2013-04-24 / Front Page

MoMA PS1 Features Tribeca Films, Earth Day Celebration

by Catherina Gioino

(L. to r.); Producers Gregorio Paonessa and Marta Donzelli and Director Michelangelo Frammartino at the MoMA PS1 premiere of their film, Alberi.Photo Catherina Gioino(L. to r.); Producers Gregorio Paonessa and Marta Donzelli and Director Michelangelo Frammartino at the MoMA PS1 premiere of their film, Alberi.Photo Catherina GioinoEver since its creation in 2003 as a response to the World Trade Center attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival has gone on to bring entertainment and events to the public, and it has collaborated with MoMA PS1 to do just that.
The Tribeca Film Festival was made possible by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff as a way for filmmakers to reach an audience. Ever since the first festival in 2002, the festival has featured over 1,400 films from all around the world in over 80 countries. The festival has allowed for four million visitors that generated over $750 million for the city of New York.  
Running from April 18 through April 28, MoMA PS1 featured Alberi, an Italian film that played on a loop until the end of the festival. Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino, the film was shown at the VW Dome of MoMA PS1, at 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. Alberi is about the practice of an ancient tradition in Satriano, Southern Italy. Men would cover themselves in ivy leaves and walk around town, signifying the connection between human and nature. Although the tradition has been almost forgotten, the ritual has long been a way to prepare for Carnevale, another ancient tradition similar to Mardi Gras.
Another Tribeca film featured at MoMA PS1 was Stand Clear of the Closing Doors. This 94-minute film was shown at the MoMA PS1’s VW Dome 2,  at 1-94 Beach 95 Street in the Rockaways. This film is about an autistic teen who travels in the subway system as his mother searches for him before Hurricane Sandy shut the city down. The film was directed by Sam Fleichner who is a Rockaway resident.
Also coming to the VW Dome 2 is the seventh annual Earth Day Celebration. On May 4, from noon to 4:00 p.m., the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the city Parks and Recreation Department will join forces to bring fun and entertainment to all ages near Rockaway Beach. Events will include the recycling Olympics, kite making, face painting, composting, practice dolphin rescue sponsored by the Riverhead Foundation, surf fishing, raptor displays, soil remediation workshops, arts and crafts, a firehouse safety obstacle course, a DOT  bike helmet giveaways and more. Il Collectivo will provide music as officials and the environmentally friendly organizations hope their activities will help to promote green ways into the next generation.  
The Tribeca Film Festival is still an ongoing event, ending on April 28. For more information on which movies will be featured and when/where they will be screened, visit the Tribeca Film Festival Web site at tribecafilm.com. For any of the MoMA PS1 events, visit momaps1.org.



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