A Cat, A Rocket and A Reunion Highlight TriBeCa

STORY BY Artie Vincent

Published: May 12, 2013

Sundance Film Festival may have its own channel, but Tribeca Film Festival has New York City.
 
In the 11 years since its inception, the film festival has continually grown into one of the three largest festivals in the world, and, at the same time, single-handedly brought NYC back into the forefront of the cinematic universe. 
 
Even so, much like its home, there's never a dull moment.
 
This year, the festival had more 200 film entries but it was a cat and a rocket that stole the show at the end. 
 
'The Rocket' by director Kim Mordaunt won three awards -- Best Narrative Feature, audience award for Best Narrative Feature  and Best Actor in Narrative Feature by Sitthiphon Disamoe. The film follows a boy that is believed to bring bad luck to everyone, and he leaves his Vietnamese home to find a new one. After a long, treacherous journey, he is aimed a reversing his bad luck and builds a giant rocket in attempt to win the Rocket Festival. 
 
In a recently established and rapidly growing category -- the online feature film -- the film 'Lil Bub & Friends won the best feature award. The film is a documentary, just shy of an hour, about a runt cat turned internet sensation and the crazy world of cat lovers.  The online category, started in 2009, offers viewers a free chance to view four features and four shorts specifically made for the internet. 
 
The ultimate treat of the festival was viewing of little-herald but much adored 'The King of Comedy' on the closing screening night. The film reunited director Martin Scorsese with Robert DeNiro (founder of the festival) and comedian Jerry Lewis, who attempted to kiss Scorsese at the press junket. 
 
The festival also premiered the Richard Pryor documentary, 'Omit the Logic'. The feature documentary winner, 'The Kill Team,' was widely considered the best overall film at this years festival. Director Don Krauss finely crafts a chill and unforgiving story about a America platoon that killed Afghans for sport and abusing their corpses.  
 
The sleeper film was Clark Gregg's 'Trust Me'. Gregg, an actor who debuted as a director for the film 'Choke', tells the story a child actor agent as he loses his clients to his nemesis. The film is sharply and effectively comedic, and brought together brilliantly by Gregg, who came to fame as Agent Coulson in 'The Avengers.'
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