Tribeca to unveil Burns, Workman premieres

Film fest runs April 21-May 2 in Manhattan

Edward Burns, Chuck Workman and Alex Gibney will all unveil the world premieres of their newest films at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, running from Apr. 21-May 2 in lower Manhattan.

The three filmmakers will present their latest work as part of the fest's Encounters section, announced today, which encompasses 14 films from established talent. Filling out its program, the fest also revealed another 17 films in its Discovery section, which focuses on emerging talent, and another eight films in its Spotlight section, featuring movies built around performances from such artists as Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall.

"Our Discovery and Encounters sections complement one another -- one highlights fresh talent that is breaking onto the scene, while the latter continues to offer original films that reflect pop culture and contemporary issues," senior programmer Genna Terranova said. New York native Burns will bring "Nice Guy Johnny," which he wrote and directed and in which he also stars as a womanizer who treats his 24-year-old nephew to a day in the Hamptons. The films will also screen as part of the fest's new TFF Virtual Premiere program, which will offer 12 features, including seven films from this year's edition of the festival, on video on demand.

Workman, an Oscar winner for the 1986 live-action short "Precious Images," will be represented by his new documentary "Visionaries," a history of avant-garde cinema. Gibney, whose untitled film about former New York governor Eliot Spitzer will screen at Tribeca as a special event work-in-progress, will premiere a second film, "My Trip to Al-Queda," a film version of Lawrence Wright's one-man play of the same title, which explores how a journalist tries to maintain objectivity while writing about Islamic terror.

The Discovery section includes "Gerrymandering," a documentary about congressional redistricting by Jeff Reichert, the former senior vp of Magnolia Pictures; "Into the Cold," photographer and environmental advocate Sebastian Copeland's doc about a two-month trek to the North Pole; and "No Woman, No Cry," a look at pregnancy and childbirth around the world by former model-turned-activist Christy Turlington Burns.

The Spotlight section includes such titles as Aaron Schneider's "Get Low," starring Robert Duvall as a Tennessee backwoods recluse in the 1930s; Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's doc "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," which debuted at Sundance; Michael Winterbottom's "The Killer Inside Me," starring Casey Affleck, which also played Sundance; Neil Jordon's modern-day fairy tale "Ondine," which bowed at last year's Toronto fest; Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give," starring Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt; and Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen," which premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival.

See next page for a schedule of the films of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.





ENCOUNTERS

"The Chameleon" ("Le Cameleon"), directed by Jean-Paul Salome, written by Jean-Paul Salome and Natalie Carter. FBI agent Famke Janssen is convinced a teenager, who returns after having been missing for three years, is an imposter.

"Climate of Change," directed by Brian Hill. A doc about regular people taking action to save our environment.

"Every Day," directed and written by Richard Levine. An everyday family dealing with life's little curveballs.

"Last Play at Shea," directed by Paul Crowder and Jon Small. A doc about the New York sports stadium.

"Meet Monica Velour," directed and written by Keith Bearden. A comedy about a awkward teenage aficionado of 1980s soft-core.

"Monogamy", directed by Dana Adam Shapiro, written by Shapiro and Evan Weiner. A Brooklyn wedding photographer has a side business taking surveillance-style photos.

"My Trip to Al-Qaeda," directed by Alex Gibney. A film version of Lawrence Wright's titular one-man play.

"Nice Guy Johnny," directed and written by Edward Burns. Burns plays a rascally womanizer set on turning a day in the Hamptons into an eye-opening fling for his nephew.

"Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage," directed by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn. A doc about the Canadian band Rush.

"Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" directed by Mat Whitecross, written by Paul Viragh. A portrait of British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury.

"The Space Between," directed and written by Travis Fine. Melissa Leo plays a lonely flight attendant who becomes responsible for a 10-year-old Pakistani-American boy.

"Tetsuo: The Bulletman," directed by Shinya Tsukamoto, written by Tsukamoto and Hisakatsu Kuroki. The third installation of the Tetsuo series.

"Vidal Sassoon The Movie," directed by Craig Teper. A doc about the famed hairdresser.

"Visionaries, directed by Chuck Workman. A history of the avant-garde cinema.


DISCOVERY

"Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy," directed by Bobby Sheehan. A look at the downtown art scene of New York of the past 30 years.

"Beware the Gonzo," directed and written by Bryan Goluboff. A teen comedy about a prep school journalist.

"Brilliantlove," directed by Ashley Horner, written by Sean Conway. A novice photographer documents his affair with his taxidermist girlfriend.

"Elvis & Madonna" ("Elvis e Madona"), directed and written by Marcelo Laffitte. The lives of a biker babe and a tall blonde trannie intertwine in Rio.

"Gerrymandering," directed by Jeff Reichert. The history of our country's redistricting wars.

"The Infidel," directed by Josh Appignanesi, written by David Baddiel. A Muslim's life is turned upside down when he learns he was adopted.

"Into the Cold," directed by Sebastian Copeland. A two-month trek to the North Pole.

"Just Like Us," directed by Ahmed Ahmed. A tour from Dubai to Beirut, Riyadh to New York, with stand-up comics.

"Keep Surfing," directed by Bjorn Richie Lob. River surfing in Munich.

"Legacy," directed and written by Thomas Ikimi. A psychological drama about a back ops operative.

"Meskada," directed and written by Josh Sternfeld. A murder mystery set in the Catskills.

"No Woman, No Cry," directed by Christy Turlington Burns. Stories of pregnant women in four parts of the world.

"The Other City," directed by Susan Koch. A look at the battle against HIV in Washington, D.C.

"The Sentimental Engine Slayer," directed and written by Omar Rodriguez Lopez. The semi-autobiographical tale of a twentysomething misfit in El Paso, Texas.

"Snowmen," directed and written by Robert Kirbyson. A 10-year-old boy is convinced he has only weeks to live.

"The Travelogues," directed and written by Dustin Thompson. Experimental filmmakers Thompson and Kathryn Ramey explore journeys of adventure and conquest.

"The Trotksy," directed and written by Jacob Tierney. A high schooler is convinced he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky.


CINEMANIA

"Clash," directed by Le Thanh Son, written by Son, Johnny Tri Nguyen and Ho Quang Hung. Outcasts try to take down a Vietnamese crime lord.

"Dream Home," directed by Pang Ho-Cheung, written by Pang Ho-Cheung, Kwok Cheung Tsang and Chi-Man Wan. A young, upwardly mobile professional is ready to invest in her first home.

"Possessed," directed and written by Lee Yong-ju. A horror film about a college student looking to find his missing sister.

"Spork," directed and written by J.B. Ghuman, Jr. A teen movie about a hermaphrodite.

"Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives," directed and written by Israel Luna. A group of transgendered women seek revenge.

"Zonad," directed and written by John Carney and Kieran Carney. A comedy about a small Irish town where the 1950s never ended that is invaded by an alien.


SPOTLIGHT

"Cairo Time," directed and written by Ruba Nadda. A cross-cultural love story.

"The Disappearance of Alice Creed," directed and written by J Blakeson. A kidnapping thriller.

"Get Low," directed by Aaron Schneider, written by Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell. Robert Duvall stars as a backwoods recluse.

"Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," directed by Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg.

"The Killer Inside Me," directed by Michael Winterbottom, written by John Curran. An adaptation of the Jim Thompson novel.

"Micmacs" ("Micmacs a tire-larigot"), directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, written by Anne Wermelinger.

"Ondine, directed and written by Neil Jordan. Colin Farrell stars as a fisherman who catches a mermaid-like creature.

"Please Give," directed and written by Nicole Holofcener. Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt star as well-to-do Manhattanites.

"Soul Kitchen" directed by Fatih Akin, written by Akin and Adam Bousdoukos. The tale of a hapless young restaurant owner.
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