Some Tribeca Film Festival events to come to Hoboken

Festival to celebrate the power of change through art, politics, and community.

The Tribeca Film Festival will expand into Hoboken for the first time this April.
The Tribeca Film Festival will expand into Hoboken for the first time this April.

Hoboken has been an important backdrop to Oscar-winning films like On the Waterfront, Julie & Julia, Funny Girl, and The Station Agent, to name a few. now Hoboken will play host to some of the Tribeca Film Festival’s events this April.

“It’s wonderful to embrace new audiences with our neighbor across the river,” said Cofounder and CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival Jane Rosenthal.

“We are incredibly thrilled to bring the renowned Tribeca Film Festival to Hoboken,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “There’s no better location to host the festival than our Mile Square, offering a wealth of culture with our local artists, galleries, and The Mile Square Theatre Company, and further cements our city as one of the major cultural destinations in the Tri-state area.”

While a complete schedule or locations of events have not yet been released, some of the festival’s events will take place in Hoboken, most likely in Hoboken’s North End neighborhood.

Last month, during his state of the city address, Bhalla teased that a major, well-known unnamed event would be coming to the area that will “further help put this region on the map.”

Celebrating storytelling

Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. It brings artists and audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, VR, gaming, music, and online work.

With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is a platform for creative expression and immersive entertainment.

The festival champions emerging and established voices; discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators; curates innovative experiences; and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.

Now in its 19th year, the festival that will take place from April 15-26, has evolved into a destination for creativity that re-imagines the cinematic experience and explores how art can unite communities.

Opening documentary debut

This year, the festival will open at the Beacon Theater in New York City with the world premiere of Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President that will set the stage for a festival that will feature works that celebrate the power of change through art, politics, and community.

The “rockumentary” from award-winning director Mary Wharton, producer Chris Farrell, and writer Bill Flanagan is a presidential portrait depicting how Jimmy Carter’s lifelong passion for music gave him an unexpected edge as a presidential candidate.

Carter’s appreciation for all genres of music and friendships with the likes of Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, and Willie Nelson helped to define his campaign. Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President combines intimate interviews with Carter along with rare archival live performances from Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett, and Paul Simon, among others.

Director Mary Wharton traces how Carter’s genuine approachability and the unifying power of music became key to his political appeal and allowed him to connect with voters who may only have known him as a small-town peanut farmer.

“The film accurately captures my love for all music and the importance music has played in my personal and professional life,” Carter said. “I remain hopeful and believe that music can serve to bring us together as a nation. Rosalynn and I are pleased with the fine film Mary and Chris have made and thank all those involved for telling this story. We are thrilled that it will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.”

“We witness the power of art inspiring change and the positive impact of citizens raising their voices against injustice every day,” Rosenthal said. “As filmmakers, we were inspired to create the Tribeca Film Festival after 9/11 because we believe in the power of art to restore community and inspire change. Mary and Chris’s film, likewise, is a testament to that power.”

The event will take place at the Beacon Theatre as part of the City National Bank Screening Series during the festival. Live performances from music legends Willie Nelson, Musical Director Paul Shaffer, and others will follow the premiere.

Ticket packages can currently be purchased online at

Single tickets can be purchased online or by phone (646) 502-5296 starting  on Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m.

Tickets will also be available for purchase in person at all festival screening venues starting Monday, April 13.

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