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BY KAITLYN MEADE AND JOSH ROGERS  |  Community Board 1’s Youth and Education Committee is calling for P.S. 150 to move to a larger  school building somewhere in Lower Manhattan rather than go up to Chelsea, as the city proposed last month. While a hypothetical relocation to a larger school raised some eyebrows, the handful […]

Brookfield Place leasing: Brookfield Office Properties, the owner of the four buildings formerly known as Battery Park City’s World Financial Center, announced that it has signed a new 16-year lease with GFK US Holdings for 75,000 square feet at 200 Liberty St. and another new 16-year-lease with Regus for 55,000 square feet at 200 Vesey […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER |Director Sam Fleischner was 27 years old in the summer of 2010 when he started planning and writing a film about an autistic boy who gets lost for days on the New York City subway while his grief-stricken mother searches for him. That film, “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” debuted […]

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Downtown Express photo by Kaitlyn Meade Jake, right, and Azaan, both students in Lower Manhattan, got some television news experience covering the runup to the Tribeca Film Festival Monday. Read more about the Kids Access program as part of our festival preview, P. 17 – 28. Look for additional reviews on DowntownExpress.com this weekend.

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Year-round programs nurture next gen filmmakers BY RANIA RICHARDSON  |  “Our main struggle is that we are always considered to be just a festival,” said Beth Janson, Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI).  “The Institute is a 501(c)(3) and the Tribeca Film Festival, owned by Tribeca Enterprises, is not.” The confusion is understandable […]

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Athletes, entertainers, dancers and directors get the reality treatment BY TRAV S.D. | As it has from its inception, the 2013 edition of New York’s hometown Downtown film festival will showcase an impressive slate of documentaries. This year, 61 films from over a dozen countries will grace Tribeca Film Festival screens, with an unsurprising preponderance of […]

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Films that defy categorization, categorized for your convenience!  BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Like a thumbprint or a snowflake or a beautifully crafted excuse to miss work on a warm spring day, each film in this year’s festival is a unique creation. That said, even the most unconventional effort can, for marketing and viewer choice purposes, […]

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Schmaltz dilutes a potentially bloody good time BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | The British-Irish fantasy thriller “Byzantium” tells the story of Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) — who, with her mother Clara (Gemma Arterton), forms a tight-knit vampire duo. They are both two centuries old, yet look not a day older than 16 and 35 (Clara had Eleanor […]

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‘Robin Hood of electrical wiring’ sheds light on the rich/poor divide BY SAM SPOKONY | Those extended power outages that followed Hurricane Sandy gave us a small taste of the struggle faced every day by millions of people in developing countries. With that shock still fresh in our minds, “Powerless” will give English speakers everywhere […]

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Reporters from 10 to 14 to cover 20 events  BY KAITLYN MEADE   |  Every year, the Tribeca Film Festival rolls out brand new family programming to bring even the littlest filmmaker into its fold. The tried-and-true favorites of ESPN Sports Day and the Family Festival are back this year with new activities and guests. The […]

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