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Tribeca Film Institute Announces Programs For 2007 Tribeca Film Festival


Tribeca Film Institute (TFI)

announced their programs taking place during the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF). Highlights include the Tribeca Film Fellows program which provides young artists with skills and resources to pursue a career in film; a special gala screening of films by New York City youth filmmakers entitled Our City, My Story; special discussions with filmmakers, including renowned documentarian Albert Maysles, and an internship program for the students following the festival.

The Institute will host the third Tribeca Film Fellows Program where young filmmakers will be immersed in the exhilaration of a major film festival and given the tools and relationships to move forward as they consider careers in media. 20 young filmmakers from across New York City, ages 15-19, have been selected to receive an all-access pass to the inner workings of the film industry and they will take part in a mentorship program with TFF filmmakers, panel discussions, workshops, screenings and special events. The program will culminate with student presentations of original film pitches and a screening of short film “Cityscapes,” which will serve as the introduction to Our City, My Story, which will be screened as part of a special student outreach event hosted by Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday, May 3 and as TFI’s annual youth media gala screening on Friday, May 4.

Our City, My Story, the Tribeca Film Institute’s third annual celebration of the excellence and diversity of New York City youth media, gives youth-produced work an audience during the Tribeca Film Festival. Nine outstanding short films created over the last year will be premiered at TFI’s third annual youth media gala May 4 at 6:30 PM at AMC Loews 34th Street. The gala will provide a unique forum for the Film Fellows to network with members of the local youth media community, while highlighting the work they have produced.

This year, three Rwandan youth filmmakers will also partake in the Film Fellows program and will host a special screening and talkback for their work Three Voices: Focus on Rwanda, Empowering Rwanda’s Youth through Filmmaking on Sunday, April 29

On May 3, renowned filmmaker Albert Maysles will host a private screening of his works and discussion with the Film Fellows. Other aspects of the Film Fellows program include a panels produced in collaboration with Listen Up!, an international youth media clearing house, on filmmaking in NYC and how to utilize new media in youth filmmaking.

Participants will also meet with representatives from over ten local universities about the schools’ film and media programs, as well as have the rare opportunity to network with film and industry players in an intimate setting. This initial session will give the Fellows a better sense of specific professional interests and will result in six-week film-related internships placement following the Festival.

“TFI and the Film Fellows program are excellent launching pads for young filmmakers and directors,” said Sydney Meeks, President of the Tribeca Film Institute. “2006 TFF alum Jonan Everett starred in HBO’s Angel Rodriguez, directed by Jim McKay. Kiri Davis, also a TFF alumna, directed A Girl Like Me, which was featured in Our City, My Story and premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. Her film has since been added to Bank Street Teacher’s College Curriculum and also went on to win the Silverdocs audience award. This competitive program continues to attract incredibly talented young artists who are making an impact in their communities and schools and whose work shows immense potential. The Fellows program will give them additional tools with which to continue on the road to success.”

The Institute also announced the continuation of the Tribeca Film Festival on Wheels, TFI’s partnership with the Lollipop Theater Network (LOLLIPOP), a charity dedicated to bringing the magic of movies to children confined to hospitals due to chronic or life-threatening illnesses nationwide. TFI and LOLLIPOP will present the Third Annual TFF on Wheels. This unique collaboration, sponsored by Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at NY-Presbyterian, will screen selections from the 2007 Tribeca Family Film Festival for pediatric patients. Film directors and cast members will attend the screenings at the hospital and participate in Q&A sessions with the audience

Tribeca Film Institute 3rd Annual Youth Media Gala Screening

Friday, May 4

5:15 PM, AMC Loews 34th St.


An evening of short films by young NYC filmmakers exploring the unique stories that define the New York we live in.

Pedestrian Gallery

By Raven Jensen, Elliot Lobell, Shane Ferrer-Sheehy and Kenneth Crutchfield

Summer Arts Institute

Blending interviews with graffiti art pioneers, new school artists and representatives from the legal system with images of art in the urban environment, Pedestrian Gallery explores the history and legacy of graffiti and tries to predict what is next for street art.

Still Standing

By Luis B. Arcentales, Vanessa Bateau, Jeongwoon Eun, Ines Morales, Adrianne D. Morraz, Sergio A. Sanchez

Educational Video Center

Created by young New Yorkers who traveled to New Orleans following the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Still Standing is an intimate portrayal of the challenges faced by Ms. Gertrude, a Katrina survivor, as she tries to rebuild her life and her home.

Out of the Picture

By Dameon Mills

Reelworks Teen Filmmaking

After migrating to the U.S without his father, Dameon is eager to find out what it really feels like to grow up without a father figure. By interviewing teenage boys who have grown up without their fathers around, Dameon begins to understand how it has affected their lives and his own.


By Agnes Juliet Garfield

Ghetto Film School

Using evocative images of the city and music, Sonata takes a hard look at the memories and regrets of a young man on his first day out of prison.

Mi Nueva York, My New York

By Students from Gregorio Luperon High School

Working Playground

Students from Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood explore the immigrant experience in NYC through the eyes of recent arrivals and first generation New Yorkers.


By Richard Memminger

Downtown Community Television/Pro-TV

A jarring look at a young man’s struggle to cope with the drug addiction and eventual demise of his mother. Raised by his grandmother, then his cousin and occasionally his living with his mom, we see Richard examine ideas of family, love and dependence—and coming to accept that he must count on himself most of all.

The Dance

By Jennifer Lim

A teenage girl excitedly prepares for a dance, only to be disappointed by a dreary reality.


By Melinda Tenenzapf

Reelworks Teen Filmmaking

After Melinda’s mother committed suicide when she was 4 months old, Melinda’s story finally brightens when her nanny Beverly enters her life. Beverly, a Jamaican woman hired to be Melinda’s nanny, ultimately becomes a mother to her and Melinda must choose between the family connections she has built and those she was born into.

Have a Heart

By Elvir Lekperic, Korii Noreiga, Isaac Shrem

Summer Arts Institute

In 1996 Donald Arthur was given six weeks to live. That same year, Margaret Grady lost a son. Depicting the miraculous convergence of two strangers’ lives through the gift of organ donation, Have a Heart tells the story of how one man was literally given a new life as a result of a heart transplant and how a woman found true comfort following a tragedy.

About the Tribeca Film Institute

The Tribeca Film Institute creates innovative programs that draw on the unifying power of film to promote understanding, tolerance and global awareness. Our commitment is to educate, entertain and inspire filmmakers and audiences alike, while strengthening the artistic and economic fabric of New York City and its Lower Manhattan community.