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Tribeca Unveils Talks and Panels Lineup; Includes Kevin Spacey, Aaron Sorkin, Bryan Cranston and More

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by Beth Hanna
March 17, 2014 11:58 AM
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Shep Gordon of 'Super Mensch'
Shep Gordon of 'Super Mensch'

 

Silenced

Silenced, directed by James Spione. (USA) – World Premiere. Only 11 Americans have ever been charged under the Espionage Act of 1917; eight of them since President Obama took office. Oscar-nominated documentarian James Spione returns to TFF with the incredible personal journeys of two members of that octet, Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou, along with accountability advocate, Jesselyn Radack, who helped bring their cases to light. With resonance in the post-Snowden era, Silenced catalogs the lengths to which the government has gone to keep its most damning secrets, in an impassioned and thought-provoking defense of whistleblowers everywhere.

After the movie: Stay for a conversation with director James Spione, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake and Barton Gellman about the role, importance and ethics of whistleblowing in America in 2014.

DATE: Saturday, April 19

TIME: 5:00 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

NOW – In the Wings on a World Stage

Directed by Jeremy Whelehan. (USA) – World Premiere. In 2012, the talented actors that make up one of the oldest companies in the world, the Old Vic Theater company, and the group's multi-talented artistic director, Kevin Spacey stage Shakespeare’s epic tragedy Richard III on a whirlwind tour across the world. Whelehan goes behind the scenes with the inspiring Tony Award® winning cast, Spacey, and the play's director Sam Mendes, to celebrate the craft of theater, the actors who bring it to brilliant life, and to deepen our understanding of theater through this ambitious international staging.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with Kevin Spacey,  director Jeremy Whelehan and members of the Richard III company about the vocation of acting and the future of theater and this spectacular theatrical journey.

DATE: Monday, April 21

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: BMCC

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin

Directed by Nicholas Mross. (USA) – World Premiere. What is Bitcoin? The digital currency, created by anonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, is heralded by some as the future of the global economy, even as it is increasingly stigmatized by volatility and implicated in online drug trafficking and money laundering.  Nicholas Mross’ illuminating documentary digs deep into the origins and meteoric rise of Bitcoin through the stories of those intrepid innovators at the forefront of this developing technology.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Nicholas Mross, the film’s protagonist Dan Mross, and Charles Shrem for the most up to the minute details about the mysterious and rapidly changing world of Bitcoin.

DATE: Wednesday, April 23

TIME: 5:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman. (USA) – An all-star ensemble cast shines in this comical and poignant look at breakups, breakdowns and breakthroughs and the role of memory in human relationships. Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine begin to fade, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her. Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood co-star in the Academy Award winner for best original screenplay. Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation on the making-of and contemporary relevance of the film, including advances in our ability to manipulate the pathways of memory since the film debuted with producer Anthony Bregman, Daniella Schiller, Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience/Mount Sinai, and others, moderated by Science Friday® host Ira Flatlow.

DATE: Saturday, April 26

TIME: 3:00 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Food Chains

Directed by Sanjay Rawal. (USA) – North American Premiere. Executive produced by Eva Longoria, this hard hitting documentary gives pause for thought with every plate of food we eat by exposing the rampant abuse and injustice embedded in America’s agriculture and food production industries.  The film sheds light on the wage theft, physical abuse and outright slavery that constitutes everyday life for thousands of America’s (mostly Latino) farm workers, and gives voice to those fighting to change these practices and bring justice to the table.

After the Movie: Join Executive Producer Eva Longoria, director, Sanjay Rawal, Kerry Kennedy, Eric Schlosser and a representative from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to learn more about behind the scenes in America’s food chain and what you can do to be part of the food justice revolution.

DATE: Saturday, April 26

TIME: 2:00 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Supermensch

Directed by Mike Myers. (USA) – U.S. Premiere. In his directorial debut, Mike Myers brings a comic touch to documenting the astounding career of consummate Hollywood insider Shep Gordon. Making playful use of archival footage, new interviews, and his own close relationship with the legendary talent manager, Myers reveals a man who has embraced his dualities: a hard-driving dealmaker who wants everyone to be happy and a rock ‘n’ roll hedonist who yearns for a family. Against a backdrop of debauchery, he’s a man on a spiritual quest. These contradictions make him a fascinating documentary subject.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with Shep Gordon, Michael Douglas for some inside baseball Hollywood stories.

DATE: Saturday, April 26

TIME: 5:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

Directed by Michael Chandler and Sheila Canavan. (USA) – World Premiere.

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank is a rare and intimate peek into the life of Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and first openly gay Congressman in the United States. On the verge of his retirement, Frank reflects on his 40 years in office and the role his own homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. A flawless example of when the personal meets the political, with incredible “bare all” access, this documentary reveals Frank as one of the most sharp-tongued, entertaining, and lionhearted politicians of our time.

After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with Barney Frank and Alec Baldwin about the politics of Washington, Barney’s life and career and what he plans to do in his retirement.

DATE: Sunday, April 27

TIME: 2:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Future of Film: The Story’s Edge – part of Tribeca Innovation Week

A Conversation with Aaron Sorkin

Writer and producer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Newsroom, The Social Network) in conversation with former Chief Presidential Speech Writer Jon Favreau about what it means to be moral in 2014, what we value as heroic in life and in fiction, and how film and television have documented our transition from an analogue to a digital world.

DATE: Monday, April 21

TIME: 6:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Your Brain on Story

Part one: “Jason Silva: Technologies of Immersion”

Filmmaker and futurist Jason Silva muses upon why and how humans are so hardwired for story and cinema, f

Part two: “Psychos We Love,”

A candid conversation about the ‘habits’ of successful psychopaths. Sounds crazy? Not really. Turns out, it’s not only screen psychos that we love. Many of the people we admire, and even elect as our leaders, share traits with psychopathic killers. Find out more as actor Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Terence Winter (“The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire”) discuss the connection between horror and humor and what makes a great screen villain with a neuroscientist, James Fallon, who not only studies the brains of serial killers, but has one himself.  Moderated by Cynthia McFadden (ABC News, Nightline Co Anchor)

DATE: Tuesday, April 22

TIME: 2:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2


All The News That’s Fit to Shoot, Print…or Tweet

Many say the birth of cable news, the 24-hour news cycle and then the internet have caused the demise of journalism.  On the flip side, our thirst for news and information has only become more intense in recent years. Citizen journalists, bloggers, and hybrids of journalism with everything from films to video games and viral videos are stepping up to answer the call. So who now sets the bar for journalistic ethics and in who’s voices (or cute cat videos) should we place our trust? Join Upworthy Co-Founder Eli Pariser, CEO and Co-Founder of Vice Shane Smith, and Executive Director of Witness Yvette Alberdingk Thijm. Moderated by filmmaker and journalist Perri Peltz.

DATE: Wednesday, April 23

TIME: 2:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Stories by Numbers

Almost everything we do creates a digital trail containing information about who we are, where we go, how we spend our time and money, and what we watch. Media and entertainment entities are increasingly able to use this information to tell rich data-driven stories or to decide what content to acquire or produce. But does betting on the ‘wisdom of crowds’ bode well or ill for future innovation in film, art and journalism? True believers and tech skeptics square off. Join show runner/writer Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), writer David Simon (“The Wire”), Anne Thompson, and a special guest from ESPN/FiveThirtyEight.com. Moderated by host of NPR’s The Takeaway John Hockenberry.

DATE: Thursday April 24th

TIME: 2.30pm

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

“Tribeca Talks: Industry” (Free event: Reserve tickets in advance at tribecafilm.com

Dolby Institute: The Art of Sound Design & Music

Ever since the creation of the talkie, sound in film has been evolving. The Dolby Institute brings together top sound designers to discuss what it really takes to create the sound of a film, and the army it takes just to hear a pin drop. Panelists will explore scenes from their work and divulge the strategy behind using sound as a storytelling tool.  Panelists include Academy Award® winning sound mixer Skip Lievsay (Gravity) and music supervisor Susan Jacobs (Silver Linings Playbook).

DATE: Friday, April 18

TIME: 2:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

The Cutting Room: An Insight to the Edit Suite

It’s said that a movie is made three times: once through a script, once on set, and finally in the edit room.  Join us to hear tales from the cutting room floor from longtime Martin Scorsese collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker as she discusses her incredible career.

DATE: Saturday, April 19

TIME: 2:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Shooting the Film: An Exploration of Cinematography

Cinematographers are responsible for some of the most breathtaking and memorable images on screen. Join us to hear cinematographers discuss their careers so far in the world of capturing images to tell a story, as well as describing how they shot some of their most famous scenes. Panelists All is Lost cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco Ballet 422 cinematographer Nick Bentgen and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind cinematographer Ellen Kuras.

DATE: Monday, April 21

TIME: 2:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

 

The Growth of Short Content

Filmmakers with a thirst for storytelling are saturating our digital media landscape with short content, changing the way we seek and consume media.  Hear some of the creators discuss the challenges faced in creating snappy, attention grabbing and informative content, and how to garner an audience outside of a theater.  Panelists include director, producer Morgan Spurlock and ESPN’s Dan Silver.

DATE: Saturday, April 26

TIME: 1:00 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

“Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” (Free)

Hosted by Barnes & Noble

The Repercussions of Truth

Storytelling involves the decision of how much truth to tell. The editing process incites the omission of information or facts. When focusing on true stories, filmmakers are still only able to tell us part of the story. How do they determine what their truth will be, and how much does the repercussion of truth factor into this decision?

Panelists include directors John Dower (Slaying the Badger), Tyler Measom (An Honest Liar), Justin Weinstein (An Honest Liar), directors Sam Cullman & Jennifer Grausman (Art and Craft). Moderated by Gordon Cox, Variety.

DATE: Friday, April 18

TIME: 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Barnes & Noble 33 E 17th Street at Union Square

Adaptation & Creation

From stage plays and books to original or adapted screenplays, filmmakers are constantly adapting and creating stories for the screen.  Join us for an exploration into the experience of filming work created from different content, and how true you should stay to the original text when shooting an adaptation or script you didn’t write.

Panelists include director/writer Stephen Belber (Match), director/writer Amy Berg (West of Memphis), director/writer Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them), director/writer Aaron Katez (Land Ho!), and director Adam Rapp (Loitering with Intent). Moderated by Mark Adams, Screen International.

DATE: Saturday, April 19

TIME: 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Barnes & Noble 33 E 17th Street at Union Square

Calling the Shots

Both documentary and narrative films constantly explore moving for social change in a variety of ways, either directly or indirectly. Whether it’s about human rights, the environmental or personal change, these films are at the forefront of today’s cinema and have a new and unique opportunity to affect change in society.

Panelists include director/writer Ira Sachs (Love is Strange), director Orlando von Einseidel (Virunga) and director Marshall Curry (Point and Shoot).

DATE: Sunday, April 20

TIME: 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Barnes & Noble 33 E 17th Street at Union Square

 

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

Shooting and scoring

A conversation about the particular art in creating authentic sports stories - from non-fiction material to heart stopping hits that satisfy hardcore fans while also connecting with broader audiences. Featuring director, Peter Berg best known for his hit TV series and film, Friday Night Lights and for the recent sports doc series, State of Play which illuminates the intersection of sports and sports culture with wider society in 2014 America.

DATE: Friday, April 25

TIME: 8:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

30 for 30: Soccer Stories

The Opposition

Directed by Ezra Edelman and Jeffrey Plunkett (USA/Chile) – World Premiere.  In the wake of the 1973 military coup in Chile, American-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet transformed Santiago’s National Stadium into a concentration camp where political opponents were tortured and assassinated.  Only months later, that same stadium was scheduled to host a decisive World Cup qualifier between Chile and the Soviet Union.  Despite protests, FIFA’s own investigation, and the Soviets’ eventual boycott, the Chilean team still played the game as planned, qualifying for the 1974 World Cup on a goal scored against no one.

Maradona '86

Directed by Sam Blair, Executive Produced by John Battsek (USA) – World Premiere. In the 1986 World Cup, Diego Armando Maradona redefined what is possible for one man to accomplish on the soccer field. Already a figure of notoriety, but with one failed World Cup behind him, Argentinian Maradona took possession of the international stage in Mexico, the spotlight rarely drifting from him as he wrote an indelible history with his feet and, of course, with a “hand from God.” Delivered with passion and intelligence, Maradona ‘86 is a fascinating, evocative, and operatic portrait, revealing Maradona’s inner complexity and contradictions while basking in the joy and passion of his performance on the pitch, as he wrote his name on soccer history forever.       

After the Movie: filmmakers Ezra Edelman, Daniel Battsek and ESPN speak about the films and the upcoming World Cup

DATE: Sunday, April 20

TIME: 2:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

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