Friday, October 21, 2011

Westfield Rolls Out Red Carpet for Tribeca Film Festival

Westfield Patch, 10.20.11
By David Chmiel

In 1989, Robert DeNiro (you may have heard of him) and his business partner, Jane Rosenthal, founded Tribeca Productions Film Studio. Their goal was to foster filmmaking projects in New York City. They continued to grow the business throughout the five boroughs. But in 2002, they had a grander plan. They wanted to bring commerce and confidence back to lower Manhattan as it began to rebuild after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the Tribeca Film Festival was born.

A decade later, the festival has drawn more than 3 million actors, directors, producers and film buffs to New York to review thousands of films — shorts, documentaries, family films and serious features. The festival has generated more than $600 million in business for the city and for filmmakers.

Ten years of success left organizers with one goal: take the festival on the road, leading them to only one destination: Westfield, NJ.

Okay, so Westfield wasn’t the only destination for Tribeca Film Festival On The Road, but combined with the other destinations — San Francisco, Houston and Chicago — the Digiplex Rialto Theatre, home of this weekend’s three-day festival showing off independent films, is in esteemed company.

The festival, sponsored by American Express, kicks off at 7:30 Friday night with a screening of Janie Jones, starring Abigail Breslin, who was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress in Little Miss Sunshine. The movie, directed by David M. Rosenthal, and also stars Allesandro Nivola and features South Orange native and Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue. Following the screening, Breslin, Rosenthal and producer Keith Kjarval will answer questions and then all patrons are invited to a cocktail-and-hors d’oeuvres after-party. Tickets are $12.

The rest of the weekend’s screenings, including Don't Go Into the Woods, the directorial debut for actor Vincent D'Onofrio and The Last Rights of Joe May, starring Dennis Farina, among others, also includes audience Q&A sessions after the movies. See the schedule below:

Screenings and Tickets ($8)
Saturday, October 22, 9:45PM

Followed by a Q&A* with Vincent D’Onofrio (Director), Sam Bisbee (Composer), Erika Hampson (Producer)

The short film Mr. Stache will be screened with this film (8 mins).


Sunday, October 23, 8:45PM

Followed by a Q&A* with Vincent D’Onofrio (Director), Sam Bisbee (Composer), Erika Hampson (Producer)

The short film Mr. Stache will be screened with this film (8 mins).

All screenings at the Rialto Theater in Westfield, New Jersey.

All tickets include complimentary popcorn and soda, courtesy of American Express.

250 E Broad St
Westfield, New Jersey 07090
(908) 232-1288


val said...

You raised my hopes for a moment - there are two Westfield shoppig centres in London...

thereel said...

Aww, sorry Val.

Anonymous said...

I was IN the Westfield Shopping Centre this morning; sadly, this one's on the wrong side of the pond :0)

Congratulations Westfield, New Jersey!

James Curran said...

Also, it should be noted that the festival is being sponsored by American Express, and tickets can ONLY be purchased with an Amex card. I learned that hard way that even bringing cash to the box office isn't good enough. (I did get to see VDO in the lobby though...)

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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