Tribeca 2007 Day 2: Lillie & Leander, The Hammer and Planet B-Boy

There are still some kinks to work out on the second day of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. When you purchase tickets for the festival, the staff and the fine print on the tickets go to great length to make sure you understand that if you are not in line at least 30 minutes before the stated start time of a film, the Tribeca Film Festival reserves the right to sell your seat to someone via “door sales.” This is all well and good, but twice today – at two different theaters – I arrived 45 minutes before show time only to be told by volunteers: “Well … um … you’re a bit early …” and to then watch them scramble to find a place to start the line for my film. I realize that there are hiccups at any event of this size, but I think that’s a little absurd. I’ve somehow thrown a wrench into the system by showing up 15 minutes before you’re allowed to give away my seat?

Luckily, the one time that two different volunteers started two different lines for the same movie, they caught their error before the total number of people in the lines was relatively small. Still, the changes in line position resulted in a lot of grumbling from the ticket holders. Of course, the films are worth it.

The first film of my day was an hour and a half long documentary called Lillie & Leander: A Legacy of Violence. It is the story of a New York City woman’s discovery of racial violence in her Southern family’s past and of her attempts to uncover the truth. It is a story worth telling, but perhaps worthy of a more masterful telling. Still, I envy first-time filmmaker and NYU graduate Jeffery Morgan for having such a compelling story to tell.

Next up was the surprise of the day: Adam Corolla’s The Hammer. This was my favorite film of the day. Yes, it’s occasionally formulaic, but it’s also sweet, heartfelt and funny. It’s an independent film and does not have distribution as yet, but it will. If you want to see it before next year when all of your friends will, see it at Tribeca.

Last for the day was a late night screening of Planet B-Boy, the new documentary about break dancing. The film is compelling for its dancing and the lives and stories of the breakers and its graffiti visual aesthetic, if not for its storytelling.

© 2007 Neal Solon. All rights reserved.

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