Can't get enough of movies? Try attending a film festival -- like Tribeca Film Festival, going on through April 29 in lower Manhattan -- where you can watch films from morning 'til night. In between, there's New York.
Here's some tips on negotiating the festival, which I've attended every year since its inception in 2002:
There used to be a direct flight on Continental Airlines from Little Rock to Newark, N.J. (about a 30-minute bus ride from Manhattan) and back again, but when United absorbed Continental, it did away with it. So now, the best you can do is catch the earliest possible flight to Chicago or Atlanta, then connect to a flight to New York's LaGuardia or Newark, which should get you there around noon. Don't count on seeing any movies until around 3 p.m., though, as you still have to get into the city. (Note to United: We really miss that direct flight; not that you care.)
Find a hotel nearby. Much of the festival action takes place in the Chelsea neighborhood, home of the charming, funky, amazingly quiet Chelsea Inn, 46 W. 17th St. (between Fifth and Sixth avenues). We also like Chelsea Savoy, 204 W. 23rd St., and the more upscale Gem, 300 W. 22nd St. Our favorite, the iconic Chelsea Hotel, has closed the hotel portion of its operation and only accommodates those with apartments therein.
Get a screening schedule in advance and make a plan (include some panel discussions, which are informative, fascinating and often entertaining, and plenty of documentaries). Figure out where the venues are and don't try to get from Chelsea (where there are several screening and panel venues) to Tribeca in 10 minutes.
If you have a festival pass (worth the money) and you find yourself watching a film that doesn't do anything for you, get up and leave (quietly). Go see something else. You're sure to find something you like.
To see a guide to this year's Tribeca films click here. To view the festival schedule click here. To find out about free online feature and short films along with videos of panels discussions and other events click here.