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Robert De Niro says Tribeca Film Festival is his passion

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Robert De Niro is a family man, a filmmaker, an entrepreneur and one of my favorite actors of all time. He's also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, which has more to see than ever before.

De Niro wears just as many hats on screen as he does in real life. The father of six starred in six films last year, owns four restaurants and a hotel, and still finds time each spring for the Tribeca Film Festival, Lower Manhattan's annual cinematic showcase which he co-founded with producer Jane Rosenthal.

"This festival is something that we started twelve years ago and it is amazing how much its grown," he says. "We just were doing the festival because of 9/11 to help the neighborhood, to revitalize it."

Alright fellow movie nerds, ready for some crazy trivia? "Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones" premiered at the first Tribeca Film Festival in 2002. Since then, festival has more than tripled in size and with hundreds of documentary and narrative options to choose from, there is truly something for everyone.

"There's a wonderful film that Katie Holmes is in," De Niro says. "Chris Messina makes his directorial debut."

For music lovers, there's the NAS documentary called "Time is Illmatic" and the rock doc "Super Duper Alice Cooper."

Sports fans can hit up the Sports Film Festival, a partnership with EPSN featuring an all-star Knicks documentary "When the Garden was Eden."

On the narrative side, there's the wacky vampire comedy "Summer of Blood" and James Franco's short stories make it to the big screen in "Palo Alto."

There's even a video game tie-in through a joint effort with the Games for Change Festival.

Whatever tickles your fancy, this is one of the most fan-friendly film festivals around with a full day of free screenings on Friday, April 25, and chances meet big name actors and directors like "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey via Tribeca Talks. It's all part of De Niro's long-term vision for the festival and its legacy.

"The nicest thing about it is that it could become something that is a part of the fabric of New York City for years to come and forever," De Niro says. "That would be a real contribution to the city."

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