Apple & indieWIRE are once again joining forces to host the Meet the Filmmakers series of conversations during the upcoming 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. The events, which run from April 23 to May 1 at the Apple Store in SoHo, will feature in-depth conversations with leading filmmakers, producers and actors. Participants this year include: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Neil Jordan, Catherine Keener, Ed Burns, Andy Serkis, Patricia Clarkson, Naomi Watts, a leading group of film producers, and many more.
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).
The Future of Filmmaking: Where Is It and Where Is It Going?: Friday, April 23, 5:00 p.m.
A panel of acclaimed producers discuss the state of filmmaking today and where it’s headed tomorrow. Panelists include Karin Chien (winner, 2010 Piaget Producers Award), Lisa Cortes (producer of the Oscar-nominated “Precious”), Mynette Louie (producer of the award-winning film “Children of Invention”), Jason Kliot (leading producer of indie films), Jay Van Hoy (producer of “Old Joy” and “Treeless Mountain”), and Mary Jane Skalski (producer of “Mysterious Skin,” “The Visitor”, and “Dare”). Moderator: Eugene Hernandez
Director Bryan Goluboff and Actors Ezra Miller and Zoë Kravitz: Friday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.
The talented writer-director discusses his new teen comedy, “Beware the Gonzo.” The film stars Ezra Miller as Eddie “Gonzo” Gilman, who is kicked off his school paper by editor Gavin Riley (Jesse McCartney). Bent on revenge, Gonzo starts his own underground newspaper with surprising results. Moderator: Matt Singer (IFC TV)
Director Ruba Nadda and Actor Patricia Clarkson: Saturday, April 24, 5:00 p.m.
Join the acclaimed filmmaker and the lead actor of the romantic drama “Cairo Time.” In the film, Clarkson plays Juliette, a magazine editor who travels to Cairo to meet her husband for a vacation. When he is unavoidably delayed, he sends his friend Tareq to escort her through the beautiful and exotic city, leading to an unexpected love affair. Moderator: Brian Brooks
Director Shinya Tsukamoto and Actor Eric Bossick: Saturday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.
Cult Japanese filmmaker Tsukamoto discusses “Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” — the third and only English-language film in his “Tetsuo” series. The original film, “Tetsuo: The Iron Man,” is hailed as one of the greatest Japanese cyberpunk movies of all time. This third installment follows Anthony, an American working in Tokyo, as he makes the agonizing transformation into Tetsuo when his son is killed. Moderator: Nicholas Rucka (Midnighteye.com)
Director Rodrigo García and Actors Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts: Sunday, April 25, 5:00 p.m.
Writer-director García (“Nine Lives”) speaks about his latest drama, “Mother and Child.” The film tells the story of three women who have all been profoundly affected by adoption. Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington star in this moving film about forgiveness, the choices we make, the chances we miss, the opportunities we seize, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and child. Moderator: Donna Freydkin (USA Today)
Director Mat Whitecross and Actor Andy Serkis: Sunday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.
Join “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” director Mat Whitecross as he discusses his biopic of musician Ian Dury (of the new-wave band The Blockheads), starring BAFTA-nominated actor Andy Serkis in the role of Dury. The film follows Dury’s rise to fame and documents his personal battle with a physical disability caused by having contracted polio during childhood. Moderator: Aaron Hillis (GreenCine, LA Weekly, Time Out New York, Village Voice)
Director Nicole Holofcener and Actors Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, and Rebecca Hall: Monday, April 26, 5:00 p.m.
The writer-director of “Friends with Money” discusses her new dramatic comedy “Please Give,” which follows a couple (Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt) patiently waiting for their elderly next-door neighbor to pass away so they can expand their own apartment. But unexpected relationships with the neighbor’s granddaughters (Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall) complicate their plans. Moderator: Donna Freydkin (USA Today)
Ed Burns: Monday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
The accomplished actor and director (“Purple Violets,” “The Brothers McMullen”) talks about his new romantic dramedy, Nice Guy Johnny. The film follows Johnny, a baby-faced 24-year-old who’s about to trade his dream job for something that will pay enough to please his fiancée. Enter Uncle Terry (Burns), a womanizer set on instigating an eye-opening fling for his nephew. Moderator: Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly)
Thomas Balmès: Monday, April 26, 8:00 p.m.
Award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès discusses his latest documentary, “Babies.” The film simultaneously follows four babies around the world — from birth to first steps. Redefining the nonfiction art form, “Babies” joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all. Moderator: Eugene Hernandez
Emily and Sarah Kunstler: Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.
The sisters discuss “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe” — their powerful documentary about the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer William Kunstler. The film recounts the historic causes Kunstler fought for, revealing a man who risked public outrage and the safety of his family to promote justice for all. Moderator: Eugene Hernandez
Director Dev Benegal and Actors Abhay Deol, Satish Kaushik, and Tannishthah Chatterjee: Tuesday, April 27, 8:00 p.m.
Benegal (“English,” “August”) discusses “Road, Movie,” a film he directed and produced. It stars Abhay Deol as Vishnu, a young man who — upon being forced into joining the family business — embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Visually stunning, the film has been called the Indian “Cinema Paradiso.” Moderator: Aseem Chhabra (Mumbai Mirror, India Abroad, Rediff.com)
Thomas Ikimi and Idris Elba: Wednesday, April 28, 5:00 p.m.
Multitalented filmmaker Thomas Ikimi and actor Idris Elba (“The Wire”) discuss their psychological thriller, “Legacy.” In the film, Elba plays black ops soldier Malcolm Gray, who returns to a Brooklyn hotel after a failed mission in Eastern Europe, where he undergoes an intense journey on a quest for personal retribution. Ikimi wrote, directed, produced, and edited the film. Moderator Ben Lyons (“Access Hollywood,” “Good Morning America”)
Craig Teper: Wednesday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
Director Craig Teper takes the stage to discuss “Vidal Sassoon The Movie,” his documentary detailing the life of famed hairstylist and businessman Sir Vidal Sassoon. Produced by Bumble and Bumble founder Michael Gordon, the film began as a personal tribute to Sassoon as he was approaching his 80th birthday, and grew into a major initiative to capture Sassoon’s life. Moderator: Eugene Hernandez
Neil Jordan: Thursday, April 29, 5:00 p.m.
Join Neil Jordan (“The Crying Game,” “The Brave One”) as he discusses his new fantasy-drama, Ondine. Starring Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda, the film tells the story of an Irish fisherman named Syracuse (Farrell) who discovers Ondine in his fishing net and believes her to be a mermaid. But as Syracuse and his daughter get to know Ondine, they realize that enchantment and darkness go hand in hand. Moderator: Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood)
Tarik Saleh: Thursday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
The Egyptian-Swedish writer-director speaks about his animated science-fiction film “Metropia,” a futuristic look at a terrifying Europe where the world is running out of oil. Saleh and his collaborators used an innovative technique in which actual photographs were altered and heavily stylized in a computer program, and then animated. Moderator: Eric Kohn (indieWIRE)
The Directors of Freakonomics: Friday, April 30, 6:00 p.m.
Join Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock, Seth Gordon, Alex Gibney, Heidi Ewing, and Rachel Grady as they discuss their documentary film collaboration, “Freakonomics,” in which they each interpret a different chapter of the best-selling book by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Moderator: Eugene Hernandez
Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Friday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.
The French auteur behind “Delicatessen” and “Amélie” discusses his latest film, “Micmacs.” The story follows Bazil (“Dany Boon,” “Joyeux Noël”), raised as an orphan, who now has a bullet lodged in his brain from a previous mishap. Gentle-natured and kind, he exacts a revenge plot against the giant weapons manufacturers responsible for his accident. It’s a whimsical David and Goliath story, reminiscent of Buster Keaton. Moderator: David Schwartz (Museum of the Moving Image)