The Tribeca Film Festival wound up last weekend in fitting fashion, with a mix of indie cred and Hollywood buzz.
On Friday, documentarian Albert Maysles joined iconic artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to screen portions of Maysles’ “The Gates,” tracing the 25-year battle to get Gotham’s Central Park awash in saffron-colored curtains.
“It always starts with a refusal,” Jeanne-Claude joked of the couple’s famous battles vs. bureaucracy. Maysles, who also screened parts of a doc about the Dalai Lama, endorsed the artists’ persistence. “Boy, do we need people like them in Washington,” he said.
Fest also saw U.S. preem for politically charged pic “The Road to Guantanamo,” which Roadside Attractions will roll out in June. Reception brought out Roadside heads Howard Cohen and Eric D’Arbeloff as well as Jumana Musa and Eric Sears of Amnesty Intl. “This is Tribeca. Whenever audiences see a picture of Bush on screen, they boo,” a reporter told co-director Mat Whitecross.
The helmer seemed relieved. “I guess we’ll see how it plays in the blue states then,” he replied.
And on Saturday, after fest’s closing-night screening of “Poseidon,” pic’s Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas and helmer Wolfgang Petersen made their way to Barneys.
Russell said he loved the 1972 film “The Poseidon Adventure.”
Petersen, however, said, “For me this film is not a remake of ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ per se. It is taking the concept of the original and trying to do something completely new.”
(Ian Mohr contributed to this report.)