Tribeca Film Festival

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.


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


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.





Tribeca Film, Easter Sunday and really cool cars highlight this weeks events in NYC.

Christina Perri  plays Irving Plaza: Wednesday, April 16-17


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Golden Gloves comes to Barclays Center to host some of the best amateur boxers in the world: Wednesday, April 16-17


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The Tribeca Film Festival takes over downtown Manhattan: Thursday, April 17-27

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The 114th New York International Auto Show is back at the Javits Center: Friday, April 18-27

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The famous Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival will once again be held on 5th Avenue: Sunday, April 20

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2013 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC

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The Tribeca Film Festival has, in its short existence, become one of New York City’s premiere celebrations of the arts. Filmmakers from around the world diverge upon lower Manhattan to share in their passion of the movies. On April 17th, the Tribeca Film Festival is back for its 11th year, and it is setting up to be another great one.

Here, we put together everything you need to know about the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

When is the Tribeca Film Festival?

The Tribeca Film Festival begins on April 17, 2013 and ends on April 28, 2013

How to get tickets for the Tribeca Film Festival?

There are three ways to go about getting tickets

  • Festival Pass: This gives you access to every film, talk, and event at the Tribeca Film Festival
  • Single Event Pass: You can buy tickets to individual films, talks and events
  • Rush Tickets: When films, talks and events are sold out, you can wait in the rush ticket line and if the theater doesn’t fill up, you will be able to purchase a ticket

What films will be showing at the Tribeca Film Festival?

Here is a link to the Tribeca Film Festival Film Guide. It includes every movie that will be screening, including films making their world premieres as well as classics like Beetlejuice.

Where will the films be shown?

The Tribeca Film Festival has viewings at several theaters throughout NYC, primarily in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of TriBeCa. Check the film guide for details about what is playing where.

Should I go to the Tribeca Film Festival?

Absolutely! Even if you just go for one film or one talk, it is definitely worth taking part in. Here is a story from last year’s festival that is sure to make you smile.

For more information on the Tribeca Film Festival, visit their official website.

Photo: Flickr / clementine gallot

This Weekend in NYC

Well, another week has passed us by and another weekend is set to begin.  Let’s take a look at what NYC has on the agenda:

NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall

Most people would argue that the first pick in the draft is the one that you want to have, but I’m a firm believer that there is nothing better than the 32nd spot.  Yeah, other teams may get better players, but they won’t get to hear Commissioner Roger Goodell say this:

“With the 32nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants select…”

The Colts will get Andrew Luck, but the Giants are still the champs!

The line at Radio City last night
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If you want to get ticket to watch the first round of the draft live from Radio City, you’re too late.  Sorry.  The line started forming last night for tonight’s event, and at this point there is no doubt that tickets are all gone.  But, you can still get in line tonight for tickets to Day 2 of the draft on Friday.  Head over to the Radio City Music Hall website for more details.

To get to Radio City Music Hall, hop off the Downtown Loop tour at Rockefeller Center

Tribeca’s Final Weekend

In last week’s TWiN, we mentioned that it was Tribeca Film Fest’s opening weekend.  Well, this week we’re talking about it again since it’s closing weekend.  On Sunday, The festival will close with The Avengers staring quite the cast.  If you’re a normal person like me, you won’t be able to get tickets to that event, but that doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck.  Remember my story from earlier this week?  You never know what will happen in this crazy city.  So look at the schedule since this is your last few days to catch a screening until next year.

There are screenings all around lower Manhattan, so don’t just hop-off the bus when you hit TriBeCa.  Check out their theater map and compare the theater that you want to go to with our hop-on hop-off map so you don’t get caught walking across half the city.

Go to a Market!

Ok, this sounds a little demanding, but really, you should check out a market this weekend.  The weather is getting nice and the weekend markets are hitting full stride again.  This past Saturday I accidently stumbled upon a market and had a blast.  Great, homemade food for a fraction of the regular NYC price?  You can’t go wrong with that combo.

Like Tribeca, there are markets all around Manhattan.  Check out this handy NYC Market website and compare it with our hop-on hop-off map.

So, that’s what the weekend looks like.  One more day of work tomorrow and you’re home free!

One Crazy Sunday at The Tribeca Film Festival

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Yesterday I had some errands to run downtown.  I was in no particular rush, but since I woke up early, I was able to finish what needed to be done by noon, leaving basically the entire day to do something.  I decided to pull out my phone and look up the schedule for the Tribeca Film Festival since my plans to spend all day Saturday at screenings had fallen through (I knew that was going to happen).  As it turned out, there was a free Tribeca Talk about to begin at the Union Square Barnes and Noble, which happened to be just a few blocks from where I was.  What luck!

The panel featured three directors of films that are being shown at the festival and discussed the topic of adapting a film from a book.  It wasn’t really something that interested me, but I figured that I’d go anyway just to experience it.  I mean, it was free after all.  I hadn’t heard of any of the directors, nor was I familiar with their films that they talked about, but all-in-all the discussion was pretty interesting. (My favorite moment was when somebody asked director Pan-ek Ratanaruang about finding the right book to turn into a movie. He responded by saying “I don’t read much so the book kind of found me.  Reading is for lonely people.  I have friends.  I party.” Only about half of the crowd in the Barnes and Noble found this comment to be funny.)

By the end of the discussion, director Charles Matthau (son of the late Walter Matthau) had mentioned that his movie, Freaky Deaky, was premiering later that afternoon at the SVA Theatre.  Still not knowing much about Matthau or his film, I decided to walk over to see if I could get rush tickets.  My plans were open so again I figured, why not?

Standing in the rain 😦

When I got to the theatre, I was a bit surprised by all of the attention.  Despite all of the rain, there was a legit red carpet surrounded by a hoard of media.  Realizing that this was the world premiere of the film with many of the cast and crew in attendance, I began to have doubts that there would be any rush tickets at all for this screening.  Nonetheless, I got in the rush line (about 15 people in front of me) and began to wait.  Note: if you plan on waiting for rush tickets to a film this week, look at the weather report.  Most, if not all, of the rush ticket lines are outside of the theatres.  With my day of randomness taking me from here to there, I did not have an umbrella with me and if there were going to be any rush tickets for this screening, I was still 50 minutes away from finding out.  After about five minutes in line, the rain really began to come down.  My coat didn’t even have a hood.

I started thinking about leaving.  Maybe I should just cut my losses and head home.  I probably wouldn’t even enjoy the film if I’m soaking wet from standing in the rain for an hour, right?

With that thought, my day took another twist.  An older gentleman with a special Tribeca Film Festival pass hanging from a lanyard around his neck walked up to me with an umbrella.  My first thought was that he worked for the festival, but it’s also possible that he may have been involved in the film.  I wasn’t sure.  He held the umbrella out allowing me to stand under it with him. (I still have yet to find any credence to the saying that New York can be a “cruel city.”)

The man and I quickly struck up a conversation about why I didn’t have any rain gear and how my day had led me here.  I asked him about the chances of me actually getting a ticket and he returned a look that said “don’t get your hopes up.”  Still, he generously offered to go into the theatre to find out for me.  When he came back, he pulled me out of the line to share with me his findings.  “Yeah, just head right in there and make a left in the lobby,” he said as if answering a question that I had never asked.  With that, the man sneakily slipped a ticket into my hand.  Before I even knew what had happened, the man began walking away with a smile.  I called out’ “Thank you!” and turned into the theatre, still 40 minutes before the screening started.

Most of the cast with Director Charles Matthau

As I made my through the lobby, I almost bumped in Andy Dick who was standing in a circle telling a joke.  That’s when I realized that Freaky Deaky was, in fact, a comedy.  When I went to find a seat, the theatre was still fairly empty, leaving me with a wide choice.  Naturally I took the best seat I could find: dead center of the room, not too close, but not too far back either.  Just to the right of me sat the family of lead actress, Sabina Gadecki.  To my left was associate producer Timothy Leonard, grandson of author Elmore Leonard.  Within a few rows of me sat some of the film’s stars including Crispin Glover, Michael Jai White and, of course, Andy Dick.  At this point let me remind you, I had never even paid for a ticket.  Hell, I hadn’t even heard of the movie three hours ago.  I planned on spending my day running errands.

I share this story with you because it really shows how crazy New York can be sometimes.  If you’re coming into town on vacation, or even for a long weekend, you don’t know what’s going to happen.  Sometimes, you have to let this city take control and just follow its lead.  There will always be something going on in New York.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t make plans and stick to them, but when you’re in town, make sure you leave some time to just go where this city takes you.  You never know where you’ll end up.

Yesterday, I ended up rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s elite at the world premiere of their new film, without spending a penny.  The film itself was fantastic (very funny) and the Q&A afterward was even better.  If you are going to a screening at Tribeca this year, make sure you stay for the Q&A after the credits.  You really get to know the actors and what it was like to put the movie together.  Three days prior to shooting, the cast of Freaky Deaky was still only half full.  I never would have known that if I had left when the credits rolled.

When all was said and done, I spent the better part of my day at the Tribeca Film Festival.  I got to see the world premiere of a movie and didn’t even spend any money.  Chances are, if you try for rush tickets this week, you will not have an experience similar to mine, so don’t plan on it.  But if you are in Tribeca and are willing to leave your schedule open, you never know what will happen.

This post was written by the Gray Line New York social media strategist, Kevin Lawless.  If you have a story about something crazy happening to you in New York City, drop him a line at and we may share it on our blog!

This Weekend in NYC

What’s going on in NYC this weekend? We’ve got a few good ideas:

Tribeca Film Festival

Knuckleball has a free screening on Saturday Night

We love the Tribeca Film Festival because it embodies what it really means to be New York.  This weekend, there are a ton of screenings and events that you won’t want to miss.  Personally, I plan on seeing a few films this year, but I’m not sure which ones yet.  I’m leaning towards Jack and Diane and Knuckleball, which show this weekend, and then trying for rush tickets to Take This Waltz on Sunday, but I’m sure my plans will change.  That’s what’s great about Tribeca; even if plans do change, there are so many films over the next 10 days that I will undoubtedly see something that I love.

St. George Day Festival

Head over to Staten Island (on the free Staten Island Ferry) to experience this year’s St. George Day Festival.  Celebrate arts, culture, Earth Day and more on Saturday when two stages will be set full of song and dance.  There will be children’s performances, live painting, literary performances, a craft workshop and the traditional Giant Dragon Puppet Show making this year’s festival all the rage.  It will be a great day for people of all ages!

A Streetcar Named Desire

Sunday is opening night of A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre.  See the revival of the Tennessee William’s classic staring Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker as Stanley and Blanche.  While Sunday’s opening night is a strictly limited engagement, tickets for Thursday through Saturday are still available for purchase (even though opening night isn’t until Sunday. I know, Broadway can be confusing sometimes).

NYC Bus Tour

Here’s the thing about our bus tours: they go everywhere!  Not only are they a fantastic way to see and learn about the city, but since we offer hop-on hop-off tours, they also serve as a mode of transportation.  Want to see A Streetcar Named Desire?  Hop off in Times Square, right next to the Broadhurst Theatre.  Have tickets for a film screening?  Hop-off in Tribeca.  Going to the St. George Day Festival?  We drop you off right at the Staten Island Ferry!  Experience New York City by enjoying some of our weekend tips, but don’t forget to see Manhattan aboard our famous double-decker buses!

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Info

One of the world’s most spectacular film festivals will be back in New York next week starting Wednesday, April 18th.  The Tribeca Film Festival has been a staple in Downtown New York since 2002 and now, in its 11th year, is expected to draw upwards of 3 million people.

The festival, which is the brainchild of Academy Award winning actor and Director Robert De Niro, is known for showcasing some of the year’s best documentary, narrative and short films.  The festival gives out awards in all of these categories, but also holds a competition for New York films to showcase its host city.

The world premiere of "The Avengers" will close this year's Tribeca Film Festival

While Tribeca primarily shows indie films, the festival has been known to host premiere events to major studio movies, including “The Interpreter” with Nicole Kidman and “Baby Mama” With Tina Fey.  This year it has been announced that superhero blockbuster “The Avengers,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson among others, will close the Tribeca Film Festival.

Tickets packages are on sale now and single showing tickets for American Express Customers go on sale Tomorrow at Noon.  Non-American Express card holders have to wait until Monday, April 16 to buy tickets.  For more ticketing information, or to see this year’s film guide, follow the links to their Official Website.

Our downtown loop bus tour runs right through the heart of Tribeca, so if you have tickets to a show, hop-off for the movie and then hop back on to the next bus when the screening is finished!