TriBeCa Film Festival

Tribeca Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Premiere of Elton John Documentary

4/20/2011 2:14pm EDT
When I was a kid, my favourite time of the year, believe it or not, was the first day of school. It always baffled me why so many kids were afraid of their first day, or detested it, or simply didn’t care about. Really? I thought. I loved looking forward to the first day of school because it was the day when all the kids dressed better than any other day. There was always going to be the new cute girl in class and I need to plan—in advance—how to sit next to her. I’d work all summer at basketball or soccer so I could impress my mates. You get the idea.

As an adult, my favourite time of yea...

Final Notes From Tribeca Film Fest 2010

5/4/2010 11:55am EDT
Tribeca ending for me is like the Winter Olympics ending for Russians or the FIFA World Cup ending for... well, me. It’s a whole month of very intensive exposure and when it’s over it’s almost like being laid off from a job. And I can’t let this year’s festival fade from my memory without sharing a few final thoughts that I’ve made note of.

This was an especially strong year for documentaries. The Heineken Audience Award this year went to a rockumentary called Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. For a band historically as great as Rush that never quite makes it into the discussion of greatest ...

Tribeca: 'The Trotsky' & 'Beware The Gonzo' – A Tale of Two Heroes

5/3/2010 1:13pm EDT
The Trotsky
As the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival draws to a close, I’m inclined to believe that this year saw an influx of young protagonists gracing the big screens across New York, delighting and riveting audiences alike of all ages. In an earlier episode, I mentioned Dog Pound, a film about juvenile delinquents trying to survive in a youth detention facility. Since then the young heroes I’ve encountered have been much better (if not always positive) role models.

The Trotsky is a film that you can still find on demand, and a film that recommend to anyone who’s a fan of the 80’s Brat Pack era. It’s the ...

Tribeca Spotlight: 'METROPIA'

5/3/2010 8:15am EDT
Swedish director Tarik Saleh has crafted a carefully plotted story in METROPIA, so carefully in fact that it took me a full week to decide how I felt about it. It’s the year 2024, and Europe is connected by one vast subway system that’s monopolized by a company that has aspirations to greater things. An everyday worker, Roger spends his days at a job that’s beaten the life out of him and his mornings and evenings with his loving girlfriend. But Roger is so lifeless that he’s impervious to Anna’s affection, and he’s so aware of his own apathy that he’s consciously irritated by it. The only s...

Notes From Tribeca: The Sports Guy Bill Simmons Leads '30 for 30' Discussion

4/28/2010 6:48pm EDT
30 for 30 Straight Outta LA
This past Saturday I caught the ESPN panel for their 30 for 30 documentary series that's running for their 30th anniversary. The documentary series features 30 films from a select group of filmmakers who tell stories from their own perspectives, "detailing the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 to 2009," according to

The crux of the panel was supposed to center around Ice Cube and his documentary (which premiered at the festival), Straight Outta LA. Unfortunately, he had to back out at the last minut...

Tribeca: Two Narratives - The Plight Of Young Men And Muslim Women

4/25/2010 10:34pm EDT
Dog Pound
My eyes are becoming bloodshot. I’m developing chair fatigue. It’s like sitting in an airplane and flying coach from Los Angeles to Africa; there’s a point, maybe a quarter-way into the flight where you just can’t sit still anymore, where your legs needs circulation and you lower back needs more support. This can also happen while sitting in a car or bus for long distance road trips. For me it’s happening because of the Tribeca Film Festival. I’ve seen a ton of movies these past couple of weeks.

Now that the embargoes are over, I can actually start telling you about some of the films I’ve ...

A Look At The Tribeca Film Fest And How You Can Participate Online

4/21/2010 11:30am EDT
My favourite time of year!
Back in 2008, I had recently moved to New York wanting to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a writer. I’d just come from California where I fulfilled a different dream of becoming a musician and thought, if I could be writer anywhere, it might as well be here. I got a gig writing columns for Starpulse and after a couple of months, my editor approached me about covering the Tribeca Film Festival. The craziest part… I was a music writer. I’d sort of decided early on that I would write these long-winded musical thesises, partly to exercise my brain of all of this musical data that I had sto...

Q&A With The 'Baghead' Cast & Crew

7/24/2008 8:49am EDT
In the days heading up to the premier of Baghead, the Sony Pictures Classics camper about a group of four friends who hole themselves up in a cabin to write a screenplay

before their idea of writing a horror movie comes to life, the amount of buzz surrounding it has been growing quite positively. It was an official selection into the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and has garnered critical praise from Roger Roeper, NPR and Variety.

We got the chance to sit down with writers/directors Jay and Mark Duplass, as well two of the stars of the film, Ross Partridge and Greta Gerwig.

What was the...

2008 Tribeca Film Fest Review: Baghdad High

5/2/2008 3:32pm EDT
Baghdad High
One of the most talked about films at this year's Tribeca Film Festival is "Baghdad High" a documentary about-no, not about the Iraq war-four high school seniors who spent a full calendar year keeping video diaries of their daily lives.

Four boys: Anwar, a Christian, Ali, a Kurd, Haydar, a Shiite, and Mohammed, both Sunni and Shiite. They are all friends, and they all share a common concern-graduating high school.

Against a backdrop of gunfire in the distance, Haydar studies. Ali is the one who has to go under his house to set the gas when the power goes out at his house. Anwar's girlf...

2008 Tribeca Film Fest Movie Review: Ramchand Pakistani

5/2/2008 3:14pm EDT
Neighboring countries India and Pakistan are, well, not great friends. It's not like a relationship where two neighboring homeowners have a fallout over a tree growing in the other person's yard and they are no longer on speaking terms-it's more like one homeowner clutching his shotgun

and daring the other to step one foot over the divide. But what if one of their sons had crossed inadvertently?

In "Ramchand Pakistani", one family paid devastating consequences. In this vividly colorful film directed by Mehreen Jabbar and written and produced by Javed Jabbar, her father, we are introduc...