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Tribeca Film Festival opens with free Elton/Leon doc

Elton John, left, and Leon Russell appear backstage

Elton John, left, and Leon Russell appear backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (March 14, 2011) Credit: AP

This year's Tribeca Film Festival kicks off its 10th anniversary edition with a free outdoor screening of Cameron Crowe's documentary “The Union,” about the making of the Elton John/Leon Russell collaboration, on Wednesday.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m at the World Financial Center Plaza, 220 Vesey St., with the screening at 8:15 p.m. Though the movie is free, you need a wristband to get in. Wristbands will be distributed first-come, first-served at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 199 Chambers St., at the West Side Highway entrance, starting at 4 p.m. There's a limit of two wristbands per person.

Here's a look at the duo's “If It Wasn't for Bad.”

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