Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler in “Schindler’s List.”
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By Frances Scanlon
Bet your last screen-shot that a super-sleeper debuting at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival – 25 years hence – will be celebrated with great fan-fare.
Cut to the cinematic classic close-up: the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” the 35th anniversary of Brian De Palma’s “Scarface” and the restoration and 25th anniversary of Alexandre Rockwell’s “In The Soup” will be celebrated, along with a fantasia of daring, drama and oh so-much-make-believe beginning today and extending through April 29.
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Take your pick: grab a seat to eye-witness epic reunions: Spielberg with Liam Neeson, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Embeth Davidtz (April 26); De Palma’s rejoinder with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer (April 19), not to mention Rockwell’s re-visit with Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Beals, Sam Rockwell and Director of Photography Phil Parmet (April 24).
That’s mighty foreplay for what this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, has on its very own view-finder movie carousel: the Tribeca Talks Directors Series, Masterclasses and a new program – The Journey.
Embeth Davidtz, in the role of Helen Hirsch, and Liam Neeson in “Schindler’s List.” COURTESY OF AMBLIN PARTNERS
A non-stop favorite, The Tribeca Talks program returns this year featuring an exciting lineup of discussions with acclaimed filmmakers, artists, entertainers, and icons. Groundbreaking filmmakers participating in the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series include Alexander Payne, Lesli Linka Glatter, Jason Reitman, Laura Poitras, and Nancy Meyers. Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, which spotlights pioneering creators who work across mediums to tell their stories, will feature an eclectic lineup of entertainers including Bradley Cooper, Alec Baldwin, Spike Lee, John Legend, Edward Burns, and Jamie Foxx. Debuting this year is Tribeca Talks: The Journey, which will feature a conversation with Sarah Jessica Parker about her career path across multiple endeavors.
“As we welcome new filmmakers to the Tribeca community, it is a great time to pause and take a look back at master filmmakers and some of their singular works that have changed filmmaking and influenced popular culture,” said Paula Weinstein, EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. “Our anniversary screenings and our Talks allow a rare behind the scenes look at the creative process – be it director, actor, songwriter – we give our audiences a window into the thoughts and inspiration of the best story tellers working today.”
The Tribeca Talks: Master Class, focuses on specific sectors of the filmmaking process and this year will present Writing & Showrunning for TV from the prolific creator duo Robert and Michelle King and Executive Producers from “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Steve Bodow and Jennifer Flanz. There will also be a Sound & Music Design for Film Master Class with Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Institute.
Tribeca Talks: The Future of Film unveils the promising intersection of storytelling and technology and how innovations like Blockchain technology and Artificial Intelligence are influencing the industry. Rounding out the Talks program, and part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, is a conversation with the team from the “30 for 30” podcast series on bikram yoga.
“A key component of the creative community the Festival fosters is celebrating and learning from some of the all-time greats in our industry,” said Cara Cusumano, Tribeca’s Director of Programming. “Tribeca’s Talks and Reunions expand the movies beyond the screen through these illuminating live events with some of today’s most engaging cinematic voices.”
This year’s Slate also debuts “Time’s Up,” with its inaugural New York event during the Tribeca Film Festival. The program will feature compelling conversations with activists, filmmakers, storytellers, lawyers, and more discussing how we got here, the women who came before us to make this work possible, and what’s next for Time’s Up and beyond. Taking part will be early Time’s Up supporters such as Ashley Judd and Julianne Moore as well as Fatima Goss Graves (National Women’s Law Center), Robin Morgan (celebrated poet and activist), Mónica Ramírez (Alianza Nactional de Campesinas), among others.
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