It’s Tribeca Time

April 27, 2007

The Tribeca Film Festival is in town this week, dispensing its annual allotment of new, independent films by up-and-coming filmmakers. One of the spotlighted films of this year’s fest comes from BFA Photography Department faculty member James Crump, the writer, director and producer of the new documentary Black White + Gray. The feature-length film examines the life of influential curator and collector Sam Wagstaff, who was an early champion of artists including James Lee Byars, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, Richard Tuttle and Andy Warhol. The film is an official selection and will be screened several times during the festival.
Several alumni are also involved in Tribeca films. The short film A Nick in Time was directed by Bé Garrett (BFA 1998 Film and Video), who shares screenwriting credit with Shakima Landsmark (BFA 1998 Film and Video), and fellow 1998 alumnus Gregory Vena served as line producer. The singularly named Velvet (BFA 1991 Illustration) is in the cast of Avida, while Thom Zimny (BFA 1990 Film and Video) is the editor of the feature film Purple Violets. Finally, distinguished alumnus Bill Plympton (1969 Cartooning) is screening his latest animated short, Shut-eye Hotel, and has Biljana Labovic (BFA 2001 Animation) on as a producer and editor and Lisa LaBracio (BFA 2006 Animation) doing digital compositing. For festival screening times and ticket information, visit www.tribecafilmfestival.org.

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