The Tribeca Film Festival is presenting a curated selection of short films, culled from the archives of its festival alumni.
As part of the series, a new film will be rolled out every morning at 11 a.m. All of the shorts will originate from filmmakers who have previously presented at the festival, with some of the films on the slate representing online premieres. The move, according to an announcement, is meant to offer cinema as a respite from the news.
“Each day we will highlight a Tribeca Film Festival short film — featuring comedy, sci-fi, animation, documentary and stories from the city we call home,” said Sharon Badal, vice president of filmmaker relations and shorts programming for Tribeca. “Our alumni filmmakers will help distract you from the 24/7 news cycle and overeating … except for popcorn.”
The series kicked off with a short film from Alex Budovsky called “Brooklyn Breeze.” Clocking in at just over four minutes, the short ushers viewers through a visual tour of different areas of Brooklyn and is based on a song recorded by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra.
“In a time when we are all reflecting on life in smaller spaces, we wanted to inspire you to take a journey with our filmmaker to places unseen by many,” Tribeca explained, noting that the film focuses on the actual landscape of the borough.
Like many arts organizations across the city, the Tribeca Film Festival announced last week that this year’s iteration would be postponed. The festival, which brings together narrative and documentary films, was set to run April 15 to 26 throughout Manhattan, with (for the first time) an outpost in New Jersey. The 2020 edition leaned into the presidential election year, with an opening film titled “Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President,” focusing on the role that popular music played in securing Carter a place within the White House. Details about when the festival will be rescheduled have yet to be announced.
“We founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to heal our community after the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in 2001,” said said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO, Tribeca Enterprises, in a statement. “We were determined to overcome our fear and anxiety by joining together … It is in our DNA to march forward while caring about our community.”