The films distributors are most eager to see
The films domestic distributors say they’re eager to check out at Tribeca. All are being shown to buyers for the first time, with U.S. rights available:Blue State: Romantic comedy road trip, with Breckin Meyer and Anna Paquin, about a distraught Democrat who moves to Canada after Bush’s re-election. (The Sales Co.) The Cake Eaters: Mary Stuart Masterson’s directorial debut feature about the return of a son. (CAA) Chops: Docu about a Lincoln Center competition of high school jazz bands from across the country. (Submarine) Day Zero: Three best friends prepare to report for duty when the draft is reinstated. Cast includes Elijah Wood and Chris Klein. (Andrew Hurwitz of Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz) The Education of Charlie Banks: Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst’s directorial debut, a coming-of-age drama about a college student (Jesse Eisenberg) who gets an unexpected visit from a hometown thug. (WMI) Gardener of Eden: Kevin Connolly’s debut feature, with Lukas Haas as a deli worker who breaks from his rut when he accidentally captures a serial rapist. (IEG) The Grand: Poker comedy helmed by scribe Zak Penn about a man (Woody Harrelson) who tries to save his dead father’s hotel-casino from a developer. Cast includes Werner Herzog, Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Ray Romano and Dennis Farina. (Endeavor) The Hammer: Underdog comedy about a retired boxer (Adam Carolla) who is convinced by a coach to step back into the ring after a 20-year hiatus. Helmed by Charlie Wurmfeld (“Kissing Jessica Stein”). (Cinetic) Heckler: Comedian Jamie Kennedy confronts hecklers and the heckled in this docu, with appearances from Rob Zombie, Mike Ditka, George Lucas and Bill Maher. (CAA) Live!: Dark satire about a network exec (Eva Mendes) who produces a controversial reality show where contestants play Russian roulette. (CAA) Nobel Son: Comic thriller starring Alan Rickman as a Nobel Prize winner whose son is kidnapped on the eve of the awards. Also stars Danny DeVito, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson. (CAA) Planet B-Boy: Docu about a world championship break-dancing competition, following teams from the U.S., Korea, Japan and France. (Hurwitz) Steep: Big-mountain skiing docu produced by the team behind Peter Jennings’ former shingle; moderated by Peter Krause. (Submarine) Watching the Detectives: A film noir buff (Cillian Murphy) meets his femme fatale (Lucy Liu) in this helming debut by Broken Lizard (“Super Troopers”) member Paul Soter. (UTA/Peace Arch) Where God Left His Shoes: John Leguizamo plays an ex-boxer who searches for a job on Christmas Eve to provide for his family. Written and directed by Salvatore Stabile (“Gravesend”). (WMI) The Workshop: Docu about a California workshop that encourages sexual adventure. (Lumina)
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