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Date Released: 3/15/2007

Onion Underwater, a film by director Paul Yates, a graduate of the film program at Purchase College, will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival April 25-May 6 in New York City. Onion Underwater is in the program “Mood Enhancer,” a selection of seven short films.

The screening schedule for Onion Underwater is Thursday, April 26, 10:45 PM at AMC 34th St., 312 W. 34th St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Theater 12; Friday, April 27, 10:30 PM, Regal Cinemas Battery Park Cinemas 11, 102 North End Ave. (at Vesey St.); Sunday, April 29, 6:30 PM, AMC Village VII, 66 Third Ave. (at 11th St.), Theater 1; Thursday, May 3, 11:30 PM, Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. (below Canal St. at Laight St.); and Friday, May 4, 11:30 PM at AMC Kips Bay, 570 Second Ave. (at 32nd St.), Theater 13.

Onion Underwater is the story of Tara, a woman with no memory. She awakens to find herself surrounded by three beautiful strangers. They embark on a journey to discover who she is. In a night of sublime ecstasy, they become her best friends, her lovers and ultimately, her executioners.

Paul Yates received a BFA in film from the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film. He has made videos for Moby, R.E.M., the Dandy Warhols and many others. He has had films in festivals all over the world from Berlin to Havana, Singapore to Chicago. He was the director of photography on the feature documentary Modulations, which was a Sundance Film Festival hit. His first directed feature, Alien Sex Party, executive produced by Moby, was released in 2001.

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff after the attacks on the World Trade Center to help economically and culturally revitalize Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. The Festival’s mission is to assist filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film, and to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. For more information, visit