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Summer Screenings: Tribeca Film Joins River to River

Love movies? Love free movies even more? Check out Tribeca Film titles in this year’s River to River® Festival in lower Manhattan! Free outdoor screenings include "Stella Days," "Collaborator," "The Runway" and "Side By Side."

Summer is just around the corner, and we can practically smell it: hot dogs, sunscreen, ocean air, and popcorn! Yes, movies are a big part of our summer, as you can imagine, and for the first time, Tribeca Film has partnered with the River to River® Festival in lower Manhattan. Alongside their usual fare, which includes music, dance, theater, visual arts, and family programming, we’ll be screening three of our latest titles—Stella Days, Collaborator, THE RUNWAY and Side by Side—on a big screen, outside, for free! Preceding our features will be award-winning animated shorts created by the young filmmakers of the Children’s Museum of the Arts.

2012 Movie Nights on the Elevated Acre (at 55 Water Street), presented in association with Tribeca Film:

 Stella Days (June 18)

Collaborator (June 25)



Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and screenings begin at sunset or 8:00 pm. Mark your calendars accordingly…

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Stella Days 
Monday, June 18, 8:00 pm
The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street

A small town cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood, and a man and his conscience. Martin Sheen stars as a priest in Stella Days, which encapsulates the dilemma of Ireland in the mid-1950s—on the cusp of the modern but still clinging to the traditions of the church.

Preceded by stop-motion animated short Leg On the Loose, created by young filmmakers in the Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) unique Media Lab. Made in CMA’s Animated Film Art Colony, it premiered as an official selection of Downtown Youth Behind the Camera.


Monday, June 25, 8:00 pm
The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street

Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan) is a famous playwright who can’t seem to catch a break. His recent Broadway play was met with horrible reviews and an early cancellation, and his marriage is being tested by an old flame (Olivia Williams). Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother (Katherine Helmond), Robert crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus (David Morse), a right-wing, ex-con. When Gus holds Robert hostage at gunpoint during a drunken reunion gone terribly wrong, the drama unfolds as social status, celebrity, and the imminent threat of violence converge, building up to a climax that will leave both men forever changed. Collaborator marks Martin Donovan’s first time behind the camera as a writer and director in this riveting and insightful debut.

Preceded by stop-motion animated short Dr. Todd and the Pizza God, created by young filmmakers in the (CMA) unique Media Lab. Dr. Todd and the Pizza God was made in CMA’s Animated Film Art Colony and premiered as an official selection of Downtown Youth Behind the Camera, and was celebrated in CMA’s exhibition Five Years of Film.



Monday, July 2, 8:00 pm
The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street

In this charming comedy, Oscar-nominee Demián Bichir (A Better Life, “Weeds”) stars as Ernesto, a Colombian pilot whose plane has crashed in a small Irish village. Not able to speak a word of English, a precocious 9-year old boy named Paco, the only one in his town who knows Spanish, becomes his translator. Rewriting Ernesto’s mysterious and questionable past, Paco turns him into a hero and a celebrity, motivating the entire town to rally behind Ernesto to help rebuild his plane. When a seedy Colombian detective arrives and threatens to reveal a dark secret about Ernesto, the town begins to question who they can trust. Inspired by true events, The Runway tells the story of a boy needing a father, a man wanting a family, and a town willing to do anything for a hero.

Side By Side

Monday, July 9, 8:00 pm
The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street

Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side By Side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema, and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh, and many more.

Feature film preceded by stop-motion animated short Flip, created by young filmmakers in the  (CMA) unique Media Lab. Flip was made in the Puppet TV from 2010, the first of its kind at CMA, which gave Art Colonists the opportunity to co-create a piece that combined the mediums of live puppetry and television. The result of this intense and in-depth collaboration is Flip.

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