Gores, Gates find focus in festival

For its opening and closing films, the Tribeca Film Festival is opting for the unconventional: a compilation of shorts about global warming and a doc about the 2005 Gates project in Central Park.

Tribeca announced the bookends Thursday, along with a mid-fest event that keeps it tapped into mainstream fare: the world premiere of Curtis Hanson’s major-studio romance “Lucky You.”

That mix of offerings “is the festival,” said co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “It’s the way we’ve approached this from the beginning. It’s not as random as it seems.”

April 25’s opening-night gala will feature a screening of seven shorts on the theme of climate change that are designed for the SOS campaign to raise awareness of global warming. Directed by the likes of Jonathan Glazer and Abel Ferrara, the shorts are companions to the Live Earth mega-concert, set for July 7, which will feature some 100 musical acts, link all seven continents and potentially reach 2 billion people.

Al Gore is hosting the Tribeca fete, which will also feature live performances from yet-unnamed Live Earth acts.

The seven shorts are culled from the output of 60 filmmakers picked from realms spanning features, documentaries, musicvids, commercials and animation who made films less than 10 minutes long. The shorts range in tone from factual and dramatic to fictional and comedic.

“Lucky You” will unspool May 1. The Warner Bros./Village Roadshow poker pic stars Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall and Debra Messing. It opens May 4.

Closing night on May 5 will showcase the world preem of “The Gates,” directed by Antonio Ferrara and Albert Maysles. HBO plans to air the doc next February.

“The Gates” celebrates “New York City, and so it is a fitting work for our closing night,” Rosenthal said. A portion of the pic screened at last year’s Tribeca.

Film details the backstory of the Gates. In 1979, artists Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, proposed one of the largest public art installations in history: a “golden river” of 7,500 fabric-paneled gates in Central Park. After the duo and their supporters navigated much controversy, the project appeared in February 2005.

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