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'The Avengers' to close Tribeca

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The Avengers
Zade Rosenthal

The Tribeca Film Festival was established by Robert De Niro and other prominent members of the New York arts community to help resurrect and revitalize the city after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. In The Avengers, the streets of Manhattan become an epic battleground as Marvel’s greatest warriors face an unprecedented threat to all humanity.

Today, Tribeca announced it will celebrate the everyday heroics of New York’s best — policemen, firemen, first responders, and members of the U.S. military — with a special screening of Joss Whedon’s superhero mash-up, which will close the film festival on Saturday, April 28, one week before the blockbuster roars into theaters. New York’s own noble guardians will have an opportunity to attend the screening and meet the cast. “Showing at Tribeca is both an honor and a double homecoming for me, who grew up in Manhattan, and for the movie, which wrapped production there,” said Whedon, in a statement. “I’m thoroughly psyched to be closing the festival with our intimate little think-piece.”

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 18-29, 2012.

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