James Murdoch, it’s bad karma.
For the first year of Murdoch ownership, the Tribeca Film Festival has been cancelled. No date has been given for a future festival, but my guess is, that’s it. They can’t get the same movies in the fall.
What a shame for all the filmmakers involved who counted on having their work seen. Same for South by Southwest. All that’s left for now is Cannes. Will the French go through with it? It’s hard to believe considering much of that country is shut down.
What’s left? The White House Correspondents Dinner. I’m waiting for that notice.
Here’s the statement:
We founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to heal our community after the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. 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
We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 19th Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26) based on the announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public while also supporting our friends, filmmakers and storytellers who look to Tribeca as a platform to showcase their work to audiences. We will be back to you shortly with our plans.
Please check www.tribecafilm.com for the latest updates, ticket refund information and details about how we are moving forward.
Co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises