For the first time in the festival’s history, the Tribeca Film Festival in New York will premiere a feature film, Keep Surfing, on a television ― LG Electronics’ new THX Certified INFINIA HDTV.

Actress Jamie Lynn Sigler, best known for her role on “The Sopranos” and HBO’s “Entourage,” is hosting the private premiere of filmmaker Björn Richie Lob’s Keep Surfing tonight in the Tribeca Grand Hotel’s penthouse suite.

Tribeca LG Event

Rick Dean, Senior VP of THX, with hosts Jamie Lynn Sigler, Mark Sanchez and Film Director Björn Richie Lob

Lob’s film, which chronicles river-surfing on the Eisbach in Munich, Germany, was shot in various formats including 16mm and 35mm, providing stunning shots of the landscape and river. To accompany the onscreen action, THX installed a THX Ultra2 Certified Teufel System 9 in the Tribeca penthouse to showcase the film’s 5.1 surround soundtrack.

Why Screen a Movie on a TV?

The Tribeca screening is designed to show off the quality of the new LG THX Certified TVs. The LG INFINIA TVs (models LE8500 and LX9500) are the only LED LCD TVs available in the U.S. to achieve THX display certification. This means they are built from the ground up to recreate the color, motion rendition and black levels of the filmmaker’s mastering studio, making the INFINIA TVs ideal for a festival screening.

“Keep Surfing took 10 years to complete. I want the audience to experience not only the passion of the surfers, but the beauty of the river and environment surrounding them,” said Lob. “My cinematic vision for the film translates beautifully to the THX Certified LG INFINIA, just as it does in the theater.”

THX is known for its design and certification of world-class cinemas, film mastering and post-production, and CE products. The THX Certified Display program represents the first true quality benchmark to aid consumers when selecting a new HDTV. By simply selecting one of the THX modes on an INFINIA model, consumers can easily turn their living room into a screening room with just the touch of a button.

“We recognize more consumers are looking to create a cinematic experience in the home, which is why we continue to introduce options like Video on Demand to supplement the Festival,”
said Geoffrey Gilmore, chief creative officer, Tribeca Enterprises.
“And with the evolution of LG’s technology and ability to provide theater-quality images, we’re now confident that we can screen our theatrical debuts on these THX Certified LED HDTVs, and viewers will see the film as the director intended.”

Check out the Keep Surfing trailer on YouTube. To learn more about THX Certified Displays, click here.