This morning a press release landed in our mailbox from the Tribeca Film Festival touting its many accomplishments in 2009. There was even a bullet list of fun factoids about the festival. For instance, did you know that:
• Oda a la Piña's director, Laimir Fano, was only able to attend Tribeca because of President Obama lifting the sanction on Cuban citizens coming to the U.S. one week before the Festival.
• Standing ovations took place at screenings for City Island, Entre Nos, Only When I Dance, Rachel, Racing Dreams, Salt of the Sea, and more.
•The Festival featured 1,224 volunteers. Approximately 800 were from the New York area. Volunteers also came from other parts of the United States as well as 23 countries including: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, and Spain.
• 500 New York Police Department barricades were used throughout the Festival.
Emphasis ours because that is awesome. Maybe next year they could promote the festival with a new slogan that cashes in on its no-holds-barred (get it?) vibe, something like, "It's America's Next Top Model Casting-Session Fun!" Or, no: "It's Like the Rolling Stones at Altamont Fun!"