MTV'S "TRUE LIFE PRESENTS: ON THE MAT" MARKS FRANCHISE DEBUT AT THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL BEGINNING MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 @ 6:00 PM ET/PT
Narration and Special Appearance by Actor Chris Pratt
New York, NY (April 19, 2012) -- For the first time ever, MTV's Emmy Award winning series "True Life" will premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. "True Life Presents: On the Mat" will begin its run at the festival on Monday, April 23 at 6pm ET/PT and simulcast online at http://www.tribecafilm.com/tribecaonline/streaming-room/on_the_mat-film41412.html. The extended version of the original documentary - which aired on MTV this past January - will provide an in depth look at the pure spirit of heart, mind, and body as manifested in a team of young wrestlers at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. The extremely demanding requirements of student wrestling cause the young teammates to find that they must persevere beyond their limits as they face pressure to overcome both the physical and mental adversity in their way in order to win the season's ultimate reward - the state championship. Walking viewers through the journey taken by the 2011 wrestling team, is Executive Producer Chris Pratt who was a former student at the high school.
"It is an honor to exhibit 'True Life Presents: On the Mat' during the Tribeca Film Festival" said Dave Sirulnick, Executive Vice President of MTV News and Docs. "The screening will provide a broad spectrum of film fanatics the opportunity to be introduced to the authentic storytelling found in the series for almost 15 years."
MTV's "True Life Presents: On the Mat" Tribeca Film Festival Screening Schedule is as follows:
Monday, April 23 at 6 p.m. at the AMC Lowes Village 7-1 located at 66 Third Avenue
· Online Film Festival screening begins simultaneously
Thursday, April 26 at 4 p.m. at the AMC Lowes Village 7-2 located at 66 Third Avenue
Saturday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tribeca Cinema Theatre 1 located at 54 Varick St.
For more information regarding screenings, theater locations and ticket prices log on to Tribeca Film website (www.tribecafilm.com). Viewers may also watch the original episode on MTV's 'True Life' website at http://www.mtv.com/videos/true-life-presents-on-the-mat/1676745/playlist.jhtml
For the third year in a row, the Tribeca Online Film Festival will allow viewers across the country to screen this year's feature films and shorts. "True Life Presents: On the Mat" is one of four World Premiere feature films participating in the Festival's Feature Competition, in which viewers vote to declare the Best Online Feature. Audiences must register online with Tribeca Film (www.tribecafilm.com) in order to view and rank their favorite features. Voters will then rate competing films from 1 to 5 stars, and the film with the highest average will claim the top honor. Votes are tallied through April 25th and the winner will be announced at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards on April 26, 2012. As part of the competing films category, "True Life Presents: On the Mat" is also eligible for the Popular Pick award, based on the number of "likes" gathered on the film's screening page. Voters can give their favorite film an extra boost by liking and sharing the video with their Facebook friends. Votes for the Popular Pick award are tallied through April 29, 2012.
"True Life Presents: On The Mat" is Executive Produced by Chris Pratt. Fredric Golding and Mike Tollin serve as Executive Producers from Tollin Productions. MTV's "True Life" is Executive Produced by Dave Sirulnick, Marshall Eisen, Betsy Forhan and Jim Fraenkel for MTV.
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