Documentary filmmaking is no walk in the park. The demanding conditions, inexhaustible research, mobile subjects, and sometimes impossible access is enough to make any documentarian's head spin. Even the most weathered of the bunch will run into obstacles, but with a few tricks and the correct preparation and equipment, nothing is unattainable. Join Alexandra Codina (Monica & David), Thorkell Hardarson (Feathered Cocaine), Danish director Michael Madsen (Into Eternity), Jon Small (Last Play at Shea), and reps from Panavision as they discuss the joys and the dramas of capturing true stories. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Georg Szalai. | Read More
As the landscape of nonfiction film continues to evolve in today's complex market, the documentary form has taken on a more central role in filmmaking around the world. For more than 20 years, Sheila Nevins and HBO Documentary Films have been at the forefront of exposing innovative new documentary films to a wider audience. Join us for a conversation with Sheila Nevins to hear her perspective with Tribeca's own Geoff Gilmore, as they candidly discuss why documentaries are more important today than ever before. | Read More
Filmmakers know what's important in making their film: the best script, the best actors, and getting the biggest bang for every dollar spent on production. Whether it's $100,000 or $100 million, managing resources and getting the utmost creative impact out of the budget is key. Attend this panel with SAP, the world's leading software company to the major film studios, as they show you a solution that can help guide independent filmmakers and producers through the bumpy roads of filmmaking from pre-production through post-production. Join Craig Cohen, producer of Beware the Gonzo, Jen Gatien, producer of Meskada,
Jordan Horowitz, producer of Meet Monica Velour, and SAP representatives as they discuss what to do after your film is financed and how the right software can be your A+ support system through thick and thin. Moderated by SAP's Scott Barrows. | Read More
Depending on who you ask, the landscape of film distribution is changing either for the better or worse. So which is it? Is the sky really falling on the film industry? Join filmmakers, sales agents, and distributors in a discussion about enabling independent film and filmmakers to reach audiences and make money in this digital landscape. Panelists include Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures, Ted Hope, producer/partner of This Is That Productions, Efe Cakarel, founder and CEO of The Auteurs, Arvind Ethan David, CEO of Slingshot Studios and producer of The Infidel, Paul Cohen, president of Red Hills Releasing, Nikkole Denson-Randolph, VP of specialty and alternative content for AMC Theatres, and Marc Simon, partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. Moderated by Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises. | Read More
There are a million and one ways to tell a story, and twice as many stories to tell. Whether it's a comedy, romance, noir, horror, or sci-fi, the look of a film has a major role in determining and defining the tone. But does the visual style define genre or does genre dictate visual style? The collaboration of directors and cinematographers results in the ability to capture and convey narrative through the use of shadow, darkness, and light. The gasp of fear or a feeling of nostalgia can be achieved by a gel on a lens or the framing of the scene. Join writer/director Lee Isaac Chung(Lucky Life), writer/direct Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), Jon Kilik (producer of Babel and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), cinematographers Nancy Schreiberand (Every Day) and Lance Acord (Where the Wild Things Are, Lost in Translation), and other TFF filmmakers and cinematographers in a discussion that proves there is always more than meets the eye. Moderated by Filmmaker Magazine's Brandon Harris.
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As cinemas replace 35mm projectors with digital equipment, it literally upends the old-fashioned indie release model. From virtual red carpet premieres and talent Q&As, to releasing indie film series and concerts/events, Cinedigm's digital theatrical distribution allows producers and talent to connect with fans in ways that have never been utilized before. Make sure you fully realize the enormous impact of the global digital cinema conversion on both revenue downstreams and release opportunities. Learn from Cinedigm's experienced team and outside producers how you can benefit from digital theatrical distribution. Panelists include producer Mark Ehrenkranz of the NY Film Critics Series; Jonathan Dern, award-winning producer of live 3-D programming, concerts, and animation; and J. Todd Harris, producer of Bottle Shock, The Kids Are Alright, and Crooked Arrows. Moderated by Michele Martell, COO of Cinedigm Entertainment Group. | Read More
Julian Schnabel, renowned artist and director of Basquiat, Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, and Lou Reed's Berlin (TFF '07) will discuss his previous work and show a clip from his new film, Miral, due out this fall. In conversation with Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. | Read More
Whether it's a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, or songwriter, crossing the line from page to screen is no easy feat. Hear the difficulties and triumphs of the process from some of the best jacks-of-all-trades in the biz. Panelists include Nice Guy Johnny writer/director Edward Burns and Snap writer/director and playwright Carmel Winters. Moderated by The New Yorker's Susan Orlean. | Read More
It's one thing to write a film based on a book or play, but when your subject is a real person, the attention to detail from script to screen is supreme. Movie magic can bring history to life, but some filmmakers change the way we look at the traditional biopic along the way. Panelists include sex & drugs & rock & roll writer Paul Viragh and director Mat Whitecross, My Queen Karo writer/director Dorothée van den Berghe, and The Chameleon director/cowriter Jean-Paul Salomé. Moderated by Marie Claire film critic Caryn James. | Read More
Shaped by the sights, sounds, and characters abuzz in its boroughs, New York is the antithesis of a cookie-cutter city. How do filmmakers approach this ever-changing landscape to render our hometown and its ultra-contrasting neighborhoods? Panelists include Arias With a Twist director Bobby Sheehan and performer Joey Arias, Monogamy writer/director Dana Adam Shapiro, The Woodmans director C. Scott Willis, Monogamy actor Chris Messina, and actor/writer Hill Harper. Moderated by NY1's Budd Mishkin. | Read More
Like most high schoolers, Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel, Tropic Thunder) is having an identity crisis. What differentiates Leon, however, is that he believes he is the reincarnation of Soviet thinker Leon Trotksy and predestined to follow the same path as his namesake. Tackling issues from students' rights to semi-formal dances, this "revolutionary" comedy will have you united in laughter. | Read MoreComedy
Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andrés Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a fanatical love of soccer. Andrés grew up to become one of Colombia's most beloved players, while Pablo became the most notorious drug baron of all time. While adeptly investigating the secret marriage of crime and sports, Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist (Favela Rising, TFF '05) reveal the surprising connections between the murders of Andrés and Pablo. | Read MoreCrime, Sports, Documentary
A glowing, prismatic portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer—Halston—the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became the emperor of NYC nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello, and Billy Joel, among others) round out this glittering evocation of the man who defined the most beautiful and decadent era of recent memory.
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Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) takes an in-depth look at New York governor and "Sheriff of Wall Street" Eliot Spitzer, whom many believed was on his way to becoming president. Shockingly, Spitzer's meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when he was caught seeing prostitutes. And as the Sheriff fell, so did the financial markets…. With unique access to friends and enemies of the ex-governor, this documentary explores the hidden contours of this tale of hubris, sex, and power.
Please note: 'Untitled Eliot Spitzer Film' will screen as a work in progress. | Read MoreDocumentary
With the geometric, Bauhaus-inspired hairdstyles he pioneered in the '60s and his "wash and wear" philosophy that liberated generations of women from the tyranny of the salon, Vidal Sassoon revolutionized the art of hairdressing. This fun, fast-paced documentary traces with visual gusto the life of a self-made man whose passion and perseverance took him from a Jewish orphanage in London to the absolute pinnacle of his craft. | Read MoreDocumentary