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We will be covering a couple days of the Tribeca Film Festival for you - our first footage will appear this Monday. Of particular interest is the premiere of Bill Burr's short film, Cheat (see trailer above), which is directed by comedian Joe DeRosa and co-stars the both of them plus comedian Robert Kelly. Also intriguing are the documentary Limelight, about the nightclub chain, the shorts Sun City Picture House (trailer below) and Challenging Impossibility, and the feature The Last Rites of Joe May among several others.

While it's exciting to be at the festival it's also been a bit of a disappointment. We've been to festivals before and understand that clueless volunteers and over-inflated tip sheets (these are the lists of talent/celebrities who are supposed to appear at an event) are par for the course but at Tribeca we've plumbed new depths of this kind of unprofessionalism. At one red carpet we went to, only 4 out of 25 people listed showed up and at another, only 3 out of 20. We knew a couple people on the lists and sent them an email asking where they were and they both replied that while they had known about the screening they had never indicated that they were even remotely interested in attending the festival, much less walking a red carpet to answer questions from press. Try standing around on a freezing and windy New York street for a couple hours to have nobody show up for interviews and you'll have to agree our bitching is justified.

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We'll be attending a couple more days of Tribeca but with drastically diminished expectations. If Robert De Niro wants to keep opinions of his festival a bit higher, he needs to reassume his character of Travis Bickle and get it organezized.

Sun City Picture House