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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival opened and closed with two glossy, star-studded premieres, as the raunchy rom-com "The Five-Year Engagement" and the surefire summer blockbuster "The Avengers" bookended the event.
But it was the far more modestly budgeted films in between that made the 11th annual Tribeca fest a success, with audiences and critics alike discovering gems you probably won't see plastered on the side of a bus anytime soon.
Our 10 favorites ranged from music documentaries ("Searching for Sugar Man") to quote-unquote mumblecore ("Your Sister's Sister"), but they share one common thread, at least in our eyes: They deserve a much wider audience. Maybe even on bus ads. – By Jason Guerrasio, Kevin Polowy, Nigel Smith and Brooke Tarnoff Get More »
Though she's appeared in movies like "Blades of Glory" and "Hall Pass," you know Jenna Fischer best for her part in NBC's perennially popular sitcom, "The Office." Fischer is the heart of the show, unique among a cast of fantastically bizarre characters for her mundane, relatable humanity.
It's the same sensibility she brings to her leading role in "The Giant Mechanical Man," a charming, peculiar indie written and directed by Fischer's husband, Lee Kirk. As Janice, a woman in her 30s lacking anything resembling direction, Fischer taps into a question both terrifying and universal: How do we know where we're going when our lives deviate from well-worn paths?
With Fischer in town for the Tribeca Film Festival, we spoke about her own life path, how producing her husband's movie nearly cost her the acting gig, and how she wants to see "The Office" end, if and when it does. Get More »
It's Year 11 for the Tribeca Film Festival, and it looks like the fest created by Robert De Niro is hitting its stride.
The 11-day event, which takes place April 18-29, has always been known for its flashy red- carpet premieres (this year's fest is bookended with the comedy "The Five-Year Engagement" and Marvel's latest “The Avengers”) and fun family fare (free Drive In screenings of "Jaws" and "The Goonies"). Tribeca is also branching out into the online world: For its second year, the festival will screen a handful of titles from this year's Tribeca Online Film Festival as well as stream some of its panels.
But if you like to watch your movies the old-fashioned way (in the theater), here are 15 titles from this year's fest that we think you should check out. Get More »
Have you ever been walking through the city, seen one of those street performers painted to look like a statue or a robot and thought to yourself, "I'd hit that?" Well, guess what.
The first trailer for the new indie "The Giant Mechanical Man" is here and chances are once you get a look at "The Office" star Jenna Fischer's efforts to find true love among the painted people, you'll never look at street performers quite the same way again. Get More »