April 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- A scripted feature about life in Laos and documentaries about U.S. war crimes and a town in the grip of a debilitating drug addiction were among the big winners at the Tribeca Film Festival's jury prizes Thursday night. "The Rocket," the Australian Kim Mordaunt's tale of a displaced 10-year-old boy who must find a new home in the tribal mountains of Laos after his house is destroyed to make way for a dam, won best narrative feature. Sitthiphon Disamoe, a nonprofessional actor who played the lead role, was awarded the best actor prize.
April 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK--Will Forte takes a breath and measures his words carefully, as Will Forte is generally wont to do, when asked how a man known for comedy suddenly finds himself in some finely wrought prestige dramas. “It wasn't a conscious decision to start doing this," the actor said in an interview here earlier this week. "It just kind of happened. " The "Saturday Night Live" veteran is speaking just as his new film, the Ireland-set “Run & Jump,” is world-premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. It's the first of what will be two unexpectedly dramatic turns for the 42-year-old actor.
April 26, 2008
WHILE I read Patrick Goldstein's column regarding the poor film choices of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro with great interest ["How the Mighty Have Fallen," by Patrick Goldstein, April 22], I can't help but point out the glaring omissions in his argument. First off, Goldstein begins the column by quoting Francis Ford Coppola, a filmmaker whose recent work has been lackluster at best. Then we are given examples of some of the mediocre films that Pacino and De Niro have recently starred in, failing to dig deeper into their extracurricular activities.
May 5, 2004 |
Lilibet Foster didn't want to create yet another documentary about Sept. 11. She wanted to make a film about how New York City firefighters have carried on their traditions and fraternity after losing so many friends and colleagues that day. The result is "Brotherhood," which made its premiere Monday night at the Tribeca Film Festival.
May 8, 2005 |
It was a most unusual screening, held just at the height of the two-week Tribeca Film Festival. The signs on the roped-off good seats up front had names like "P.S. 115, Washington Heights" and "P.S. 144, Queens" -- and those seats were filled up by those schools' preteen students. It was outdoors, in a plaza on the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan, and the far-off Statue of Liberty was obscured from most angles by a monster projection screen.
March 22, 2009 |
They've been changing teams with the frequency of baseball superstars. Geoff Gilmore, the head of the Sundance Film Festival, left Robert Redford's festival last month to work for another actor of a certain age: Gilmore's now the chief creative officer at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival. The head Sundance festival programmer, John Cooper, was elevated into Gilmore's job early this month.
April 27, 2006 |
It was an incongruous blending of Hollywood glitz and New York's lingering pain over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a night when the festive opening of the Tribeca Film Festival paid homage to the grim tragedy that launched it five years ago. As they walked into an ornate Midtown theater on a red carpet usually reserved for movie stars and other VIPs, more than 90 family members of those who died on United Flight 93 on Sept. 11 were bombarded with questions from the media.
July 11, 2013 |
Music publicist and advocate for LBGT rights Shane Bitney Crone was in Washington two weeks ago when the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and left standing a ruling overturning Proposition 8, clearing the way for same-sex marriages in California. “It was a surreal experience and a very bittersweet one,” Crone, 27, said over the phone from his home in L.A. Because of DOMA and Proposition 8, Crone was never able to marry his long-time companion, Tom Bridegroom, who died in May 2011 when he fell off the roof of an apartment building while taking photos.
April 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK--When a championship boxer like Muhammad Ali felt disrespected by another fighter, he might have been expected to do what most boxers would: knock his opponent's lights out. But the icon took a different route when faced with a rival he thought looked down on his religion: He prolonged the fight, aiming to up the level of spectacle and pain. He also made sure his opponent knew his reasons for doing so. "What's my name? What's my name?" Ali's lips could be seen forming as he slowly demolished an opponent who insisted on calling him Cassius Clay.
October 25, 2009 |
Call it "slow horror," "art horror," "indie horror," even "hipster horror" if you must, but in "The House of the Devil," filmmaker Ti West is definitely doing something that stands apart from the usual guts and gore of most contemporary horror movies. Preferring the slow burn to fast thrills, West somehow transforms the mundane into the macabre, and when his film finally takes a step into the supernatural, it comes as even more of a shock because of the muted atmosphere that precedes it. Already available on video-on-demand, "Devil" opens in Los Angeles, New York and Austin, Texas, theaters on Friday.