‘Raising’ a fuss at Tribeca opener

S. African-themed fete featured perf by Clegg

NEW YORK — The third annual Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Saturday in its own eclectic style with an opening-night world premiere of Disney’s frothy, Gotham-set family pic “Raising Helen,” followed by a gala at the World Financial Center saluting the 10th anniversary of South African democracy.

The fest’s bash gave the evening an aura of worthiness perhaps lacking at the unspooling of Garry Marshall‘s frothy comedy. Both events were strictly non-press, though a few managed to slip into both.

The South African-themed opening party featured live performances by Johnny Clegg and his band as well as a troupe of South African rhythmic dancers and drummers.

Among featured attendees were “Cape of Good Hope” producer Suzanne Kay, supported by her mother, Diahann Carroll, and Attallah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X.

Other party attendees were Magnolia’s Eamonn Bowles and Newmarket’s Bob Berney, along with thesps Meat Loaf, Bebe Neuwirth, Peter Boyle and Natasha Lyonne.

“Raising Helen” producers Ashok Amritraj, David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman joined fest founders Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro at the pic’s bow.

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