The 6th Annual Tribeca Film Festival has come to an end, and my two weeks in the Big Apple were nothing short of spectacular. As at past festivals (15 in the past year alone) not only did the films I specifically chose to see turn out to be winners, but even those that I picked somewhat randomly turned out to be gems as well.

As I've stated before, I attend film festivals to see indies, not Hollywood movies. These are "small" films, which often are low budget, though not necessarily, and play film festivals in hopes of getting "picked up" or "acquired" for distribution. These are films that aren't yet guaranteed to be shown in theaters. I can comment on them and root for their success. It gives a sense of investment and loyalty and passion. Of course, that's not the main reason I see them. It only describes what they are. I see them because, in my opinion, they are usually better than anything else out there. Indies are my passion. And unlike some other festivals, there really weren't any "movies" on the schedule anyway. The lineup was also quite heavy with foreign films, and I saw entries from Mexico, Tunisia, Morocco, Iran, Iraq, Austria, France, Belgium, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, China, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Israel, and the good old US of A. Almost all were World, International, North American, or US Premieres.

At Toronto, about 25% of my list were foreign films. At the Hamptons exactly half were. Here, 16 of 28 films I saw had English subtitles. That's 57%. 16 vs. 12. Amazing, and a lot of fun.

So here are (in rough but not necessarily exact order) my Top 10 Picks from the 6th Annual Tribeca Film Festival:

The Air I Breathe

The Final Season

Chasing 3000

Charlie Bartlett

Nobel Son

Napoleon & Me

Half Moon

Times and Winds

The Optimists

The Cake Eaters

Plus two documentaries which I'd like to single out:

The Third Monday in October


I've written a bit about most of these in previous posts. I've also posted red carpet pictures as well as pics and video of the Q&As following the screenings. I hope to post more in the days ahead as I have the chance.


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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