Entries tagged with: Tribeca Film Festival
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival starts next week, running April 15-26. Schedule for the fest is up and tickets are on sale now. Note that if advance tickets to a screening are sold out, you can always try for rush standby tickets, with lines forming 45 minutes before screening time.
This year's TFF lineup includes documentaries on Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, Mary J Blige, and DJ AM, a restored 25th anniversary screening of Goodfellas (with post-show Q&A hosted by Jon Stewart), as well as the guys from RiffTrax (ex-MST3K) taking on The Room, and lots more.
Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival happens April 15 - 26. While Monty Python's appearance is getting the most attention right now, there's lots of cool stuff happening that doesn't involve people yelling "Spam" a lot. Specifics, like screening dates and locations, won't be announced till next week (3/18) but include:
Documentary Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions was filmed while the veteran R&B singer was making her 2014 album that featured collaborations with Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, and Sam Romans. The screening, which happens at Beacon Theatre (date TBA), will be followed by a performance by Mary J. Blige herself.
On the comedy nerd tip, the RiffTrax crew (aka former Mystery Science Theater 3000 writers/performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) will be cracking jokes live to the Tommy Wiseau's magnum opus The Room. Part of TFF's 'Midnight' series, this will be the Rifftrax crew's first-ever live show in NYC.
Also part of the Midnight series is a screening of Gerard Johnson's Hyena that features a score by The The; and Stung, a thriller about giant wasps.
Plus: The life, career, music and 2009 death of DJ AM is examined in As I AM: the Life and Times of DJ AM; and In My Father's House which Chicago rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith attempts to reconnect with his estranged father; and Michael Winterbottom and Russell Brand's world financial crisis polemic The Emperor's New Clothes.
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King
And also: Slow West, a western starring Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn that was written and directed by former Beta Band/Aliens member John Maclean; and documentary Orion: The Man Who Would Be King the bizarre, true story of Jimmy "Orion" Ellis, an unknown singer who in the late '70s was "plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave."
Monty Python -The Meaning of Live
The five surviving members of Monty Python will appear in NYC to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Monty Python & the Holy Grail as part of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will all be on hand for the Holy Grail screening which happens April 24 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that go on AmEx presale March 23 with the public on-sale beginning March 28.
In addition to the Holy Grail screening, TFF will screen other Python films: Monty Python's Life of Brian on April 25 and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life on April 26 with Q&As featuring some of the Pythons. Details on those two screenings are still TBA. Tribeca Film Festival will also have the premiere of documentary Monty Python -The Meaning of Live:
offers unprecedented access into the personalities, relationships and history that made the Pythons into a global phenomenon. The film allows the comedic geniuses themselves to reveal the impetus of some of their most well-known pieces and provide an in-depth history of Python's stage work as they prepare for their final live show at The O2 in London.Stay tuned next week for screening info. The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 15 - 26. Tickets to most TFF screenings go on AmEx presale on March 31 at 11 AM with the general on-sale starting on April 6 at 11 AM. Festival passes and some ticket packages are on sale now.
Nas' groundbreaking debut, Illmatic, turns 20 this year and the making of that album is the subject of a new documentary, Time is Illmatic. The film will be the opening night presentation at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, screening April 16 at The Beacon Theatre which will be followed by a perfomance by Nas himself. Tickets are on sale now for American Express cardmembers and go on sale to the general public on April 1 at 11 AM.
Watch a clip from Time is Illmatic below...
From a mind unlike any other, Biophilia Live chronicles the multidimensional concert centered on the eighth studio album of avant-garde Icelandic artist, Björk. Directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Björk live in performance, and punctuate her music with evocative animation from apps created by the world's top 10 designers combined with science and nature archive and found footage. This is inspired by the themes of the album which explore the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena--atomic, cellular and cosmic. The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation.The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 16-27 in NYC, and will kick off at Beacon Theatre with a documentary about and a performance by Nas.
The film will screen at TFF on April 26th.
We're only a couple weeks out from Vampire Weekend's third album, Modern Vampires of the City, which hits retailers digital and physical on May 14. Look for the band, who just played Coachella, to preview tracks from the album at their sold-out show on Sunday (4/28) at Roseland Ballroom which is being broadcast live on the internet as part of the American Express Unstaged Performance series. The webcast, which is being directed by Steve Buscemi, starts at 9 PM EDT.
For those in NYC who would like to make the webcast experience a little more concert-like, Brooklyn Bowl, with help from the Tribeca Film Festival (which concludes on Sunday), will be showing it live on their many giant HD screens with "full concert sound." It's free entry.
Speaking of bowling, Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi, the band and Boardwalk Empire star are continuing to play out their friendship on the web with a second installment of the "documentary" about prepping for the Roseland show, which ends up at Brooklyn's Melody Lanes. There's also other episodes -- one with Grimes -- and you can watch them all below.
And last but not least, Vampire Weekend will appear on the May 11 episode of Saturday Night Live which is hosted by former castmember Kristen Wiig. So get ready for affable indie rock and the probable return of Gilly. Kanye West and Ben Afleck will apear on SNL's 38th Season Finale on May 18, and next weekend (May 4) it's Zach Galifianakis and Of Monsters and Men.
All upcoming Vampire Weekend tour dates (there are some new ones including Hollywood Bowl with Beirut, not NYC) are listed, along with the bowling video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Penn Badgley in 'Greetings from Tim Buckley'
As mentioned, the Tribeca Film Festival is about to kick off and runs from April 17 - 28. Tickets to all screenings are currently on sale to AmEx users and downtown residents, and go on sale to the general public Monday (4/15) at 11 AM. Additionally, Tribeca Film Fest screenings are never fully sold out, as limited rush tickets are available before screenings. More details on that can be found here.
Like usual, there are a few music-related films playing at this year's fest. We already told you about Mistaken for Strangers, in which The National's Matt Berringer invites his brother, Tom, to come along on tour with the band and film them. But it's not your typical tour doc. The film opens the festival on Wednesday (4/17) where The National will also perform and then there are two additional screenings: 4/26 at the Village 7 (8:30 PM, only rush tickets left); and 4/27 at School of Visual Arts (9:30 PM, tickets).
Matt Beringer will also participate at one of the Tribeca Talks panel discussions titled "Music + Film" that happens at the SVA on 4/28 (3:30 PM) also features Q-Tip and director Todd Haynes, who made the unconventional Dylan biopic, I'm Not There, and the pseudo-Bowie biopic, Velvet Goldmine. Free tickets are available.
For fans of concert photography, there's Who Shot Rock n' Roll: The Film, featuring interviews with Edward Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Guy Webster and more. Tickets are still available for the 4/23 screening at Clearview Chelsea (9:30 PM) and rush tickets are available for 4/20 at the Village 7 (noon), 4/26 at Clearview Chelsea (7 PM), and 4/28 at Tribeca Cinemas (5 PM)
Not music-related but one we're more than a little curious about is Lil Bub & Friendz which looks at the internet's obsession with all things cats. There's a free screening of the film on 4/20 (8 PM) at Tribeca Drive-In (Brookfield Place, World Financial Plaza). Additional ticketed screenings happen on 4/18 at the SVA (9:30), as well as 4/23 (6 PM) and 4/25 (3 PM) at the Village 7 (tickets).
There's lots of other films playing too, obviously, and you can peruse Tribeca Film Festival's 2013 line-up here. Trailers for films mentioned in this post are below.
A still from 'Mistaken for Strangers'
The National, who'll headline the Barclays Center in June, are the subject of a new tour documentary, Mistaken for Strangers, which will make its premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (April 17 - 28). The film was directed by Tom Berninger, whose brother Matt is lead singer of The National. Here's the synopsis:
Adrift in life and fuelled by the desire to create, Tom Berninger accepts his brother's offer to come on The National tour as a roadie and decides to chronicle his experiences with the band. Although Tom starts off with dreams of making a rock documentary (you can watch the portaits he made on each of the band members), a different story emerges as tensions among the band members lead to unforeseen drama. Following the band from Berlin to Paris to Los Angeles to a 2010 Obama rally in Madison, Wisconsin, Mistaken for Strangers is not your typical road documentary.The film will screen on April 17 and will be followed by a special live performance by The National.
Festival packages go on sale to AmEx cardholders on Monday (3/4), which is one day before the entire slate of films for Tribeca will be announced. Festival passes go on sale to the general public following Monday (3/11). Individual tickets will go on sale 4/9 for AmEx cardholders, 4/14 for downtown residents and 4/15 to the general public.
In related news, The National are co-headlining (with fun.) the Boston Calling Music Festival which goes down in Beantown on May 25 and 26. The fest also includes appearances by The Shins, Of Monsters & Men, Dirty Projectors, Andrew Bird and more. Tickets to Boston Calling go sale Friday, March 8 and the whole line-up is below.
by Bill Pearis
It's a good week for fans of early '70s cult artist Rodriguez, as he plays a rare show at Joe's Pub Wednesday night (4/25), his first visit to NYC
since 2009 December 2011 when he opened for Charles Bradley at Bowery Ballroom.
He's here as the acclaimed Rodriguez documentary Searching for Sugar Man, screens at the Tribeca Film Festival this week: tonight (4/24, 9:30PM) at the BMCC Tribeca PAC and then Friday (4/27, 6PM) at the Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7. Tickets are still available to both screenings. The synopsis:
Aspiring '70s folk rock musician Rodriguez never made it big. Despite critical praise, his albums bombed in the U.S., and he faded promptly into obscurity, leaving behind only urban legends of a gruesome onstage suicide. But somehow a bootleg copy of his album made its way to apartheid South Africa, where his antiestablishment message and distinctive sound resonated with the youth protest movement there, making Rodriguez an instant superstar. Decades later, two intrepid fans decide to investigate whatever happened to the mysterious rocker. While initially frustrated by a dearth of leads, they eventually trace his roots to 1970s Detroit and a producer named Mike Theodore, who drops a bombshell that completely changes the nature of their investigation.If you can't make this week's Tribeca Film Festival screenings, Searching for Sugar Man opens in NY and LA on July 27, with more cities to follow. Light in the Attic reissued both of Rodriguez' albums -- 1970's Cold Fact and 1971's Coming from Reality -- and you can stream them via Spotify. Rodriguez' 2009 tour found him backed by members of Reigning Sound and the Fresh & Onlys. Not sure who, if anyone, is playing with him for this Joe's Pub show on Wednesday.
Truly stranger than fiction, this story of a Mexican-American folk singer from Detroit and his unforeseen success spans decades and continents, and is aptly unraveled to the soundtrack of Rodriguez' own haunting original songs. Ultimately the fans uncover a convoluted and unbelievable true story of success, obscurity, politics, and the power of music itself.
Other music films in this year Tribeca Film Festival include Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey and a film about John Forte who also played a NYC show in conjunction with his film (at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday).
Click through for clips from Search for Sugar Man plus live performance footage from his 2009 tour.
At Tribeca, the phrase "sold out" is not in our lexicon. If the screening you want does not have any more tickets available, check out our Rush Tickets policy and try your luck!The Tribeca Film Festival begins today. Check out our previously posted rundown which includes a bit about the PS22 Chorus documentary. Check out an interview with the chorus's director Gregg Breinberg at Tribeca's site where you'll also find the full schedule and links to remaining tickets. Watch a Wall Street Journal feature on the fest and its big films, below...
While many Film Festivals simply close the door when tickets for a screening sell out in advance, that is not the case at Tribeca. Instead, to make each film accessible to as many movie fans as possible, Tribeca uses a Rush Tickets policy.
Here's how it works: For each screening or panel discussion that is offering Rush Tickets, a line will begin to form roughly 45 minutes before the event's start time. 15 minutes before the event begins, people on the line will be allowed to purchase Rush Tickets and get into the event, as capacity allows. Note: there is a limit of one rush ticket per person.
Rush Tickets are not discounted*, and Tribeca can't guarantee that if you're on the line, you'll be able to get in. That being said, if you show up 45 minutes in advance, your odds look all right. And let's face it--if a film's screening is limited to Rush Tickets, there's probably a reason it's so popular.
So pass the time with a magazine, catch up with friends on social media, or simply enjoy the scenery. How long is 45 minutes, anyway?
by Andrew Marinaccio
The Tribeca Film Festival is readying itself for another week-long celebration of cinema next month. Screening from Thursday, April 18-29, the event will continue its customary beats, including a variety of talks ranging from a chronicle of Universal Studios with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Judd Apatow to modern efforts in Avant-Garde film preservation, a gallery installation at New York Academy featuring winning artwork from the festival's jury competition, and family events including an ESPN-sponsored sports day and street fair. Or, if you're feeling limber, you even can attend a showing of "The Goonies" where you can compete in a no-holds-barred "Truffle Shuffle" dance contest. A full list of events can be found here.
Documenting the 150-year history of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, director Michael Sládek (Con Artist) compiles footage from the landmark venue's illustrious past performers in Bam150, including recent interviews with Laurie Anderson and performing arts authority Robert Wilson. The film turns to art history in articulating BAM's role in legitimzing Brooklyn as a modern "cultural Mecca."
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey tells the story of 2006 Internet curio Arnel Pineda, a Manila native who rose to postmodern stardom via Youtube videos of his cover band's performances. While exposure launched him to ubiquity, it also brought him closer to the bands he emulated than most music video hit-mongers, landing him a singing gig as the successor to Steve Perry in Journey. The documentary follows Pineda from slum squalor to world-tour escapades, studying how he's dealt with the "demands of his newfound fame."
First Winter, the feature-length directorial debut of NYU film graduate Benjamin Dickinson (who's directed music videos for Q-Tip, LCD Soundsystem, and The Rapture) dares to ask what happens to a group of isolated Brooklyn hipsters during a stark blackout when the "sex, drugs, and acoustic guitars" grow dull and give way to tension that threatens their ability to survive the "apocalyptic" outage. Self-proclaimed hipster context aside, the film seems scant on ironic snark as the clan ernestly attempts to rough it in the frigid sticks.
Brooklyn rapper and producer John Forte, most known for his Grammy-winning record work with The Fugees' on The Score, is followed on his "From Brooklyn to Russia With Love Tour!" the first major undertaking of his multimedia company Le Castle in Russian Winter. Petter Ringbom's documentary captures one of the greater creative shifts of a musician reclaiming momentum after serving an 8-year prison prison sentence in the last decade, immersing himself in the sounds of distant culture as he remains dedicated to continuing the art fate gave him a second chance at publically making.
the PS22 Chorus (photo by Bao Nguyen)
Another Youtube phenomenon, the often-seen-on-BV PS22 Chorus, have their viral stardom explained in Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story. Focusing on their days leading up to their performance at the 2011 Academy Awards, chorus teacher Gregg Breinberg attempts to organize his students amid adolescent insecurities like homesickness, feeling left out, and the intevitable disorientation of instant fame. There will be a Q&A with Breinberg and director Jonathan Kalafer after the screening (which is also the film's world premiere).
Editors's note: Not only in the name of full disclosure, we're also proud to point out that BrooklynVegan contributed to the PS22 documentary in small ways whenever possible, including introducing the director (an old friend who happened to decide to take this project on) to BrooklynVegan photographer Bao Nguyen who you will notice is listed as one of the film's producers and Director of Photography. Go Bao!
The Zen of Bennett documents legendary crooner and all-around class-act Tony Bennett as he recorded his latest Duests compilation with the likes of Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, and Amy Winehouse. Aside from a short monologue on the obscelence found in modern consumer culture that'll leave you "broke" (stating to have come from an era when "everything was made with quality") he riffs on that topic by simply saying that he hopes to bring that old-world standard of quality to his performances, which Bennett believes is ultimately what the public notices. If Zen gives him the chance to wax philsophic, modern cool should probably pay heed to the teachings from the Book of Bennett and learn a thing or two.
What do you want to see? What else is worth noting? What did we miss?
Ticket packages are available now, with single tickets on sale to the general public on April 16 and on sale to AmEx card holders as of today. Check here for a full list of ticket options and single ticket sale dates for downtown residents (and try their Facebook ticketing thing if you're having trouble figuring it all out like we are).
Trailers and other links below...
Clipse @ Highline Ballroom in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Kate Biggar @ The Stone
* Down @ Starland Ballroom
* Elisa Ambrogio @ The Stone
* The Roulette Sisters @ Barbes
* Jon Anderson of Yes @ BB King's
* Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
* Cheick Hamala Diabate @ Barbes
* Marshall Crenshaw @ City Winery
* Tiajuana Caravan @ Mercury Lounge
* Egyptrixx, Cubic Zirconia @ Glasslands
* of Montreal, Painted Palms @ Webster Hall
* Yelle, French Horn Rebellion @ Irving Plaza
* LAKE, AgesandAges, Sea of Bees @ Mercury Lounge
* Double Negative, Kim Phuc, Nomos @ 538 Johnson
* Cherry Blossom Festival @ Brooklyn Botanic Garden
* DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Magic in Threes @ Southpaw
* White Fence, Family Portrait, Easter Vomit @ Cake Shop
* A-Trak, Clipse, Kid Sister, The Gaslamp Killer @ Terminal 5
* Paul Collins' Power Pop A Licious Festival @ Asbury Lanes
* Mr. Dream, Shapes, Yvette, Young Adults, Lettercamp @ Pianos
* Air Waves, Soft Healer, Hatchet Wound, Widowspeak @ Glasslands
* Titus Andronicus, The Suzan, Dinowalrus @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gordon Voidwell, Chin Chin, Emily Warren & The Betters @ 92YTribeca
* Alejandro Escovedo, Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social @ The Bell House
* Pearl & The Beard, Kingsley Flood, Ugly Purple Sweater @ The Rock Shop
* Sexy Crimes, Sports Bar, Crazy and The Brains, Nuclear Santa Claust @ The Acheron
* CunninLynguists, Tonedeff, Blue Sky Black Death, Bed Stuy Chew @ Knitting Factory
* Bang on a Can All-Stars, Eighth Blackbird, Kronos Quartet, So Percussion (The Music of Steve Reich - 75th Birthday Celebration) @ Carnegie Hall
* Japanther, Florida, The Courtesy Tier, The Wicked Tomorrow, Baby Brother, Live Footage, Jessy Tomsko (Japan Fundraiser) @ Brooklyn Fire Proof East
Go Green! Greenpoint Earth Day festival is today (12-4 PM) at McCarren Park, Brooklyn.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is happening at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Today is also the Tribeca Film Fest Street Fair.
The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival opening night announcement has been the buzz of the city for the past few weeks, with lots of questions circling about how New Yorkers can get a seat at the free outdoor screening of Cameron Crowe's documentary, The Union.Elton John announced today that he'll be playing at Ceasars in Vegas for at last another three years. Tickets for the first 16 shows go on sale April 25th.
Set to premiere at 8:15 pm on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, The Union chronicles the making of the 2010 album of the same name, a collaboration between pop icon Elton John and legendary rock 'n' roll keyboardist Leon Russell. Crowe is, of course, known for making classic music narratives, including Singles (1992) and Almost Famous (2000), and fans can't wait to see what he does in the documentary format with Elton and Leon.
We've been working hard on a plan for the opening night event, which will be co-sponsored by AOL, supported by Goldman Sachs, and hosted by Brookfield Properties, the owner of the World Financial Center, the location of the outdoor festivities. And special thanks to ESPN.
Here's the scoop:
• A TFF wristband is required to be seated at the event.
• Wristbands will be distributed to the public on a first-come, first-served basis on April 20 at 4:00 pm.
• The distribution site is the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center--at the West Side Highway entrance, just north of Chambers. (See #4 on our Maps page.)
• There will be a limit of two wristbands per person.
• When you get your wristband, you will also get a list of details about how, when, and where to find your seat.
• The screening will begin at 8:15 pm on April 20.
• Details are still being firmed up, but programming at the Plaza may begin at approximately 7:30.
• Note: Venue access and capacity are at the discretion of the NYPD.
As that little banner I grabbed off their site says, tickets go on AmEx presale today (4/12) for Tribeca Film Festival movies. To be more exact, starting at 11am, "Single Tickets on sale exclusively for American Express® Cardmembers (Online, Phone, and Ticket Outlets)." Tickets then go on sale to "downtown residents" starting at the same time on Sunday. General public can grab tickets starting Monday, April 18th.
Music-related films this year include Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, Mama Africa (about Miriam Makeba), The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Crash&Burn, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, Sing Your Song (about Harry Belafonte who will also be on hand for a conversation moderated by "noted broadcaster" Tavis Smiley), The Swell Season (a documentary about Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova and their film Once), The Union (about Elton John & Leon Russell), When the Drum is Beating (about Haiti's 20-member band Septentrional), Roadie (about a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult), and Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon.
Elton John will also be performing live on opening night, April 20th...
"The first big piece of news about the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival has broken, and it's a doozy. To open the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express®, we've assembled some serious talent: award-winning director Cameron Crowe, seminal rock keyboardist Leon Russell, and Elton John, with the latter performing live on April 20!According to comments on the fest's blog, they're working out a wristband distribution system for the free concert.
What do these three men have in common? Well, in 2009, Elton John teamed up with his longtime idol Russell to make an album called The Union, produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett. Director Crowe--himself an avid music fan, having explored the musician's life in such classics as Almost Famous and Singles--decided to film their collaborative process, from writing through recording. The result is a documentary of the same name, the world premiere of which will be shown as the opening night film on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
"As a longtime fan of both artists, it was a pleasure to spend a year filming their collaboration," said Cameron Crowe. "We can't wait to show it to one of the greatest audiences in the world, the Tribeca Film Festival."
What's more, with this year being the 10th edition of the Festival, opening night will be a free, outdoor screening--as a sincere thank-you to the New York City community for its ongoing support. After the film screens at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza, the legendary Elton John will perform live for the audience. How cool is that?...
....Details will follow about how YOU can join us on opening night. We can't wait to share The Union with you!" [Tribeca Film Fest]
Omar & fan @ Tribeca Film Festival - Apr 22, 2010 (Sylvia Hatred)
The new date for the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group show at Highline Ballroom is September 17th. Tickets are on sale. The Mars Volta member's film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last night. As you can see above, Omar was in attendance.
Squeeze & Cheap Trick play Radio City Music Hall in NYC on July 13th. Tickets just went on sale.
Matmos and So Percussion will be playing at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, June 9th. Tickets are on sale now.
Saturday night's show at Bruar Falls is free and going to be packed.
Also free: the shows at Grand Central for Earth Day today.
Gainsbourg, Je t'Aime... Moi Non Plus
The Tribeca Film Festival runs this year from April 21st to May 2nd, and the offerings include a number of music flicks, many with in-person Q&A's attached. The schedule includes two new biopics Gainsbourg, Je t'Aime... Moi Non Plus and the life of The Blockheads' Ian Dury Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. There's also Rush:Beyond the Lighted Stage with members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in attendance, and Last Play at Shea, which focuses on the stadium's history as a music venue and includes footage of Shea's last concert, by Billy Joel, who will be at the screening.
Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez directed The Sentimental Engine Slayer which makes its North American premiere at the festival on April 22nd with Omar in attendance.
Less than two weeks later Omar headlines a concert at Highline Ballroom. Omar was set to play a NYC show less than two weeks later, but it has been postponed.
Free programs include Tribeca Drive-In movie series from April 22-24 at the World Financial Center, which will screen Big and other films.
Festival packages are on sale now. For individual films, tickets go on AmEx presale starts today at 11am. Then there's a presale for "downtown" residents only (in person, with proof of zip code below Canal St) on Sunday, April 18th. Finally, tickets go on sale to the public Monday, April 19th at 11am. "Tickets for the Festival will be $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings and $8.00 for daytime weekday and late night screenings. TFF will also offer a selection of screenings that include in-depth panel discussions with filmmakers and talent for $25.00."
Info on the above-mentioned films and more, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Ted Leo played a three song, acoustic set at 92YTribeca last night (4/23). The mostly-comedy show was not affiliated with the Tribea Film Festival, though the fest is holding some events at that venue and many other places in the same neighborhood this week.
Ted Leo performed his firs two songs solo, one of which was a cover of Nick Lowe's "So It Goes". The third song was a duet with comedian, and host of the evening, Paul F. Tompkins. They did "Atlantis" by Donovan. Ted Leo's next NYC-area show is in NJ. More pictures from 92Y below...
Spike Lee got this Broadway hit on film. Now you can see this coming-of-age Bohemian rhapsody on the big screen.
A reminder (and this is from the tickets page): Never Say "Sold Out" - Even if advance tickets are no longer available, don't give up--just think RUSH TICKETS. We admit those standing in the RUSH TICKETS line approximately 15 minutes prior to a film or panel's scheduled start time, until a theater is at capacity. Lines begin forming approximately 60 minutes before each screening, so be sure to arrive early.
This reminder applies to quick-selling flicks like Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful, Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB, and Soundtrack for a Revolution. Don't forget: there is also the chance of additional screenings being added.
[A Song For You: The '09 Festival's Musical Films]
photos by Paul Bachmann
The first free Brooklyn 'Pool Party' of the summer will happen (at McCarren Pool) on June 29, 2008. The linuep is: The Hold Steady, The Loved Ones, and The Muslims, and the date is not long before the Hold Steady release their fourth album...
Stay Positive is due July 14 in the UK from new overseas home Rough Trade and July 15 in the States from Vagrant. The John Agnello-produced set, recorded in the greater New York metropolitan area this winter, sports both a wider array of instrumentation than past Hold Steady discs, and lyrics that concern themselves with "the attempt to age gracefully." Check out our chat with Craig and guitarist Tad Kubler from February for a little more insight into the forthcoming disc straight from the source. [Pitchfork]Friday night was the Tribeca Film Festival show at Webster Hall (May 2, 2008). Those who were there said it was good, but short. The Hold Steady's set was less than an hour with no encore. That's because there were lots of bands on the bill and it was more a film festival event than a proper concert. More photos from that, along with the new album tracklist, and tour dates, below....
Enjoy cinema under the stars! The Tribeca Drive-In, the Festival's classic outdoor screening series, will present a 25th anniversary celebration of "Thriller," the family-friendly Meerkat Manor, and the winning film of the Fans' Favorite Football Flick in the plaza of the World Financial Center, April 24-26. Screenings are free and open to the public, and doors open at 6:30 p.m., with programs beginning at 7:30 and screenings at 8. [Tribeca Film Festival]Tonight "Join filmmaker and 'Thriller' video director John Landis for a special 25th anniversary screening of Michael Jackson's epic 1984 music video, plus the classic Making of Thriller. Learn the Thriller dance and take part in the world's largest zombie disco..."
...and photos of Franz Nicolay playing on the street in Austin
There was a lot in that last post, so just to be clear:
Returning to the Tribeca Film Festival for a second time is Grammy-nominated music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who owns Chop Shop Music Supervision and recently launched her music label Chop Shop Records. Patsavas will curate Breaking the Band sponsored by Target, an exclusive live music showcase featuring The Hold Steady, The Virgins, and Republic Tigers that will take place Friday, May 2 at Webster Hall. Tickets will be available beginning Saturday, April 12 through the Tribeca Film Festival Box Office at www.tribecafilmfestival.org.More Hold Steady tour dates, and more photos of Franz Nicolay playing in the streets during SXSW a few weeks ago, below.....
The Hold Steady and The Virgins are playing Webster Hall on May 2nd. Tickets go on sale April 12th. Regina Spektor, Nick Lowe, Sondre Lerche and many others are playing the annual day show at Canal Room (April 29-May 2). This is all part of this year's Tribeca Film Festival which believe it or not includes movies too (Lou Reed's Berlin directed by Julian Schnabel included). The day shows are for festival pass holders only, but I have two pairs of tickets to give away that get you in to the Canal Room for the whole week. How to win, and full festival details/lineups, below.....