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Jennifer Merin

Tribeca Film Festival 2010's Online Premieres

By March 17, 2010

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Ever inventive in its outreach to new audiences, the Tribeca Film Festival is inaugurating Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFFV), an online extension of itself, from April 23 to 30, 2010.

TFFV premium pass holders will be able to access eight Tribeca Film Festival premiering feature films and a selection of shorts via their computers from anywhere in the continental USA. Passes to the online Festival cost $45 each and are available at TFFV Website.

The selection of films includes documentaries as well as narrative features. Films will be shown online concurrent with their Festival premieres. After its premiere, each film will be available for unlimited online viewing until April 30.

This year's TFFV documentary showings include:

  • Freetime Machos - Finnish director Mika Ronkainen follows two guys, Matti and Mikko, who play for Finland's worst amateur rugby team. Overworked and domesticated, the two men long for a space to revel in their masculinity and bond with other men. They are on a quest to finish the rugby season with just one win. This is a funny and hearty tale of male friendship. In Finnish with English subtitles, the film is part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sport Film Festival.

  • Into the Cold - Directed by photographer, environmental advocate and extreme adventurer Sebastian Copeland, the film chronicles Copeland's own trek to the North Pole, an arduous journey embarked upon to mark the centennial of Admiral Peary's conquest in 1909. Despite the use of modern day technologies, the two month expedition proves to be tumultuous and treacherous, as Copeland and company face subfreezing temperatures, forbidding terrain and other personal and self-defining challenges.

In addition to the films, TFFV premium pass holders have online access to filmmaker conversations, panel discussions, interviews and red-carpet coverage, plus the opportunity for online chat with other pass holders.

TFFV premium pass holders will have the opportunity to vote for the TFFV Best Feature Film Award (which comes with a $25,000 cash prize for the best film) and the TFFV Best Short Film Award (which comes with a $5,000 cash award). Both awards are sponsored by American Express.

For the complete list of films, including narrative features and scheduling, and for further information about premium passes visit the TFFV Website.

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If you live outside of New York City, or can't get to the theaters, don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the Tribeca Film Festival from home. Eight features, numerous those shorts and all that other good stuff for $45 is a very good deal!

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