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New York, NY [March 15, 2010] – The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, the Founding Sponsor of the Festival, today announced its remaining out-of-competition feature film selections in the Encounters, Discovery, Cinemania and Spotlight sections. The Festival will take place from April 21 to May 2, 2010 in lower Manhattan, offering audiences film screenings, conversations and an array of free community events. As previously announced, the 2010 film selection encompasses feature films from 38 different countries, including 45 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 14 North American Premieres, 6 U.S. Premieres and 12 New York Premieres.


The Encounters section is comprised of 14 films that highlight works by a wide range of established talent and feature recognizable subjects.  Eleven of the 14 films are world premieres, including new works by Academy Award®-w-- inning filmmakers Alex Gibney and Chuck Workman, as well as Academy Award-nominated Dana Adam Shapiro, and featured actors include Ellen Barkin, Tilda Swinton, Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Brian Dennehy, Eddie Izzard, Kim Cattrall, Rashida Jones and Melissa Leo.


The Discovery section presents 17 films by new talent appealing to a range of tastes. Its documentaries showcase everything from the North Pole and Congressional redistricting to a comedy tour of the Middle East. Its narrative films feature performances by stars including Amy Sedaris, Jesse McCartney and Jay Baruchel, and the writing/directing debut of Omar Rodriguez Lopez of the Grammy-winning rock band Mars Volta. Cinemania, the section formerly known as Midnight, features new work by Hong Kong filmmaker Ho-Cheung Pang, the outrageous teen comedy Spork, and a new film by Kieran and John Carney, director of Oscar® winner Once.


The eight films in this year’s Spotlight section are all highly anticipated features. They include performances by Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall. The selection contains films from acclaimed filmmakers, including Academy Award® winners Aaron Schneider and Neil Jordan, and will be available to TFF audiences before they hit theaters.


This year for the first time, audiences will have the opportunity to experience the Festival from their homes. Through video-on-demand, more than 40 million households will have access to 12 feature length films acquired by the recently launched Tribeca Film. Seven of the 12 films are part of the 2010 TFF line-up and will be screened day-and-date with the Festival; they include five in the sections unveiled today.


Additionally, Tribeca has unveiled the eight films that have been curated for the Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFF Virtual), the online Festival experience that brings films in the Festival directly to audiences across the U.S. TFF Virtual will also feature panel discussions, Q&As with filmmakers and actors, live TFF red carpet action and more—all via the Internet.


“We are proud of how the entire program reflects the scope of filmmaking that is happening in the world today. Cinemania is a great cross-section of genre films. Asia has a strong presence with horror and action, while the Americans and Irish deliver the out-there humor,” said David Kwok, Director of Programming. “The Spotlight section is full of anticipated films by well known and admired talent. It’s great to give our audience the festival experience with these films before they get released.”


“Our Discovery and Encounters sections complement one another—one highlights fresh talent that is breaking onto the scene, while the latter continues to offer original films that reflect pop culture and contemporary issues,” said Genna Terranova, Senior Programmer. “Both categories are packed with entertaining stories about real life individuals and inventive characters. These films have a palpable energy with varying degrees of levity and seriousness.”


The complete list of films selected for Encounters, Discovery, Cinemania and Spotlight follow below, as well as the Tribeca Film Festival Virtual selections.



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This collection of engaging narrative and documentary features includes a mixture of mystery-thrillers and lighter fare with performances by Ellen Barkin, Tilda Swinton, Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Brian Dennehy, Eddie Izzard, Kim Cattrall, Rashida Jones and Melissa Leo. The selections include profiles of men who revolutionized music around the world—the legendary Canadian band Rush, British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury, and Long Island music legend Billy Joel—as well as a look into the life of a man who revolutionized hair and modern pop culture, Vidal Sassoon.

















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Innovative visions from emerging voices populate this selection of 17 films that range from light fun to provocative and timely. The section features documentaries about topics from urban surfing to the collaborative process of seminal downtown New York artists. From a prep school student who starts an underground movement to recruit fellow misfits to a lesbian-trannnie comedic love story set in Rio, from an envelope-pushing slap at the art world to unemployed friends who commit a seemingly inconsequential crime, these exciting narratives introduce us to characters stepping into varying situations that will change the course of their lives.




















An assortment of exciting and eclectic narrative films that push the boundaries of creativity and genre, offering smart thrills, spine-tingling horror, imaginative alternative realities and outrageous humor. From a Hong Kong woman’s violent rampage, a junior high hermaphrodite’s coming-of-age story, an exciting Vietmanese martial arts action movie, and a transploitation flick, this set of films may be shocking or creepy, but they are always fun filled crowd pleasers.









This noteworthy combination of narratives and documentaries from seven different countries includes features from critically acclaimed filmmakers, high-profile cast members and timely subjects. A woman searches for her husband amid the alluring beauty of Egypt. A lone fisherman reels in a mermaid-like catch who ignites an unforeseen passion. A cop with sociopathic tendencies cruises the streets of Texas. A pair of unlikely kidnappers hold the fate of a girl in their hands. Documentarians get below the surface of legendary showbiz icon Joan Rivers. These stories span the wide range of human nature and exhibit the incredible power of perseverance. Audiences will have an opportunity to catch these gems before they hit theaters.




·         Get Low, directed by Aaron Schneider, written by Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell. (USA) – New York Premiere, Narrative. In 1930s Tennessee, backwoods recluse Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is feared and shunned by the local townsfolk. Then Felix decides to plan a living funeral to lay his own legend to rest. But behind this surreal plan lies a devastating secret that must get out… Academy Award® winner Aaron Schneider makes a confident feature debut with this engrossing and slyly funny folk tale of forgiveness and redemption. With Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black. A Sony Pictures Classics release.








Films in the Encounters, Discovery, Cinemania and Spotlight sections are eligible for the Heineken Audience Award.



The following are the films featured in the online extension of the Festival, Tribeca Film Festival VirtualNice Guy Johnny, Elvis & Madona (Elvis e Madona), Spork, Buried Land, Into the Cold, Possessed (Bool-sin-ji-ok), Freetime Machos, The Sentimental Engine Slayer. All titles have been previously announced in their respective sections as part of the 2010 TFF program and are eligible to win the $25,000 cash prize for TFF Virtual Best Feature Film Award, sponsored by American Express. For more information about TFF Virtual, please visit


TFF will announce the short film program on March 18, 2010, and previously announced its feature film selections in the World Narrative and Documentary Competition, Showcase and Special Events sections on March 10, 2010.  A complete list of the feature films in this year’s Festival can be found at


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 American Express Cardmembers and go on sale today for the general public. All advance packages can be purchased online at, 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


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, 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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