2010 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Short Film Selections

  2010 Tribeca Film Festival, April 21 - May2

New York, NY [March 18, 2010] – The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, the Founding Sponsor of the Festival, today announced its line-up of short films.  Of the 2717 short film submissions received this year, the Festival has selected 47, among them Joachim Back’s 2010 Academy Award®-winning film for Best Live Action Short.  They will be presented in six thematic programs and among them are 21 world premieres, a record number for the Festival, which includes a short narrative directed and written by Kirsten Dunst. Selections also include films directed by Ken Jacobs, Max Hoffman, James Cromwell and Joshua Bell, and performances by Anthony Hopkins, Harry Dean Stanton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lukas Haas, Brian Geraghty, David Thewlis, Bobby Cannavale, Mariska Hargitay, Jesse L. Martin, Christopher Meloni, Sam Rockwell and Jesse Eisenberg.

This year’s Festival shorts are a collection of absorbing documentaries and compelling narratives that explore the full spectrum of human experience in new and surprising ways. They come from around the world and around the corner, presenting a wide range of perspectives and styles.  Stories range from the everyday to extraordinary circumstances, from family dramas to black comedies, with some twists and captivating characters. Returning TFF directors include Jacobs, Domenica Scorsese, Rodney Evans, Mark Street, Jean-Gabriel Periot, Tal Rosner, Bill Morrison, Thomas Hefferon and Sara Zandieh.

“It’s an exciting year for Tribeca as we explore new initiatives to widen audiences for short films,” said Maggie Kim, TFF Shorts Programmer. “But at the core, film festivals remain a unique and pivotal forum for short filmmakers to present their works on the big screen. With one  of our strongest shorts programs yet, and a record number of World and North American premieres from both returning and new filmmakers, we are confident that this year’s line-up will provide a memorable cinematic experience for our audiences.”

“Our six programs are arranged around themes that connect directly to audiences, though often in unexpected and clever ways,” said Sharon Badal, TFF shorts programmer. “They continue to expand the horizons of possibility for shorts, taking audiences on journeys that are vivid, mesmerizing and relatable—sometimes all at once.”

This year for the first time, audiences will have the opportunity to experience the Festival from their homes through a new online expansion, Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFF Virtual). Audiences across the U.S. will be able to watch a selection of films from this year’s TFF by purchasing a TFF Virtual premium pass, which will include 15 short films. TFF Virtual will also feature panel discussions, Q&A’s with filmmakers and actors, live TFF red carpet action and more – all via the Internet.

The 47 works in the 2010 TFF short film line-up are eligible to compete for combined cash and value-in-kind prizes totaling more than $15,000 for Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Student Visionary Award.  The 15 short selections that will be available on TFF Virtual will also be eligible to win the $5,000 cash prize for TFF Virtual Best Short Film Award, sponsored by American Express.

Following is a listing of the selected short films in the six programs in which they will be presented:

Hard Core

Our New York, New York program returns with strong characters set in the city that can make you or break you.  Sometimes it takes an antihero to clean up the streets in Something in the Air. A young man finds a safe space between the present and the afterlife in In Space. The 1940s jazz milieu sets the stage for a composer and his consequences in Billy and Aaron. The situation: three boys from Queens, a missing wallet and a prostitute named Cookie. In Bedford Park Boulevard, 15-year-old Byron struggles to outwit a school system that seems against him. Discover where the location is in F–K. Being a good neighbor brings about some bizarre consequences to a couple of The New Tenants.

  • Bedford Park Boulevard, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Felix Thompson (Student film)
  • Billy and Aaron, (USA, Netherlands), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Rodney Evans (TFF Virtual)
  • Cookie, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed and written by Francisco Ordonez (TFF Virtual)
  • F–K, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Rick Rodgers, written by Ed Vassallo (TFF Virtual)
  • In Space (Soonyakat), (Thailand, USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Visra Vichit-Vadakan (Student film)
  • The New Tenants, (USA, Denmark), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed by Joachim Back, written by David Rakoff 
  • Something in the Air, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed and written by Ramsay Davila (TFF Virtual)

Wishful Thinking

Characters are confronted by decisions and indecision in this narrative program.  In A Border Story, a Mexican immigrant and a young American boy try to survive the remote desert.A young woman attempts to regain both her mother’s trust and her daughter’s love in Delilah, Before. Hold your breath when three teenage boys break into their school in The Pool. Recent retiree Edgarfeels unneeded by society until he hatches a plan to change his life. A timid soundman teams up with a goth girl to get back what is rightfully his in Epic Fail. After a faked suicide attempt, Jay accepts visits from her well-meaning friends in Cried Suicide. At The Wake of his best friend’s father, a loser and a little boy form an unlikely friendship. More than Champagne is uncorked on New Year’s Eve for Zelda at The Dinner Party.

  • A Border Story, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Tobias Louie, written by Conor Welter, Tobias Louie
  • Cried Suicide, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed and written by Lauren Palmigiano (TFF Virtual)
  • Delilah, Before, (Singapore), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Melanie Schiele (Student film) (TFF Virtual)
  • The Dinner Party, (USA), Narrative, International Premiere, directed and written by Peter Glanz
  • Edgar, (Germany), Narrative, North American Premiere, directed and written by Fabian Busch (TFF Virtual)
  • Epic Fail (Epik feil), (Iceland), Narrative, North American Premiere, directed and written by Ragnar Agnarsson
  • The Pool, (Ireland), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Thomas Hefferon, written by Thomas Hefferon, TJ Hundtofte
  • The Wake, (Australia), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed by Gemma Lee, written by Charlie Clausen (TFF Virtual)

Identity Theft

Questions about who you are and what you want abound in these short films.  The breakup happens but the break does not in some boys don’t leave. When Ardal challenges Miss Purdy’s boyfriend to a duel for her affection, 2nd grade will never be the same in The Crush. After their crappy high school team loses the big game (again), a football player and a band geek confront each other on the way home in Poi Dogs. A vinyl Recordevokes memories of the past. An amusement park summer leads to life lessons in Loop Planes. A soldier father and his young son share a shave and say goodbye before a military mission in Kiss. A tattooed gang member’s outlook on life is changed forever when he takes a Day Trip. While under house arrest, Mauro is taunted by three local boys through his window in Arena.

  • Arena, (Portugal), Narrative, US Premiere, directed and written by JoaÞo Salaviza
  • The Crush, (Ireland), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Michael Creagh
  • Day Trip, (New Zealand), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Zoe McIntosh, written by Costa Botes (TFF Virtual)
  • Kiss (Kus), (Netherlands), Narrative, North American Premiere, directed and written by Joost van Ginkel (TFF Virtual)
  • Loop Planes, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed by Robin Wilby, written by Robin Wilby, Austen Rachlis (Student film) (TFF Virtual)
  • Poi Dogs, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Joel Moffett (TFF Virtual)
  • Record, (Canada), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Dylan Reibling (TFF Virtual)
  • some boys don’t leave, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Maggie Kiley, written by Matthew Mullen, Maggie Kiley (Student film)

Between the Lines

Things aren’t always as they appear in these short narrative films.  In Roots in Water, three estranged siblings reunite following the death of their mother to settle unfinished emotional business. Khani is faced with an overwhelming task by the wealthy family he serves in The Pool Party. Two slackers seek a solution to their financial problems with the help of a guru in The Third Rule. Father and daughter connect and converse in Brucie. A young girl’s low self-esteem is redeemed in Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here. A couple in crisis find their way to a desert motel in Bastard. Discover why the chicken did cross the road in Athena.

  • Athena, (USA), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed and written by Max Hoffman
  • Bastard, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Kirsten Dunst, written by Kirsten Dunst, Sasha Sagan
  • Brucie, (UK), Narrative, World Premiere, directed and written by Clair Breton (TFF Virtual)
  • Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here, (South Africa), Narrative, New York Premiere, directed by Bheki Sibiya, written by Sibongile Nkosana, Bongi Ndaba
  • The Pool Party, (Iran, USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed and written by Sara Zandieh (Student film)
  • Roots in Water, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Domenica Scorsese, written by Richard Nelson
  • The Third Rule, (USA), Narrative, World Premiere, directed by Aundre Johnson, written by Aundre Johnson, Aaron Crowe (TFF Virtual)

Flashback

The past collides with the present as these short documentaries relive and reflect politics, culture and music.  Her evolution is traced from farm girl to costume designer to civil rights activist in Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn. Actor/activist James Cromwell recalls his experience with the Black Panther Party in A .45 at 50th. Three immigrant soldiers sweat through basic training hoping to achieve US citizenship in New American Soldier. A momentary meeting becomes a search for love in Missed Connections. Meet Zeus, Cuba’s most popular heavy metal band, in Hard Rock Havana. New York, 1983, the Bronx—and the eruption of disco in White Lines & the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug.

  • A .45 at 50th, (USA), Documentary, New York Premiere, directed by Joshua Bell, John Cromwell, written by Joshua Bell (TFF Virtual) 
  • Hard Rock Havana, (Cuba/USA), Documentary, New York Premiere, directed by Nicholas Brennan (Student film) (TFF Virtual)
  • Missed Connections, (USA), Documentary, World Premiere, directed by Mary Robertson (TFF Virtual)
  • New American Soldier, (USA), Documentary, New York Premiere, directed by Emma Cott, Anna Belle Peevey (Student film)
  • Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn, (USA), Documentary, New York Premiere, directed and written by Nancy Kapitanoff, Sharon Yamato 
  • White Lines & the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug, (USA), Documentary, New York Premiere, directed by Travis Senger, written by Travis Senger, Mark Skillz

Experimental Collisions

Dynamic editing rhythms infuse these found footage, animation and live-action experimental movies, in which the filmmakers portray the human figure and the physical environment, as well as vision through the mind’s eye and the landscape of the film frame.

  • Berlin, (Canada), Narrative/Documentary, World Premiere, directed by Martin Laporte
  • BLACK WHITE BLACK WHITE, (USA), Narrative/Documentary, World Premiere, directed and written by John Thompson (Student film)
  • This disk is the same as the other one, Ce disque est le même que l’autre (France), Narrative/Documentary, North American Premiere, directed by Jean-Jacques Palix
  • Collision of Parts, (USA), Narrative/Documentary, World Premiere, directed by Mark Street
  • The Delicate Art of the Bludgeon (L’Art Deìlicat de la Matraque), (France), Narrative/Documentary, North American Premiere, directed by Jean-Gabriel Periot 
  • Grandmother’s Eye (Mormors Öga), (Sweden), Narrative/Documentary, North American Premiere, directed by Jonathan Lewald (Student film)
  • Lachen Verlernt, (UK), Narrative/Documentary, World Premiere, directed and written by Tal Rosner 
  • The Visible and Invisible of a Body Under Tension (Parties visible et invisible d’un ensemble sous tension), (France), Narrative/Documentary, North American Premiere, directed by Emmanuel Lefrant
  • Release, (USA), Narrative/Documentary, World Premiere, directed by Bill Morrison
  • Walkway, (USA), Narrative/Documentary, North American Premiere, directed by Ken Jacobs 

Short Screening with Feature

  • Yanqui Walker, (USA), Documentary, New York Premiere, directed by Kathryn Ramey (screening with The Travelogues)

Additional information for all these short films can be viewed in the Press section of the Tribeca Film Festival website, www.tribecafilm.com/festival.

Tickets for 2010 Festival

Tickets for the Festival will be $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings and $8.00 for daytime weekday and late night screenings.

Advance selection ticket packages are now on sale for the general public. All advance packages can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com, or by telephone, toll free, at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

Single ticket and discounted ticket package sales begin for American Express Cardmembers on April 13, 2010, for downtown residents on April 18, 2010, and for the general public on April 19, 2010. Single tickets can be purchased online, by telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, located at the Tribeca Cinemas Ticket Window at 54 Varick Street and an additional location to be determined. The 2010 Festival will continue ticket discounts for evening and weekend screenings for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only. Discounted packages can only be purchased online and by phone. Additional information and further details on the Festival can be found at www.tribecafilm.com.

About the Tribeca Film Festival:

Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.

The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. 

The Tribeca Festival has screened over 1100 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 2.3 million attendees and has generated an estimated $600 million in economic activity for New York City

About the 2010 Festival Sponsors:

As Founding Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, American Express is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of filmmaking, bringing business and energy to New York City and offering Cardmembers and Festival-goers the opportunity to enjoy the best of storytelling through film.

The Festival is pleased to announce the return of its Signature Sponsors: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Apple, Bloomberg, Brookfield, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Delta Air Lines, Heineken USA, NBC 4 New York, NCM Media Networks, New York Nonstop, The New York Times, RR Donnelley, and Vanity Fair.  The Tribeca Film Festival is also honored to welcome the following new Signature Sponsor: Stolichnaya Vodka.

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