian-Caribbean-Jazz fusion band, Septentrional, featured in the documentary, will celebrate the evening and regale movie-goers with a live performance. Excerpts of the documentary When the Drum Is Beating will be screened which explores Haiti’s complex past and present set to the scintillating sounds of the band. In English, Creole with English subtitles. Directed by Whitney Dow.

Saturday, April 23
The Muppets Take Manhattan
As part of the celebration for the beloved film that features Kermit and friends on Broadway, pre- show activities for families of all ages will include face-painting, Muppet-themed trivia, sing-alongs and surprise guests.

Saturday, April 23
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Pier 40, 353 West Street (between Houston and West Side Highway)
NYFEST will bring celebrities and industry professionals from the worlds of film, music, sports and entertainment together with New York youth for a day filled with athleticism, learning and fun. NYFEST at TFF will take over Pier 40 in Tribeca to stage a five-on-five industry soccer tournament (9 a.m.–4 p.m.); a celebrity soccer match kicked off with a coin toss by soccer legend Pele and Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises Geoff Gilmore (4 p.m.–6 p.m.); and a youth soccer showcase (10 a.m.–4 p.m.), which will include introductions to soccer for NYC youth, skills stations and skills competitions, freestyle juggling and youth exhibition matches with celebrity coaches.

Over 300 participants from companies including CAA [Richard Lovett!?!], Sony Pictures Classics, Focus Features, FilmNation, “The Daily Show”, “The Colbert Report”, “Law and Order”, Technicolor, Paradigm, Gersh, R/GA, AKQA and Deluxe will compete in the industry competition. All proceeds from NYFEST at TFF will go to support a selected group of charitable organizations focused on the betterment of youth in the inner city, including City Soccer in the Community and The Claudio Reyna Foundation. Open to the public, the event will have catered food and drinks on-site and will include all day action for those of every age to enjoy. Visit

At last year's Family Festival

Saturday, April 30
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Greenwich Street (between Chambers Street and Hubert Street)
The Tribeca Family Festival will feature the annual Street Fair on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Greenwich Street from Chambers Street to Hubert Street, and at venues throughout the Tribeca neighborhood. The fair, a Festival favorite which drew more than 250,000 people last year, [many of whom were invisible?] is free and open to the public, and promises to be a day of family fun and lively entertainment.

Throughout the Street Fair will be talented performers, dancers, stilt walkers, Broadway performances, arts and crafts, face painters, and much more. Students from local schools will also be at the fair with creative fundraising activities and vibrant student artwork. The Street Fair will host restaurants, merchants and organizations from the Tribeca neighborhood. More details and a map of events will be available in the coming weeks at

Street Fair highlights include:
• Cast members from Million Dollar Quartet, Wicked, John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean, Broadway’s “Next Hit Musical,” Broadway Kids Care and other Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are scheduled to take center stage at the outdoor Festival Mainstage.
• The New York Philharmonic’s Credit Suisse Very Young Composers’ will present original works created by young musicians and brought to life by a chamber ensemble from the esteemed orchestra.
• Families will enjoy the popular Kite Garden, where kids can make their own kites and learn to fly them, while youngsters can create gigantic bubbles in the Bubble Garden.
• Additional featured talent includes Max Darwin, Magician Extraordinaire; Ronnie Asbell’s Puppetronics, a hands-on traveling exhibition of life-sized marionettes; Rock-A-Baby music workshops; and more.
• An encore screening of this year’s “Downtown Youth Behind the Camera” program featuring short films made by student filmmakers from downtown Manhattan will be presented at BMCC’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center Theater, along with a special feature screening.
• Popular family-friendly bands will offer free concerts to close the day, including The Fuzzy Lemons and Hot Peas N’ Butter.
• The Tribeca Fun Squad will lead Hula Hoop Contests, Dance-Offs and other Wacky Street Games.

N. Moore Street (between Greenwich Street and West Street)
A perennial favorite of the Family Festival Street Fair, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on N. Moore Street (between Greenwich Street and West Street).  Now in its fifth year, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day gives sports fans the opportunity to engage in a variety of free, sports-related interactive activities that will include games, demonstrations and prize giveaways.  In addition, some of New York’s most popular athletes, mascots and sports personalities will make guest appearances throughout the day.

Highlights of Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day include:
• Fans will enjoy activities with their favorite teams, including the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and WNBA’s New York Liberty.
• Cast members from the Broadway play Lombardi will greet fans and run a football passing clinic.
• New York Women’s Baseball will run coaching clinics.
• The NHL will offer giveaways throughout the day.


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