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The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Cheat Sheet

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The Ultimate Tribeca Film Festival Cheat Sheet:

It’s one of the best times of the year in New York City: Tribeca Film Festival Week! Some of the best new, and classic, films from across the world are coming to NYC for what is sure to be another incredible 12 days of screenings, talks and events throughout Lower Manhattan. Here’s our cheat sheet to everything you should know about the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

The Films

The films begin screening on Wednesday, April 16 and continue through Sunday, April 27. This year, there are nearly 200 films being featured at the festival, broken up into four different groups: Narratives, Documentaries, Features and Shorts. These films encompass 27 different genres and come from 45 different countries.

For a full list of films, with descriptions and screening times, check out the official 2014 Film Guide.

Innovation Week

This year, from April 21-26, the Tribeca Film Festival is hosting Innovation Week, “A place for gamers, coders, hackers, screenwriters, futurists, directors, financiers, and anyone who has a story to tell.” Aaron Sorkin will kick off the week’s activities with a talk about the future of film. Throughout the wee you can expect more Future of Film discussions, the largest gaming event in NYC, Tribeca Hacks, Innovation Awards and more!

Check out all of the Tribeca Innovation Week activities on their website.

Sports Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival is working in conjunction with ESPN to host nine films dedicated to “celebrating competition, passion and teamwork through a variety of captivating sport-themed, films, events, and panel discussions with both established and first-time filmmakers.”

There will be a conversation about creating authentic sports stories with Peter Berg and Connor Schell on April 26, and nine highly anticipated sports themed films. I personally am most excited for Champs, which will be followed by a Tribeca Talk with Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, as well as boxing promoter Lou DiBella and director Bert Marcus.

Tribeca Talks

One of the things that makes the Tribeca Film Festival so great are the Tribeca Talks. Many of the films premiering at this year’s festival will be followed by talks with the directors, cast, producers and more. There are also several very exciting standalone panel discussions including

  • A talk about sports and film with Peter Berg,
  • A talk about morality and film with Aaron Sorkin,
  • The Directors Series featuring Lee Daniels with Robin Roberts and Ron Howard with Brian Williams
  • The Industry Series featuring talks about sound, editing, cinematography, and short content
  • Many, many more talks all festival long!

Schedule and Tickets

Each of these films will be screened in one of six venues throughout Lower Manhattan: AMC Loews Village 7, BMCC Tribeca PAC, Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea, SVA Theater, Tribeca Cinemas, or the Tribeca Drive-In at the World Financial Center.

Tickets are currently on sale for all.

  • Single tickets
    • Matinee & Late Night: $9
    • Evening and Weekend: $17
    • Tribeca Talks: $30
  • Hudson Pass (Full access to all events, screenings, talks and the filmmaker lounge): $1,200
  • Awards Day Pass (Access to all award winners, popular demand screenings on April 27): $40
  • Innovation Week Pass: $400-$700
  • More ticket options available on the official festival website.

Rush Tickets

If a screening or talk is sold out, don’t worry, rush tickets are still available. For each screening, 45 minutes prior a line will begin to form for people trying to get into the show without tickets. 15 minutes before the film begins, they will sell tickets on a first come, first served basis to anyone in the rush line dependent upon how much room is available.


Recommendations

Begin Again, Directed by John Carney

Begin Again is one of the more star studded films of the festival, starring Keira Knightley and Adam Levine as college sweethearts and songwriting partners making the move to New York City. Carney’s film will make its world premiere at the BMCC Tribeca PAC on Saturday 4/26 to close out the festival.

Champs, Directed by Bert Marcus

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This provocative documentary follows some of the biggest names in boxing, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, and their struggles overcoming a poor upbringing by using boxing as an outlet. Following the Saturday 4/19 screening is a conversation with Heavyweight Champions Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, Directed by Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler

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On the verge of retirement, this documentary gives and inside look at the first openly gay Congressman, Barney Frank, and his journey through politics over the past 40 years. Following the Sunday 4/27 screening is a conversation with Barney Frank and Alec Baldwin

Five Star, Directed by Keith Miller

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Up for awards in the narrative competition, Five Star follows the story of a member of the Bloods in Brooklyn as he navigate life and make some very tough decisions about family and gang culture. This film has four screenings, so you have no excuse to miss it.

Night Moves, Directed by Kelly Reichardt

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Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Saragaard are environmental extremists plotting to blow up Oregon’s Green Peter Dam. I’m very interested to see where Reichardt take this “drama about outsiders searching for a meaningful place on the edges of the system.”

Time is Illmatic, Directed by One9

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The documentary tracing Nas’ steps through the hip hop world beginning with his debut album, Illmatic, in 1994 is sure to be one of the best films of the entire festival. Time is Illmatic opens the festival at the Beacon Theater on Wednesday night.

 

 

 

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The Winter Film Awards are coming to Gray Line New York!

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The 3rd annual Winter Film Awards will take place February 26-March 1! All of this year’s screenings will be held at our Gray Line New York Theater.

Get your popcorn ready because for the third time, the Winter Film Awards are back in NYC! This year’s film festival includes 61 films from around featuring a mix of documentaries, shorts, features, animation, horror film and more. If you’re going to be in town at the end of February, this will be a must-catch event in NYC.

Screenings will be broken down into nine ticketing blocks – three each day Thursday through Saturday – with each block containing a variety of films. To purchase tickets for a specific screening block, or for the whole festival, you can visit the Winter Film Awards official website. Here is the full screening schedule.

In addition to the screenings, there will also be a filmmaker’s reception and Kick-Off Party held on Wednesday, February 26 at 49Grove and the Awards Ceremony & After-Party Gala at 230 Fifth. Both events are 21+.

Make sure you come out to the theater at 777 8th Avenue on February 27-March 1 to see our visitors center transformed!

Best Movie Theaters in NYC

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Where is the best place to see a movie in NYC?

Sometimes you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of sightseeing in NYC. We get it, we live here. We know how crazy it can be and we know that sometimes if you’re visiting NYC, the best way to get away from it all is at the movies. Take a couple of hours, buy a jumbo popcorn, and relax. It will be just like home. After all, once you’ve been to one movie theater, you’ve been to all of them, right?

Wrong.

New York City, as it does to many other thing, takes movie theaters to a whole new level. These are the best movie theaters in NYC:

AMC 84th Street 6

  • Worried about getting to the theatre early to find seats? Not here! Buy in advance so you can show up during the previews and not worry about a thing.
  • This is on the top of our list for one reason – lazy boy recliners. It’s like you’re at home, except you have a bunch of strangers lounging next to you.
  • Thirsty during the movie and don’t want to walk all the way back to the counter? No worries, just head outside of your theater where you will find refill machines for your Coke Zero.
  • Popcorn is a solid A-, they lose points because they use bags not buckets. (Believe me, it’s a game changer!)

Regal Union Square Stadium 14

  • This place is massive, so if you’re looking for a place with a lot of options and floors this is it.
  • Advance screenings – want to see the Hunger Games the day before it comes out? This theater is privy to advance screen certain films.
  • Like extra butter on your popcorn? Do it yourself here!
  • Location, location, location. Easy to get to no matter what part of the city you’re coming from.

Chelsea Bow Tie Cinema

  • Want a theater that doesn’t follow the standard rules? This theater thinks a little out of the box.
  • The design of this place makes you feel like you are going to a Broadway show more than a movie, makes the experience extra special.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show – every Friday AND Saturday night.
  • $6 tickets on Super Tuesday!

Regal Battery Park Stadium 11

  • Not a fan of people? This is your theater.
  • If you are living or working in the downtown area, this is definitely your best option for theaters.
  • Solid popcorn time after time, may not rank number one but consistently counts!

Do you have a favorite theater in NYC? Tell us about it on Twitter at @GrayLineNewYork

NYC Independent Film Festival This Weekend

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Guess what’s coming to New York City this weekend… If you said a festival that caters to the inner independent film maker in all of us, you nailed it!

The Independent film festival comes to NYC to celebrate the true independent film maker; screening their film in the heart of New York City, Times Square. If you’re wondering what types of films will be played, you need not worry because the festival will be offering it all, from documentaries,  to short and long feature-length films, music videos, and animation. Packed with panels, parties and a gathering of young and coming filmmakers the festival is guaranteed to be an event to remember and the place to be from October 18- 20.

So check it out this weekend, it should be a fun time!

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Celebrate NYC Films with #GLNYchat

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#GLNYchat celebrates the Academy Awards early.

Can’t wait till the Oscars to talk about your favorite films? Then join us Thursday at 3:30 EST for a special #GLNYchat about the best NYC films.

We’ll be joined by special guest-host On Location Tours to discuss all things about films and New York City. So join #GLNYchat on Twitter this Thursday at 3:30, movie buffs!

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