By Indiewire | Indiewire March 17, 2014 at 12:02PM
Kevin Spacey, Ron Howard, Michael Douglas and Aaron Sorkin are just a few of the big names who will be part of the Tribeca Film Festival's 2014 Tribeca Talks and Tribeca Innovation Week's Future of Film series, the festival announced today. Also on tap is Thelma Schoonmaker, Skip Lievsay, Lee Daniels, Terence Winter; Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, and David Simon. A few non-industry legends will be around to talk as well: Congressman Barney Frank, and legendary boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
TFF also unveiled four new documentaries world premiering at the Festival: "NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage," "The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin," "Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank" and "Champs," as well as the previously announced "Food Chains," "Supermensch" and the tenth anniversary screening of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." They will each screen as part of the Tribeca Talks: After the Movie series giving audiences the opportunity to watch a film followed by a related conversation.
This year’' series also consists of the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” where an acclaimed director participates in an intimate one-on-one conversation; "Tribeca Talks: Industry" conversations focusing on the technical production of film; and “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble” which explores topics related to screenwriting.
Taking place during Tribeca Innovation Week is a four-day Future of Film series programmed around the theme The Story's Edge. Future of Film discussions offer engaging, cross-disciplinary conversations about the collision of storytelling with dominant and emerging trends in our culture, with figures from the arenas of art, politics, science and technology, and filmmaking.
The Tribeca Talks panels and events will run during the 13th edition of TFF, taking place April 16 – April 27 at locations around New York City.
The Tribeca Talks function to provide a more intimate understanding of how leading industrial professionals handle their work. "With these talks we want to expand the conversation about filmmaking and storytelling. Whether it's a deeper look at the artistic process or timely social issues, hearing from the leading voices in film, media and beyond, can facilitate new perceptions and further our understanding of the current state of making and enjoying entertainment," said Director of Programming, Genna Terranova.
Here are more details (with descriptions courtesy of TFF)
"Tribeca Talks: Directors Series," will include intimate conversations with:
Academy Award®-winning director Ron Howard discusses his career as a filmmaker, writer and producer, which already spans over fifty years.
Academy Award®-nominated director Lee Daniels divulges on his seminal career which includes such critical hits as Precious and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
"Tribeca Talks: After the Movie" will include:
The world premiere of NOW – In the Wings on a World Stage, follows the versatile and acclaimed Bridge Project Theatre, the first trans-atlantic company of actors and artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre, Kevin Spacey as he reunites with American Beauty director Sam Mendes for a behind the scenes look at the creation of their breathtaking production of Shakespeare’s Richard III; followed by a conversation with Kevin Spacey, director Jeremy Whelehan and members of the Richard III company about the vocation of acting, the future of theater and this spectacular theatrical journey.
The world premiere of The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin, an examination of the creation of Bitcoin and its impact on the future of international currency; followed by a conversation with director Nicholas Mross, film subject Dan Mross, and Charles Shrem who will give their perspective on the most up to the minute details about the mysterious and ever-changing world of Bitcoin.
The world premiere of Champs, an exploration of how some of the most legendary fighters used boxing as a way to pull themselves out of poverty; followed by a conservation with boxing greats Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, boxing promoter and Lou DiBella about life, rivalry and conflict both inside and out of the ring.
The world premiere of Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, a candid examination of openly gay Congressman Barney Frank’s 40 years in elected office and how his own homosexuality impacted his campaigns for social justice; followed by a conversation with subject Barney Frank and actor Alec Baldwin about the politics of Washington, Barney’s life and career and what he plans to do in his retirement.
The world premiere of Silenced, the stories of two whistleblowers and their supporters who survived the government’s efforts suppress their claims; followed by a conversation with director James Spione and film subjects Jesselyn Radack and Thomas Drake and Pulitzer Prize-winner Barton Gellman who will discuss the role, importance and ethics of whistleblowing in America.
The North American premiere of Food Chains, a hard hitting look at the state of labor within the agriculture sector in the US and the immoral practices that affect the lives of countless thousands of farm workers; followed by a discussion with executive producer Eva Longoria, the film’s director, Sanjay Rawal, Eric Schlosser and Kerry Kennedy on what you can do to be a part of the food justice revolution.
The U.S. premiere of Supermensch, Mike Myers directorial debut that explores the dynamic and astounding career of consummate Hollywood insider Shep Gordon; followed by a conversation with film subject Shep Gordon, Michael Douglas for some inside Hollywood baseball stories.
For the annual Sloan retrospective salute, a tenth anniversary screening of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman; followed by a discussion on the making-of and contemporary relevance of the film including advances in our ability to manipulate the pathways of memory since the film debuted.
"Future of Film: The Story’s Edge" taking place as part of Tribeca Innovation Week will feature:
A conversation with writer and producer Aaron Sorkin and former Chief Presidential Speech Writer Jon Favreau about what it means to be moral in 2014 and what is valued as heroic in on screen, in fiction and in life.
Your Brain on Story features futurist Jason Silva on why and how people are hardwired for stories and cinema, followed by “Psychos We Love,” an exploration into what it is that audiences love about on screen psychos, and how they compare to real life psychopaths with actor Bryan Cranston, show runner/writer Terence Winter and neuroscientist James Fallon; moderated by Nightline co-anchor Cynthia McFadden.
All The News That's Fit to Shoot, Print…or Tweet, explores the crossover between documentary filmmaking, news media and social action with Upworthy Co-Founder Eli Pariser, CEO and Co-Founder of Vice Shane Smith, and Executive Director of Witness Yvette Alberdingk Thijm; moderated by filmmaker and journalist Perri Peltz.
Stories by Numbers, a discussion about the ways that big data mining can influence future innovation in film, art and journalism with screenwriter and show runner Beau Willimon, writer David Simon, and a special guest from ESPN/FiveThirtyEight.com; moderated by the host of NPR’s The Takeaway John Hockenberry.
"Tribeca Talks: Industry" are free events and will feature:
Dolby Institute: The Art of Sound Design & Music, a conversation with film industry professionals about the evolution of sound in film and how sound can be used to enhance storytelling. Panelists include Academy Award®-winning sound mixer Skip Lievsay (Gravity) and Susan Jacobs (Silver Linings Playbook).
The Cutting Room: An Insight to the Edit Suite, a discussion about new editing techniques and firsthand accounts about what it really takes to make the final cut. Academy Award®-winning editor and longtime Martin Scorsese collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker will discuss her incredible career.
Shooting the Film: An Exploration of Cinematography, a conversation about the art of cinematography including how to capture beautiful and iconic imagery on screen.
Panelists include cinematographers Nick Bentgen (Ballet 422,) Frank G. DeMarco (All is Lost,) and Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.)
"Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper hosted by Barnes & Noble" are free events and will include:
The Repercussions of Truth, a discussion exploring the degrees of truth-telling and authenticity in storytelling and editing. Panelists include directors John Dower, Tyler Meason, Justin Weinstein, Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman. Moderated by Variety’s Gordon Cox.
Adaptation & Creation a conversation with filmmakers who reflect on how to stay true to an original or adapted text. Panelists include director/writer Stephen Belber, director/writer Amy Berg, director Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them), director/writer Aaron Katez (Land Ho!), and director Adam Rapp (Loitering with Intent). Moderated by Screen International’s Mark Adams.
Calling the Shots, a personal examination of how film scripts can enhance, thwart or reflect social cultural change. Panelists include director/writer Ira Sachs, director Orlando von Einseidel and director Marshall Curry.
Special Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Conversations
Shooting and scoring, a conversation about the particular art in creating authentic sports stories with Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg.
In celebration of the upcoming World Cup, 30 for 30: Soccer Stories will screen two films, The Opposition and Maradona '86; followed by a conversation with filmmakers Ezra Edelman, Daniel Battsek and ESPN about the films and the upcoming competition.