Indiewire is once again partnering with Apple to host the Meet the Filmmakers Tribeca Talks Series in partnership with the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The talks, running from this Friday, April 20 through April 27 at the Apple Store on West 14th St, will feature in-depth conversations with leading filmmakers, producers and actors. Participants include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emily Blunt, Morgan Spurlock, Freida Pinto, Lynn Shelton, Jason Bateman, Julie Delpy, Will Arnett and 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 West 14th St (401 W 14th Street in New York City).
Friday, April 20th
Director Brad Hall and Actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 7 p.m.
Louis-Dreyfus and Hall will discuss their short film “Picture Paris.” The comedy follows a suburban mother planning a trip to Paris in order to deal with her empty nest syndrome, only to watch as things go hilariously awry. Moderator: Peter Knegt.
Director Lynn Shelton and Actors Rosemarie DeWitt and Emily Blunt: 8 p.m.
The director and her stars will discuss “Your Sister’s Sister.” In the film, Jack (Mark Duplass) is mourning the loss of his brother a year after his death. His late brother’s ex-girlfriend, Iris (Blunt) tries to help Jack by sending him to her family home in San Juan. There Jack strikes up a relationship with Iris’ sister Hanna (DeWitt), who is also staying at the home. However, a situation arises when Iris also makes a trip out to the home. Moderator: Eric Kohn.
Saturday, April 21st
Director Bradley Rust Gray and Actor Riley Keough: 6 p.m.
Gray and Keough will discuss the lesbian horror romance “Jack and Diane.” Two girls, tomboy Jack and bubbly Diane, fall in love one summer in New York City. But when Diane reveals that she will be leaving for New York, their relationship becomes strained. Diane tries to keep their romance alive while trying to hide the dark and violent visions that have begun to plague her. Moderator: Matt Singer.
Director Morgan Spurlock, Actors Jason Bateman and Will Arnett and Producer Ben Silverman: 7 p.m.
Spurlock will be discussing his latest documentary “Mansome” with executive producers Bateman, Arnett and Silverman. The film explores contemporary male grooming and what it means to be a man in a time of chest waxing and male pedicures. Moderator: Dana Harris.
Sunday, April 22nd
Director Brian Dannelly and Actor/Writer Chris Colfer: 5 p.m.
Dannelly and Colfer discuss “Struck by Lightning.” Written by the young actor himself, the film stars Colfer as a young teen journalist who recounts the last few weeks of his life before he is killed by a bolt of lightning. Moderator: Tim Stack (Entertainment Weekly).
Director Chris Keneally and assorted industry experts: 6 p.m.
Keneally and film industry experts will discuss Keneally’s documentary “Side by Side.” The film explores how the industry has changed over the last several years and features interviews with James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan and Andy and Lana Wachowski. Moderator: Chris Dorr.
Monday, April 23nd
Director Frederic Jardin: 6 p.m.
Jardin will discuss his crime thriller “Sleepless Night.” The film follows a French cop over the course of one night as he tries to return drugs to a drug lord in order to save the life of his son. Moderator: Boyd van Hoeij.
Tuesday, April 24th
Director Lee Kirk and Actor Jenna Fischer: 6 p.m.
Kirk’s film “Giant Mechanical Man” stars Fischer as a Janice, unemployed woman living with her sister. She meets a street performer who works as a “living statue,” and the two develop a relationship only to find it threatened by the meddling of Janice’s sister. Moderator: Alison Willmore.
Wednesday, April 25th
Director Andrew Semans, Producer Vinay Singh and Cast of “Nancy, Please”: 6 p.m.
Semans Singh and cast members will discuss “Nancy, Please,” which finds a Yale graduate student attempting to retrieve an annotated copy of Charles Dickens’ “Little Dorrit” from his ex-roommate. Moderator: Nigel Smith.
Thursday, April 26th
Actor Freida Pinto: 6 p.m.
Pinto will discuss “Trishna,” Michael Winterbottom’s Indian adaptation of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles.” Pinto plays a peasant woman who falls in love with a young British businessman only to face social and cultural pressure. Additionally, Trishna’s lover reveals himself to be more and more sadistic. Moderator: Melissa Silverstein.
Friday, April 27th
Director/Actor Julie Delpy: 7 p.m.
Delpy will discuss “Two Days in New York,” her follow-up to 2007’s “Two Days in Paris.” Delpy stars as Marion, a French photographer living in New York married to a radio DJ (Chris Rock). They are launched into two days of mayhem when Marion’s family arrives to stay with the couple. Moderator: Rodrigo Perez.