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Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Ballad," "Despicable Dick" and "Black Butterflies"

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire April 15, 2011 at 3:07AM

In anticipation of the 10th Tribeca Film Festival which kicks off April 20th, indieWIRE is again spotlighting emerging (and some veteran) filmmakers screening new work at this year's event.
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Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Ballad," "Despicable Dick" and "Black Butterflies"
Images courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival.

In anticipation of the 10th Tribeca Film Festival which kicks off April 20th, indieWIRE is again spotlighting emerging (and some veteran) filmmakers screening new work at this year's event.

Friday's new director interviews include profiles of Marie Losier ("The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye," Viewpoints), Joshua Neale ("Despicable Dick and Righteous Richard," World Documentary Competiton) and Paula Van Der Oest ("Black Butterflies," World Narrative Competition).

In the days leading up to the festival, indieWIRE is focusing on directors with work in TFF's Narrative Feature Competition, World Documentary Competition and its new Viewpoints sidebar, which the festival describes as a "snapshot of international independent cinema that immerses audiences in distinctive perspectives."

indieWIRE will continue to publish three new Tribeca interviews Monday through Saturday up to the beginning of the festival.

Soon after Tribeca unveiled its 2011 lineup, indieWIRE invited directors screening their work in Tribeca's narrative, doc and Viewpoints sections to talk about their work in their own words. Get to know this year's crop of filmmakers by learning about their projects from the people who know it first-hand.

A snapshot of Friday's three featured interviews:

Experimental filmmaker Marie Losier spent seven years making her first feature, "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye," a love story between pioneering musician and performance artists Genesis P-Orridge and soul mate Lady Jaye. "I first saw Genesis perform seven years ago, at the Knitting Factory, the now legendary club in Tribeca," Losier told indieWIRE. "Watching him perform was pure enchantment. His words from the stage hovered somewhere between song and speech, deeply poetic, primitive, at times frightful. It completely hypnotized me. I knew immediately, I had to film this perplexing and powerful figure, perhaps as a way of understanding what I had experienced."

Joshua Neale's soulful tale of redemption, "Despicable Dick and Righteous Richard," tracks silver-tongued Richard Kuchera's road to recovery after 20 years of doing his loved ones wrong. "Richard is actually the Dad of a good friend of mine, Kelli, who appears in the film," Neale revealed to indieWIRE. "I’d visited her in San Francisco and between her and her old friends from SD I heard incredible tales of ‘Dick’ and his bizarre behavior. He seemed liked a character from one of the great American novels or movies. Larger than life, both hero and anti-hero."

"Black Book" star Carice van Houten stars as Ingrid Jonker, South Africa's Sylvia Plath, in Paula Van der Oest's moving true story, "Black Butterflies." "Years ago, I saw a Dutch documentary about the life of Ingrid Jonker," Oest told indieWIRE. "She is a well-known poet in South Africa who became world famous when Nelson Mandela read her poem “The child that was shot dead by soldiers in Nyanga” at the opening of the first democratically elected parliament in 1994. The producer of that documentary developed a script for a feature film and approached me."

Friday's full-length Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/15):

"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye," Director Marie Losier

"Despicable Dick and Righteous Richard," Director Joshua Neale

"Black Butterflies" Director Paula Van Der Oest


Thursday's Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/14):

"The Miners' Hymns" Director Bill Morrison

"The Carrier" Director Maggie Betts

"She Monkeys" Director Lisa Aschan


Wednesday's Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/13):

"Marathon Boy" Director Gemma Atwal

"Blackthorn" Director Mateo Gil

"Maria My Love" Director Jasmine McGlade Chazelle


Tuesday's Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/12):

"The Journals of Musan" Director Park Jungburn

"Jesus Henry Christ" Director Dennis Lee

"Our School" Directors Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma


Monday's Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/11):

"Love During Wartime" Director Gabriella Bier

"Artificial Paradises" Director Yulene Olaizola

"Magic Valley" Director Jaffe Zin


Friday's Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/8):

"Koran by Heart" Director Greg Parker

"Love Always, Carolyn" Directors Maria Ramström, Malin Korkeasal

"The Kite" Director Prashant Bhargava


Thursday's Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/7):

"Lotus Eaters" Director Alexandra McGuiness

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" Director David Gelb

"The Last Rites of Joe May" Director Joseph Maggio


Wednesday's Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/6):

"Cinema Komunisto" Director Mila Turajlic

"Turn Me On, Goddammit" Director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen

"Gnarr" Director Gaukur Ulfarsson


Tuesday's Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/5):

"Angels Crest" Director Gaby Dellal

"Donor Unknown" Director Jerry Rothwell

"Bombay Beach" Director Alma Har'el

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