The 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival

Founded by Robert DeNiro in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks to help revitalize the hard-hit neighborhood of Tribeca, the Tribeca Film Festival immediately made its mark as a major force in the film industry. Known especially for promoting the very best up-and-coming indie filmmakers, this year’s festival will be held at venues across Lower Manhattan from Wednesday, April 18, through Sunday, April 29. The enterpiece gala will showcase the world premier of Drake Doremus’s Zoe, a sci-fi romance that subtly and powerfully probes the meaning of true love in an age of sublime technological illusion. For the closing night feature, the world premier of Liz Garbus’s The Fourth Estate will offer a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of America’s top newspaper as journalists try to figure out how to contend with a presidential administration that derides them as “the enemy of the people.” In all, the festival will showcase 96 feature films, 46 of which represent the outstanding efforts of first-time filmmakers. Tribeca also includes an exciting line-up of shorts and panel discussions with top industry professionals and performers.

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