Yes, that's right, Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing. The latest Shrek movie debuted last Thursday at Borough of Manhattan Community College's Tribeca Performing Arts Center. (No, I was not on the guest list). But an amazing slate of movies is on tap this year, playing mainly at three different theater complexes around town: the Village East Cinemas at 2nd Ave and 12th Street, Clearview Chelsea Cinemas at 8th Ave and 23rd Street, and the School of Visual Arts Theater building at 23rd Street between 8th and 9th. Tickets go fast, especially for the films with the most recognizable names, but there are still tickets left for lots of great shows.
Top of my list: The Infidel, Metropia, Gerrymandering, and Sons of Perdition. View the entire lineup and schedule at http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival.
People who think the $16 general admission ticket is too pricey can opt for a late night or early matinee tickets for just $8 (limited b availability). If you just HAVE to see a particular film that's sold out, RUSH tickets are usually available for at least the first five people in the rush line. But be aware that seats are harder to come by later in the festival, so book early or come early.
Or, check out the Virtual Pass lineup on-demand from your local cable company. 8 of the feature selections and several shorts are available for an amazing $45 price. That's just 3 regular screenings with enough left for a bottle of water! These and additional features will continue to be available after the festival on demand and on the large(r) screens of the Tribeca Film Center.
Low on dough? Head south to the Tribeca Drive-in at the World Financial Center Plaza, where you can find free outdoor screenings and activities. SVA Theater and Barnes & Noble at Union Square are hosting the Tribeca Talks series: industry panels in writing distribution and production. And the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair will be on Greenwich Street north of Chambers 10AM-6PM Saturday May 1. In the past, many celebrities have been spotted at this event!
If you're tired of schlock in 3D and want to see some good films, come down to Tribeca, support independent film and have a little fun!