North America agenda: Film festivals in New York and San Francisco

Film festivals kick off this week in both New York and San Francisco, while documentaries are screened in Toronto later in the month.

 

10th Tribeca Film Festival
April 20-May 1
New York City, New York

Co-founded by Robert De Niro, this event screens 135 narrative, documentaries and short films from American and international filmmakers in venues around town, as well as streaming and video-on-demand, to reach beyond the 410,000 attendees. With galas and awards, this spring event has eclipsed Lincoln Center's New York Film Festival in fall.
http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org

 

54th San Francisco International Film Festival
April 21-May 5
San Francisco, California

America's longest-running film fest, SFIFF screens 200 films and presents 15 juried awards, featuring live events with filmmakers in conversations, workshops and salons, attracting more than 80,000 attendees. The Film Society also presents the Persistence of Vision and Golden Gate awards to renowned filmmakers. A festival favorite is a special screening accompanied by a live musical performance. Other big spring film festivals in the US include the SXSW, Tribeca in New York, Miami and Seattle.
http://fest11.sffs.org

2011 New York International Auto Show
April 22 - May 1
New York City, New York

Since 1900, New York rounds off the North American Auto Show season and normally boasts a couple of high-profile debuts for the benefit of its visitors, which number over one million. The show traditionally hosts the prestigious World Car of the Year competition, selecting the winner from new models introduced around the world. Follow the event on Twitter@NYAutoShow.
http://www.autoshowny.com

18th Hot Docs Film Festival
April 28-May 8
Toronto, Ontario

North America's largest documentary event screens 199 documentary films from 43 countries with filmmakers' presentations. Features also include a curated competition of international films and ten retrospective programs. This year opens with Morgan Spurlock's film about branding, Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. The 11-day fest includes a conference and market with workshops, awards, and international co-production day. Other fests focused on documentaries include AFI's Silver Docs festival in Washington DC, New York's Docfest and the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam.
http://www.hotdocs.ca

 

42nd New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 29-May 8
New Orleans, Louisiana

A 10-day cultural feast filled with thousands of musicians and an audience of 400,000 enjoying music on 12 stages, spanning genres from blues to R&B and African to Latin. Artists have included Senegal's Youssou N'Dour to Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick Jr. and B.B. King. Arts and cuisine are also features of the fair. A hybrid of the city's Mardi Gras event and summer jazz fests from Detroit to Montreal.
http://www.nojazzfest.com

15th Toronto Photography Festival CONTACT 2011
May 1-31
Toronto, Ontario

CONTACT is the world's largest annual photography event. It attracts more than 1,500,000 visitors each year. The month-long festival is organized in collaboration with 200+ galleries and museums throughout Toronto and exhibits work from 1,000 photographers. The year's theme, 'Figure and Ground,' will be explored at lectures, workshops and films. Additional photography events in 2011 include PHotoEspaña, Les Rencontres d'Arles, the New York Photo Festival, Photo London, Paris Photo and the Hereford Photography Festival.
http://www.contactphoto.com

15th Webby Awards
May 3 winners announced/June 13 gala
New York, New York

An international prize for the best of the internet for websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, mobile and mobile apps. Each of the 70 categories gets a Webby, awarded by the 750-member academy, including David Bowie and Richard Branson, and The People's Voice award is announced. Entries come from more than 60 countries with over 750 million media impressions and winners have included Google, Twitter, Flickr and iTunes.
http://www.webbyawards.com

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Metropolitan Museum of Art/The Costume Institute
May 4-July 31
New York City, New York

Five collections from the fashion designer's 19-year career span Dante (1996-97), Number 13 (1999), Voss (2001), Irere (2003), and Plato's Atlantis (2010), as well as videos of his runway presentations up to McQueen's death last February. His dramatic and imaginative culture and identity display iconic designs, including his signature kimono jacket and Origami frock coat, as well exaggerated silhouettes spanning the 1860s to the 1950s. Approximately 100 examples include works crafted into romantic
narratives with technical ingenuity and innovative vision.
http://www.metmuseum.org/

21st James Beard Foundation Awards
May 9
New York City, New York

Considered the "Oscars" of the US culinary world, this annual ceremony at Lincoln Center recognizes the "best and brightest" in America's culinary world. The gala event, begun by chef and food writer James Beard, also presents television and journalism awards on May 6 along with the 'Ultimate Melting Pot' reception featuring dishes created by chefs from across the country, representing the diverse ethnic variety. Similar awards include the International Association of Culinary Professionals competition and the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards.
http://www.jbfawards.com

Ai Weiwei's Public Art Project
May 2-July 15
Pulitzer Fountain in Central Park
New York City, New York

The 12-piece sculpture, ‘Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,' from artist Ai Weiwei, referred to as the Andy Warhol of China, goes on display at the Pulitzer Fountain. Inspired by Beijing's Yuanming Yuan fountain, the installation features large-scale bronze heads of an ox, tiger, rabbit, rat, monkey, and more. It travels to LA, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC. Also at London's Somerset House, May 12-June 30. The dissident artist has been detained in China and will not be present at the openings.
http://www.circleofanimals.com/

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