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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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