It’s totally obvious why the Tribeca Film Festival opened with “Shrek Forever After,” said org’s co-founder Jane Rosenthal: “Every New Yorker has an inner ogre.”
The largely adult crowd that arrived April 21 at the Ziegfeld seemed more prepared to applaud than roar. Maybe the 3D pic touched the inner child more than the inner monster.
Since TFF is a fest permeated with gravitas, its exec director, Nancy Schafer, opined, “A big film like this shines a light on the rest of the program — all the indie films, documentaries and dramas.”
After-party was in the Museum of Modern Art’s lobby, where creative topper Geoff Gilmore said he wanted the fest to be about “new ideas, new audiences, new technology and new filmmakers.” For him, the “Shrek” opening “brings in a new, younger audience to our festival.”
DreamWorks Animation topper Jeffrey Katzenberg had a more personal reason for the Tribeca launch: “It’s become one of the most prestigious festivals and I’m a New York boy who’s proud to come home.”