2012-04-25 / Features

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2012 – “Our City, My Story”

Twice-Told Winning Cinematic Tales

     Surely the Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw did not have in mind Anthony Clarke’s
students at The Young Women’s Leadership School in Jamaica, Queens when he
observed: “Youth is wasted on the young.”
     Quite the contrary:  a double baker’s dozen or so freshmen students – under the
tutelage of Teaching Artists, Nikyatu Jusu [a Georgia native and New York
University M.F.A.Film School Graduate] and Ibi Zoboi – have created two of the winning
shorts selected to debut at “Our City, My Story”, a celebration of New York City youth-
produced media on Thursday, April 26 at 5:00P.M.  
     Premiering at this year’s eleventh annual Tribeca Film Festival, the students'
collaborative out-put entitled “Hope’s Poem” and “A Community Word Poem”, akin to the
Oscar’s, will be showcased before film industry professionals, filmmakers, students,
teachers, and the larger New York City community.
     New Yorkers are invited to see the best of New York’s teen filmmakers while they strut
their best walk on the red carpet en route to a screening of their innovative storytelling
that highlights a unique perspective on the City itself, its diverse communities, and its
ever-evolving,  ever-engaging identity.
     Tribeca Teaches, a component of the Tribeca Film Institute, a 501©3 year-round
nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff
in the wake of September 11, 2011, the Institute empowers filmmakers through grants
and professional development,  and is a resource and advocate for individual artists in
the field.
     The Institute’s educational programming leverages an extensive film community
network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media
skills necessary to actively participate in every aspect of civic society.  Via its annual
administration of a dozen major programs, TFI is a vital contributor to the tenor of
filmmaking and aids in advancing the livelihood of filmmakers and media artists.
     As Teaching Artist Jusu commented:  "This is a really gratifying seamless process
that exposes young minority women - that are under-represented in the industry -
to filmmaking that will spark an interest in pursuit of being a working professional
     Currently in its sixth year, Tribeca Teaches is an in-school and after-school arts education
program that assists educators and public school students [middle through high school],
numbering more than ten thousand, in the exercise of film and digital storytelling as a tool in the
    Tickets to the upcoming screening are free and for additional information and a list of
all TFI programs, visit www.tribecafilminstitute.org/youth/students/our city/.
     “Since its inception, the Tribeca Film Festival has strived to give back to the neighborhood
and the city with free community events for New Yorkers and visitors of all ages,” said Nancy
Schafer, Tribeca Film Festival Executive Director. “We are thrilled to continue the tradition with
Festival favorites like the Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day,
and to challenge our industry colleagues, young athletes and soccer fans with the
Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day tournament.”
     This year the Festival’s free events will bring thousands of people downtown to enjoy top-
notch talent and entertainment, while highlighting the restaurants, merchants, schools and
community organizations of lower Manhattan. The free events are as follows:
Saturday, April 28
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Greenwich Street (between Chambers Street and Hubert Street)
The Tribeca Family Festival, presented by Founding Sponsor American Express, will feature the annual Street Fair on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Greenwich Street from Chambers Street to Hubert Street, and at venues throughout the Tribeca neighborhood. The fair, a Festival favorite that drew more than 300,000 people last year, is free and open to the public, and promises to be a day of family fun and lively entertainment.
Throughout the Street Fair will be talented performers, dancers, stilt walkers, Broadway performances, arts and crafts, face painters, puppet shows, music, games and much more. Students from dozens of local schools will also be at the fair with performances and vibrant student artwork. The Street Fair will host restaurants, merchants and organizations from the Tribeca neighborhood.
Street Fair highlights include:
    •    Cast members from Ghost The Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sister Act The Musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Traces, Million Dollar Quartet, Memphis, Rock of Ages, WICKED and other Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are scheduled to take center stage at the outdoor Festival Main stage.
    •    The New York Philharmonic’s Credit Suisse Very Young Composers will present original works created by young musicians and brought to life by a chamber ensemble from the esteemed orchestra.
    •    Exciting performances and unique acts from the talented “The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular” group will delight audiences with aerial performances, acrobats, contortionists and more.
    •    WonderSpark Puppets will engage the imagination of kids and adults with delightful puppet shows and playful stories.
    •    CHESS NYC, the largest community of chess players in NYC, will bring out a life-sized chess board and smaller game boards for kids to challenge themselves, their parents and the CHESS NYC Pros.
    •    Families will enjoy the popular Kite Garden, where kids can make and fly their own kites, while youngsters can create gigantic bubbles in the Bubble Garden.
    •    A special free screening of a classic family film will be presented at BMCC’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center Theater.
    •    Additional featured talent includes Ronnie Asbell’s Puppetronics, a hands-on traveling exhibition of life-sized marionettes; Rock-A-Baby music workshops; Mohammed Saeed Harib’s FREEJ FOLKLORE project screening, and more.
    •    Come join the award-winning ScrapKins® team to recycle junk into art! Kids create fantastic custom creatures they imagine from recycled materials.
·         60 Hudson Street will host arts & crafts pavilions with a featured art contest for local students. Selected pieces of art will be showcased in the building windows on West Broadway.
    •    Games, prizes, music and fun will also be supported by Lite FM, New York Times, Radio Disney AM 1560 New York, Time Out New York, vitaminwater® and more.
More details and a map of events is available at www.tribecafilm.com/family.

Saturday, April 28
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
N. Moore Street (between Greenwich Street and West Street)
Sponsored by Time Warner Cable
A perennial favorite of the Family Festival Street Fair, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day will take place on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on N. Moore Street (between Greenwich Street and West Street). Now in its sixth year, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day gives sports fans the opportunity to engage in a variety of free, sports-related activities that will include games, demonstrations and prize giveaways. In addition, some of New York’s most popular athletes, mascots and sports personalities will make guest appearances throughout the day.
Highlights of Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day include:
    •    Fans will enjoy activities with their favorite teams, including the New York Knicks and WNBA New York Liberty.  The New York Knicks will have a Sport Court on the street with a live DJ. Legendary New York Knicks star, John Starks, and former NY Liberty star, Kym Hampton, will be on hand for the day’s festivities.
    •    ESPN New York will be on hand giving fans the chance to take home great memorabilia and get their picture taken behind the SportsCenter Desk.
    •    espnW will offer great giveaways and an opportunity to learn about the power of Title IX.
    •    “Wheels of Freestyle” BMX Stunt Show will return with exciting aerial BMX stunts and tricks.
    •    The New York Jets will participate with an element from their family-friendly Jets Fest.
    •    Olympians and athletes from the Fencers Club will demonstrate the fast-paced sport of fencing and kids will be invited to participate in fencing activities.
    •    The Downtown Giants Youth Football organization will offer football instruction and fun activities.
    •    Cricket will make its debut at Sports Day with cricket demonstrations presented by www.newyorkcricket.com.
    •    Meet and interact with the female athletes from the New Jersey Titans football organization as they bring football drills and activities to the event.
    •    BumbleBee Tennis will engage kids and the public with exciting drill-rally activities and fun games.
    •    New York Women’s Baseball will run pitching and throwing clinics.
    •    The National Hockey League Foundation will offer great giveaways throughout the day. 
    •    The exciting Harlem Wizards players will be on the street, performing tricks and wowing fans with their basketball skills.
    •    American Youth Table Tennis Organization will offer challenging table tennis games and activities.
    •    The National Lacrosse League will bring a fun, inflatable lacrosse activity.
    •    The always popular Mr. Met will be on site to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
    •    Swing by to see the Staten Island Yankees and their mascot Scooter the Holy Cow.
    •    Uncle Funkys Boards will be on-hand to provide beginner skateboard lessons and skate demonstrations.
    •    The American Bocce Club and The United States Bocce Federation will bring the sport of Bocce to festivalgoers of all ages.  
Up-date details about Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day are available at www.tribecafilm.com/espn.
     The Tribeca Film Festival will close its eleventh edition on Saturday night, April 28 with a screening of
Marvel's THE AVENGERS, presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures, at Tribeca
BMCC PAC, sponsored by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin.  
     Hopefully G. B. Shaw had it wrong again when he offered that "First love is only a little foolishness and a
lot of curiosity" and that the 'love affair' with film that has been ignited via Tribeca Teaches and all its ancillary
partner projects will mature into the feature work of these very same students that will be on exhibition in
years to come at future Tribeca Film Festivals.
     Stay tuned.

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