The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®,  is pleased to announce its lineup for the 2013 Tribeca Talks® panel series. This year’s programs include the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series” sponsored by OppenheimerFunds; “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie;” “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie, Beyond the Screens: The Artist’s Angle,” sponsored by OppenheimerFunds; “Tribeca Talks: Industry;” and “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble.”

The “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” sponsored by OpperheimerFunds, will feature conversations among some of the most influential and creative minds in the film industry, the programs include: Clint Eastwood in conversation with Darren Aronofsky: Richard Linklater joining collaborators Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for an in-depth conversation about Before Sunrise series; director Mira Nair and  actress Bryce Dallas Howard discussing Nair’s career; and, Emmy Award®-winner Jay Roach’s  chat with actor Ben Stiller. 

Among the “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” event panelists are Academy Award®-winner Whoopi Goldberg, Academy Award®-nominee Ellen Page, legendary author and activist Gloria Steinem and actor Adrian Grenier. 

TFF also will feature four new films that will be shown at this year’s Festival, followed by conversations with their respective creators and topical experts.  Paul Verhoeven’s Tricked will screen as part of the “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” series, as will the documentaries How to Make Money Selling Drugs and Out of Print.  Tribeca Talks conversation series will also present the world premiere screening of footage from the highly anticipated Beyond: Two Souls, a new interactive videogame.  Finally, TFF recently announced that the world premiere of the documentary Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story will be followed by a conversation with legendary director himself as part of the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” sponsored by OppenheimerFunds.

Rounding out TFF’s conversation series are: “ the Beyond the Screens: The Artist’s Angle” program, sponsored by OppenheimerFunds, which gives viewers an inside look at the lives of iconic artists and of the people they impact; the free “Tribeca Talks: Industry” panels designed for industry professionals to explore the evolving film business; and, finally, the free “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” panels, hosted by Barnes & Noble, which focus on the creative writers and re-writers in the filmmaking industry.


Directors Series: Mira Nair with Bryce Dallas Howard
Saturday 4/20
3:30 PM

Acclaimed writer, director and producer Mira Nair (The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding) in conversation with actress Bryce Dallas Howard.

Directors Series: Jay Roach with Ben Stiller
Sunday 4/21
3:00 PM

Emmy Award®-winning director Jay Roach (“Game Change”) in conversation with actor Ben Stiller.

Directors Series: Richard Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
Monday 4/22
3:30 PM

Director and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Richard Linklater in conversation with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy about their Before Sunrise series collaboration and most recent installment, Before Midnight.

Directors Series: Clint Eastwood with Darren Aronofsky
Saturday 4/27
2:30 PM

Academy Award®-winning director Clint Eastwood will be in conversation with Academy Award®-nominee Darren Aronofsky following the world premiere of Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story

Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story
Directed by Richard Schickel
(USA) – World Premiere.

This unprecedented new film focuses on Eastwood’s directorial method thanks to producing partners and fellow actors sharing never-before-told stories of working with Clint.  It explores Eastwood’s signature style, dissecting the skills that have ensured his four decades of success.  Bringing together the insights of Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and many others, the film creates the complete picture of the man, the colleague, the creator. Courtesy of Warner Bros. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


Tribeca Talks After the Movie: Wadjda
Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour
(Saudi Arabia, Germany) – US Premiere

Sunday 4/21
5:30 PM

Meet Wadjda (Waad Mohammed), a feisty, funny and wholly unconventional ten-year-old girl determined to scrounge up enough money to buy a bicycle, despite the societal repercussions sure to follow.  The groundbreaking first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female Saudi filmmaker, Wadjda offers a moving, rarely seen picture of everyday life in Riyadh: through the eyes of a girl unwilling to surrender what she wants.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour and founder of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi to discuss the brave individuals and grassroots movements that are breaking gender boundaries and creating lasting change. Moderated by journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.

Tribeca Talks After the Movie: I Got Somethin' To Tell You
Directed by Whoopi Goldberg
(USA) – World Premiere

Having broken racial and sexual boundaries as a pioneering comic talent, the late Moms Mabley has long been an icon in the comedy world. Now Whoopi Goldberg takes a deep dive into Mabley’s legacy via recently unearthed photography, rediscovered performance footage and the words of numerous celebrated comedians. A true passion project for Goldberg, I Got Somethin’ to Tell You shows Mabley’s profound influence as a performer vastly ahead of her time.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with Whoopi Goldberg, who will discuss her directorial debut.  She will explain, through the work of comedian Moms Mabley, why we laugh, who we think is funny and what comedy is really all about. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney.  

Note: This special event is exclusively for American Express® Cardmembers

Tribeca Talks After the Movie: Tricked
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
(Netherlands) – North American Premiere

Join acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Basic Instinct) as he steps into the creative unknown to test a brand new style and structure of crowd-sourced filmmaking. Having established only the first four minutes of the script for a new feature, Verhoeven asks the public to complete the story. Tricked follows Verhoeven as he gathers ideas, hunts for an intriguing narrative and turns his craft into one of the more unlikely experiments in democratic art.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Paul Verhoeven as he takes us through the uncharted process of making an audience-created film – his ups, his downs and his unexpected creative breakthroughs. 

Tribeca Talks After the Movie: How to Make Money Selling Drugs
Directed by Matthew Cooke
(USA) – US Premiere

Moving from desperate street dealers to millionaire kingpins, from well-funded DEA agents to politicians who ensure reelection through egregious drug laws, Matthew Cooke’s debut feature is a captivating, shockingly candid guide to the entrenched, corrupt and violent drug industry in which these players each inhabit a vital role. 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon, Woody Harrelson and a wealth of inside voices color this outstanding, detailed documentary.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Matthew Cooke, producers Adrian Grenier and Bert Marcus, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Neill Franklin, president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation Eric Sterling and the author of HIGH: Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler Brian O’Dea to discuss the grim underbelly of the oft-glamorized drug trade. Moderated by Huffington Post contributor Keith Rushing.

Tribeca Talks After The Movie: And the Band Played On
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
(USA)

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, And the Band Played On aired at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the early ‘90s, examining the facts surrounding the deadly disease and debunking many of its myths. The film won three Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. Topping the incredible ensemble cast is Matthew Modine, who received Emmy and Golden Globe-nominations for his poignant portrayal of a doctor who heads an American research team. Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

After the Movie: Exploring the Science of AIDS and the Arts. Join us for a panel conversation featuring leading figures from film and science about the science of AIDS and the social politics surrounding the AIDS epidemic from the 1980s until now. The panel will explore how the AIDS crisis has activated a cross section of storytelling amongst scientists, artists and politicians. Moderated by filmmaker Tom Kalin.

Tribeca Talks After The Movie: Beyond: Two Souls
Directed by David Cage
(USA) – World Premiere

From Quantic Dream and David Cage, visionary director of Heavy Rain, comes an emotionally charged interactive thriller starring Academy Award®-nominees Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.  Jodie Holmes (Page) has always been a little different.  Aided by scientist Nathan Dawkins (Dafoe), she discovers a connection to a mysterious entity, setting off a thrilling, globe-spanning journey to discover the truth about who she is. Join us for an exclusive look at this breathtaking gaming experience fused with a classical film style. Beyond: Two Souls releases on October 8, 2013 and is made exclusively for the PlayStation 3® System.

After the Screening: Join game creator David Cage and actress Ellen Page for a behind-the-scenes look at this breakthrough in interactive storytelling. Moderated by video game journalist Harold Goldberg.

Tribeca Talks After the Movie: Out of Print
Directed by Vivienne Roumani
(USA) – World Premiere

Dive into the riveting debate over the future of ideas, as documentarian Vivienne Roumani tackles the questions confronting the modern word industry and proves that more is at stake than how quickly we can access the latest bestseller. Featuring interviews with Scott Turow, Ray Bradbury, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and many more, Out of Print is a fascinating, in-depth look at publishing’s milestones and what it means to adapt that history to the information age. Narrated by Meryl Streep.

After the Movie: Join president and CEO of the New York Public Library Tony Marx, CEO of Open Road Integrated Media Jane Friedman, filmmaker Vivienne Roumani and science writer Annie Murphy Paul for an exploration of our shifting relationship with books and a glimpse into our future learning. Moderated by The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta.

Tribeca Talks After the Movie: Inequality for All
Directed by Jacob Kornbluth
(USA) – New York Premiere

Robert Reich is your guide in this no-holds-barred assessment of the U.S. economy.  With winningly approachable finesse, the Clinton-era Labor secretary and current Berkeley professor covers the consolidation of wealth, the stagnation in wages and the elasticity of our economy.  Director Jacob Kornbluth builds a rigorous and engaging overview of where the economy stands and the risks that will become reality if we fail to act.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with producers Jen Chaiken and Sebastian Dungan as well as political economist, professor and author Robert Reich who will discuss the widening income gap and deterioration of the USA’s economic health.


“Tribeca Talks: After the Movie, Beyond the Screens: The Artist’s Angle” 

Sponsored by OppenheimerFunds

The Artist's Angle: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Directed by Chiemi Karasawa
(USA) – World Premiere

Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains in the spotlight at eighty-seven years old. Join the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner both on and off stage in this revealing documentary. With interviews from Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Alec Baldwin and others, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me blends rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité to reach beyond Stritch’s brassy exterior, revealing a multi-dimensional portrait of a complex woman and an inspiring artist.

After the Movie: Stay for a fun and lively conversation with filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa and the high-kicking Elaine Stritch, who shares her stories, tricks of the trade and the industry dish that you just won’t want to miss. Moderated by The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood.

The Artist's Angle: Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
Directed by Marina Zenovich
(USA) – World Premiere

This moving portrait of legendary comedian Richard Pryor chronicles his life from his troubled youth in Peoria, Illinois, to his meteoric rise as one of the most respected comic actors of the 20th century. Often misunderstood during the height of his celebrity, the late superstar has never been profiled this extensively. Marina Zenovich’s revealing and entertaining film lays bare the demons with which he struggled and reminds us just how daring and dangerous artistic freedom can be.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with Emmy Award®-winning director Marina Zenovich, author Walter Mosley and comedian Wyatt Cenac to discuss the making of the documentary and the impact of one of Hollywood’s most controversial comedians.


“Tribeca Talks: Industry”

(Note: These are free events. You can look at the event schedule and reserve tickets here.) 

Look Who’s Talking

Friday 4/19
2:30 PM

Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access® program has supported several projects whose crews included at least one writer or director from a community statistically underrepresented in the film industry. When it comes to major box office hits, narratives featuring a diversity of characters on screen are finding increased success despite a marked lack of diversity behind the camera.

Join our film industry professionals for a dynamic debate on race, authorship and authenticity in today's filmmaking scene. Panelists include author, critic and filmmaker Nelson George, actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Indiewire's Shadow & Act Chief Editor Tambay Obenson, producer and Braven Films President and CEO Frida Torresblanco and filmmaker Terence NanceModerated by Tribeca Film Institute Executive Director Beth Janson.

Brand New Studios

Sunday 4/21
2:30 PM

What happens to film when brands become producers? Filmmakers and brand managers are uniting like never before to make everything from shorts to feature-length films to episodic series.  The results of these partnerships are stretching the traditional sponsor role and creating new opportunities for filmmakers. 

Hear from successful brands that are vying to take on the role of producer. Panelists include ESPN Films Director of Development Dan Silver; GE Executive Director of Global Digital Marketing Linda Boff; VICE Media, Inc. Executive Creative Director Danny Gabai and Red Bull Media House Head of Distribution Greg JacobsModerated by strategic consultant Nancy Schafer.

The Business of Entertainment: Truth, Persuasion and Bias in Documentaries

Monday 4/22
2:30 PM

Sponsored by Bloomberg. Documentarians, like journalists, make use of a full range of storytelling conventions. Some prefer to observe and report events as they happen, while others gravitate more toward opinion, commentary or in-depth personal narrative. How do filmmakers navigate between journalistic precision and creative nonfiction - and are these choices shaped by financial demands in the business of entertainment?

Hear from leading voices in the documentary world to examine choices of style and approach to telling their stories. Panelists include Executive Vice President American Documentary | POV Cynthia López and leading documentary filmmakers Dan Krauss (The Kill Team) Morgan Spurlock, Kristi Jacobson and Shola Lynch. Moderated by Bloomberg Chief Content Officer Norman Pearlstine.

 Big Data and the Movies

Tuesday 4/23
2:30 PM

Sponsored by SAP. Big Data presents new methods for testing the production and distribution of films both big and small. Join our panel of industry experts to consider the effect and implications of strategically developed content and social sentiment to explore the latest ways audience data analysts and distributors are retooling the what, when and how of filmgoing. 

Whether you are creating or consuming film on small screens or in IMAX theaters, learn what Big Data will mean to you. Panelists include Rentrak CEO Bill Livek, FilmTrack Co-Founder and CEO Jason Kassin, MoviePass Co-Founder and CEO Stacy Spikes, Mashable's Senior Tech Analyst Christina Warren and Director of Digital Strategy at Film Society of Lincoln Center Eugene HernandezModerated by SAP Labs SVP/GM of Media Industry Solutions Richard Whittington.

New Filmmakers in the Digital Age

Thursday 4/25
2:30 PM

Sponsored by Panavision. Learn from doing. With expanding options in digital cameras and lens combinations, along with a transparency of production workflow strategies and processes, directors, producers and cinematographers are learning more from each other than ever before.  Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program supports filmmakers by providing grants for camera packages. 

Come and hear from new filmmakers on how they navigated the world of digital filmmaking.  Panelists include director Lance Edmands (Bluebird), filmmaker/actor Alex Karpovsky, director Jenée LaMarque (The Pretty One), director Rob Meyer (A Birder's Guide to Everything) and producer Tamara Anghie (Run and Jump). Moderated by Panavision’s Peter Brogna.


“Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” (Free)

Hosted by Barnes & Noble

New Chick Flicks

Friday 4/19
1:00 PM

From sports films to comedies, action flicks to war documentaries, female filmmakers, writers and actors are challenging traditional associations of what makes a movie for or by women. Join us for this dynamic exploration why being a female in the film industry requires re-writing the typecast model. 

Panelists include producer of the ESPN Nine for IX series Libby Geist, director Rachel Boynton (Big Men), producer Tanya Ager Meillier (Alias Ruby Blade) and writer/producer Laura Goode (Farah Goes Bang). Moderated by producer Abigail Disney.

Putting the “I” in “Film”

Saturday 4/20
1:00 PM

“Write what you know” has always been a mantra, but “film what you know”? How can direct personal experiences translate to audience-friendly, relatable pieces on screen? How much of our “all” should we bare? Hear from filmmakers, writers and actors who have written more than a piece of themselves into the filmmaking process. 

Panelists include director Banker White (The Genius of Marian), director Tom Berninger (Mistaken for Strangers), writer/actress Amy Grantham (Lily), director Josh Fox (Gasland Part II). Moderated by Screen International’s Mark Adams.

Whose Credit is it Anyway?

Sunday 4/21
1:00 PM

Documentaries continue to evolve over the years into ever more complex, multi-format storytelling features. One recent development is a new credit: the writer. As filmmakers embrace or fight this controversial title, our panelists discuss when taking the credit is appropriate.

Panelists include writer/director Fahad Mustafa (Powerless), writer/director Warwick Ross (Red Obsession), director Jason Osder (Let the Fire Burn), editor Nels Bangerter (Let the Fire Burn) and director Sean Dunne (Oxyana). Moderated by director Julia Bacha (Budrus).


Special “Tribeca Talks” Events

A Special Shorts Event: The Battle of amfAR
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
(USA) – New York Premiere

In the darkest days of the AIDS pandemic, two women from very different walks of life unite to take a stand.  Two-time Academy Award®-winner Rob Epstein and his longtime collaborator Jeffrey Friedman, the creative forces behind The Celluloid Closet, tell the story of the extraordinary moment when Dr. Mathilde Krim and Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor launched the country’s first AIDS research foundation. The fight against HIV/AIDS would never be the same.  An HBO Documentary Films release.

After the Screening: Stay for a conversation with special guests Dr. Mathilde Krim, global health consultant and activist Regan Hofmann and amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost to discuss the new strides medicine has taken in AIDS research development. Moderated by amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole.

Panelists and moderators are subject to change. 


Check out more of the Slate

TFF 2013: World Narrative Competition
TFF 2013: World Documentary Competition
TFF 2013: Viewpoints
TFF 2013: Spotlight
TFF 2013: Midnight
TFF 2013: Shorts

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