Tribeca Film Festival 2014

Tribeca Film Festival 2014


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Taking place between April 16th and April 27th in New York City, the Tribeca Film Festival can’t boast of having as focused and concise of an identity as the New York Film Festival, nor does it want to. Speaking with Indiewire in 2011, Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer elaborated on the nature of the festival’s overstuffed lineup, “It’s not just about programming 85 films. It’s about finding a current, an argument for why I want to show these films that I can explain to my programmers.” For audiences, swimming that current can be daunting, though the rewards are often plenty.

With its proliferation of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interactive activities, Tribeca continues to announce itself as not just another alternative to Sundance, but as a truly multimedia experience with the interests of younger audiences and DIY filmmakers on its increasingly relaxed mind. In 2011, for example, the festival explored the artistry of game design via a collaboration with Rockstar Games, which previewed its open-world title L.A. Noire as part of Tribeca Talks. And this year, as part of an alliance with the Games for Change Festival, which “facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as powerful tools in humanitarian and educational efforts,” patrons will be offered to chance to sit in on conversations with world-renowned speakers as they reveal how games are changing, and changing the world.

But back to the films. This year, the festival launches with the world premiere of the Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic, directed by multimedia artist One9, and closes with writer-director John Carney’s Begin Again, a music industry-set dramedy starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Hailee Steinfeld that’s “set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.” In between, audiences will get a chance to sample carryovers from Sundance (The One I Love), Cannes (Venus in Fur), and beyond, all part of an ever-expanding lineup rich in films making their New York (Honeymoon, The Overnighters), North American (Brides, Güeros), and world (Ballet 422, X/Y, Zero Motivation) premieres. Ed Gonzalez

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