'Freakonomics' to close Tribeca

10:20 AM PST 03/29/2010 by Christine Kearney, Reuters, AP

Book-based doc is latest from Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock

NEW YORK -- A documentary adapted from the best-selling book "Freakonomics" by filmmakers Alex Gibney and Morgan Spurlock will feature as the closing film at the Tribeca Film Festival, organizers said on Monday.

"Freakonomics," based on the book which applies economic theory to societal issues like crime and effective parenting that sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, will premiere at Tribeca which runs from April 21 to May 2.

The film has a total of six directors credited, including Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Seth Gordon, Eugene Jarecki, Gibney and Spurlock, who made the successful documentary "Super Size Me" about the influence of the fast food industry.

Gibney, the Academy Award winner for his documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side," will also show his film "My Trip to Al-Qaeda" at Tribeca as well as an untitled work in progress about former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Festival organizers said they will premiere the romance movie, "Letters to Juliet" starring Vanessa Redgrave as well as the first English-language film from French director Olivier Dahan, called "My Own Love Song" starring Forest Whitaker and Renee Zellweger.
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