EXCLUSIVE: Sources close to the Tribeca Film Festival inform us that the 19th edition has been postponed. The fest was to take place from April 15-26. No official word has been issued yet from festival brass. The news follows just as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a statewide ban of gatherings of more than 500 people.
That ruling forced 31 Broadway productions currently on the boards to shut down through April 12, and eight shows set to begin previews over the next month will be postponed. Cuomo’s rule would have impacted the opening night of Tribeca, which was to take place at the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side of Broadway and seats over 2,800. The opening night pic scheduled was director Mary Wharton’s Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President – a rockumentary-style presidential portrait that shows how popular music helped propel the folksy peanut farmer from rural Georgia to the White House.
Health comes first for the festival and their attendees and this was a decision that they didn’t make lightly.
Tribeca’s features program will include 115 films from 124 filmmakers from across 33 different countries. The line-up includes 95 world premieres, 2 international premieres, 4 North American premieres, 4 U.S. premieres, and 9 New York premieres and one sneak preview.
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