FREE Events Not To Miss at the Tribeca Film Festival

By - Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off today. The festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in response to 9/11 to help revitalize in the Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. It has come a long way and now draws an estimated three million people, including often-elusive celebrities from the worlds of art, film, and music and generates $600 million annually. Although going to the movies or purchasing a pass could be costly, each year the city is filled with free events taking place as part of the festival. We combed through all of the screenings and panel discussions and everything else going on to compile our list of the best FREE events to check out during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca Drive In From April 19-21 “The Drive In” will be playing movies outside in the open air next to the Hudson River and the World Financial Center. Doors open at 6 pm and the film screening starts at dusk, around 8:15 pm. The Drive-In is open to the public, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The events will also be having film related activities and live music. On Thursday, 4/19, the festival kick things off with Steven Spielberg’s original summer blockbuster, Jaws. On Friday, 4/20 the film will be The Goonies. There will also be a treasure hunt onsite. On Saturday 4/21 the documentary Knuckleball will be on screen. There will also be a pre-film baseball trivia event and pitching clinics with R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets; Tim Wakefield, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox until his recent retirement; and former Yankee Jim Bouton. Family Festival Street Fair On Saturday 4/28 from 10am to 6pm the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair will be taking place on Greenwich Street (from Hubert to Chambers Streets). There will be games, activities, live Broadway performances, arts and crafts, storytelling, free screenings, local restaurants and merchants, and much more. Tribeca Talks On Fri. 4/20 at 1pm at Barnes and Noble Union Square there is a talk about biographical documentaries and the unique ways in which they explore the life of a real individuals and shape peoples stories into film. The talk is given by Ramona S. Diaz, Petter Ringbom, Andreas Koefoed, and Daniel A. Miller. The event is moderated by documentary consultant and Sundance Film Festival programming associate, Basil Tsiokos. On Sat. 4/21 at 1pm at Barnes and Noble Union Square there is a talk called ‘The Pen Versus the Sword’ about creativity and social change moderated by Caryn James led by filmmakers Antoniono D’Ambrosio, Stephen Maing and Raymond De Felitta. On Tue. 4/24 at 2:30pm at the SVA Theater 2 Beatrice, there will be a talk about how the Internet and other platforms like Hulu, Netflix, Yahoo!, and the New York Times are becoming more commercially viable as distribution outlets for good stories told through film, making the opportunities for creating original short-form content more lucrative and viable. Morgan Spurlock (Mansome), filmmaker Annie Sundberg (Knuckleball!), Jason Spingarn-Koff of the New York Times Op-Docs series, YouTube’s Director of Content Partnerships Laura Lee, and others will discuss the power, art, and business of short-form storytelling. The talk will be moderated by Jason Wishnow, Director of Film and Video at TED. On Wed. 4/25 at 2:30pm at the SVA Theater 2 Beatrice there will be a panel addressing Hollywood’s portrayal of illicit networks that traffic everything from narcotics and weapons to body parts and human beings. A panel of experts will separate fact from fiction to launch a critical dialogue. The talk will be moderated by Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas. Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day On Saturday 4/21 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day will bring a soccer tournament to Pier 40 and will feature sports and entertainment celebrities in a celebrity match. Future of Film Lunch Series On Tuesday 4/24 at 12:00noon at 92Y Tribeca there will be a presentation by Elisabeth Holm (Director of Kickstarter) and David Karp (Founder of Tumblr). They will discuss the latest developments from these two market leaders and how their future will contribute to the future of film. Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day On Sat. 4/28 from 10:00am-6:00pm at N. Moore Street (from Greenwich St to West St) there will be a vast array of sports activities, games, and contests. Local athletes, mascots, and sports personalities will be onsite to engage fans in one-of-a-kind athletic fun. There will be a “Wheels of Freestyle BMX Stunt Show.” BMX riders will be flying through the air and performing crazy tricks for audiences. They will be performing at the following showtimes 12:00, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 PM. You can check out a full listing of events on the Tribeca Film Festival Website.

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