May 2, 2004

Beyond Manhattan at The TriBeCa Film Festival

POST #    992

Yesterday afternoon, I went down to TriBeCa for the 3rd Annual TriBeCa Film Festival. It was my first time attending, but it was a lot of fun. The film festival was originally started to help revive the economy in Lower Manhattan after September 11th and to "celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center." Movies from around the world are shown and include shorts, documentaries, independant features, and even some studio releases.

One of the screenings that I watched yesterday was Beyond Manhattan, a collection of seven shorts that take place in New York City. The short film committee screened over 1500 entries and narrowed it down to Last Night, Transit, Exactly, Avenue X, Skips, Belle, and Gowanus, Brooklyn. Strangely, three of the seven movies took place in Manhattan despite the name of the series. While all the shorts were good, I really enjoyed Avenue X and Belle. Avenue X is about two teenage friends who are deaf and looking for something to do on Memorial Day. The film looks at the two friends as they make their way to Coney Island to ride the Cyclone. Belle is about an older woman from Brighton Beach and follows her as she sits on the boardwalk with her friends, goes shopping, and has a slight accident. It's kind of a sad story that isn't often told, but you know happens all the time.

The TriBeCa Film Festival started yesterday and runs through Sunday, May 9th. Beyond Manhattan plays one more time on May 7th at 9 p.m.

More information:
- TriBeCa Film Festival listing for "Beyond Manhattan"

Posted by tien mao in Movies, NYC at 10:12 AM



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