Tribeca buddies up to ‘Friends’

Institute also taps Baxter, Somerfeld script for program

The Tribeca Film Festival will kick off its drive-in theater series at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 with the live airing of the two-hour “Friends” finale May 6.

“West Side Story” will screen May 8 and a film yet to be determined by an online vote will be screened May 7.

Both films will begin at 8:30 p.m. Despite the fest offshoot’s moniker, attendees are encouraged to walk.

In other Tribeca news, the Tribeca Film Institute has tapped screenplays by David Baxter and Gretchen Somerfeld for the Tribeca/Sloan Scripts Development Program, launched to provide support for scientific or technological themed works.

Baxter’s “The Broken Code,” about Rosalind Franklin’s discovery of the structure of DNA, and Somerfeld’s “Face Value” about screen siren Hedy Lamar and composer George Antheil’s invention designed to stop the Nazis in World War II, will receive financial support and the aid of an advisory team to further develop the scripts.

One or both works will receive readings with professional actors May 2 at The Tribeca Grand Hotel screening room.

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