Apple and indieWIRE are once again pleased to present Filmmaker Talks at the Apple Store, SoHo during the upcoming 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, April 22 to May 3. All events are free and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Guests are invited to arrive early at the Apple Store, Soho (103 Prince Street in New York City) to hear the following directors, producers and actors speak about their work:
Spike Lee: Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
The Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor, writer, director, and producer speaks to us about “Passing Strange,” which brings the hit Broadway rock musical to the screen, and “Kobe Doin’ Work,” his documentary about Kobe Bryant. Both films screen at Tribeca.
Natalie Portman: Friday, April 24, 3:30 p.m.
Natalie Portman joins CEO Christine Aylward on the stage of the Apple Store, SoHo, to discuss their new web project—MakingOf—a site that promises to transform the way people view, enjoy, and participate in entertainment.
Dan Fogler: Friday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.
Dan Fogler The Tony Award–winning actor (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Balls of Fury,” “Fanboys”) makes his directorial debut with “Hysterical Psycho,” which screens at this year’s festival. The film takes place at the Moonlake Inn Motel, where supernatural chaos thrives.
Lee Daniels: Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
A talented director (“Shadowboxer”) and producer (“The Woodsman”), Daniels produced the much-heralded “Monster’s Ball,” for which Halle Berry won an Academy Award for Best Actress. During his Meet the Filmmakers discussion, Daniels speaks about his career, including his latest film, “Precious,” which tells the story of Precious Jones, a Harlem teen struggling for a better life.
So Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray: Saturday, April 25, 4:00 p.m.
So Yong Kim and Bradley Rust Gray Writers, film editors, directors, producers, and spouses — the talented team have collaborated on numerous films. Here, they discuss Kim’s “Treeless Mountain,” a semi-autobiographical film about abandonment, and Gray’s “The Exploding Girl,” making its North American premiere at Tribeca.
Ti West: Saturday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.
Ti West A multitalented film director (“Trigger Man,” “The Roost”), Ti West has also served as an actor, cinematographer, producer, and writer. He’ll speak about his new film, “The House of the Devil,” a Tribeca selection that stars Jocelin Donahue as a babysitter with demon-friendly clients.
Connor Mcpherson: Sunday, April 26, 5:00 p.m.
Hear the Tony Award–nominated playwright (“The Seafarer,” “Shining City”) discuss his latest film and Tribeca selection, “The Eclipse.” One of Ireland’s most celebrated living playwrights, McPherson wrote and directed “The Eclipse,” which stars Aidan Quinn, Ciarán Hinds, and Iben Hjejle in a supernatural drama about a widower who suspects his house is haunted.
Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Carlos Cuarón: Monday, April 27, 5:00 p.m.
Reuniting with his collaborators in “Y Tu Mamá También,” Cuarón wrote and directed “Rudo y Cursi.” The director’s first full-length film stars Bernal and Luna as brothers whose desire to excel as professional soccer players often finds them battling one another on and off the field.
Gabriel Noble: Monday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.
The director and producer of documentary films, including “I Won’t Love You to Death” and “Autumn’s Eyes,” Noble discusses his latest project and Tribeca selection, “P-Star Rising.” The film tells the story of a single father determined to see his young daughter realize his own dream of being a rap star.
Atom Egoyan: Monday, April 27, 8:00 p.m.
Nominated for two Academy Awards for “The Sweet Hereafter,” Egoyan discusses “Adoration,” which Sony Pictures Classics releases in May. In the film, a young student translating a news story about a terrorist uncovers the truth about his own family history.
Eric Bana: Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
The actor (“Black Hawk Down,” “Munich,” “The Other Boleyn Girl”) makes his directorial debut in “Love the Beast.” The Tribeca documentary selection tells the story of Bana’s 25-year love affair with “the beast,” his Ford GT Falcon Coupe. It premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 29.
Kirby Dick: Thursday, April 30, 5:00 p.m.
The Academy Award-nominated documentary film director (“Twist of Faith”) discusses his new film, “Outrage,” which enjoys its world premiere at this year’s festival. The film highlights the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who campaign against the gay community.
Nia Vardalos and Donald Petrie: Friday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.
Hear Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and director Donald Petrie (“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”) discuss their new romantic comedy, “My Life in Ruins.” In the film, Vardalos plays a discouraged tour guide who begins to see things in new ways, finding her kefi — Greek for mojo — in the process. The Fox Searchlight film opens in June.