By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire April 18, 2011 at 3:17AM
In anticipation of the 10th Tribeca Film Festival which kicks off this Wednesday, indieWIRE is again spotlighting emerging (and some veteran) filmmakers screening new work at this year's event.
Today's new director interviews include profiles of "Semper Fi: Always Faithful" directors Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon (World Documentary Competition), Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis ("The Swell Season," Viewpoints), and "Romantics Anonymous" director Jean-Pierre Ameris (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 today's three featured interviews:
The documentary "Semper Fi: Always Faithful" follows the search a Master Sergeant goes on to discover the cause of his nine-year-old daughter's death after she dies of a rare leukemia. His journey leads to a shocking discovery. "In early 2007, we were researching another documentary film when we met the sister of our main character," the filmmakers Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon told indieWIRE. "She told us that her brother was in the process of exposing a Marine Corps cover-up of a water contamination and she was looking for filmmakers to document it. We were skeptical, but she laid out this incredible story of intrigue, heartbreak and betrayal."
Fans of the indie hit "Once" will no doubt eat up "The Swell Season," a black-and-white documentary that bears witness to the band and couple behind the romantic musical. "From the outset we wanted to forge a strong visual language based on a vérité, fly-on-the-wall approach," filmmakers Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis told indieWIRE. "And since “Once” was a fiction film leaning towards documentary, we designed our documentary to tack towards a classic fiction film language. To do this, we chose to shoot in black-and-white with 35mm cinema lenses adapted onto an HD camera."
A recent surprise hit in France, "Romantics Anonymous" tells the story of an unemployed but gifted chocolate-maker whose shyness prevents her from showing the world what she's made of. "I have always suffered from shyness and that’s why this film is the most autobiographical of all my films," director Jean-Pierre Ameris revealed to indieWIRE. "It seems there must be a link between shyness and being a movie lover. At the movies, you’re safe in the darkened theater. You get to live vicariously adventures you’d never dare experience in real life."
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