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Tribeca Film Festival Highlights

8 p.m.-midnight April 15
New York Filmmaker Party
Local filmmakers to kick off the festival before everyone comes to town; City Hall

7:30 p.m. April 16
Opening-Night Gala
“Time Is Illmatic” (One9) World premiere doc that explores the roots of one of hip-hop’s enduring masterworks, with a concert by Nas; Beacon Theater. After-party at Providence

6:30 p.m. April 17
Opening Night – Documentary Competition
“Dior and I” (Frederic Tcheng) Behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ maiden haute couture collection as the house of Christian Dior’s new artistic director; SVA Theatre

7:30 p.m.
Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala
“When the Garden Was Eden” (Michael Rapaport) A snapshot of the New York Knicks’ glory days; BMCC

8 p.m.
Tribeca Interactive & Interlude
A Music Film Challenge in Collaboration with the Lincoln Motor Co., with a performance by Damon Albarn; Highline Ballroom

3 p.m. April 18
Tribeca Talks
Lee Daniels (“Precious,” “The Butler”) expounds on his career; SVA-1

9 p.m.
Apple Filmmaker Welcome Event; Apple Store – Soho

8 p.m.-midnight, April 20
Shorts Filmmaker Party; M1-5

6:30 p.m. April 21
Tribeca Innovation Week Kick-Off
Future of Film — A Conversation With Aaron Sorkin. The writer-producer (“The West Wing,” “Newsroom,” “The Social Network”) chats with former chief presidential speech writer Jon Favreau; SVA Theatre 1 Silas

8-11:30 p.m.
Seventh Annual Tribeca Cast Party, hosted by Jon Favreau, Dito Montiel and Jesse Zwick; Bowlmor Lanes

7:30–10 a.m. April 22
Bloomberg’s Business of Entertainment Breakfast: A conversation with Alan Horn; Bloomberg Headquarters

7 p.m.
Bombay Sapphire House of Imagination Opening; Dune Studios

Noon – 2 p.m. April 23
Directors Brunch at City Winery

7 p.m.
Vanity Fair’s Tribeca Film Festival Party; The Courthouse

6–8 p.m. April 24
TFF Awards Night, cocktails and awards celebration ; Conrad

8 p.m.
Filmmaker/Industry Party; SPIN

9:30 a.m. April 26
TFI Interactive Day: Brings together thinkers, innovators and creators to explore storytelling in the digital age. Cocktails at 5 p.m. IAC Building

3 p.m.
Tribeca Talks
Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Rush”) talks craft and the biz with Brian Williams; BMCC

6 p.m.
Closing-Night Feature
“Begin Again” (John Carney of “Once”) stars Keira Knightley, Adam Levine and Mark Ruffalo; TPAC BMCC

8 p.m. – Midnight
Heineken Wrap Party: Last big party of the fest where the audience award is announced; Slate

2:30 p.m. April 27
“Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank” followed by a conversation between Frank and Alec Baldwin; SVA-1

Theater legend:
BTC-06 = Bow Tie Cinemas (6), BTC-08 = Bow Tie Cinemas (8), SVA Theatre = SVA Theatre, AV7-3 = AMC Loews Village 7, BMCC = BMCC Tribeca PAC

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