Tribeca Film Festival Announces Artists Awards, Selected by Alex Gartenfeld

Keith Edmier, Virginia Overton, and Laura Owens are among the chosen.

The First Monday in May film still.
Photo: Magnolia.

Winning an award at the Tribeca Film Festival obviously comes with a certain amount of prestige. Also part of the prize? Artwork, courtesy the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program, which today announced the 10 artist participants for its 15th edition, selected for the first time by Alex Gartenfeld, deputy director and chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami.

Stephen Hannock and Clifford Ross, longtime supporters of the festival, are joined by new participants Keith Edmier, Marc Hundley, Zak Kitnick, John Miller, Virginia Overton, Laura Owens, Josh Tonsfeldt, and Sara VanDerBeek.

Each artist has personally selected an original piece for the festival, all of which will be part of a free exhibition on view for the duration of the festival at the Tribeca Festival Hub at 50 Varick Street. The Artists Awards program, which has been part of the festival from the very beginning, is sponsored in 2016 by CHANEL.

Chris Burden, <em>Urban Light</em> in a film still from <em>Burden</em>, directed by Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey. <br>Photo: coutesy <em>Burden</em>.

Chris Burden, Urban Light in a film still from Burden, directed by Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey.
Photo: coutesy Burden.

As with last year, when artists JR and Daniel Arsham premiered their first short film and a Lisa Immordino-Vreeland’s Peggy Guggenheim documentary was a hit among audiences, a number of movies on view will be closely-connected to the art world. The 2016 festival will kick off with the world premiere of The First Monday in May, an Andrew Rossi documentary about the blockbusterChina: Through the Looking Glass” Costume Institute exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Other art-themed films slated for inclusion include The Banksy Job, a documentary about one man’s brazen effort to steal a Banksy statue; The Family Fang, starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman—who also directs—and based on the novel of the same name about a family of performance artists; and Burden, a documentary about recently-deceased performance artist Chris Burden.

Ticket packages to the festival, which begins April 13, are currently on sale, with single tickets becoming available for purchase on March 29th.

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will run April 13–24, 2016. The work from the Artists Award program will be on view April 11–23, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., at the Tribeca Festival Hub, 50 Varick Street, Manhattan.

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