The annual event opened in New York City with global warming theme.
The sixth annual Tribeca Film Festival opened last night with a gala in New York City hosted by former Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore, star of the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
The theme of this year’s festival is global warming and many of the films focus on the subject. One of the films was about the upcoming reunion of the legendary mock rock band Spinal Tap. Tap will be turning their amplifiers up to eleven on July 7th when they take part in the Live Earth concert at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Live Earth concert will deliver 24 hours of music from seven continents with the goal of bringing awareness to the dangers of global warming.
Bon Jovi ended the night with a performance at the gala that included the Beatles “Here Comes The Sun.” Jon Bon Jovi stated that “I’m not here to pick a fight. I’m here as a dad; I’m here as a husband; I’m here as a citizen of the country and the world.”
Gore acknowledged the role of the arts in bringing about awareness of important issues like global warming. Another well-known environmentalist, Leonardo DiCaprio, will be producing, co-writing, and narrating a documentary film called The 11th Hour, which is due out later this year. The film will focus on environmental problems facing our planet and possible cures for them.
The Tribeca Film Festival runs through May 6th and will host the “black carpet” premiere of Spider-Man 3 in Queens on April 30. For more information, visit www.tribecafilmfestival.org.