First time at Tribeca Film Festival! Saw Go, Sebastien, Go!, a wonderful touching documentary by Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives). This was the first of five documentaries she will produce for ESPN in 2015. Go, Sebastien, Go!, which Longoria also directed, tells the story of Sebastien de la Cruz, an 11-year-old with the voice of an angel. Sebastien sang the Star Spangled Banner at Game 3 of the NBA finals between his home team, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Miami Heat. Sebastien performed dressed in a traditional mariachi charro suit, and was lambasted on social media by some racist fans. Sebastien, buoyed by the love and support of his family and his solid spiritual foundation, was never fazed. But Spurs Nation, shocked by the vitriol aimed at a child, rallied to support him. Sebastien was called back to sing again at Game 4, this time with support from both teams, his city, mayor, governor and the President of the United States!
The viewing was followed by a panel discussion with Eva and Retta (Parks and Recreation), moderated by Chris Connelly. Retta has an upcoming documentary about Sarya Bonaly, the black French Olympic ice skater who thumbed her nose at Olympic judges and made the backflip famous.
After the red carpet, we enjoyed a delightful repast at Foragers Restaurant in Chelsea.