PHOTO: A Tribeca Film Festival venue. (photo via Flickr/Darius Whelan)
This April, the Tribeca Film Festival celebrates its 16th season, kicking off on Wednesday, April 19 and ending on Sunday, April 30.
Film buffs will love the reunion of The Godfather cast, including Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and more.
Fourteen years ago, actor Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and her philanthropist husband Craig Hatkoff started the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. This was in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the impact they had on the New York-area film and television community.
If you’re heading to the Big Apple to see films by an up-and-coming director or the jam-packed celebrity panels with such faves as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks, here are some local hangouts perfect for film and TV buffs:
Eat at Katz’s Delicatessen:
Remember that famous scene in When Harry Met Sally when Meg Ryan faked an orgasm and the lady at the nearby table utters, “I’ll have what she’s having?” That happened here, at Katz’s Delicatessen, a Jewish deli located on East Houston Street.
The deli was also featured in Donnie Brasco, Across the Universe, and Enchanted. Try the corned beef sandwiches.
Take a Tour:
There are too many locations in New York City to name in one article that you can see, so why not take a tour and try to see as many as possible. A tour with On Location Tours will take you to filming sites of Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Gossip Girl and so many more. In New York City, you can also find Seinfeld Tours by the “real” Kenny Kramer or take a tour of “The Sopranos” locations.
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If you’re a romantic like I am, you’ll want to go where they filmed the John Cusak romantic comedy Serendipity at Wollman’s Skating Rink.
Go to the Top:
Of the Empire State Building, that is. There you will stand with A View from the Top, Sleepless in Seattle, King Kong and An Affair To Remember.
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See a museum:
The Museum of the Moving Image, located in Astoria, must be on every film buff’s list. Here, you’ll make your own stop motion animation, see movies and television shows, and hold Q&As with famous filmmakers.
It’s also home to the permanent exhibition for Jim Henson's The Muppets.
The Paley Center for Media:
Film and television lovers will enjoy the panels that the Center hosts. They bring some of the leading experts in the entertainment industry to talk about important issues surrounding the future of film, television and radio. (Just make sure to check out the event calendar before you visit this New York location.)
Every year, the Center also hosts the PaleyFest which allows fans to see some of their favorite stars live on stage from such shows as Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Walking Dead, This Is Us and more. The Paley Center is located at 25 W 52nd St in New York.