Tribeca Film Festival launches next week

The Tribeca Festival, formerly known as the Tribeca Film Festival, will run this year from June 7 to 18, with events in the neighborhood and all around the city. I find it very hard to figure any of it out! But will try to decipher it here.

Organizers changed the name last year since the festival is no longer just about films — it also has categories in gaming, TV and audio storytelling as well as speakers, talks and concerts. But films are still at its core. There are 109 feature films from 127 filmmakers across 36 countries this year, including 43 first-timers, chosen from 12,000 submissions.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Robert De Niro’s Mafia drama “A Bronx Tale,” his directorial debut, so the festival will honor that at the closing gala.

You can buy access passes for as much as $25,000 — that one gets you a signed poster from Robert De Niro, dinner at one of his local restaurants and a night to host in a private screening room. But there’s a huge range, down to the $100 matinee pass, which gets you in to all screenings that take place before 5:30. See the options here.

The feature film lineup is here, in alphabetical order. But you can sort by genre or location — if you want to stay local, search for the OKX Theater at BMCC or the Indeed Theater at Spring Studios. From what I can tell, tickets are generally $25.

There are some great talks lined up: John Mellencamp with David Letterman, Lin-Manuel Miranda with Rosie Perez, Paul McCartney with Conan O’Brien. See that lineup here.

The closing gala will be a screening of the movie with a talk afterwards with Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal, and writer and co-star Chazz Palminteri. They will be joined in conversation by the editor of The New Yorker David Remnick.

The highlighted feature will be the new Disney and Pixar film “Elemental” set in Element City, where fire-, water-, earth- and air-residents live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in and the person she wants to be.

A documentary about Carlos Santana by filmmaker Rudy Valdez will be followed by a performance by Santana at The Beacon Theater.

This year the entire festival is sponsored by OKX, which according to Wikipedia is a “global cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchange founded by Star Xu in 2017 and headquartered in Seychelles. Investors can buy Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies, making it the second biggest crypto exchange by trading volume.” The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 and in 2019, James Murdoch — Rupert Murdoch’s son — bought a majority stake in Tribeca Enterprises with his investment company.