Tribeca Film Festival on My Mind

I’ve got Tribeca on my mind, or more precisely, the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Tickets are on sale and my office on Varick looks directly out on the Tribeca theater and I have a couple of key clients engaged at the festival this year. MoFilm, which produces a film competition, “helping aspiring filmmakers create videos for big brands and social causes.” They have engaged some amazing filmmakers over the years, including my old boss Spike Lee, and count producer Jon Landau as a partner. The winner of the film contest gets a screening, trip, and cash prize at the festival.

A  dear friend of mine, London-based producer Mia Bays, has had successful films at the festival before (Bafta-nominated SCOTT WALKER – 30 CENTURY MAN by Stephen Kijak), and is returning to support, FIRE IN BABYLON by Stevan Riley. Babylon is about the West Indies cricket team in the 70’s and 80’s that went undefeated for 15 years straight against the dominant Brits and Aussies. This was the first all black team in sporting history to triumph in this way. According to Bays, Sir Viv Richards and Michale Holding are the documentary’s heroes and they tell the film in their own words, along with great archival footage and music, featuring Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, the Toots and the Mayals. Its produced by two oscar-winnign producers, John Battsek (ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER) and Charles Steel (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND). Not being a huge follower of cricket (ok i don’t even know HOW to watch the game), I’m sure it’ll be an education, and incredible story of sports history.

This year, Will Leather Goods designed and manufactured the official festival bag and I’ve got to find a way to score one… This film ought to go into the Film CRAFT section of deadbait, but it fits nicely here too. Shot on location in Eugene, OR and El Paso, TX, it details the making of the bag in detail set to music by Dawes.

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