'Jaws,' 'Knuckleball!' set for free screenings

The Tribeca Film Festival has lined up its roster of community-friendly public events including free outdoor screenings of fest doc offering “Knuckleball!” as well as “Jaws” and “The Goonies.”

A film industry soccer tournament and live perfs tied to Broadway musicals also are on the family-friendly lineup, a legacy of the fest’s goal to boost economic and community activity in downtown Manhattan in the wake of 9/11.

“Knuckeball!,” Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s look at the baseball pitching style, has its world preem at the fest. The April 21 outdoor screening, part of the fest’s Tribeca Drive-In series, is preceded by pro pitching clinics, live music and giveaways; similiar events will accompany the Drive-In screenings of “Jaws” (April 19) and “Goonies” (April 20).

Also skedded that weekend is the second annual soccer day organized by Tribeca and NYFEST, the soccer league co-founded by Sony Pictures Classics exec Dylan Leiner and helmer Jeffrey Saunders. The day-long event, set for April 21, including a tournament for teams repping entertainment industry companies as well as matches for youth teams and celebs.

A pair of daylong events are set for April 28, during the festival’s second weekend. The annual Tribeca street fair — with activities such as music, puppets, chess and perfs by cast members of Broadway shows — is set for one Tribeca area, while a nearby sector of the neighborhood hosts the Tribeca/ESPN sports day, including a number of atheltics-themed events.

In past years, Tribeca has estimated the fest’s annual round of free activities have added hundreds of thousands of people to the fest’s attendance numbers. This year’s edition of the festival runs April 19-28.

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