01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Rhode Island filmmakers will be well represented at this year’s prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The feature-length Rhode Island-made The Education of Charlie Banks and the feature-length documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist will each have several screenings this week and next.
The Education of Charlie Banks, about a young man who finds a dreaded high school enemy has turned up on his college campus, was directed by former Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst on locations in Pawtucket and Providence last summer. It will be screened from Friday through Sunday at various Manhattan theaters.
Marisa Polvino, who produced the film for Michael Corrente’s company, said on the phone from New York that they will try to sell the film to a distributor during the festival in hopes of getting a later national release.
Brothers Jon B. Cooke of West Kingston and Andrew D. Cooke of New York City filmed the documentary about Eisner, a comic book illustrator who is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the art when it began in the 1930s. Will Eisner will have its world premiere at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the AMC Village VII cinemas, followed by screenings Saturday and May 1 and 6 at various Manhattan theaters.