Tribeca fest mixes it up
Tribeca Film Festival toppers Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff — along with exec director Peter Scarlet — announced four further sections of their upcoming fest on Monday, including Tribeca’s Midnight and Restored/Rediscovered segments.
Also added into the mix are 25 pics in the Wide Angle category, meant to include emerging filmmaking talent from around the world.
Section will feature Michael Showalter’s “The Baxter” (IFC Films), a contempo romantic comedy starring Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Williams and Justin Theroux. Also making the Wide cut are world premieres of Nicholas Jarecki’s docu “The Outsider,” helmer John McKay’s P.G. Wodehouse adaptation “Piccadilly Jim” and Southan Morris’ pop docu “George Michael: A Different Story.”
Tribeca runs April 19-May 1, kicking off with Sydney Pollack’s latest effort, Nicole Kidman starrer “The Interpreter.”
The fest’s Showcase section will include 24 more films that have screened at other fests but have never before graced Gotham. Highlights include the helming debut of Guy Ritchie’s producer Matthew Vaughn, “Layer Cake” (Sony Pictures Classics), as well as two socially oriented docs from Showtime, “Same Sex America” and “After Innocence.” The net’s “Rikers High” is already screening in the NY, NY section at Tribeca.
Midnight sections at various fests, from Sundance to Toronto, have been gaining steam as hotbeds for industryites to discover new talent, and Tribeca has a bevy of pics playing without distribution in place.
Leading the pack among English-lingo fare is “The Mostly Unfabulous Life of Ethan Green,” by helmer George Bamber, who served as an a.d. on “DodgeBall” and first a.d. on “Happy, Texas,” “Jeepers Creepers” and “Sorority Boys.” Also playing at the witching hour will be Marcus Stern’s “Long Distance,” David Payne’s “Reeker” and Greg Jacobson and Jason Gary’s “Modify.”
Beyond Pollack’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” the fest’s Restored/Rediscovered section is skedded to include Vittorio De Seta’s “Almost a Man,” Lionel Rogosin’s “Come Back Africa” and Richard Quine’s “My Sister Eileen,” among others.