CATEGORIES Tribeca, RumorMonger, Exhibition, Newsstand, Movie News, Tribeca Film Festival, CinematicalIt looks like there could be a turf war brewing in Gotham. In New York Magazine's eyes, it's the battle between "the rich, powerful father and his silky hipster son." You see, on the one hand we've got Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival, which came out of the ashes of September 11 to revitalize Tribeca. On the other, we've got the High Line Festival, which is gearing up for its inaugural year, and is being curated by David Bowie.
While Tribeca upped its prices this year and is considered by some to be the rich folks festival, this new offering is the budget fest which offers cheap tickets, is backed by the price-conscious H&M and will donate part of its proceeds to a green space project. NYM insiders say this is ticking off De Niro: "I hear it's driving Robert De Niro crazy, and that's just great because he's a big old wrinkled thug versus these young guys." (Not Bowie, but the fest's producers, David Binder, 39, and Josh Wood, 33). But here's where I get confused. Tribeca is a film festival that has some other content, like the Goo Goo Dolls who will perform this year. But High Line is a total music fest, and is boasting a line-up of bands like Air and Daniel Johnston
Page Six source says that it's the Slamdance to Sundance, but come on! Is there much cross-over between the two that the new cherub of festivals could edge out the old and established angel? Their scope seems different enough to me, and besides, if Bowie's baby is successful, perhaps Tribeca will re-evaluate its audience and start to chip away at its stodgy reputation.
[via AOL Entertainment]