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The Tribeca Film Festival begins in April but tickets for the event go on sale tomorrow, March 31, for American Express card members and on April 6 for the general public. In addition to a huge array of films that are shot and produced all over the world, the festival also hosts panels, talks, and even a street fair for families. They also host  an Artists Awards Program that strives to highlight both emerging and existing artists. The lineup for the festival ranges from short films and narratives to documentary films. Some of the films premiere for the first time ever at the festival, allowing attendees to see them before anyone else. Additionally, members of the cast and directors are often around to do Q&A’s prior to or after the showings.

Along with celebrating New York as a major filmmaking hub, the festival is also a testament to the growth and development of Lower Manhattan in the wake of the 2001 September 11 attacks. Attending the festival fosters an even greater sense of artistic and communal prosperity. Special events for the festival include a performance by Mary J. Blige, along with the world premiere of Mary J. Blige- The London Series, a Monty Python 40th Anniversary Celebration and The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. For more information on the festival, and to purchase tickets for the event, visit the Tribeca Film Festival website.

-by Johanna Silver

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