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Gore opens Tribeca with SOS sidebar

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on global warming, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 21, 2007. Gore will be the opening act at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, hosting the global warming-themed SOS Short Films Program. REUTERS/Jim Young

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Al Gore will be the opening act at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, hosting the global warming-themed SOS Short Films Program.

Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana will hit Tribeca midfest for the world premiere of Curtis Hanson’s romantic drama “Lucky You,” and the Tribeca curtain will fall with the premiere of Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles’ art-project documentary “The Gates.”

The SOS program will feature seven shorts and music performances by acts set to appear at Live Earth, a worldwide 24-hour concert benefiting Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. The July 7 Live Earth event will be produced by Gore and SOS founder Kevin Wall.

Sixty SOS shorts are now being filmed by an array of acclaimed indie directors, including Jonathan Glazer (“Sexy Beast”), Kevin MacDonald (“The Last King of Scotland’) and Amy Berg (“Deliver Us From Evil”). The seven opening-night films will be announced April 22.

“Lucky You” will premiere May 1, three days before it reaches theaters via Warner Bros. The festival will close May 5 with the premiere of HBO Documentary Films’ “The Gates,” chronicling the Christo and Jeanne-Claude art project that blanketed Central Park with 7,500 orange drapes in February 2005. The film will be shown on HBO next February.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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