Monday, April 15, 2024

Tribeca Film Festival Postponed, No Date Given for Future as City Declares State of Emergency


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 for the latest updates, ticket refund information and details about how we are moving forward.

Jane Rosenthal 
Co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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