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Friday, April 27, 2018

17th Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T all around Lower Manhattan

Naomi Wadler, Tribeca 2018, the 11-year old #NeverAgain activist who made an empowering speech at the March for Our Lives

The Ninth Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, sponsored by AT&T and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey took place this morning to honor the diverse field of disruptors, revolutionaries, and game-changers whose breakthroughs are creating radical solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems. Hosted by Tamron Hall, honorees included Questlove, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Beatrice Fihn,
atom bomb survivor Koko Kondo, #NeverAgain activist Naomi Wadler, hip-hop founder DJ Kool Herc, Howard W. Buffett, Ethereum’ Joe Lubin, hashtag inventor, Chris Messina, Deborra-Lee Furness, Sheila Nevins, literary legend Michiko Kakutani and more. Helmed by Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Craig Hatkoff, the awards celebrate those who have challenged the status quo and broken the mold to create world-changing impact.

Highlights from the program include:
  • Naomi Wadler, the 11-year old #NeverAgain activist who made an empowering speech at the March for Our Lives earlier this year, received a standing ovation as she took the stage to accept her Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. She spoke passionately about the recent Waffle House shooting, pointing out the racial inequality and the bias of the shooter’s race, calling into light that “if the shooter had been a person of color, he would not have been offered bail.”
    • Naomi received a surprise on-screen message from friend George Clooney which read: “Congratulations Naomi for your well-deserved honor. You and Carter remind us that the next generation won’t settle for the status quo and in demanding change, you give us all hope. This is an encouragement to keep going.

It's almost over. We spied with our little eye a pregnant Rachel Weisz who hit the carpet of her premiere for Disobedience and looked radiant in Chloe. She was joined by fellow castmates Rachel McAdams, making her first appearance since becoming a new mom herself, and Alessandro Nivola, who brought his wife Emily Mortimer as his date. During the introduction director Sebastián Lelio, fresh off his Oscar win for best foreign language film for A Fantastic Woman, noted that this was his first English language film before calling on stage McAdams, Weisz, and Nivola - for his Jewish Orthodox lesbian love story!

Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee participated in a Tribeca Talks panel together. Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, was in attendance to support. An audience member asked Lee for his thoughts on the box-office hit Black Panther; he went on to share that he saw it four times and it “changed everything.” The audience then broke out in applause and cheers when Baldwin prompted “well, wait a minute, we’re in a world now that focuses on inclusion, don’t you want to ask me what I thought of Black Panther?”

Kevin Bacon stopped by the New York City premiere of Studio 54 to support his sister, Karin Bacon who is part of the cast for the documentary about the rise and catastrophic fall of the legendary Manhattan club.

The Festival reminisced about a classic film with the 25th-anniversary special screening of In The Soup. Director Alexandre Rockwell walked the carpet with cast members Steve Buscemi and Jennifer Beals to celebrate the world premiere of the film’s restoration.

Tribeca also connected the past with the present at the premiere of Cobra Kai, an all-new series that reunites the adversaries from the iconic film franchise  The Karate Kid. Fans were ecstatic to see Ralph Macchio and William Zabka together again. During the talk after the screening, Macchio shared he has been hesitant of any reboots or reunions and has been protective of the material for so long to not “taint the legacy” but knows you “got to trust the storyteller and the filmmakers.”

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