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“Mistaken for Strangers” to open Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival has chosen Tom Berninger's Mistaken for Strangers, a tour documentary following Ohio rock band The National, to be the opening film of this year's event.
March 1, 2013

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has chosen Tom Berninger’s Mistaken for Strangers, a tour documentary following Ohio rock band The National, to be the opening film of this year’s event.

The doc is executive produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (If a Tree Falls…), and produced by Matt Berninger, Carin Besser and Craig Charland.

It follows The National on their biggest tour to date, and sees director Tom – the younger brother of the band’s lead singer Matt – creating “some drama for the band on the road,” according to the film’s billing. The premiere takes place on April 17 and will be followed by a special performance by The National.

Mistaken for Strangers exemplifies the independent spirit and vitality that Tribeca is excited to showcase every year,” said TFF chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore in a statement.

“We are thrilled to open with a film that embodies the journey of an independent filmmaker, and is at its core a highly personal and lighthearted story about brotherly love. It will be a great night of both indie film and music.”

Singer Matt Berninger added: “We’re really happy to premiere this movie at Tribeca, as New York has been home to us for these past 15 years. I was happy to give my brother whatever access he needed. I just didn’t expect this movie to include shower scenes.”

The 12th TFF runs from April 17-28 in New York. The festival will announce its feature film slate on March 5 and 6.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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