|Robert De Niro & Jane Rosenthal|
The only problem I have with TFF is that it's become elitist, just like a lot of things that take place on the island of Manhattan. If you are in the film business or have a press credential, no problem but if you are not, good luck seeing anything. Films are sold out before the festival begins and TFF says no film is ever "sold out" because they have what they call a Rush line. However, for more popular films, the Rush line can be 2 city blocks long. It's definitely a crap shoot but not hopeless. I've waited on the line to no avail and then I've also done Rush to an extraordinary end. Last year as I waited for the world premiere screening of Travis Fine's Any Day Now - a film I have facebooked and blogged about many times - someone came up to me and offered me two tickets free of charge. I was alone and so I paid one ticket forward to a man who needed a single ticket and totally made his day. I will never forget what it was like to see that film with an audience who were all as blown away as I was by it and by the transcendent performance Alan Cumming gives. Daniel Day you were amazing, but Cumming gave the best performance of 2012 hands down and Any Day Now won Tribeca's Audience Award.
I attended TFF in 2011 and 2012. This year, I will miss it because I have to be in California. However, they have a Tribeca Online Film Festival - so I can watch a few features and shorts and vote on them. There are about 25 intriguing docs this year and here are the narrative features I'm most looking forward to: Adult World, Almost Christmas, Before Midnight, A Case of You, Just a Sigh, The Pretty One and Run and Jump. They are also screening The King of Comedy, starring none other than Robert De Niro for it's 30th anniversary, and And the Band Played On for its 20th.