Tribeca reels out 62-pic shorts list

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The 2007 Tribeca Film Festival has selected 62 shorts from 2,300 submissions, which will be presented in 10 separate, thematically related programs.

They include short narratives featuring Zooey Deschanel, Bob Geldof, Mariel Hemingway, Piper Perabo, Jay O. Sanders and Fisher Stevens.

Andrew Berends, whose feature documentary about Iraq, "The Blood of My Brother," screened at the fest last year, returns with a new short he filmed in Kurdistan. Other directors making return visits to Tribeca include Marie Losier, Bill Morrison, Bill Plympton and Jay Rosenblatt.

In a separate development, the Tribeca Film Institute announced the launch of Tribeca Teaches: Films in Motion, a pilot program that kicked off Monday and will continue as part of the fest. In partnership with the Bronx Preparatory Charter School, it will educate historically underserved middle and high school students in the South Bronx about the art and process of filmmaking.

A three-part program, Tribeca Teaches will provide students with the tools to think critically about film through a TFI-created school curriculum, brings the spirit of the festival to the Bronx through a TFI-organized community day and screens an eclectic mix of films to enhance student awareness of how film can be used to understand others and to cultivate their own unique voice.

Ninety middle school and 30 high school students will participate in the five-week curricular component of the program, during which students will produce a "classroom snapshot" by creating their own films.

The Tribeca festival runs April 25-May 6.
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