(ABOVE: Robert DeNiro, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder, in Sleepers. Hoboken was a filming location for the 1996 Warner Brothers film, directed by Barry Levinson.)
Tribeca Film Festival organizers have decided to do some outreach across the Hudson, announcing tentative events this April in Hoboken.
According to an exclusive from HobokenGirl.com, the festival, “brings artists and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, VR, gaming, music, and online work. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is a platform for creative expression and immersive entertainment. The Festival champions emerging and established voices; discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators; curates innovative experiences; and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.”
Founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff and Robert De Niro, festival organizers are reportedly excited about branching out beyond the confines of Manhattan.
“It’s wonderful to embrace new audiences with our neighbor across the river,” Rosenthal told HobokenGirl.
While specific information regarding what will be held where and when is still to come, City officials are certainly delighted by the prospect of such a high-profile event.
“We are incredibly thrilled to bring the renowned Tribeca Film Festival to Hoboken,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla, in a press release. “There’s no better location to host the Festival than our Mile Square, offering a wealth of culture with our local artists, galleries, and the Mile Square Theatre Company, and further cements our City as one of the major cultural destinations in the tri-state area.”
The earliest film studios can be traced to the west bank of the Hudson, with Thomas Edison moving his Black Maria film shack to Fort Lee, which served as the base of film production until the industry’s exodus much further west… to Hollywood.
Nevertheless, film production in our area has remained vibrant. Neighboring Jersey City has announced the plan for a massive film studio to open in the Caven Point area. Meanwhile, Hoboken has had more than its share of cameos and starring roles over the years—Oscar winner On The Waterfront among the best known, with so many more. Just last December, Aaron Sorkin was filming in and around Dino & Harry’s for his upcoming feature The Trial Of The Chicago 7.
Out of your jurisdiction, #ChicagoPD?
Just filming the new Aaron Sorkin film, The Trial Of The Chicago 7, in Hoboken Sunday afternoon through Monday.
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne
— hMAG (@hMAG) December 9, 2019
Festival founder Robert DeNiro starred in the 1996 Warner Brothers film Sleepers, directed by Barry Levinson. Can you guess which Hoboken bar served as the filming location for this pivotal scene?
(WARNING: Graphic language, graphic violence)
Stay tuned for further updates on the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.