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Tribeca Gets Half-Shelled

The Tribeca Film Festival is preparing to launch its 2009 edition next month, aided by a leaner program and some much-needed turnover. But as any TFF veteran can attest, it will take more than a little press-friendly (re?)invigoration to stir New Yorkers' interest after years of ambivalence. It will even require more than Jessica Biel appearing in a Noel Coward adaptation. Indeed, this calls for a free outdoor screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will make a special guest appearance along with reporter April O’Neil to show off their crime-fighting skills and take part in the Drive-In’s giant Pizza Party. New Yorkers will unite to attempt to smash the Guinness World Record of the largest gathering of people dressed as ninja turtles.

Get yours here, I guess. And, after the jump, learn what else the bet-losers in your cohort have to look forward to April 23 at the Tribeca Drive-In. -- STV

To welcome the turtles, the plaza will be decorated with TMNT branded manhole covers and a new “lawn” will be installed in front of the screen. Families can climb inside the all-new Party Bus, a mobile TMNT treasure trove based on the original Party Wagon. Fans can get their face painted Turtle-style, take pictures at the photo-booth and pick-up new moves at the martial arts demos.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, directed by Steve Barron – After coming into contact with radioactive Ooze, four normal aquarium pets transform into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The turtles use the secret techniques of their mentor Splinter (a mutated rat) to protect New York City from crime. When Splinter is captured by his longtime enemy, Shredder, the turtles must work together to save their teacher and the day. (1990) Rated PG. For ages 6 & up.

This screening is part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 2009 tribute to 25 years of Turtle Power, providing new and old fans alike with bodacious, multi-experiential opportunities to interact with this iconic brand.


Posted at March 31, 2009 1:17 PM

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