For those of you in and around the New York City area, might I suggest swinging by Tribeca Cinemas later this week for the fourth annual Big Apple Film Festival. For the first time in our history, Cinematical is co-sponsoring a film fest, which means we'll be in attendance, watching films, sitting on panels and getting our drink on at some of the fest's rockin' after parties. Did you say panels? Yes, I did. This coming Saturday, yours truly will be sitting on a panel at Tribeca Cinemas (at 12PM) along with Peter Goldwyn (Vice President Acquisitions Samuel Goldwyn Films), Clémence Taillandier (Head of Theatrical Sales, Zeitgeist Films) and Brian Chirls (Four Eyed Monsters), in which we'll be talking about film distribution in the new age. I'll be the guy in the Cinematical t-shirt who's quietly pretending to know what he's talking about.

Apart from the panel discussion, The Big Apple Film Fest will open this year's slate on Wednesday with a pretty slick double billing: First up is the New York premiere of Owl and the Sparrow (LAFF Audience Award Winner) followed by the New York premiere of Alan Cumming's Suffering Man's Charity. Cumming will also be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A and to receive this year's Golden Apple Award. Other films screening throughout the week include The Last New Yorker (closing night film), Greetings from the Shore and Farm Girl in New York, as well as 54 short films from around the country and throughout the world. I'll be back later in the week with photos and what have you, but definitely swing by at some point and say hello. Some people consider Big Apple to be the true Tribeca film fest since, ya know, it actually takes place in Tribeca, but I just like to consider it one of the city's hidden gems. Do check it out.