Tribeca Film Festival: A Downtown Home for Film


Filmmaking is a fundamentally collaborative art, and each year the Tribeca Film Festival not only showcases that art, but is itself a collaboration among filmmakers, film lovers, and the city of New York. And so, it’s all the more fitting that this year’s festival, which runs from April 24 through May 5, will kick off with a film that is the collaboration between two of the world’s great explorers. The film is Werner Herzog’s documentary “Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin,” and it’s the kind of dream project that the festival is famous for unveiling to the world.

When you live in the luxury Tribeca residences at the Woolworth Tower Residences, the Tribeca Film Festival is a landmark event in your neighborhood, and sets a tone of creative excitement all year long. Highlights of this year’s lineup include conversations between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence, and Queen Latifah and Dee Rees. Other not-to-be-missed events include premiers of films by movie stars turned directors Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Christoph Waltz, and a documentary about singer Linda Ronstadt, which will be followed by a live performance by Sheryl Crow.

The festival will mark the anniversaries of classic films, including “Reality Bites” and “Say Anything,” by reuniting the casts and filmmakers. The 30th anniversary screening of “Say Anything” will take place on April 30 and will be followed by a conversation with Cameron Crowe, John Cusack, and Ione Skye. Then, on May 4, a 25th anniversary screening of “Reality Bites” will be followed by a conversation with Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke, and Winona Ryder.

Closing the festival will be Danny Boyle’s much-anticipated musical comedy “Yesterday,” in which a young singer is the only person left on Earth who remembers the Beatles. The film features Lily James of “Cinderella” and “Downton Abbey” fame, and breakout star Himesh Patel, who brings to the film his renditions of the Beatles’ greatest hits.

This year, the last day of the festival will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which took place in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Neil Patrick Harris and Asia Kate Dillon, among a host of other celebrities, will be there to mark this seminal event in the history. Along with these speakers, the event will include a roster of short films and a showing of “Wig,” a film about the art of drag and about the Wigstock festival in particular. It’s another testament to how connected this festival is to the history of New York, and the extent to which creativity is such a part of the city’s identity.

The festival is a celebration of Downtown New York as much as it is about the art of cinema. For residents of the Woolworth Tower Residences, being a part of this annual event not only gives you access to the best films being made right now, but it also connects you more deeply to the Downtown Manhattan creative community. Be sure to take advantage of this local event, only minutes away from The Woolworth Tower Residences.

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