Tribeca Film Festival Gives NYC a Break From the Recession

April 21, 2009 By:
Tribeca Film Festival Gives NYC a Break From the Recession

Stargazers and movie lovers are in for a treat this week as The 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival rocks NYC.

"It's a way to escape everyday life for a few hours" says festival founder Jane Rosenthal, who joined Robert DeNiro, Spike Lee, and Uma Thurman this morning to kick off the festival festivities.

Robert DeNiro predicts that this year "will be the best yet" and he says that he is "happy with the way it is going. The festival is in a great place."

Indeed... this week will have a lot of great moments with big names such as Spike Lee making his festival debut and Woody Allen opening up the twelve day run with tomorrow's Premier of Whatever Works starring Patricia Clarkson, Larry David, and Evan Rachel Wood.

Uma Thurman has "been hoping, wishing to join this festival since the beginning." Today she announced a slew of celebrity jurors including herself, Meg Ryan, Whoopi Goldberg, Adrien Brody, Parker Posey, Debra Messing, James Franco and Mary-Kate Olsen.

Bringing all of this attention to NYC helps the economy, particularly downtown restaurants and shops. With the recession in place Jane hopes that the films bring a lot of "laughter" and she is proud to say that there "are more free community events. They opened up more panels and conversations that are free," in addition to staples such as the ESPN Sports Day and The Tribeca Drive In.

Of course the recession has affected the festival. "When you look around everything is a little leaner, but if we can't do as many films we can still do what we do. We are really honored," said Jane Rosenthal.

The official Tribeca Film Festival (founding sponsor American Express) kicks off tomorrow April 22nd - May 2nd. Keep checking back with for your VIP look inside NYC's legendary Tribeca hood!