Cinephiles, rejoice! The annual Tribeca Film Festival kicks off today and will run through the 28th, giving film fans of every ilk plenty of time to find some movie they'll love. Want to catch some classics? Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds will get a screening, as will Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. (The movies turn 50 and 25 this year, respectively, which is even more terrifying than insane seagulls and ghosts.)
For a full look at what the festival is offering this year, visit www.tribecafilm.com/festival, which city website Gothamist notes offers not only listings for the screenings, talks and events, but also a blog with daily updates. Click here for tickets...
Before Midnight (Director: Richard Linklater)
Catch up with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julia Delpy) now that they are in their 40s. This is the third chapter in the tale of the star-crossed lovers, who first met in Before Sunrise way back in 1995 and Before Sunset in 2004. This time around they're crossing paths in Greece. (Because after Vienna and Paris, Greece was the logical next choice.)
Bluebird (Director: Lance Edmands)
This film is about a bus driver, a bartender, and a bluebird that shows "the interconnectivity of life." It stars Amy Morton, John "Roger Sterling" Slattery, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale and Adam Driver (from Girls).
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (Director: Sam Fleischner)
This feature film is based on a true story, and was filmed in the Rockaways (in part during Hurricane Sandy). An autistic boy escapes into the subway and stays there for days while his mother searches for him and Hurricane Sandy closes in on the city.
And The Band Played On (Director: Roger Spottiswoode)
"Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, And the Band Played On aired at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the early ’90s, examining the facts surrounding the deadly disease and debunking many of its myths." Even if you've seen the film before, this is part of Tribeca Talks: After the Movie series, and there will be a panel conversation following the screening featuring Matthew Modine, Philadelphia screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, and How to Survive a Plague filmmaker David France. The panel will explore how the AIDS crisis has activated a cross section of storytelling amongst scientists, artists and politicians.
Tribeca Talks: Directors Series: Jay Roach with Ben Stiller
Director Jay Roach will talk with Ben Stiller on Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. at BMCC Tribeca PAC. What else do you need?!