The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off tonight with the world premiere of Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, and you can expect some extensive coverage care of indieWIRE.com from here on in.
Yesterday, Howard Feinstein wrote up his choices for the ten relatively underhyped films to look out for at the fest, while Eugene Hernandez covered the festival’s opening conference, and spoke with fest co-founder Jane Rosenthal. The festival also announced a celeb heavy jury, which includes Meg Ryan, Uma Thurman, Whoopi Goldberg, Todd Haynes, Morgan Spurlock, Brian Williams, Adrien Brody, Melissa Leo, Parker Posey, Rachael Ray, Thomas Haden Church. James Franco, Mary Harron, Debra Messing, Mary-Kate Olsen, Bobby Cannavale and Rachel Maddow.
I would pay serious money to watch footage of the narrative short jury deliberations: Thomas Haden Church, James Franco, Mary Harron, Debra Messing and Mary-Kate Olsen discussing the worth of “Love Does Go On Trees,” a fictional film about the pre-internet world of porn.
indieWIRE and Apple’s Tribeca Talks start tonight as well at the Apple Store in SoHo, with Spike Lee the first speaker. Tilda Swinton (moderated by John Cameron Mitchell!), Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna (together) and Natalie Portman (separate) are some of the other major highlights.
Last year’s talks were really fantastic, as best exemplified by Amy Poehler and Fred Armisen: