Robert De Niro and Whoopi Goldberg at the event. Photos courtesy of Conrad Hotels & Resorts.
I must admit, I would willingly sacrifice a Friday night on the town for popcorn and a movie, so when I received an invitation to the Tribeca Film Festival Awards, it was easy for me to drop everything and focus on motion pictures for the night.
This year, Robert De Niro, Blake Dallas Howard, and Blythe Danner were among a few of the Hollywood elite who gathered at New York's ultra-modern Conrad Hotel last week to toast the festivals award winners. The property, which has 463 suites, a rooftop bar, and walls decorated with contemporary art from the likes of Sol LeWitt, was the perfect setting for an awards show honoring the hottest films and filmmakers from around the world. Standouts from 89 features and 60 shorts entered in the festival included Best Narrative Feature The Rocket, Best Documentary Feature The Kill Team, and Best Narrative Short The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars. Winners took home $150,000 in cash-prizes along with some pretty prestigious bragging rights and much deserved exposure.