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FESTIVAL ARTICLE

2015 Tribeca Talks® Lineup Features Christopher Nolan, George Lucas & Cary Fukunaga

Festivalgoers can expect exclusive insights (and a few sneak peeks!) from creators like Harvey Weinstein, Amy Schumer, Gus Van Sant, and Courtney Love.

Luckily for movie lovers, culture vultures, and New Yorkers in general—we just made planning April events so much easier. Our Tribeca Talks® series for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, is chock-full of conversations between some of the industry’s most critically and commercially successful filmmakers, artists, and executives, including Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller, George Lucas with Stephen Colbert, Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus, Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo. Other notables participating in the Tribeca Talks program are Harvey Weinstein, Gus Van Sant, Courtney Love, Catherine Martin, and Christiane Amanpour.

In addition to these sure-to-be lively discussions and conversations, four feature documentary films that will screen during the Festival will also be part of the Tribeca Talks: After the Movie series: CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap; The Diplomat; Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck; and, Misery Loves Comedy. We are also pleased to offer festivalgoers the chance to see two advance premieres of new episodes from the anticipated Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer” and from Netflix’s “Chef’s Table.” To round out the Tribeca Talks: After the Movie series, TFF will offer one short film, Les Bosquets, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s retrospective screening of Good Will Hunting.

BUY TICKETS TO ALL TALKS AND EVENTS HERE

This year’s Tribeca Talks series offers festival participants unique opportunities to hear about the challenges of filmmaking, film distribution, and gauging media consumption as the industry chugs deeper into the twenty-first century. In addition to conversations between industry leaders and the Tribeca Talks: After the Movie series, the agenda will include: “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures” which will offer intimate insights from an acclaimed director; “Tribeca Talks: Master Class” conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process; “Tribeca Talks: Script & Screen, hosted by Barnes & Noble,” which explores topics related to screenwriting. Look for the previously announced special “Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Conversations” as well for conversations relating to sports and competition in film and “Tribeca Talks Imagination powered by The Hatchery” featuring discussions with industry tech leaders.

Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to gain insight into the filmmaking process and to listen to artists speak candidly about their craft. Scroll down to see the complete lineup of events: 

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures:

Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller
DATE: Monday, April 20
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: BMCC

As one of the most critically and commercially successful filmmakers of our time, Christopher Nolan will discuss his ability to push boundaries and create entire worlds and realities from his imagination.

George Lucas with Stephen Colbert
DATE: Friday, April 17
TIME: 4:00 PM
LOCATION: BMCC

George Lucas discusses his career as a trailblazing innovator, as a screenwriter, director, and producer of films including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.

Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus
DATE: Thursday, April 23
TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Cary Fukunaga, the acclaimed director of Indie darling films such as Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre as well as recent TV hit “True Detective,” will discuss the success of his award-winning works for both the big screen and television.

Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo
DATE: Friday, April 24
TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Brad Bird has carved out a unique career in both animation and live action filmmaking. He will speak with Janeane Garofalo about what it’s like to transition between these two forms of storytelling, with hits like Ratatouille, Iron Giant, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, and the upcoming Tomorrowland.

Tribeca Talks: After the Movie: 

Very Semi-Serious 
Directed by Leah Wolchok
(USA) – World Premiere

DATE: Sunday, April 19
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: BMCC

The New Yorker is the benchmark for the single-panel cartoon. This light-hearted and sometimes poignant look at the art and humor of the iconic drawings shows why they have inspired and even baffled us for decades. Very Semi-Serious is a window into the minds of cartooning legends and hopefuls, including editor Bob Mankoff, shedding light onto their how their humor evolves.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Leah Wolchok and cartoon editor of the New Yorker Bob Mankoff.

"Inside Amy Schumer"
DATE: Sunday, April 19
TIME: 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Spring Studios

The Emmy nominated sketch series “Inside Amy Schumer” returns for the third season Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Featuring scripted vignettes, stand-up comedy, and man-on-the-street interviews, Schumer explores topics revolving around sex, relationships, and the general clusterf*ck that is life. A Comedy Central Show.

After the Screening: Stay for a conversation with executive producer, writer, and series star Amy Schumer, executive producer and writer Dan Powell, executive producer and head writer Jessi Klein, producer Kevin Kane, associate producer and writer Kim Caramele, director Ryan McFaul, and director of photography Jonathan Furmanski.

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
Directed by Robin Hauser Reynolds
(USA) – World Premiere

DATE: Sunday, April 19
TIME: 1:00 PM 
LOCATION: Spring Studios

CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Robin Hauser Reynolds, Qualcomm chief learning officer Tamar Elkeles, GoDaddy chief people officer Auguste Goldman, and Etsy engineering director for infrastructure Jason Wong.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Directed by Brett Morgen
(USA) – New York Premiere

DATE: Sunday, April 19
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Spring Studios

Kurt Cobain, legendary lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana, remains an icon 20 years after his death. This first-ever fully authorized documentary feature, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is a raw and visceral journey through Cobain’s personal archive of art, music (both his most famous and some that’s never been heard), written word, and never-before-seen home movies with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes. An HBO Documentary Film in association with Universal Pictures presentation.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Brett Morgen and film subject Courtney Love. Moderated by Rolling Stone contributing editor Neil Strauss.

Misery Loves Comedy
Directed by Kevin Pollak
(USA) – New York Premiere

DATE: Wednesday, April 22
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Kevin Pollak directs this insightful documentary that examines the quasi-obsessive need for a comic to connect with an audience. Conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy including Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Larry David, and more, Pollak delves into the psyche to find out what led them to life in stand-up, and ruminates on whether you must be miserable to be a comedian. A Tribeca Film release.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Kevin Pollak and cast members.
 

Good Will Hunting
DATE: Wednesday, April 22
TIME: 3:30 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Acclaimed director Gus Van Sant brings Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Academy Award® winning screenplay to life with the story of Will Hunting. Hunting is a 20-year-old math genius working as a janitor at MIT who is struggling with his past. After one too many run-ins with the law, Will’s last chance is a psychology professor (Robin Willians, who won an Academy Award® for the role) who seems to be the only person who can reach him. Finally forced to deal with his past, Will discovers that the only one holding him back is himself.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Gus Van Sant and guests who will explore the making of the film, memories of the late Robin Williams, and science and the modern importance of its themes. Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Diplomat
Directed by David Holbrooke
(USA) – World Premiere

DATE: Thursday, April 23
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

With the insightful The Diplomat, David Holbrooke attempts the seemingly insurmountable: capturing the legacy of his larger-than-life father, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, revealing an inside view of US foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Interviewing an impressive array of world leaders, David grapples with Holbrooke’s public versus private personas, creating a sensitive portrait of fatherhood, ambition, and the force required to affect change throughout the world. An HBO Documentary Film.

After the movie: Stay for a conversation with director David Holbrooke, producer Stacey Reiss, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen.

Chef’s Table
Creator by David Gelb
(USA) – World Premiere

DATE: Saturday, April 25
TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

TFF alumnus and director of the foodie doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi, David Gelb returns with his new documentary series “Chef’s Table,” which profiles chefs from around the world and offers a glimpse into their process. Join us for the series’ episode on Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of New York’s Blue Hill restaurant. A Netflix release.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with creator David Gelb, director Clay Jeter and Blue Hill chef Dan Barber.

Les Bosquets
DATE: Sunday, April 26
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Based on the performance of the ballet Les Bosquets of NYCB inspired by the riots in France in 2005, Les Bosquets reveals JR’s experience in the ghetto of Montfermeil where he created Portrait of a Generation. He uses various means of expressions and narration, including video archives, choreography, and testimony.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with artist JR, dancer Lil Buck, and guests.

Additional Tribeca Talks include:

Harvey Weinstein in Conversation
DATE: Saturday, April 18
TIME: 12:00 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has created and shaped some of the most successful careers in Hollywood. From Tarantino to Sorvino, he is the man behind some of the greatest directors and faces on screen. Hear him discuss how he has crafted film and remained at the top of his game.

David Rockwell: How Does a Space Tell a Story?
DATE: Monday, April 20
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Spring Studios

Every nuance in a space tells a story and nobody knows this more than acclaimed architect & designer David Rockwell, whose career has seen him responsible for renowned spaces such as Nobu, NeueHouse and Edition Hotels in addition to his success as a Tony-Award nominated set designer. Rockwell will discuss how the design of a space can affect our experiences, mood and even the work we produce.

Immerse Yourself
DATE: Monday, April 20
TIME: 4:00PM
LOCATION: Spring Studios

From binge watching to Virtual Reality, today’s entertainment has become immersive physically as well as psychologically. As the way we experience stories is evolving to where we no longer separate ourselves from the action and constantly seek out added content for what we are consuming, how does this affect the way storytellers are producing their work for us?

Panelists include The Art of Immersion author Frank Rose, The Storytelling Animal author Jonathan Gottschall, and futurist and Shots of Awe creator Jason Silva. Moderated by journalist Jon Erlichman.

Secrecy & Power
DATE: Tuesday, April 21
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

If knowledge is power, then secrets are weapons. Secrets have always fueled great stories, but what happens when our secrets are breached in real life? From love affairs to national security, the information we hide defines our lives, but how can we keep them locked up in the age of the internet, clouds, and hackers?

Panelists include former spy Valerie Plame, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Bart Gellman, and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks director Alex Gibney. Moderated by NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden.

Long Story Short
DATE: Wednesday, April 22
TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Short form content creators are taking us out of the cinema and to computers and tablets as they utilize digital platforms to engage with their audiences beyond their story and release work on their own terms. But how do you know what the right route for a short film or web series is and how do you seek out an audience in the online vortex of possibilities?

Panelists include Eternal Princess Director Katie Holmes, ESPN Films Director of Development Dan Silver, and High Maintenance creators Ben Sinclair & Katja Blichfeld, and “Billy on the Street” creator and star Billy Eichner. Moderated by ‘Screenwriting in 6 Seconds or Less’ Brian Koppelman.

Snap It, Vine It, Tube It
DATE: Thursday, April 23
TIME: 2:30PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Storytelling on social media platforms has transformed what we consider to be content. Through Youtube, Snapchat and Vine content creators are breaking the mold of traditional storytelling and invigorating audiences as they turn themselves into a personal business.

Panelists include Snapchat stars Jerome Jarre and Chris Carm, Youtube sensation Alphacat and The Gregory Brothers. Moderated by Maker Studios founder Lisa Donovan.

Tribeca Talks: Master Class (Free):

Adorama Rental Co. (ARC): The Producers
DATE: Thursday, April 16
TIME: 2:30PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Independent producers are responsible for some of the greatest breakout hits in cinema history, have fought passionately for their art, and faced every logistical and financial challenge along the way. Cinematic mavericks divulge tales from the trenches and lessons they have learned along the way.

Panelists include Foxcatcher producer Anthony Bregman, Beasts of the Southern Wild producer Matthew Parker and Blue Valentine producer Alex Orlovsky. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Seigel.

Get the Look
DATE: Friday, April 17
TIME: 2:30PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

The look of a film can propel the story and understanding of a film in both subtle and bold ways. Academy Award-winning production & costume designer of films such as The Great Gatsby, Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge, Catherine Martin discusses her methods for creating some of the most instantly recognizable visuals on screen as well as how she has propelled this into businesses beyond the screen.  With Vogue’s International Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles.

CNN Films: Capture Reality
DATE: Monday, April 20
TIME: 2:30PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Nonfiction filmmaking has truly revolutionized itself in recent years through its visual language as it brings audiences stories which often seem too bizarre to be true. Leading documentary filmmakers expose how they choose their subjects and capture real life in new and innovative ways to shape the final story.

Panelists include Bobby Fischer Against the World director Liz Garbus, Big Men Director Rachel Boynton, and God Loves Uganda director Roger Ross Williams. Moderated by film critic Eric Hynes.

Dolby Institute: The Sound of the Coens
DATE: Tuesday, April 21
TIME: 2:30PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

From Fargo to The Big Lebowski and No Country for Old Men, the sounds of Coen brother films are exhilarating, incorporating an array of music composition and inflections of sound to add to the all-encompassing world of their movies.

Panelists include Composer Carter Burwell and Academy-Award Winning Sound Mixer Skip Lievsay, who will discuss the creative process behind their films as well as the collaborative relationship with Ethan & Joel which has endured and prospered across so many films. Moderated by Director of The Dolby Institute Glenn Kiser.

Tribeca Talks: Script & Screen (Free):
Hosted by Barnes & Noble

Act Your Age
DATE: Friday, April 17
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Barnes & Noble, Union Square (33 East 17th Street)

From the malleable period in life called youth to grappling with growing older, age is never-ending subject matter to explore within the plot of a film and one that we have been drawn to exploring and viewing for as long as cinema has been in our lives.  But what is it about these transformative years that is so transfixing?

Panelists include King Jack director Felix Thompson and Gored director Ido Mizrahy. Moderated by Variety’s Gordon Cox.

The Beauty of Angst
DATE: Saturday, April 18
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Barnes & Noble, Union Square (33 East 17th Street)

Filmmakers have long delighted in exploring human angst on screen, and as an audience, we relish and revel in these stories.  But what is the fine line of darkness that you can push boundaries towards before audiences turn away, and why are we so drawn to the anguish of others as an escape from reality?

Panelists include Meadowland director Reed Morano, Thank You for Playing co-directors David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, and Necktie Youth director Sibs Shongwe-La Mer. Moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn.

This is the Real Life
DATE: Sunday, April 19
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Barnes & Noble, Union Square (33 East 17th Street)

Real life offers enough drama for the big screen, and writers and directors forever have been drawn to it.  Through documentary and narrative form there are constant choices to be made in deciding which version of events to explore, and how to recreate moments from the immediate or far past for a present audience.

Panelists include The Adderall Diaries director Pamela Romanowsky, As I Am: The Life and Times of DJ AM director Kevin Kerslake, Men Go to Battle director Zachary Treitz  and The Wannabe director Nick Sandow. Moderated by The Verge’s Ross Miller.

Special “Tribeca Talks” Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Conversations:

The Greatest Catch Ever
DATE: Sunday, April 19
TIME: 4:00PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

During Super Bowl XLII , the Giants met with the New England Patriots who were undefeated going into the NFL finale. With two minutes left in the game, just when it looked like Giants Quarterback Eli Manning would go down, he spotted David Tyree, a veteran special teams player, down the field and went deep, setting up one of the most renowned plays in football history.

After the screening: Spike Lee and David Tyree will discuss the play in question and sports fandom.

Shock the World
DATE: Monday, April 20
TIME: 7:30PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Pro-wrestler turned politician Jesse Ventura garnered a crowd in the ring, and took this to the streets when he ran for Minnesota Governor in an unprecedented race with unpredictable results that even the polls couldn’t have predicted. 

After the screening: ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight editor in chief and statistician Nate Silver will discuss what can be learned from the numbers of political history with regard to the 2016 election.

Versus: Go, Sebastien, Go!
DATE: Saturday, April 25
TIME: 6:30PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Eva Longoria has teamed up with ESPN on a series of short films which explore moments in sports history which shine a light on personal perseverance, true grit and aspiration, as well as achievement outside of any sports arena.

After the screening: Versus series executive producer Eva Longoria and Versus director Retta (“Parks and Recreation”) will discuss sports and activism.

Listed by category, the 2015 Tribeca Talks events are:

“Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures” will include intimate conversations with:

  • Director and writer Christopher Nolan will review his boundary-pushing work and how he creates entire worlds and realities from his imagination with director Bennett Miller.
  • Legendary director George Lucas discusses his career as a filmmaker, including his work on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, with Stephen Colbert.
  • Acclaimed TV and film director Cary Fukunaga will explore the elements of creating award-winning works for both the big and small screens with writer and producer James Schamus.
  • Academy Award-winning filmmaker Brad Bird (Ratatouille; The Incredibles; Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol) will discuss how he has succeeded in creating both animated and live-action films with Janeane Garofalo.

“Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” will include:

  • A sneak peak of the third season of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” the Emmy®-nominated series that blends scripted, stand-up, and man-on-street interview content; followed by a conversation with executive producer/writer/series star Amy Schumer, and members of the creative and production team including Dan Powell, Jessi Klein, Kevin Kane, Kim Caramele, Ryan McFaul, and Jonathan Furmanski.
  • The world premiere of The Diplomat, a look at the legacy left by Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose diplomatic work spanned from Vietnam to Afghanistan; followed by a conversation with director David Holbrooke, producer Stacey Reiss, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen.
  • The world premiere of Chef’s Table, a series that showcases the techniques and talents of some of the most well-known international chefs; followed by a conversation with creator David Gelb, episode director Clay Jeter and Blue Hill chef Dan Barber.
  • The world premiere of Very Semi-Serious, a light-hearted look at the artists who create the legendary cartoons for The New Yorker; followed by a conversation with director Leah Wolchok and cartoon editor of the New Yorker Bob Mankoff.
  • The world premiere of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary that exposes the gender gap in software engineering; followed by a conversation with director Robin Hauser Reynolds, Qualcomm chief learning officer Tamar Elkeles, GoDaddy chief people officer Auguste Goldman, and Etsy engineering director for infrastructure Jason Wong.
  • The New York premiere of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, an intimate look at Cobain’s life through the lens of home movies, recordings, journals, and artwork; followed by a conversation with director Brett Morgen and film subject Courtney Love. Moderated by Rolling Stone‘s Neil Strauss.
  • The New York premiere of Misery Loves Comedy, a documentary with well-known comedians who share the painful experiences they’ve encountered while striving for laughs; followed by a conversation with director Kevin Pollak and cast members.
  • For the annual Sloan retrospective salute, a screening of Good Will Hunting, the Academy Award-winning film that follows a janitor who, with the help of a psychology professor, gets his life on the right path; followed by a conversation with director Gus Van Sant and guests.
  • The premiere of Les Bosquets, French artist JR’s short film about his personal experiences in the ghetto of Montfermeil; followed by a conversation with artist JR and dancer Lil Buck.

“Tribeca Talks: Master Class” are free events and will feature:

  • Adorama Rental Co. (ARC): The Producers, a conversation with independent film producers about how they overcame all of the logistical and financial obstacles associated with independent filmmaking in order to ensure their art remain authentic. Panelists include Anthony Bregman (Foxcatcher), Matthew Parker (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Alex Orlovsky (Blue Valentine). Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Seigel.
  • Get the Look, an intimate conversation with Academy Award-winning costume designer Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby; Moulin Rouge; Romeo + Juliet) and Vogue’s International Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles about how costumes can create the most stunning and memorable moments on film.
  • Dolby Institute: The Sound of the Coens, an exploration of how the sound of the film affects the audience’s reaction to what they are experiencing visually on screen. Panelists include long-time Coen brothers’ composer Carter Burwell (No Country for Old Men; Where the Wild Things Are; A Serious Man) and Academy Award winning Sound Mixer Skip Lievsay (Inside Lleweyn Davis, Gravity, True Grit). Moderated by Director of The Dolby Institute Glenn Kiser.
  • CNN Films: Capture Reality, leading documentary filmmakers reveal how they choose their film subjects and capture their “real lives” on film. Panelists include director Liz Garbus (What Happened, Nina Simone?) director Rachel Boynton (Big Men), and director Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda). Moderated by film critic Eric Hynes.

“Tribeca Talks: Script and Screen, hosted by Barnes & Noble” are free events and will include:

  • Act Your Age, a discussion around the many ways filmmakers address themes concerning age, from youth to growing older. Panelists include King Jack director Felix Thompson and Gored director Ido Mizrahy. Moderated by Variety’s Gordon Cox.
  • The Beauty of Angst, a conversation surrounding the emotion of angst and how filmmakers can make audiences relish exploring human angst on screen without going too dark and pushing audiences away. Panelists include Meadowland director Reed Morano, Thank You for Playing co-directors David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, and Necktie Youth director Sibs Shongwe-La Mer. Moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn.
  • This is the Real Life, a group of documentary and narrative filmmakers will discuss the choices they made to create films based on real events. Panelists include The Adderall Diaries director Pamela Romanowsky, As I Am: The Life and Times of DJ AM director Kevin Kerslake, Men Go Battle director Zachary Treitz and The Wannabe director Nick Sandow. Moderated by The Verge’s Ross Miller.

Tribeca Talks Conversations:

  • Harvey Weinstein in Conversation, hear from Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein about how he has launched careers, crafted films, and remained at the top of his game.
  • David Rockwell: How Does a Space Tell a Story?, David Rockwell will discuss how the design of a space can affect our experiences, mood and even the work we produce.
  • Immerse Yourself, an examination of how viewers engage themselves physically and psychologically in the ways they consume media; panelists include The Art of Immersion author Frank Rose, The Storytelling Animal author Jonathan Gottschall, and futurist and Shots of Awe creator Jason Silva. Moderated by journalist Jon Erlichman.
  • Secrecy & Power, a discussion about the relationship between power and information and the impacts that result from information leaking; panelists include former spy Valerie Plame, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Bart Gellman, and director Alex Gibney. Moderated by NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden.
  • Long Story Short, a discussion about short form content and choosing the right form of distribution to reach an audience; panelists include Eternal Princess director Katie Holmes, ESPN Films director of development Dan Silver, High Maintenance creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, and “Billy on the Street” creator and star Billy Eichner. Moderated by ‘Screenwriting Advice in 6 Seconds or less’ Brian Koppelman.
  • Snap It, Vine It, Tube It, a conversation about how social media has changed the ways content creators are telling stories; panelists include Snapchat stars Jerome Jarre and Chris Carm, Youtube sensation Alphacat, and The Gregory Brothers. Moderated by Maker Studios founder Lisa Donovan.

Previously announced Special Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Conversations

  • The Greatest Catch Ever, directed by Spike Lee, reviews one of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history, David Tyree’s catch from Eli Manning in the New York Giants’ victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. After the screening, Spike Lee and David Tyree will discuss the legendary play and the state of sports fandom.
  • Shock the World, directed by Zak Knutson, revisits professional wrestler-turned-politician Jesse Ventura’s improbable run to become the governor of Minnesota. After the screening, ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief and statistician Nate Silver will discuss polling in political history and how it applies to the 2016 presidential election.
  • Versus: Go, Sebastian, Go!.  Executive producer Eva Longoria and ESPN have created a series of short films highlighting defining moments in sports history that transcend athletics. After the screening, Eva Longoria and Versus director Retta (“Parks and Recreation”) will discuss sports and activism.

Panelists and moderators are subject to change. For the most updated schedule, make sure to visit www.tribecafilm.com.

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