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Kevin Spacey Q & A: 'House of Cards' Wouldn't Exist Without Richard III, Focus of Self-Released Tribeca Doc (VIDEO)

In an in-depth interview, Kevin Spacey explains why "House of Cards" wouldn't exist without Shakespeare's Richard III, how he and Sam Mendes put together the Bridge Project, which took five plays to audiences around the world, and why Spacey financed and is self-releasing a documentary, of the "Richard III" tour, "NOW Behind the Scenes on a World Stage."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2014 3:56 PM
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Tribeca Film Institute Awards Ten Grants to Underrepresented Filmmakers

The Tribeca Film Institute today announced ten promising new film projects selected for the 11th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program. The TAA program bolsters filmmakers from underrepresented communities, granting each project $15,000 along with year-round support, guidance, and resources to help filmmakers complete them, and admittance into the TAA Alumni program.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 10, 2014 2:35 PM
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Rotterdam Panel: Creative Co-Funding of Indie Films, from Tribeca to Kickstarter (UPDATED)

Funding and financing an independent film takes almost as much creativity as making the film, according to a panel of representatives from The Tribeca Film Fund, Kickstarter and Cinereach. Filmmakers from outside the U.S. -- especially those in Europe -- benefit from government support and co-production treaties, but Americans are on their own.
  • By Torene Svitil
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  • January 31, 2014 4:38 PM
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Tribeca Film Nabs 'Palo Alto,' Gia Coppola's Feature Debut Starring Emma Roberts and James Franco (TRAILER)

Tribeca Film has snapped up North American rights to Gia Coppola's feature debut "Palo Alto," based on James Franco's short story collection, and starring Emma Roberts, Franco, Val Kilmer, James Kilmer, Nat Wolff and Zoe Levin.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 2, 2013 1:13 PM
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Tribeca Film and Well Go Snap Up 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes,' Starring Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario

Tribeca Film and Well Go USA have announced the co-acquisition of North American rights to Francesca Gregorini's psychological thriller "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes," which stars Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario ("Wuthering Heights"). The film premiered at Sundance in January.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2013 12:31 PM
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Review: Oscar-Nominated 'War Witch' Sees Trauma Through the Haunted Lens of Magical Realism

“War Witch,” Canada’s Oscar-nominated Foreign-Language entry, centers on a young African girl’s abduction into a rebel army, her escape, and the slow, painful process of liberating herself from the army’s traumatic, devastating reach. It is directed by French-Canadian Kim Nguyen, and is the second feature film in history to be shot in Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2013 1:50 PM
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'War Witch' Star Rachel Mwanza Granted Visa from Congo to Attend the Oscars

The Oscars often lure folks across the seas from faraway worlds to the red carpet celebration, from Palestinian Emad Burnat ("5 Broken Cameras"), who was detained at LAX on his way to the Academy Award show, to 16-year-old Rachel Mwanza, who gives a beautiful, devastating performance in Oscar-nominated foreign entry "War Witch." She has been granted a visa to travel from the Congo to the US in order to attend both the Oscars and the Independent Spirit Awards.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 2:03 PM
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Tribeca Film Knows 'What Richard Did'

Tribeca Film has snapped up North American rights to Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's "What Richard Did," which recently took home five Irish Film & Television Awards, including Best Film, Director and Actor (newcomer Jack Reynor, who can be seen in the upcoming "Transformers 4.")
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 15, 2013 2:11 PM
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Paula Weinstein Joins Tribeca as Executive Vice President

One of Hollywood's long-lasting conventions is that friends take care of each other. Thus, veteran Hollywod film producer Paula Weinstein will join Tribeca Enterprises as the company's executive vice president overseeing Tribeca's international partnerships, and managing studio relations for both the Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) and Doha Tribeca Film Festival. She will work closely with Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore. She's taking over the responsibilities held by outgoing Patty Newberger, another old pal of Tribeca chief Jane Rosenthal, who was Tribeca's Sr. V.P., Studio Relations & Special Projects.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 4, 2013 12:51 PM
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Tribeca Films Loves Alex Karpovsky, Picks Up Both 'Red Flag' and 'Rubberneck'

Tribeca Films has picked up North American rights for two films by Alex Karpovsky, "Rubberneck" and "Red Flag." Both films Karpovsky wrote and starred in, and center on a young man's awkward navigation of relationships.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2012 1:28 PM
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