Kid Culture: Tribeca Film Festival

The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by Founding Sponsor American Express, announces the return of its free community events, the Tribeca Drive-In, Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day.   
TRIBECA DRIVE-IN OUTDOOR SCREENINGSThursday-Saturday, April 22 – April 24

Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
All pre-screening activities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with film screenings starting at sundown, approximately 8:15 p.m. 
Location: World Financial Center Plaza (North Cove at 200 Vesey Street – Between Westside Highway & Hudson River)
­Details: The Tribeca Drive-In is the Festival’s classic 3-day outdoor screening series for film enthusiasts of all ages. This evening of cinema under the stars is co-sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City and hosted by Brookfield Properties. 
Cost:  Free and open to the public.
Contact: www.tribecafilm.com or public can call 212-941-2400.
Thursday, April 22 – El Espiritu de la Salsa (The Spirit of Salsa)
To celebrate the world premiere of this invigorating documentary, live salsa bands, local dancers and salsa pros will come together to strut their stuff for a night of salsa under the stars. Movie-goers will enjoy salsa lessons, dance contests and percussive revelry for all ages.
The Spirit of Salsa (El Espiritu de la Salsa) — Lonely hearts from all over New York City — from an ER doc and an equities trader to a construction contractor and a cop — meet in Spanish Harlem once a week at Santo Rico Dance School, where they learn the rich art of salsa. Under the great salsa dance teacher Tomas Guerrero’s tutelage, they have only six weeks to rehearse for a public performance. Directed by Francisco Bello and Tim Sternberg. Produced by Jon Alpert, Francisco Bello, Matthew O’Neill and Tim Sternberg. Featuring music by Tito Puente, Eddie Santiago, Héctor Lavoe, Norah Jones, and more. World Premiere, Documentary (USA) Suggested for ages 8 and upAn HBO Documentary Films presentation. 
Friday, April 23 – Big
At Tribeca’s official family night, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will present a special screening of the beloved family comedy “Big,” in honor of the studio’s 75th anniversary, a year-long celebration that will honor Fox’s library and legacy of fan favorite films. Everyone will have a blast enjoying classic carnival-style fun on the waterfront including face painters, fortune tellers, games, trivia contests, music and more before the screening.
Big — At a carnival on Coney Island, young Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) wishes he was big-only to awake the next morning and discover he is! With the help of his friend Billy (Jared Rushton), Josh lands a job at a toy company in Manhattan. There, his inner wisdom enables him to successfully predict what children want to buy, making the awestruck, naïve Josh irresistible to a beautiful ladder-climbing colleague (Elizabeth Perkins). But the more he experiences being an adult, the more Josh longs for the simple joys of childhood.  Directed by Penny Marshall. Written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg. (USA) PG. A Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Presentation.
Saturday, April 24 – The Birth of Big Air (ESPN at the Tribeca Drive-In)
BMX street tricks and freestyle demonstrations will take place on the upper and lower plazas to highlight the world premiere of this new ESPN Films documentary. Stick around for a spectacular stunt extravaganza featuring BMX
pioneer Mat Hoffman, a.k.a. “The Condor.”
The Birth of Big Air — In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX  circuit as an amateur. By 16, he had soared to the top of the sport. Throughout his prodigious career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations; instead focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of “what’s next.”  Academy Award® nominee Spike Jonze and extreme  sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, showcase the inner workings  and exploits of the man who gave birth to “Big Air.” World Premiere, Documentary (USA) Suggested for ages 8 and up.  An ESPN Films “30 for 30”Presentation.

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Greenwich Street from Chambers St. to Harrison St.
BMCC Tribeca PAC (199 Chambers St. bet. Greenwich St. and West St.) Washington Market Park (Chambers St. at Greenwich St.)
Cost: Free and open to the public.        
Details: At the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair, families will enjoy fun and lively entertainment with talented performers, dancers, stilt walkers, Broadway performances, arts and crafts, face painters, and much more. New this year, festival-goers can walk an official Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet and catch a free (ticketed) screening of the Tribeca Family Festival feature film “Snowmen.” Cast members from the Broadway show WICKED, Broadway Kids Care, AudraRox and Bubble Do Beatles will take center stage outdoors on the plaza at BMCC Tribeca PAC.  For the first time, Washington Market Park will host storytellers, puppeteers, sand sculptors and other festival favorites.  To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, the Church Street School for Music and Art will offer a massive Guitar Play-in” led by Church Street School dad Mike Diamond “Mike D” of the Beastie Boys. Families will also enjoy the popular Kite Garden, where kids can make their own kites, and the Bubble Garden where youngsters can create gigantic bubbles. The Street Fair will host restaurants, merchants and organizations from the Tribeca neighborhood. Students from local schools will also be at the fair with creative fundraising activities and vibrant student artwork.
Contact: www.tribecafilm.com or public can call 212-941-2400.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Duane Street between Greenwich Street and Hudson Street
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Details: Back for its fourth season, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day will offer various interactive sports-related games, demonstrations and giveaways as part of the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair.  Fans of all ages will enjoy the exciting BMX Jams Tour*, along with special appearances by their favorite athletes, dance teams, mascots and sports personalities. Mr. Met will be on hand to greet baseball lovers. Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls street team will showcase their crazy freestyle soccer tricks and skills, and 1050 ESPN Radio will also be onsite. The New York Women’s Baseball Association will conduct pitching and throwing clinics. ESPN’s “Play Your Way” will set up an interactive play spot for the little ones to hop, jump, skip and soar, while PowerPlay NYC will offer various sports clinics to help kids learn the fundamentals. Fans will also enjoy activities from their favorite teams, including the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and WNBA’s New York Liberty.  *BMX pending weather conditions.
Contact: www.tribecafilm.com or call 212-941-2400.

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