16th Jun2013

2013 Tribeca Film Festival: MoMA PS1

by Catherina Gioino

Ever since its creation in 2003 as a response to the World Trade Center attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival has gone on to bring entertainment and events to the public, and it has collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Public Space 1 (PS1) to do just that.

The Tribeca Film Festival was made possible by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff as a way for filmmakers to reach an audience. Ever since the first festival in 2002, the festival has featured over 1,400 films from all around the world in over 80 countries. The festival has allowed for four million visitors that generated over $750 million for the city of New York.

Running from April 18 through April 28, MoMA PS1 featured Alberi, an Italian film that played on a loop until the end of the festival. Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino, the film Alberi is about the practice of an ancient tradition in Satriano, Southern Italy. Men would cover themselves in ivy leaves and walk around town, signifying the connection between human beings and nature. Although the tradition has been almost forgotten, the ritual has long been a way to prepare for Carnevale, another ancient tradition similar to Mardi Gras.

Another Tribeca film featured at MoMA PS1 was Stand Clear of the Closing Doors. This 94-minute film is about an autistic teen who travels in the subway system as his mother searches for him before Hurricane Sandy shut the city down. The film was directed by Sam Fleichner.

Watch the trailers of both films below:


Stand Clear of the Closing Doors:


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