The Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 24 to May 5, just announced it’s lineup. Several Mid Hudson Valley film productions (and filmmakers) will be featured.
“It’s always a thrill to see how local productions are featured at top festivals around the world,” said Hudson Valley Film Commission director Laurent Rejto. “We work very hard to attract film production to the region and to support filmmaking with location, vendor, cast and crew referrals. I like to think the region and local people play a supporting role in all this film success.”
On the heels of its critical success at its Berlin Film Festival world premiere last month, DRIVEWAYS, will have its U.S. Premiere at the Tribeca FIlm Festival. The film is directed by Andrew Ahn, written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, and produced by Celine Rattray, TrudieStyler, James Schamus, Joe Pirro, Nicolaas Bertelsen. Filming took place in July and August of 2017 and featured many Mid Hudson Valley cast & crew members, vendors and locations. Featured towns include Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, Pleasant Valley, New Paltz, Rosendale, and Kingston. The cast features Brian Dennehy, Hong Chau, and Christine Ebersole. In this beautifully understated drama, a lonesome boy accompanies his mother on a trip to clean out his late aunt’s house, and ends up forming an unexpected friendship with the retiree who lives next door.
SKIN will have its U.S. Premiere at Tribeca, after world premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in the fall of 2018. The film is distributed by A24 and DirecTV release and set to open this summer. Production took place during March of 2018 in towns including Kingston, Catskill, Port Ewen, Saugerties and Ulster Park. Hundreds of Hudson Valley cast and crew were involved. The feature film is adapted from Nattiv and Newman’s short film of the same name, which was honored with the 2019 Oscar for best live action short. The film was produced by Oren Moverman, Jaime Ray Newman, Celine Rattray, TrudieStyler, Dillon D. Jordan. The story traces the true story of Bryon Widney, a white supremacist who begins a path to redemption through a romance with a single mother intent on keeping her children out of the movement. Featured cast members include Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Mike Colter, and Vera Farmiga.
A third production that filmed in the Hudson Valley will World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. SWALLOW is directed and written by Carlo Mirabella-Davis, and produced by Mollye Asher, Mynette Louie, Carole Baraton, and Frederic Fiore. The story follows Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife who finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession. The cast features Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche and Denis O’Hare. Filming took place primarily in Highland during the summer of 2018. Carlo Mirabella-Davis is no stranger to the Hudson Valley. His brilliant short film KNIFE POINT was also filmed in the region, with part time Hudson Valley actor Davis Hall. The short was featured at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival.
Several other films have local ties including THE APOLLO, DREAMLAND and EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE.
The fest will open at New York’s iconic Apollo Theater with the world premiere of HBO documentary THE APOLLO by part time Hudson Valley resident Roger Ross Williams.
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, who graduated from Bard College in 2014, will World Premiere DREAMLAND. Amid the dust storms and economic depression of Dustbowl Era Texas, Eugene Evans finds his family farm on the brink of foreclosure. His last bet to save the farm is the bounty on the head of fugitive bank robber Allison Wells. The Cast features Margot Robbie, Finn Cole, Travis Fimmel, Kerry Condon, Garrett Hedlund, and Darby Camp.
Another part time Hudson Valley resident, Joe Berlinger, will have the NY Premiere of EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE. The film chronicles the crimes of Ted Bundy (Zac Efron)from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Stay tuned for more…