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Mistaken For Strangers to open Tribeca Film Festival

The New York-based festival will open on Apr 17 with the world premiere of Tom Berninger’s documentary Mistaken For Strangers.

The film chronicles the biggest tour to date by The National, the Brooklyn-based band led by the director’s brother Matt Berninger, as well as the director’s amusing efforts to juggle his role as band roadie and irreverent documentarian.

Matt Berninger, Carin Besser and Craig Charland produced Mistaken For Strangers and former Oscar nominee Marshall Curry served as executive producer.

The premiere screening will be followed by a live performance by the band.

Mistaken For Strangers exemplifies the independent spirit and vitality that Tribeca is excited to showcase every year,” said chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore. “We are thrilled to open with a film that embodies the journey of an independent film-maker, 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.”

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

“When my brother asked me along on tour as a roadie, I thought I might as well bring a camera to film the experience,” said Tom Berninger. “What started as a pretty modest tour documentary has, over the last two-and-a-half years, grown into something much more personal, and hopefully more entertaining. It’s a huge thrill to be showing this movie at the Tribeca Film Festival.”

Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate on Mar 5 and 6. The festival will run from Apr 17-28.

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