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Tribeca Film Fest brings family fun to the fore

This year sees the union of the downtown community and the festival that made it famous.

The Tribeca Film Festival is about a lot more than film premieres, red carpets and star-studded parties. Since 2002, the festival has made a commitment to foster a bond with the community, as the fest was originally created to revitalize Tribeca after the Sept. 11 attacks. One of the ways this has been accomplished has been through a series of family events that offer free activities that not only celebrate a love of film, but a love of the neighborhood itself.

Here's a look at what's happening around town during this year's festival:



Tribeca drive-in

In recent years, Tribeca has hosted outdoor screenings of some more family-oriented, crowd-pleasing fare. This year is no different and in addition to the films themselves, those who arrive early will be treated to a few extras.

"Jaws"

Thursday night, 6

World Financial Center

www.tribecafilm.com

Although you'll be right by the water, you can at least be sure that Jaws would never survive in the Hudson River. Arrive at 6 p.m. to participate in a movie trivia contest and to enjoy live music from local artists. The screening begins at dusk, around 8:15 pm.

"The Goonies"

Tomorrow, 6 p.m.

World Financial Center

www.tribecafilm.com

Before catching everyone's favorite film about hidden treasure, a "truffle shuffle" contest will take place in addition to a Tribeca Treasure Hunt and live music courtesy of the New York Downtown Jazz Festival.

"Knuckleball!"

Saturday, 6 p.m.

World Financial Center

www.tribecafilm.com

There's more than one way to pitch a baseball, as this documentary will attest. The film explores the style of knuckleball pitching, practiced most famously by Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox and R.A. Dickey of the Mets. Early attendees will be treated to more live music and trivia, in addition to pitching clinics with Mr. Wakefield, Mr. Dickey and former Yankee Jim Bouton.

Tribeca Film Fest

Family Festival

April 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Greenwich Street,

north of Chambers Street

Games, activities, performances, food and merchandise will be available at this street fair which celebrates the closing of this year’s festival. Stages will feature special performances from current Broadway shows. At the Arts and Crafts Pavillion, you can fly a kite or create a life-size bubble. Free family screenings will be happening at various locations downtown. Check out www.tribecafilm.com/family for more details.

Tribeca Soccer Day

Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Hudson River Park’s Pier 40

353 West St.

At this free event, you can watch an assortment of sports and entertainment celebrities duke it out on the soccer field during the five-a-side tournament.