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Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Semper Fi," "Swell Season" and "Romantics Anonymous"

Photo of Nigel M Smith 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.
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Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Semper Fi," "Swell Season" and "Romantics Anonymous"
Images courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival.

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."

Today's full-length Tribeca Film Festival interviews (4/18):

"Semper Fi: Always Faithful" Directors Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon

"The Swell Season" Directors Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis

"Romantics Anonymous" Directos Jean-Pierre Ameris


Friday's 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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