New York, NY – The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced its lineup for the 2011 Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series. The component programs are “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry,” “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble,” the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival panel, and new this year, in celebration of the tenth Festival, the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” featuring one-on-one conversations with acclaimed filmmakers, plus the premiere of five new documentary films and a one-of-a-kind videogame-film event.
This year, Tribeca’s annual panel series, a collection of special events, conversations and audience Q&A’s designed to spark a richer dialogue about film, has expanded to include the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series.” The series invites audiences to join entertainment industry icons from Brian Williams to Alec Baldwin to Martin Scorsese as they moderate discussions with noted industry figures such as actor-producer and Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro and acclaimed directors Doug Liman and Souleymane Cissé, respectively. The Festival also unveiled five new documentary titles – The Education of Dee Dee Ricks; Love Hate Love; Off the Rez; Grandma, A Thousand Times; and Sing Your Song – which will receive exclusive screenings as part of the “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” series. Another one-of-a-kind world premiere event will be the screening and examination of L.A. Noire, a new interactive crime thriller being released in the spring by Rockstar Games.
The Tribeca Talks panel series will bring film enthusiasts together with some of the biggest name directors, actors and industry leaders to explore topics from multi-platform filmmaking to financing to the role of women in film. This year’s participants include Academy Award®-winning actors Robert De Niro and Sean Penn, Academy Award®-winning directors Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and Alex Gibney, filmmaker Doug Liman, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Ripa, war photographer Greg Marinovich, and industry leaders ESPN, Rockstar Games and more. The Tribeca Talks panel series is open to the public and will take place throughout TFF, which will run from April 20 to May 1, 2011 in lower Manhattan.
Also part of “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” are the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s presentation of the 10th anniversary screening and panel discussion of A Beautiful Mind, Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning masterpiece from director Ron Howard, and an exclusive preview of Rockstar Games’ new digital state-of-the-art crime thriller, L.A. Noire, followed by a special Q&A exploring the cinematic elements of filmmaking that have crossed over into interactive entertainment. The L.A. Noire Q&A will follow a live demonstration of the new detective game where players solve complex, historically-inspired crimes in a beautifully recreated and fully interactive rendition of 1947 Los Angeles. Tribeca’s special events and discussions series is rounded out by the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival screening and discussion on Alex Gibney’s Catching Hell, about notorious Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman; the free “Tribeca Talks: Industry” panels, designed for industry professionals to explore the ways they can use new digital platforms to advance their film projects; and free “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” panels hosted by Barnes & Noble, which focus on the artistic process of screenwriting.
“We wanted to celebrate our Tenth Festival by inviting some of the finest filmmakers, media artists and actors of our time to share their insights and experiences through our Tribeca Talks” series said Nancy Schaefer Executive Director of TFF. “We have over the years established a tradition of conversations that both engage audiences in the details and revelations of contemporary film making as well as offer a perspective as to the direction and the future of storytelling and the industry. This is so much a part of what festivals can do to enrich the viewing experience for their audiences and we are proud to present this special series.”
“Tribeca Talks: Directors Series” will include one-on-one conversations with:
- Tribeca Film Festival Co-founder and Academy Award®-winning actor Robert De Niro, interviewed by Brian Williams.
- Blockbuster filmmaker Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) interviewed by Academy Award® nominee and multiple Emmy Award winner Alec Baldwin.
- Souleymane Cissé, Malian filmmaker and first filmmaker of African descent to win a major award at the Cannes Film Festival, interviewed by legendary director Martin Scorsese.
“Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” will include:
- The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation presents a 10th anniversary screening of Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning film A Beautiful Mind from director Ron Howard that examines the life of Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr.; followed by a conversation that includes director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the film’s math consultant, Dave Bayer, author Sylvia Nasar, whose book inspired the film, and theoretical physicist and mathematician Brian Greene. Moderated by NPR’s Ira Flatow.
- The world premiere of The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, a documentary showing how a successful businesswoman and mother’s life changed when, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she set out to make life easier for less fortunate cancer patients; followed by a conversation with Dee Dee Ricks, producer Lisa Cohen, Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention founder Harold P. Freeman MD, and public health advocates. Moderated by the film’s director, Perri Peltz.
- The North American premiere of Grandma, A Thousand Times, a documentary examining a family matriarch as she struggles to cope with the silence of her once-buzzing house and imagines what waits her beyond death. Hosted by the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, where the film captured the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film in 2010, the screening will be followed by a discussion with director Mahmoud Kaabour and others on the experience of making films in the Middle East.
- The world premiere of Love Hate Love, an inspirational documentary that examines the difficult journeys of three families torn apart by three separate acts of terrorism: the attacks on the World Trade Center, the London bus bombing and the Sari Club bombing in Bali; followed by a conversation with executive producer Sean Penn, directors Dana Nachman and Don Hardy as well family members featured in the film: Liz Alderman, Steve Alderman, Esther Hyman, and Ben Tullipan.
- The New York premiere of The Loving Story, a documentary recounting the unknown love story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple behind the 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning anti-miscegenation laws in the United States; followed by a discussion with director Nancy Buirski, attorney Phil Hirschkop, who represented the Lovings, Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and others as they discuss this landmark case and current issues surrounding race and marriage equality.
- The world premiere of Off the Rez, a documentary following Shoni Schimmel, a Umatilla Indian and one of the best high school basketball players in the country, whose hoop dreams of being the first from her tribe to get a college scholarship are threatened after her family leaves the Umatillia Indian Reservation; followed by a conversation with executive producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, director Jonathan Hock, Discovery and TLC Networks president Eileen O’Neill, and others. Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger.
- The world premiere of Revenge of the Electric Car, a look behind the closed doors of Nissan, General Motors and Tesla Motors as they race to develop the world’s first and most economically accessible electric car; followed by a discussion with director Chris Paine, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan Motor Co. Carlos Ghosn, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Dan Neil. Moderated by actor, writer, and director David Duchovny.
- An interactive demonstration from Rockstar Games’ groundbreaking videogame L.A. Noire, to be followed by a Q&A about the videogame, the technology behind it, and narrative and action in this medium, moderated by Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer Geoffrey Gilmore.
- New York premiere of Sing Your Song, a stirring documentary that examines legendary entertainer Harry Belafonte’s continued humanitarian contributions to the arts, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the fight against Apartheid, combating starvation in Ethiopia and more; followed by a conversation with Harry Belafonte. Moderated by noted broadcaster Tavis Smiley.
- Screenings of 11 short films exploring the contributions of women filmmakers in the canon of the American experimental avant-garde. This program also celebrates 15 years of direct financial support for preservation of historically under-recognized films by women through the Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television; followed by a discussion with an eclectic group of women filmmakers who helped shape avant-garde cinema.
“Tribeca Talks: Industry” will feature:
- Digital by Design, a conversation with producers, filmmakers, SAP and industry executives about the emergence of online digital platforms and applications that provoke filmmakers to confront technology head-on including funding models, intellectual property management and distribution channels. Sponsored by SAP. Panelists include Richard Whittington, senior vice president of media and entertainment at SAP, and writer/director Edward Burns, and others.
- Shooting Film on a Budget, sponsored by Kodak. One of the most important aspects of realizing your independent feature is determining the right look. How will you capture your images and bring the script to the screen in a meaningful, visual way? Filmmakers and cinematographers must consider many variables: mood of the story, production restrictions, post workflow, etc. Too often these important decisions are determined by the bottom line. However, many filmmakers are able to get the most out of their budgets while still shooting film. Join Kodak and Michael Cuesta, writer/director of Roadie, producer Karen Chien, and others to learn how they create beautiful and cost-effective cinematic narratives on film.
- The Business of Entertainment, sponsored by Bloomberg. This new program will explore the issues and trends that affect the economics of the film business and the broader entertainment industry. This year’s panel will convene leading CEOs, producers, financiers, media, and other industry leaders who will focus on how to finance films in the 21st century.
- Are Documentary Films Changing the World? A discussion with filmmakers, distributors and community groups about the new trend in documentary filmmaking of collaboration between filmmakers and NGOs to increase distribution and influence public perception and policy. Panelists include filmmaker and activist Abigail Disney, and director of Give Up Tomorrow Michael Collins, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Impact Partners Dan Cogan, and others.
- Amplify the Message: Social Media, a conversation examining how film producers and directors engage new interactive audiences through such networks as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, GetGlue and Foursquare, and how much of an impact social networking has on a movie’s success or failure on multiple platforms. Moderated by Marc Schiller, CEO and Founder of Electric Artists. Panelists include Rider Strong, director/screenwriter of The Dungeon Master, Howard Tullman, President & CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, and others. The conversation will be streamed live on the Tribeca Online Film Festival website: tribecaonline.com.
- Meet the Documentary Broadcasters, a conversation with industry broadcasters about the type of nonfiction films they’re drawn to and thoughts on where this genre is headed. Panelists include Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films; Anna Miralis, Editor, True Stories, Channel 4 Documentaries; Connor Schell, Executive Producer, ESPN Films, and others.
“Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper hosted by Barnes & Noble” will include:
- Based on True Events, a discussion with writers who turn true events into a screenplay that will explore the line between a great narrative film and the truth of the events. Panelists include director and screenwriter of The Bang Bang Club Steven Silver, photographer and co-author of The Bang Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War Greg Marinovich, Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen, directors of Puncture, and Chris Lopata, screenwriter of Puncture.
- In Conversation with Peter Bart, a conversation looking back to filmmaking in the 1970s between author and Variety editorial director Peter Bart and Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer Geoffrey Gilmore. From the larger-than-life personalities and conflicts that resulted in some of the most acclaimed films of a generation, to the funny anecdotes that captured the world, Bart and Gilmore will look back at a time that changed how stories were told. Bart will also sign copies of his new memoir Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, The Mob, (And Sex) about his time running Paramount Pictures alongside Robert Evans and overseeing films such as The Godfather, Love Story and Harold and Maude.
- Writing Documentary, a dialogue with filmmakers about the difficulties of writing a script for a documentary film and the challenges they face once production begins. Panelists include David Gelb, director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Maria Ramström, director of Love Always, Carolyn, and others.
In addition, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will present:
- The world premiere of Catching Hell, a documentary that explores the relationship between Chicago Cubs fans and Steve Bartman following his infamous near-catch of a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series; followed by a conversation director Alex Gibney, who will discuss the psychology of die-hard sports fans and the phenomenon of scapegoating. Sponsored by Time Warner Cable.
And a special Tribeca Talks event:
- Youth Radicalization Redefined: With 60 percent of the world under the age of 30 and a majority of those “at risk” —either socially, economically, or both—there is an oversupply of young people susceptible to recruitment by extremist, religious, or ideological groups. Violent extremism is one of the world’s most vexing challenges. TFF, Google Ideas, and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) will present a discussion involving six former extremists who have renounced violence and are working together to promote a sense of community and youth education. The aim is to provide a forum for high school students and their parents to identify signs of recruitment and the subsequent dangers of radicalization The conversation will be moderated by Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas and a CFR adjunct fellow.