• A Family Guide To The Tribeca Film Festival

    The Five Movies You Shouldn’t Miss


    Born in the tragic wake of
    9/11, the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) shows its true colors with consistently
    fresh programming. Now in its 11th year, the festival—which takes place April 18-29—received its highest number of submissions yet (almost 6,000!). And
    after combing through the finalists, we’ve hand-picked five choice films (and
    perhaps you’ll find a few other gems yourself)—showcasing especially strong in
    fields like sports and high school dramatics. So the question remains: why
    should you expose your tween to a primarily adult-focused film festival?
    Because going to the movies should not only be about escape, but also about
    growth. Here’s what we think you can learn from this year’s line-up.

    KNUCKLEBALL!Documentary
    Two men, Red Sox veteran Tim
    Wakefield and the Mets’ own R.A. Dickey, made the unpredictable
    knuckleball their own. Find your seats for this inspiring sports story of two MLB players and their struggles and triumphs with the
    rare pitch.
    FOR FANS OF:
    Major League Baseball

    STRUCK BY LIGHTNINGNarrative
    Let the “Please, can we
    go?” beg-a-thon begin for this coming-of-age indie written by Glee‘s ever-endearing Chris Colfer. From
    blackmail to high school cliques, the superstar smarts of Allison Janney,
    Christina Hendricks and Modern Family‘s
    Sarah Hyland bring a series of flashbacks to comedic glory.
    FOR FANS OF:
    Glee; Mean Girls;
    Saved!

    on_the_mat_1.jpg_cmyk.jpgON THE MATDocumentary
    You’ll recognize the
    familiar voice behind this high school success story—Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Pratt, who also happens to be a
    wrestling alum of Washington’s Lake Stevens High. Follow this championship team
    through a season of injury and academia. (Contains some adult language.)
    FOR FANS OF:
    Win Win; Moneyball

    TOWN OF RUNNERSDocumentary
    Bekoji is a small, rural
    town in Ethiopia where the young feel they have two options for a hopeful
    future: education or athletics. This touching film gives a three-year insight
    into two females as they run for the better. (In Amharic, Oromo with subtitles.)


    FOR FANS OF:
    The London 2012 Summer
    Olympics

    FAME HIGHDocumentary
    New
    York teens,
    meet your West Coast match: the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Shown
    over the course of one year, this
    film documents how aspiring
    fame_high_1.jpg_cmyk.jpg freshmen and senior students discover their performance
    passions while squabbling for the same roles.
    FOR FANS OF:
    The East Coast Fame;
    reality vocal/dance programs

    TICKETS
    $8 – late night/weekday matinees

    $16 – evening/weekend
    screenings

    Sales begin April 16, search showtimes at tribecafilm.com.


    TFF’s Fun Family Events

    In addition to a bevy of films—the festival puts on three huge, free family
    events each year. We suggest you get there early!

    NYFEST SOCCER DAY
    Saturday, April 21 | 9am-6pm | Free
    Pier 40, 353 West Street

    Get your game face on!
    This soccer soiree features a celebrity showdown, a youth showcase, plus soccer
    clinics and skills competitions for all footballin’ levels. Pro coaches will be
    on hand to help out.

    STREET FAIR
    Saturday, April 28 | 10am-6pm | Free
    Greenwich
    Street
    (between Chambers and Hubert Streets)

    Last year’s fair attracted
    nearly 300,000 people! Don’t miss the infamous kite and bubble gardens,
    performances from some of your favorite Broadway shows and plenty of arts &
    crafts.

    TRIBECA/ESPN SPORTS DAY
    Saturday, April 28 | 10am-6pm | Free
    North Moore Street (from Greenwich Street to West Street)

    From fencing to b-ball, hopeful athletes can sharpen their skills with games, challenges and meet-and-greets with sports personalities and mascots. BMX riders will be performing in the afternoon.