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Today at Tribeca: 4.24.12

Day 7: Tuesday's Tribute to Technology! Don't miss your chance to hear from the voices behind Kickstarter, Tumblr, Hulu, Netflix, Yahoo!, and The New York Times in today's panels and learn more about the how the world of film is colliding with the digital age!

This Tuesday, TFF 2012 is looking ahead to the ways that the film world collides with the new digital age. With more films and premieres still to come, day 7 of the Festival shows no signs of slowing down.


Future of Film Lunch Series
12:00 pm:
92YTribeca
Price: FREE
Click to RSVP to this event and guarantee your seat!

From the definitive crowd-funding community to one of the fastest growing co-creation and publishing platforms, Kickstarter and Tumblr have made supporting the film community vital to their business. Elisabeth Holm (Director of Kickstarter's film program) and David Karp (Founder of Tumblr) will present the latest from these two market leaders and how their future will contribute to the future of film. 


Tribeca Talks Industry: The Future Is Short: Storytelling in the Digital Age
2:30 pm:
SVA Theater
Price: FREE
Sponsored by FOCUS FORWARD

Where might it all be headed? Join CINELAN co-founder Morgan Spurlock (Mansome), filmmaker Annie Sundberg (Knuckleball!), Jason Spingarn-Koff of the New York Times Op-Docs series, YouTube's Director of Content Partnerships Laura Lee, and others to discuss the power, art, and business of short-form storytelling. Moderated by Jason Wishnow, Director of Film and Video at TED. 


The List

The List: Screening and Tribeca Talks Panel
5:30 pm:
SVA Theater
Beyond the Screens: Globalize Your Thinking
Sponsored by OppenheimerFunds

After working for an aid group tasked with improving infrastructure in war-torn cities in Iraq, young American Kirk Johnson returns home to news that his Iraqi co-workers are being killed, kidnapped, or forced into exile by radical militias who perceived them as traitors because of their involvement with the U.S. Frustrated by his government's inability to safeguard its endangered allies, Johnson begins compiling a list of Iraqis seeking refuge and a new life in America—all of them desperately in need of an advocate.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Beth Murphy, film subject Kirk Johnson, Executive Director and Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Paul Rieckhoff, and Assistant Director of Pro Bono Activities at Mayer Brown LLP Marcia Tavares Maack about the current state of Iraqis seeking asylum and issues surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder in soldiers and refugees. Moderated by The New Yorker's George Packer.

Read more: Interview with director Beth Murphy


Tickets are still available to some great TFF 2012 movies:

Unit 7
11:30 am: AMC Village VII

The four cops of Unit 7 have a tough mission: to eradicate the most dangerous trafficking network of the city of Seville before the opening of the 1992 Seville World Exhibition, and bring an end to the corrosive power that has taken hold of the streets. Among them are Angel (Mario Casas), the leader of the unit, a young officer aspiring to become detective, and Rafael (Antonio de la Torre), a violent yet efficient cop. Over the course of their years-long mission, the two officers will take opposite directions: Angel's ambition will lead him to seek results by any means necessary, while Rafael's character will change when he meets a charismatic woman.

Read more: interview with director Alberto Rodriguez


War Witch
1:00 pm:
AMC Village VII

Montreal-based filmmaker Kim Nguyen paints a poignant and harrowing portrait of Komona, a 14-year-old girl (wonderfully played by nonprofessional actress Rachel Mwanza) who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a child soldier. She escapes from the camp with an older albino soldier and experiences for the very first time the joys of a peaceful and loving life, but a fresh tragedy will force her to confront and fight the ghosts haunting her mind.

Currently in the running for the 2012 Heineken Audience Award: Narrative


Let Fury Have the Hour

Let Fury Have The Hour
2:30 pm:
AMC Village VII

An exuberant mixed media collage that incorporates graphic art, music, animation, and spoken word, Let Fury Have The Hour is a distinctive perspective on an era in time, retelling the history of modern America through the voices of the artists that interpreted and influenced it through their work, including Shepard Fairey, Eve Ensler, Wayne Kramer, Edwidge Danticat, John Sayles, Chuck D, Tom Morello, Lewis Black, and dozens more.


The Russian Winter

The Russian Winter
3:00 pm:
AMC Village VII

Born in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States and nominated for a Grammy at age 21 for his work on the multi-platinum Fugees album The Score, John Forté's life has brought triumphs and adversity the likes of which few people have known. Forté was educated at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy and then NYU, before his life changed dramatically in 2001 when he was convicted of drug possession and sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. But in 2008 Forté's prison sentence was remarkably commuted and he was given a second chance to share his talents with the world.

Read more: interview with star John Forté


Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
3:00 pm: Clearview Cinemas Chelsea

Morton Downey Jr. was a chain-smoking showman, extremist, and master of provocation with the smile of a movie star and the mouth of a sailor. He was a son of a crooner and a sonofabitch whose friends in high places did not make him nearly as famous as his friends in low. The film pays tribute to Downey Jr.'s legacy by showing that, while his act may have been all fistfights and F-bombs, there were deeper layers to both Mort and his show. He had a calculated plan for a new entertainment, and his politics—whether staunch beliefs or make-believe—were the driving vehicle.

Read more: interview with the directors


Consuming Spirits

Consuming Spirits
4:00 pm:
AMC Village VII

Nearly 15 years in the making, Chris Sullivan's Consuming Spirits is a meticulously constructed tour de force of experimental animation. Shooting frame by frame in 16mm, Sullivan seamlessly blends together a range of techniques—cutout animation, pencil drawing, collage, and stop-motion animation—into a distinct, signature visual style. In the process, he constructs a hypnotic, layered narrative, a suspenseful gothic tale that tracks the intertwined lives of three kindred spirits working at a local newspaper in a Midwestern rust belt town.


Xingu
4:00 pm:
Clearview Cinemas Chelsea

Brazil, 1943. Three brothers set out into the feral center of the country seeking adventure. Armed with an insatiable curiosity, they befriend a village of Xingu Indians, and together they build an airstrip to bring modernity to this ancient place. But after a flu epidemic wipes out half the village, the brothers' naïveté turns into a decades-long fight to protect the Xingu from the disastrous side effects of progress.

Currently in the running for the 2012 Heineken Audience Award: Narrative


Turn Off the Lights
6:30 pm:
Clearview Cinemas Chelsea

Offering a rare peek into contemporary Roma culture, the three very different ex-cons try to reconcile the outside world with the gray-shaded areas of morality with which they all struggle. Showing the cocoon of their former one-room existence painted in stark contrast to the realities of their outside community, Turn Off the Lights is a portrait of reintegration in a society where indulgence, violence, and excess are a matter of survival.


Caroline and Jackie

Caroline and Jackie
9:00 pm:
Clearview Cinemas Chelsea

When Caroline (Marguerite Moreau) throws a surprise birthday party for her sister Jackie (Bitsie Tulloch), what starts as an evening with friends quickly devolves into a somewhat less than celebratory occasion, as Caroline divulges an ulterior motive in bringing the group together. But this revelation is only the first in a night that will ultimately change everything. As old gripes are resurrected and old patterns fallen into, Caroline, Jackie, and their guests are pushed to the edge, and their bonds are tested by the emotional mayhem only sisters can wring.

Read more: interview with director Adam Christian Clark


Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugarman
9:30 pm: BMCC TPAC

Aspiring '70s folk rock musician Rodriguez never made it big. Despite critical praise, his albums bombed in the U.S., and he faded promptly into obscurity, leaving behind only urban legends of a gruesome onstage suicide. But somehow a bootleg copy of his album made its way to apartheid South Africa, where his antiestablishment message and distinctive sound resonated with the youth protest movement there, making Rodriguez an instant superstar. Decades later, two intrepid fans decide to investigate whatever happened to the mysterious rocker.

Note: This is the film's premiere!


Here's what TFF 2012 has in store for you tomorrow...

 

FUTURE OF FILM LUNCH SERIES: APRIL 25
12:00 pm:
92YTribeca
Price: FREE
Click to RSVP
 to this event and guarantee your seat!

As successful entrepreneurs and film and television producers, Ricky Van Veen (Founder of College Humor and Vimeo) and Jason Blum (Blumhouse Productions, Paranormal Activity Producer) will share their thoughts on the future of film, exploring the topics of production, distribution, their experience with new storytelling techniques, and beyond.

Followed by: a presentation by Rob Altman, manager at Canon, who will discuss PROJECT IMAGIN8ION, the first photo contest to inspire a Hollywood film. After the talk, he will screen WHEN YOU FIND ME, the Ron Howard production directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, which was the first film shot using Canon C300 cameras.


Illicit Networks: Portrayal Through Film
2:30 pm: SVA Theater

Price: FREE
Sponsored by Google Ideas

Moderated by Jared Cohen, Director of Google IdeasTribeca Enterprises and Google Ideas team up for this unique free panel addressing Hollywood's portrayal of illicit networks that traffic everything from narcotics and weapons to body parts and human beings. Experts, law enforcement participants, and survivors will use what we learn from film to examine the mysterious and misunderstood world of illicit trafficking.

Learn more about the panelists


FOCUS FORWARD - Short Films, Big Ideas
3:oo pm: Tribeca Cinemas
Price: FREE

A man lives without a heartbeat. A facility harvests garbage for energy. A paraplegic sails the English Channel alone. Nine three-minute films from directors Jessica Yu, Nelson George, Michèle Ohayon, and more tell the amazing stories of innovators making our world a better place. Join us for this unique program of short films, including four world premieres, followed by a Q+A with select FOCUS FORWARD filmmakers.

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