Wednesday, March 27, 2013

FREE NY Tribeca Film Fest Events

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, today announced the return of their signature free community events: the Tribeca Drive-In (April 18-20), Family Festival Street Fair (April 27), Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day (April 27), and Family Screenings (April 21 and 27).

TFF also announced the three film titles that will screen free for the community at the Tribeca Drive-In movie series at Brookfield Place (World Financial Center Plaza), co-sponsored by AT&T and JetBlue, and hosted by Brookfield. The series will kick off with the classic Hitchcock film, The Birds, followed by Tim Burton’s beloved comedy Beetlejuice and a screening of Lil Bub & Friendz, a new film playing in the Festival about a cat made famous online and his friends. Games and activities for all ages will take place before each screening, including movie trivia, a ghoulish costume contest, face painting, prize giveaways and more.

The annual Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair will feature an exciting lineup of programs to entertain the entire family, including the new Tribeca Studios Backlot, which will transform a downtown street into an interactive movie set where visitors can explore a wide range of elements that go into creating a film production on location in New York City. Also new this year is the Tribeca Food Feast, which will offer festivalgoers a chance to watch chefs from the neighborhood and beyond create their unique dishes on a show kitchen stage and try their hand at a variety of cooking activities. Street Fair favorites including live Broadway performances, arts and crafts and puppet shows will also return to the annual celebration of the Tribeca neighborhood. In addition, the Family Festival will feature an exciting sneak preview of the upcoming summer comedy The Smurfs 2, along with a free family screening of the beloved film The Smurfs, with appearances by cast members.

“Free events that foster culture and community have long been a cornerstone of the Festival mission,” said Peter Downing, Creative Director and Producer, Tribeca Family Festival. “We are looking forward to once again welcoming families from downtown as well as New Yorkers from across the city to experience the fun and energy of our signature Street Fair and Sports Day, and to introduce new programs like the Tribeca Studios Backlot and Tribeca Food Feast that are sure to delight visitors of all ages.”

Rounding out TFF’s free offerings is a new program in partnership with MoMA PS1. Alberi, a TFF special screening, will run as a free installation at the VW Dome at MoMA PS1, and Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, which will premiere in the World Narrative Competition section of the Festival, will celebrate film and culture at the VW Dome 2 in the Rockaways in partnership with MoMA PS1 and Rooftop Films.

“Every year we seek to provide new opportunities for the community to come together to laugh, be entertained and to celebrate film through events like our Drive-In movies on the Hudson, screenings in partnership with MoMA PS1 or free screenings of a family comedy like The Smurfs,” said Genna Terranova, Director of Programming, Tribeca Film Festival. “In addition, we are excited to continue to build our public programming with a variety of free exhibitions that celebrate storytelling and innovation and engage the New York creative community.”

Each year, TFF’s free events bring thousands of people downtown to enjoy top-notch talent and entertainment, while highlighting the restaurants, merchants, schools and community organizations of lower Manhattan. The free events are as follows:


Thursday-Saturday, April 18-April 20
8:15 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.
Brookfield Place (World Financial Center Plaza)
Co-sponsored by AT&T and JetBlue, and hosted by Brookfield
TFF’s outdoor screening series features the following films for this year’s Tribeca Drive-In. 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.).

The Birds—Thursday, April 18
Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of one of the greatest thrillers ever made! A casual boy-meets-girl story takes a turn toward the extreme when the couple lands in the tiny town of Bodega Bay, California, just in time to witness its sizable population of birds attack. Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, directed this nightmarish fantasy starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy and Suzanne Pleshette. Courtesy of Universal.

Come early for classic movie trivia contests and other chances to win great prizes.

Beetlejuice—Friday, April 19
Two just-arrived ghosts discover that scaring away the new residents of their old house is not as easy as saying a name three times. This beloved comedy from 1988 was the perfect vehicle for Tim Burton’s unique style and vivid imagination. Michael Keaton plays the title role with maniacal relish and a dark edge of menace, alongside co-stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder. Courtesy of Warner Bros. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Take part in a ghoulish costume contest, face-painting and family-friendly activities before the film.

Lil Bub & Friendz—Saturday, April 20
Called “the most famous cat on the Internet,” the wide-eyed perma-kitten Lil Bub is the adorable embodiment of the Web's fascination with all things cats. Join Lil Bub and her owner on wild cross-country romp as they meet the Internet’s most famous cat-lebrities. Meet adorable kitties, see hilarious videos and hear from the dedicated cat enthusiasts who love them.

Pet enthusiasts unite! Pre-show activities, contests and giveaways for cat lovers of all ages.

Saturday, April 27
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Greenwich Street (between Chambers Street and Hubert Street)
Presented by American Express

The Tribeca Family Festival, presented by American Express, will feature the annual Street Fair on Saturday, April 27, 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, is free and open to the public, and promises to be a day of family fun and lively entertainment.

Activities and performances throughout the Street Fair will bring storytelling and filmmaking to life. The celebration will include talented performers, dancers, stilt walkers, Broadway performances, arts and crafts, face painters, puppet shows, music, games and much more. Students from dozens of local schools will also be at the fair with live performances and vibrant student artwork. The Street Fair will also host restaurants, merchants and organizations from the Tribeca neighborhood. The American Express Guest Information Booths will offer comprehensive Festival information, including event, screening and neighborhood information. More details and a map of events will be available in the coming weeks at

Highlights include:
·         The Tribeca Studios Backlot will bring classic elements of filmmaking on location in New York City to life. Families can also create their own movie pitch, step in front of a green screen, learn how to animate their own stories and participate in workshops on stunts, make-up, editing, and more. Participating organizations include:
o   The Tribeca Film Institute: Movie Hacker! is a fun, interactive experience for the whole family to enjoy. It gives movie lovers of all ages a chance to "load" into their favorite big screen hits, flip the script, and become the new stars. Movie Hacker! was created by the Tribeca Film Institute's team of Teaching Artist Donal Foreman, and Film Fellows class of 2012, Mercedes Ortiz and Marsha Larose. The Tribeca Film Institute hosts a year round Film Fellows program that teaches high school students to conceptualize, pitch, and produce their own films.
o   Museum of the Moving Image will present a range of hands-on activities facilitated by Museum educators, including animation, video game hacking, and flipbook making.
o   The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment (MOME) will have a presence on the “lot” with its “Made in NY” branded hot dog cart. Reps from the office will distribute information about REEL JOBS, resident FAQs, PA Training Program and the “Made in NY” Lower Manhattan Walking Tour. Panels and discussions will focus on NYC as a production location and the REEL JOBS campaign.  Professional film gear on display will include a grip truck, an electric truck, a make-up trailer, a “high end” star trailer and a camera car.
o   Tribeca Flashpoint Academy: Calling all digital kids, teens, and parents! Don’t miss Tribeca Flashpoint Academy -- Chicago’s renowned digital media arts college, a partnership with Tribeca Enterprises) -- as they demonstrate cutting-edge film, gaming, and special effects technology. Make a computer monitor seemingly come to life through Augmented Reality, watch students cut a TV commercial in record time during 30-minute live demonstrations, and more! 
·         Live “Broadway at Tribeca” Performances will feature the casts from Annie, Wicked, Cinderella, Kinky Boots, Motown: The Musical and Hands On A Hardbody.
·         A lineup of New York City chefs will share cooking secrets and offer demonstrations and tastings at the Tribeca Food Feast, a new area at the Street Fair that will feature a chef’s kitchen stage designed for the Street Fair. Activities will include cake icing, meatball baking and taste testing. Festivalgoers can sample food from local restaurants and select specialty food vendors from around the New York City area.
·         An exciting sneak preview of the upcoming summer comedy The Smurfs 2, along with a free family screening of the beloved film The Smurfs and special appearances by cast members at BMCC’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center Theater.
·         Children and families can make their own film credential at the event. The “VIP Pass” they create will be stamped at each area they experience, and a special prize awaits those who fill their pass with stamps.
·         Kids can explore their artistic side with arts & crafts activities including turning recycled materials into custom creatures with the ScrapKins® team, street chalk art and face painting.
·         At the Kite Place, kids will be able to make their own kite and learn to fly it from masters of the craft of Kiting.
·         Special Character “Meet & Greets” from The Smurfs and others
·         Puppet Shows and Workshops from Puppetworks Inc. and Noel MacNeal’s “10 Minute Puppets”.
·         CHESS NYC will host “speed tournaments” and ongoing chess matches for all skill levels
·         The Gazillion Bubble Garden will have bubble wands of all shapes and sizes, and will offer bubble play to all who enter.
·         The Tribeca Kids Access Student Reporters, a diverse group of smart, articulate kids (ages 10-14) from Tribeca and other downtown schools, will cover this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, from red-carpet premieres and panel discussions to all of the action at the Street Fair. Now in its 10th year, the reporters will be supported by camera crews from the Art Institute of New York City.
·         Other participants include the Young Storytellers Foundation, Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park, and the New York Philharmonic’s Credit Suisse Very Young Composers.

Games, prizes, music and fun will also be supported by 60 Hudson, AT&T, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York, ESPN, PepsiCo, Petcurean, Pure Leaf, Moishe’s, Radio Disney AM 1560, Real Simple Magazine, The New York Times, and Time Out Kids. Additional activities include:

·         Interactive games including DJ Studio and All Star Guitar and an experience to make a customized video/flipbook provided by AT&T, along with a cell phone charging station."
·         Dogs can walk the orange carpet at a screening of a short film about pets and enjoy doggy refreshments from Petcurean
·         Pepsi will present a sidewalk chalk art station as well as the Pepsi Next Taste Challenge and Tropicana sampling
·         Pure Leaf sampling on-site will invite Family Festival goers to take the Real Brewed Challenge – a blind taste test between Pure Leaf and freshly brewed iced tea. Pure Leaf will also have a photo activity for children and families to create their own “Celebri-tea” handprint.
·         Be a red carpet star!  Have your photo taken with a classic movie character at The New York Times Film Club photo booth.
·         60 Hudson will host the Hubert Street Stage, the Arts and Crafts Pavilions and an art contest for local students. One piece of artwork selected from participating schools will be showcased in the 60 Hudson window located on the corner of West Broadway and Thomas Street.

For updated information on the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair, visit

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