Getting in gear for Tribeca

The 2011 Awards Season train has left the Sundance station and is onto its next stop….Tribeca. The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival announced the firs the first half of films selected to premiere at the festival.

In the World Narrative Competition, 8 countries are represented and 7 films will have their world premiere at the festival. Films include:

  • Buried Land–directed by Geoffrey Alan Rhodes and Steven Eastwood.

This film will have its World and Tribeca Film Fest premiere and will also premiere virtually. More info on the virtual premieres here.

Also competing in the World Narrative Competition is:

  • William Vincent--directed by Jay Anania

“William Vincent” stars recent festival regular James Franco and it will also be a world premiere.

12 documentaries will compete at the festival in the World Documentary Feature Competition. One that I’m particularly looking forward to is “Sons of Perdition” directed by Jennilynn Merten and Taylor Measom. The US documentary will have its world premiere at the festival and here is a brief synopsis of it:

In the polygamist community cultivated by the notorious (and now incarcerated) “prophet” Warren Jeffs, women are a commodity, children are reared to be ignorant, and free thought is surrendered. For a group of teenage boys, the desire for autonomy means banishment from their homes and families. This fascinating documentary explores the heartbreaking losses and hopeful determination of these exiles as they struggle to make new lives in mainstream America. (TribecaFilm.com)

The Showcase sections feature a wide array of stories, each from a different country. And the Special Events showcase will feature an Untitled Elliot Spitzer project, which is sure to be the buzz of the festival.

For a complete list of the 34 films that were announced yesterday, click here.

The Tribeca Film Festival will be held in New York City starting April 21-May 2. I had the opportunity last year to be in town while the festival was going on, and although I didn’t catch any famous people or films, the atmosphere was incredible. So I can only imagine great things for this year as well.

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