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Tribeca Film Festival launches

April 21, 2009
Tribeca 2009

Tribeca 2009

Today I woke up early, left the bike at home and hopped onto the C train to Chambers Street in TriBeCa, Manhattan. (BBC said it would rain as hard as yesterday – actually, didn’t happen).

Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Spike Lee were in attendance, but there were no doughnuts… (When I picked up my press pass last week there were Snapples all over the shop and Dunkin’ Doughnuts. I thought yanks loved that shit.)

Jane Rosenthal – the real brains behind the fest – was the most eloquent, as indeed was the statuesque blue-blazered Uma Thurman. De Niro looked distinctly uncomfortable, despite this being his seventh year promoting film downtown. When some French journo asked him why he had launched Tribeca in Dohar and if it was to counter negative images of Arabs after 9/11, De Niro stepped up to the mic and just blanked.

‘Err, I don’t know’ he blustered before looking to Jane Rosenthal for help. I can’t even remember what she said, probably something about fostering international relations or something.

A slight bit of controversy came via a question from a cool dude from the Globe and Mail. ‘Can you categorically confirm that Tribeca is not moving to the Fall to bring it online with the festival year?’ (This question followed Spike Lee saying that the reason he had never exhibited in Tribeca was cos he never had a film ready, unlike with Cannes, Venice or Toronto).

Jane Rosenthal said: ‘I cannot categorically confirm what I’m having for lunch today. I have heard the same rumours that you guys have heard and I can’t say anymore.’

She was right squirmy!

The ROBERT DE NIRO, JANE ROSENTHAL, UMA THURMAN AND SPIKE LEE show

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Festival jury announced; the 32 jurors include Uma Thurman, Meg Ryan, Morgan Spurlock, James Franco, Todd Haynes, Bradley Cooper, Melissa Leo, Parker Posey, Adrien Brody and Rachel Maddow

Tribeca Film Festival co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal kicked off the eighth annual Tribeca Film Festival today at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in lower Manhattan. De Niro and Rosenthal were joined by Uma Thurman, who will serve as a juror for the World Narrative competition and who announced her fellow 2009 Festival jurors, Spike Lee, who directed two films featured in this year’s Festival, and Rich Lehrfeld, VP, Global Sponsorship and Experiential Marketing for American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival.

The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 22 – May 3 and will include 85 features and 46 short films representing 36 different countries. The film slate, chosen from 4,720 submissions, features 45 world premieres, 5 international premieres, 15 North American premieres, 3 U.S. premieres and 12 New York premieres. In addition to the film line-up, there will also be an array of panel discussions, valuable networking opportunities for filmmakers and the industry, gala premieres of highly anticipated new studio releases – including Sony Pictures Classics’ Whatever Works and Fox Searchlight Pictures’ My Life in Ruins – and a number of free, community events, including the Tribeca Drive-In, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day and the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair.

“At its core, our Festival has always been about great films; but it has also been about community and renewal. These themes were resonant right after we founded the Festival after 9/11, as well as in the years that followed and especially now – at a time of such uncertainty for so many people struggling with the global economic crisis. In good times and bad, people love to go to the movies, and we are thrilled to be here once again to present 12 days of films and events that will appeal to the industry and the general public alike. Whether you’re an accomplished filmmaker or just need a way to escape everyday life for a few hours, there’s something for you at Tribeca,” said Rosenthal.

“It’s great to see how much the Festival has grown since we began in 2002 and how it has impacted the neighborhood,” said De Niro. “We invite everyone to come to Tribeca to enjoy all that our Festival has to offer – from great films to industry gatherings to free community events.”

“Year after year, the Tribeca Film Festival brings a vibrant energy to New York City and excitement to filmmakers, film fans, and merchants in the local communities,” said Rich Lehrfeld, VP, Global Sponsorship and Experiential Marketing, American Express. “American Express is proud to continue our support of the Festival as we have since its inception, driving business to local merchants, celebrating filmmakers and the art of storytelling, and creating unforgettable experiences for our Cardmembers.”

“I want to thank American Express, our founding partner, who was with us from the very beginning when we set out to drive business, energy and excitement downtown post-9/11. They have offered unwavering support of that original mission and of the art of filmmaking and storytelling in a most powerful way,” added Rosenthal, who also noted, “We are grateful to all our partners and corporate sponsors – returning and new – who make our programming possible.”

“I’m so proud of the films we are showing this year, from the heaviest hitting documentary to the lightest comedy, there is something for everyone. I can’t wait for to share the films with our audience,” said Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Jurors for the competitive categories were announced by Academy Award-nominated actress Uma Thurman.

“For me, and for people everywhere who love film, Tribeca has become a major event to which we all look forward with anticipation. And as a New Yorker, it’s been wonderful to see the impact the festival has had on the City. This year is especially exciting because I get to be a part of it as a juror. I look forward to watching some incredible films,” said Thurman.

Following is a list of the 2009 Festival jurors and their respective categories: It

Wah Power Lunch at the ICA

October 15, 2008
The girls talk at the Wah Power Lunch, which timewise, was more like dinner time at the ICA

The girls talk at the Wah Power Lunch, which timewise, was more like dinner time at the ICA

On friday evening, girls who just wanted to have fun, network and get free goody bags clambered to the ICA for the Wah Power Lunch.

Sharmadean Reid - organiser of the Wah Power Lunch

Sharmadean Reid - organiser of the Wah Power Lunch


Organised by Sharmadean Reid, who works at bi-annual men’s mag, Arena Homme + as well as jet-setting round the world to style for sports brands, it brought together illustrator Kate Moross,, Topman senior leisurewear buyer, Hannah Burgess, Rinse FM Co-Founder, Sarah Lockhart and fashion designer, Katie Saunders under one roof.

The idea was to give the gaggle of wide-eyes girls insider tips on how to break into the fashion industry.

Katie Saunders snapped by Chris Crash

Katie Saunders snapped by Chris Crash

The youngest of the bunch, Sharmadean and Kate Moross gave the most passionate speeches; the first retelling the story of pestering The University of The Arts, London for a prospectus ever since she saw a flyer for it in her cousin’s bedroom when she was a kid, and knew she wanted to work in fashion thanks to the now-defunct BBC Clothes Show.

Kate Moross, part of Deano Jo’s Real Gold collective and self-titled “creative maestro” is just 22, but soon after finishing illustration at Wimbledon College of Art swung herself big-time commissions with ad agency Fallon, for Cadbury’s and more recently, Topshop. (See her stuff here)

It was a really fun, engaging evening. But among all the qustions fired from the girls in the crowd to those on stage, I felt like one was missing.

What’s with all the brand-love? The girls up front made it seem like working for brands like Nike and Puma were the pinaccle of success; yet I thought we they had been exposed for the global scallywags they are, with their nasty production habits (human rights et al) and hiked-up prices.

Why is our generation so happy to not only swallow the pill, but design for it too?

I’m not saying you have to ‘resist’ ad infinitum to be a decent human being; I just wondered where has all the questioning gone? With fab talent and a DIY attitude to success and self, and professional fulfillment, I’d like to see fresh, new innovators not give their skills to the major players, or at least – not so easily.

Alright vegans, let’s get it on

October 7, 2008
vegan mofo

vegan mofo

Encouraged by the fact that the moldy tofu did not kill me and that, apart from watching a doc about New York in the seventies on I-player (exactly the same kinds hype that Edo Bertoglio was trying to get passed in his Face Addict), I had nothing to do on Saturday night. So instead of going to the bike film fest or to this 25th birthday party in Shoreditch, I baked!

I sound like Cher! (And, by the way could Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz look less Jewish?) Turns out she’s Jewish on her dad’s side and her Christian mother converted to marry her London-born dad, so what do I know?

Celeb vegan Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz in Clueless

Celeb vegan Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz in Clueless

I checked out Cody’s blog, she who pointed out that tofu can go the way of all things and rot (and smell like a fishtank to boot), and saw her photos of chocolate thumbprint cookies.

I was like, well, we have a bunch of vegan cookbooks, and certainly the now-classic, Vegan With A Vengeance , so looked them up and had a go.

Only, I don’t like following instructions, so I swapped the sugar for date syrup (sadly, way too much – it just came out, honest!) and well, turned them into cupcakes instead of cookies.

I know veganized baking means things are always more moist than you expect, but my mixture was seriously wet. So, no way was I going to try and roll that ot (even with damp hands, Isa), so into the cupcake cases and then, the oven.

You can see why this isn't a food photography blog...

You can see why this isn't a food photography blog...

I sprinkled some of the vat of vegan chocolate gratings I got from Whole Foods in Kensington on top and they tasted great. The date syrup made ’em really most, oh yes.


In conclusion, I am a MOFO and I rule!