The Tribeca Film Festival issued a press release Friday:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tribeca Film Festival Announces Resignation of Artistic Director Peter Scarlet
[New York, February 26, 2009] – Tribeca Film Festival today announced that Peter Scarlet has stepped down from his position as Artistic Director of the Festival, effective immediately.
“We are grateful to Peter for his leadership, his knowledge and his contributions to the Tribeca Film Festival over the past seven years. I have enormous respect for Peter and appreciate his work on behalf of Tribeca as well as the countless filmmakers around the globe which he helped bring to New York audiences. We thank him and know he will continue to play an important role in cinema,” said Co-founder Jane Rosenthal.
“The term ‘The Seven-Year Itch’ always evokes that famous still of Marilyn Monroe standing on a NY subway grating with her skirt blowing up around her thighs,” Scarlet noted. “But as my 7th Tribeca Film Festival loomed, I realized simply that it’s time for me to seek new challenges. I’m enormously grateful for the terrific experiences I’ve been able to share with colleagues and viewers here, and I’ll never stop being grateful to Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal for having invited me along for such a glorious ride. I wish them and the Festival all success.”
The festival program continues under the collective efforts of Executive Director Nancy Schafer and the core programming team of David Kwok, Director of Programming, and Genna Terranova, Senior Programmer.
“The finishing touches are being put on our program and I am truly thrilled with the slate our programming team has put together. We look forward to announcing the program on March 9th,” added Rosenthal.
About the Tribeca Film Festival
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, New York City to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center.
Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. The Tribeca Festival has screened over 1100 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than two million attendees and has generated over $530 million in economic activity for New York City.