Tribeca Film Festival 2011

Every year, for the last 10 years, the Tribeca Film Festival is held in New York City. And for many years now, I’ve been going to the festival.

Past year’s highlights included going to the 2007 world premier of the documentary The Gates, which chronicled Christo and Jean-Claude’s epic battle with the city of New York to get the permission of the parks department to stage The Gates in Central Park. Jean-Claude was there in person, only a few months before she died in fact, and it was lovely to see her.

And who could forget the crazy antics of John Malkovich’s real-life character in 2006’s Colour Me Kubrick, about a guy in London who romps around town pretending to be Stanley Kubrick. Somebody snapped a shot of Malkovitch at TFF the following night, he was pretty under-stated at the premier but he did take questions from the audience.

Last year, 2010, I saw Get Low, with Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and others. The film was so phenomenal that I commented to anyone who would listen to me that Duvall was going to get an Oscar for his performance. Much to my surprise, Get Low did not get a widespread film distribution and it remained little known or celebrated the year it was released. Later, Duvall was nominated for a SAG award for the performance, but it was Colin Firth’s year and Firth swept all the awards with his role in the King’s Speech.

So far this year I’ve seen Treatment, a small budget indie film that had a cameo appearance by John Hodgeman (of The Daily Show fame). Hodgeman and his fellow actors showed up to the premier and answered questions, as is typical at the Festival. 

I watched another film called The Trip which was very funny but also had a lot of heart.  It’s about 2 British comedians (Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) who go on a restaurant tour of the northern Lake Country districts in England. Unfortunately despite the packed audience, no one was there to take questions about the film.

One of the things that I find so appealing about the Tribeca Film Festival is that you can see actors, directors, indie films, great documentaries, collections of shorts and various other entertainments – and you can do it without a lot of Hollywood drama and hoopla. 

I love the fact that TFF is very low key – if you see John Malkovitch, Duvall, DeNiro, Ed Burns or anybody else you may know, you don’t have to worry about crazed fans and screaming and all the stuff you see on T.V. for Hollywood premiers.  I adore New York and New Yorkers for knowing how to be cool and just do our thing, regardless of who else is standing nearby.

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