Tribeca Film Festival Sets 'Spinal Tap,' 'Reality Bites' Anniversary Screenings

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'Reality Bites'

The movies are the first programming set for the 18th edition of the Lower Manhattan event, which will run from April 24-May 5, 2019.

The Tribeca Film Festival has set anniversary screenings of rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap and beloved Generation X film Reality Bites.

The two movies mark the first programming announced for the 18th edition of the annual lower Manhattan event, which will run from April 24-May 5, 2019.

“From the heavy metal bands of the ‘80s to Generation X in the early ‘90s, This Is Spinal Tap and Reality Bites didn’t just capture the spirit of their respective times — they helped define them,” Tribeca Enterprises executive vice president Paula Weinstein said in a statement. “We're excited to bring these two films back to the big screen for existing fans, and also to introduce them to new audiences.”

Spinal Tap — starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner, who also directed — will be celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2019, after being released on March 2, 1984.

Reiner said, “Spinal Tap proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever."

Meanwhile, Reality Bites — starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn and Ben Stiller, who also directed — will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019 after being released on Feb. 18, 1994.

Stiller said, “Reality Bites was a formative experience in my life. To have a 25-year anniversary screening is very exciting. Looking forward to seeing the whole cast, and possibly changing the ending so Michael gets Lelaina."

As with past Tribeca anniversary screenings, the talent from each film will reunite to participate in post-screening conversations and, in the case of Spinal Tap, a musical performance.

Tribeca has previously hosted reunions and anniversary events for films like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, Scarface, Schindler’s List and Taxi Driver.