Tribeca Film Festival and Will Eisner!

Official Press Release

As the hotly anticipated third installment of the Spider-Man movie franchise swings into lower Manhattan at the end of the month – making its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival– Peter Parker can rest assured: he's not alone.

In the same festival that, thanks to Spider-Man, now features panels centering on superheroes and the filmmakers who've brought them to life, movie-goers will also find the Discovery documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Life – a film celebrating the life and art of arguably the most influential creator in American comics. An artist, businessman, innovator, and visual storyteller, Eisner was a superhero of sorts, which is why it's so fitting that his story will come to life at Tribeca Film Festival which will premiere Spider-Man 3.

"This is not only exciting for comic fans everywhere, it's a testament to what the Tribeca Film Festival has come to stand for," said Will Eisner director Andrew D. Cooke. "There's a reason why this is one of the hottest festivals around. They're not afraid to embrace the duality of filmmaking -- the popcorn event picture on one hand and the low budget labor of love, which our documentary is, on the other."But there are also some noteworthy similarities between the two films (and no, we're not talking about budget and special effects). Both films enjoy the support of Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee. In Will Eisner, Lee is among an eclectic mix of people who share their stories about Eisner, an impressive cast that also includes Michael Chabon, Kurt Vonnegut, Jules Feiffer, Frank Miller, and many more.

In both films New York City plays a central role. Born in Brooklyn to Jewish immigrant parents, Will Eisner was the quintessential New Yorker and his life was very much informed by the neighborhoods he grew up in. In Will Eisner, the city of New York is a compelling and provocative backdrop to his story.

"Will loved this city, it was his muse, and I think he would have been deeply touched to see this movie premiering in lower Manhattan where he was born," said Cooke. (Eisner passed away in January 2005 during the making of the documentary.)

And both films are a tribute to the enduring art of American comics. Will Eisner served as an inspiration to so many of the biggest names in the industry. His life story was the inspiration for Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and his most recognized character, The Spirit, is being made into a feature film by writer/ director Frank Miller, creator of Sin City and 300.

Press notes available upon request.

To see a trailer of the film and learn more about Will Eisner, visit www.montillapictures.com


Tribeca Film Festival is also pleased to announce:

BRAVE STORY, directed by Koichi Chigira, written by Ichiro Okouchi, executively produced by Chihiro Kameyama (Japan) – North American Premier

CAST: Takako Matsu, Yo Oizumi, Takako Tokiwa, Eiji Wentz, Miki Imai

When eleven-year-old Wataru is told he can change his destiny by entering a magic gateway into another world, he jumps at the chance. But on his quest to find the Tower of Fortune and be granted any wish, he must conjure up all his bravery to battle a world of demons, his own friends and ultimately himself. In English.

Press Contact: Tatiana Tensen, Tribeca Film Festival / ttensen@tribecafilmfestival.org / 212.941.3943

GUMBY: THE MOVIE, directed by Art Clokey (U.S.A.)

CAST: Art Clokey, Gloria Clokey, Dal McKennon, Craig Chaquico, Dan Mason and Stephen Buckley

The original Green Hero! This popular 1995 claymation is re-mastered and re-edited to bring Gumby back to his band, the Clayboys, for all the action and adventure! While taking us in and out of books, from Toyland to Camelot to outer space, Gumby's optimistic personality and care for the environment shine brightly. Ages 4+

Press Contact: Sasha Junk, Classic Media, Inc. / sj@classicmedia.tv / 212.659.1993

THE KING OF KONG, a documentary directed by Seth Gordon, produced by, Ed Cunningham (U.S.A.) – New York Premiere A Picturehouse Release

To those in the know, no classic arcade game is more difficult than Donkey Kong. Maybe that's why the world record holder is so protective of his celebrity. Look inside this world of competitive gaming, as obsession and ego drive a diverse and fascinating group of individuals to fight over who is the real King of Kong.

Press Contact: Mary Ann Hult, Picturehouse / maryann.hult@picturehouse.com / 212.303.1713

THE MELANCHOLY PUFF MACHINE, directed by Jennifer Oxley and Nicholas Oxley, produced by Jennifer Oxley (U.S.A.) – World Premiere.

In a child's bedroom, a tattered puff toy appears somewhat melancholy. As tinkering sounds and footsteps echo throughout the room, a curious figure projects a shadow against a wall. In the midst of this cluttered environment, a beautiful doll emerges. A music box begins to play. Suddenly, a cuckoo clock initiates a sequence of mechanical interactions, which travel around the room, eventually culminating in the delivery of a sentimental message.

Press Contact: Tatiana Tensen, Tribeca Film Festival / ttensen@tribecafilmfestival.org / 212.941.3943

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