One of several 15-foot interactive Director’s Chairs installed by American Express in various locations in the city providing information about the Tribeca Film Festival.
The Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing. TriBeCa, a neighborhood in downtown Manhattan is a syllabic abbreviation of “TRIangle BElow CAnal Street.”
“The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival’s mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and allow its filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience. By upholding a belief in the artistic process as a means to tell the stories of loss and redemption, fear and prosperity, chaos and revolution with the spirit of independent film at the helm, the Tribeca Film Festival has succeeded in re-writing the story of Lower Manhattan. Since the inaugural festival, Lower Manhattan, once covered in rubble and shrouded in loss, has become a thriving cultural and economic center.
The sixth annual Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 25th to May 6th, 2007. The Festival is anchored in Tribeca and takes place in additional neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, featuring film screenings, special events, concerts, a family street fair, and panel discussions.”
Today marks the beginning of Spider-Man Week, as part of the film festival. The new movie Spider-Man 3 starring Tobey Maguire opens today in Queens, Peter Parker’s home.