The Tribeca Film Festival, like many other fests, has revealed an interest in television, launching the Tune In program to showcase great episodic content to come. We’ve covered what’s in the works with the initial announcement, but there’s so much content that you might appreciate us narrowing it down — just a little bit.
“Mr. Robot”: Ultimate Hacker Challenge
When: Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17
Where: Spring Studios, 6 St. Johns Lane
USA’s breakout hit made a splash at last year’s festival, and this year the show returns with an interactive experience that includes (courtesy of USA’s descriptions):
• Lock Picking Village – The ability to pick locks can be a superpower in the right circumstance. Attendees will learn the basics, test out hardware and even pit newly acquired skills against other hackers.
• Hardware Hacking – There’s more to machines than that instruction packet is willing to admit. With a few skills, amateurs can unlock the hidden potential of various gadgets.
• Privacy – Time to turn the tables. Fans will be given the tools to protect ones digital identity, even in the age of near-ubiquitous surveillance.
• Bio Hacking – The final technological frontier. Attendees will be challenged to take evolution into their own hands and discover ways to use technology for the greater good.
• fsociety Recruitment Challenge – Visitors will prove whether they have the knowledge and skills to land amongst the ranks of fsociety, the fictitious hacker group depicted in “Mr. Robot.”
All of this sounds like potentially great fun, to support a truly great series.
“The Good Wife” – A Farewell (CBS)
When: Sunday 4/17, 5pm
Where: John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts
Dig into “The Good Wife,” and you’ll discover a show rich with great character work and measured — but still shocking — storytelling. With the official announcement that Season 7 will be the last, all eyes are on the one show that’s been able to consistently represent broadcast television in the awards race over the course of its run. With Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski and show creators Robert & Michelle King among those promised, this screening and panel should be a delight.
Tribeca Talks: Storytellers — Tina Fey With Damian Holbrook
When: Sunday 4/19, 6:00pm
Where: JZT @ BMCC
Tina Fey represents the sort of great performer who transcends platforms, but we’ll never forget her indelible work on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.” That’s not why she’s talking to TV Guide’s Damian Holbrook, though. As documented in Fey’s book “Bossypants” and elsewhere, Holbrook and Fey have been friends for decades, to the point where Holbrook is the official namesake for the character of Damian in “Mean Girls.” Thus, this conversation promises to be intimate and also charming. We can’t wait.
Series Finale: “Six Feet Under” (HBO)
When: Tuesday 4/19, 4:30pm
Where: SVA Theatre 1
HBO’s mortuary family drama captivated fans for its five seasons, and the final moments of the finale will stand the test of time as one of TV’s greatest ever endings. What better way to acknowledge its 15th anniversary than with a retrospective screening with creator Alan Ball’s live commentary, moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz? This promises to be legitimately unforgettable.
“O.J.: Made in America” Marathon Miniseries Screening (ESPN Films)
When: Saturday 4/23, 11:00am
Where: Regal Battery Park 8
Did you get addicted to “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” this spring? Or were you turned off by the attempt to make fact into fiction? Either way, you’re going to want to check out Ezra Edelman’s five-part documentary series on Simpson’s life, before, during and after the trial that made the man into a global figure. And what better way to do so than with this day-long binge? ESPN is presenting the full miniseries at Tribeca — with snacks! — and it should get real about the man who kept the world captivated in an incredible way.
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