Tribeca Wrap up
2008 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL WRAP-UP
Well, after taking off a few days from the festival we came back with some thoughts, questions and further reviews.
Not wanting to miss the 2008 winner of the Tribeca documentary award, we scurried to the press-screening library. Directed by Gini Reticker, Pray The Devil Back To Hell (Fork Films Production) is a film about the Liberian women's movement and how they used non-violence to bring positive change to Liberia when it was on the verge of total chaos in 2003. The film effectively documents how thousands of women, Muslims, and Christian came together with resolve to end the bloodshed that was tearing their country apart and without malice forced a peace accord in the country's civil will and culminated with the election of the first democratically elected woman president in Africa. Can we say Woman Power?!
War Child seems to have come at the right time, it seems to remind one that things aren't ever hopeless, just as long as you believe and are willing to fight for that belief.
Between all the screenings, celeb sightings, and NYC happenings there was actually business being done. A number of films, especially the documentaries, found buyers. Among the flicks that landed deals were: Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustlin' With the Godmother and Bigger, Stronger, Faster, which were both bought from Magnolia Pictures by NonStop Entertainnment. Meanwhile, Magnolia Pictures picked up North American rights to writer-director Peter Tolan's Finding Amanda, starring Matthew Broderick. Hammer Films and Spitfire Pictures has acquired remake rights to a Swedish flick called Lat den ratte komma in.
According to Tribeca organizers, attendance of just under 400,000. Some 199 directors attended the Festival from 23 different countries. All in all, another successful year for the Tribeca Film Festival.--dan keith Williams