Movie Maven Jane Rosenthal on Film in New York

Jane Rosenthal Helped Start the Tribeca Film Festival

In 1988, film producer Jane Rosenthal co-founded Tribeca Productions with Robert De Niro, going on to achieve decades of success with hits like the "Meet the Parents" franchise, "Wag the Dog," "Analyze This," "Analyze That" and "About A Boy." She was also a producer on the film and the current Broadway musical "A Bronx Tale."

Rosenthal is the CEO and executive chair of Tribeca Enterprises, which oversees the Tribeca Film Festival (April 18-29). The festival is currently in its 17th year of operation; formed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it was seen as a way to help out in the community.

"What could we do for the community? We weren't firefighters or policemen, so we thought OK, 'What can we do as filmmakers?' So, we did a film festival: Now it's 17 years later, and we're still doing it," explains Rosenthal.

Rosenthal's inspiration for engagement with the community through film comes from her own passions for local filmmaking and it's distribution around New York City. Rosenthal explains, "[Angelika Film Center] is one of the few places Downtown to still see indie films, and has been around for almost 30 years. It's an institution." The on-premise café, café image, offers a refreshments and a momentary hideaway amid an otherwise often-bustling five-screen movie-house, with avid film lovers bustling around discussing new, limited-release foreign and indie films. 

Rosenthal's neighborhood go-to is AMC Loews Lincoln Square, with 13 theaters and an IMAX screening room. She boasts the theater for its local convenience, but even for those traveling from far and away, this massive theater is comfortable, offers a vast variety of films, and offers premium refreshments.

Rosenthal's year-round go-to is Cinépolis; she explains, it's "one of our main homes during the Tribeca Film Festival. It's a great place year-round, though, and located in the heart of Chelsea." Though a luxury theater with premium amenities and recently-renovated, expansive seating, Cinépolis offers customers viewing experiences of the utmost quality due to a state-of-the-art sound and projection technology system. 

Daniel Fridman
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