Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tribeca Films Goes to Beijing!

Planet b-boy

Chinese films have always featured strongly at the Tribeca Film Festival, since its founding five years ago by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff. In fact, in the last six years, the Tribeca Film Festival has screened 18 feature length and short films from Chinese filmmakers.

Its fitting then that the Tribeca Film Festival just completed a special two-day independent film event in Beijing. The event was called Tribeca 798 Film Festival Beijing and centered around special screenings of director Benson Lee's documentary Planet B-Boy about the vibrant global resurgence of break-dancing seen through the eyes of a Las Vegas dancer, a Korean son, and a boy facing rascism.

The two days were action-packed and included a block party on opening night at 798, Beijing's thriving and bustling art district, which began as a sprawling communist factory compound.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help create a platform for independent film in China and to further deepen the ties between the Chinese film community and the Tribeca Film Festival," said ASW member Jon Patricof, COO of Tribeca Enterprises.

Grace Chen, Managing Director of William Morris China, adds, "Tribeca 798 Film Festival Beijing is a cultural exchange about community, family, and film that links the creative center of China to the vibrant city of New York."

— Laura Jakobovits

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