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SHOWING 161 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2009
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BEST NEW YORK DOCUMENTARY

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
It's no surprise that some of the greatest true stories in the world come from the greatest city in the world. Get your tickets now to see the film chosen as the best of the Fest by a jury of notable names from three diverse worlds that New York knows best—film, fashion, and food. |Read More
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BEST NEW YORK NARRATIVE

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
From the welter of Wall Street to the sleepy streets of City Island, every last inch of New York has a story to tell. Get your tickets now to see the film chosen as the best of the Fest by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals who know a good New York story when they see one. |Read More
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BLACK DYNAMITE

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Scott Sanders
  • Country: USA
All you suckas gather round. This glorious '70s blaxploitation throwback is a fistful of chase scenes, gunfights, kung fu, pimps, and hos. Michael Jai White plays Black Dynamite, the smoothest, baddest mother to ever pick up a pair of nunchucks. When the CIA gives back his license to kill, Black Dynamite makes it his mission to keep smack out of orphanages at any cost. Can you dig it? |Read More
Comedy
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BLANK CITY

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Directed By: Celine Danhier
  • Country: USA
Celine Danhier's kinetic doc mirrors the urgent, anything-goes energy of her subject: the DIY independent film movement that emerged in tandem with punk rock in late-'70s downtown New York. New interviews with a dizzying array of artists—including Amos Poe, Bette Gordon, Debbie Harry, Eric Mitchell, Jim Jarmusch, Lydia Lunch, Steve Buscemi, John Lurie, and Nick Zedd—flow into clips from landmark No Wave films, and the still-thrilling music of the era floods the soundtrack. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Music

BOYS IN THE BAND

  • Release Year: 1970
  • Runtime: 118 minutes
  • Country: USA
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we are pleased to present two programs celebrating the seminal film The Boys in the Band, a cultural watershed that still resonates today. Join us for a free screening of the 1970 film—directed by William Friedkin and written by Mart Crowley, based on his groundbreaking play that debuted one year before Stonewall. Crowley will be present at this special screening. (The Boys in the Band print courtesy of CBS Broadcasting, Inc.)

We also welcome to the Festival a special work-in-progress version of Making the Boys, directed by Crayton Robey. This documentary features the many people involved with the original stage play and film, including Crowley and Dominick Dunne, as well as Edward Albee, Robert Wagner, and Paul Rudnick. After that screening there will be a discussion moderated by Tony Award-winning producer and film documentarian Dori Berinstein with director Crayton Robey, playwright/screenwriter Mart Crowley, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, actor Laurence Luckinbill, and other special guests. |Read More
Drama
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BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE: THE STORY OF CBGB

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Mandy Stein
  • Country: USA
Fueled by vintage performances by the likes of Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Television, Bad Brains, and The Ramones, this doc charts the history and far-reaching influence of iconic downtown club CBGB and its fight for survival against the Bowery homeless shelter that sought to shut it down. Sonic Youth, Debbie Harry, Ice-T, Fab 5 Freddy, and others share their passion for the anything-goes spirit of the club and its founder, Hilly Kristal. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Music
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BURNING SEASON

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Cathy Henkel
  • Country: Australia
TFF award winner Henkel returns with this powerful portrait of three lives affected by deliberately lit fires raging across Indonesia. Destroying pristine rainforest, endangering wildlife, and contributing to climate change, these fires only benefit the lucrative palm oil industry. Following a carbon-trading entrepreneur, an orangutan rescuer, and a palm oil farmer, this doc inspirationally shows those caught at the intersection of big business and conservation. Hugh Jackman narrates. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary
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BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

  • Release Year: 1969
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Country: USA
The Tribeca Film Festival is proud to honor the work of legendary screenwriter William Goldman at this outdoor 40th anniversary screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. This renowned film won four Academy Awards®, including Goldman's first for best screenplay. One of the most respected screenwriters in history, Goldman—also responsible for All the President's Men (which brought him his second Oscar®), The Princess Bride, Misery, and Marathon Man, among others—will be joined by filmmaking friends Scott Frank, Tony Gilroy, David Koepp, and Aaron Sorkin to celebrate this special evening. |Read More
Drama, Crime

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