Well that was fun. Yes, the Tribeca Film Festival ended yesterday, and finally I can start to breathe again. Maybe even see some movies and watch some TV. (Yes, my job at the festival actually precluded me from seeing anything, until I finally had the chance to sit through the wonderful Favela Rising yesterday.) In fact, I finally returned home last night after 10 days at the Marriott Financial Center to discover that much of my DiVod TV from the past several weeks was (shudder) gone, so I'm going to be way behind and trying to figure out how to catch up.
Now I've got a week or two of wrap on the festival -- cleaning stuff up and writing reports about how things went and what still needs to be improved before next year. I'll write more about my TFF experience in the coming days and where I plan to go from here, and even more importantly, I'll get back to praising and ranting as soon as I can.
I'd like some help from you, though -- anyone who is in New York who attended the festival -- I'd love to know what you thought. Not just about the movies, but about the experience. I'd especially love to hear from anyone who was attending Tribeca as a returning customer. We made a lot of changes at most of the venues (especially our main screening location, the Regal Battery Park): most seemed to help even if things still weren't always perfect. If you've come to the festival in previous years and were there again over the last two weeks, what did you think? Did you have an easier time finding the information you needed? Did anything especially help? Did anything happen to piss you off? Did it look like a festival? Did you enjoy the atmostphere?
Feel free to comment or email me (link is above to the left), but I'd appreciate only serious responses. I don't mind complaints, but if you're not offering something constructive or real, I'd appreciate you not wasting my time. A lot of my job this year was dedicated to creating systems to help provide the audience with a better experience and an easier time actually getting to and seeing the movies. It's still not perfect, but it is improving, , and I'd love to hear what you think.