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James Franco, Joan Rivers, and Ice Cube Set For Tribeca’s Panel Series

James Franco, Joan Rivers, and Ice Cube Set For Tribeca's Panel Series

The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), has announced the line-up for its Tribeca Talks Panel Series, including “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry,” and “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper.” The program will explore issues and trends in society and the entertainment industry, with participants including James Franco, Lorne Michaels, Joan Rivers, Edward Burns, Alex Gibney, Andre Leon Talley, and Ice Cube.

“Each year we look for new ways to further engage audiences in the array of provocative themes covered in Festival films and in topics affecting our industry,” said Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of TFF, in a statement. “The Tribeca Talks series offers the public and industry insiders alike the opportunity to explore these subjects with some of the biggest names in film, literature, and media.”

Featuring in-depth discussions and audience Q&A with directors and film participants following select screenings of TFF films, “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” will provide an opportunity for dialogue between filmmakers, industry leaders, and audiences on a variety of fascinating subjects. The series will include three special premiere and panel events for new documentaries, including director/actor James Franco’s “Saturday Night,” “The Lottery,” directed by Madeleine Sackler, and the world premiere of “Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston,” directed by Whitney Sudler-Smith. In addition, the program, in conjunction with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will present the 10th anniversary screening and panel discussion of Christopher Nolan’s “Memento.”

“Tribeca Talks: Industry” is a series of free discussions designed for industry professionals that explore the business and technology sides of filmmaking, while “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” offers free panels focusing on the artistic process of screenwriting.

The full line-up for the 2010 Tribeca Talks series follows (with descriptions provided by TFF):

Tribeca Talks: After the Movie

“Climate of Change” Special Event
A group of 13-year-olds in India rally against the use of plastics. A renaissance man in Africa teaches villagers to harness solar power. Self-described “hillbillies” in Appalachia battle the big business behind strip mining. Tilda Swinton beautifully narrates this rich and inspiring documentary – from the producers of “An Inconvenient Truth” – about a world of regular people taking action in the fight to save our environment. Executive produced by Participant Media and the Alliance for Climate Protection. A Tribeca Film release.
After the Movie: Director Brian Hill and leading figures on the issues of global climate change and community activism will discuss the steps everyday people around the world can take to make a difference. Thursday, April 22, 5:00 PM, SVA Theater 2

In 2000, Christopher Nolan’s striking thriller “Memento” captivated audiences with its innovative portrait of a man disoriented by short-term memory loss as he hunts for his wife’s killer. In a cinematic landscape littered with scientific myths, “Memento” is noteworthy for its authentic and intriguing dramatization of neurological disorder. As we revisit this intellectually challenging film on its 10th anniversary, we celebrate Nolan’s unconventional storytelling–as exciting now as it was then. Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
After the Movie: Join us for a conversation featuring special guests from science and screen, including “Memento” stars Guy Pearce and Joe Pantoliano, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan (whose short story “Memento Mori” inspired the film), New School professor of psychology Dr. William Hirst, and MIT professor of behavioral neuroscience Dr. Suzanne Corkin. Panelists will explore the science of memory as it relates to “Memento” and the history of Hollywood’s memory myths from the 1940s to today. Moderated by NPR’s Robert Krulwich. Saturday, April 24, 3:00 PM, SVA Theater 2

In one of the most conflicted parts of the world, a Palestinian family man unites rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists, and even groups of progressive Israelis in a nonviolent movement to save his village from being destroyed. Award-winning documentarian Julia Bacha (“Encounter Point”, TFF 06) captures with rawness and galvanizing intensity the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary changes. In Arabic, English, Hebrew with English subtitles.
After the Movie: Join us for a conversation with director/producer Julia Bacha, producers Ronit Avni and Rula Salameh, and Ayed Morrar, the Palestinian community organizer at the heart of the film. Sunday, April 25, 3:00 PM, SVA Theater 2

“The Other City”
There’s a part of Washington, DC never seen by the tourists and ignored by the mass media. At least three percent of DC is HIV positive, a staggering rate higher than parts of Africa, but the city is also full of encouraging stories of grassroots movements to extend education, combat stigmas, and spread hope. TFF alum Susan Koch’s (“Kicking It,” TFF 08) eye-opening documentary tells the unheard stories behind the growing epidemic in our nation’s capital.
After the Movie: Join us for a panel discussion on the HIV/AIDS issue with director Susan Koch, producer Sheila Johnson, writer/coproducer Jose Antonio Vargas, United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole, Washington Post columnist Colbert King, a subject from the film Ron Daniels, and Jehmu Greene, president of the Women’s Media Center and former president of Rock the Vote. Monday, April 26, 4:30 PM, SVA Theater 2

“Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work”
Joan Rivers is the undisputed queen of American comedy, and at 76 years old, with a career spanning five decades, she shows no sign of slowing down. Following Rivers over the course of a year, “A Piece of Work” reveals the fascinating combination of vulnerability and irreverence behind the public figure in this endlessly entertaining, quintessential profile of a New York icon. An IFC Films release.
After the Movie: Show biz icon Joan Rivers will share stories from her five-decade career and the making of “A Piece of Work” with documentary directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. Moderated by film critic Rex Reed, author, journalist, and the film critic of the New York Observer. Monday, April 26, 7:00 PM, SVA Theater 1

“Earth Made of Glass”
A president and a citizen – bound together by a profound love of country and an unquenchable desire to see the truth revealed – fight to uncover the mystery behind a murder and France’s hidden role in the horrific 1994 Rwandan genocide. This powerful investigative documentary from the director of “The War Tapes” (Best Documentary, TFF 06) is driven by the inspiring and uplifting stories of Rwandan president Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu. In English, French, Kinyarwandan with English subtitles.
After the Movie: Join director Deborah Scranton and special guests for a conversation about taking the truth beyond justice and finding reconciliation in Rwanda, Africa, and the world. Tuesday, April 27, 3:00 PM, SVA Theater 1

“The Arbor”
Brilliantly blending the borders of narrative and documentary filmmaking, artist-cum-director Clio Barnard beautifully reconstructs the fascinating true story of troubled British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter. Working from two years of audio interviews, Barnard uses classic documentary techniques, actors, theatrical performance, and Dunbar’s own neighborhood to generate a unique cinematic feast while unraveling the truths of a dark family past.
After the Movie: Director Clio Barnard, executive producer and co-director of “Artangel,” London Michael Morris, producer Tracy O’Riordan, and actress Manjinder Virk discuss their unconventional approach to this fascinating documentary. Wednesday, April 28, 6:00 PM, SVA Theater 2

“The Lottery”
“The Lottery” interlaces four families’ stories in the months leading up to the high-stakes, low-odds lottery for one of the most successful schools in New York. Set against the backdrop of the highly politicized battle over the future of American education, “The Lottery” makes the case that any child can succeed.
After the Movie: Director Madeleine Sackler, Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, former Chair of the Education Committee on the City Council and Harlem Success Academy leader Eva Moskowitz, and others will lead a discussion on the issues raised by the film. Thursday, April 29, 7:00 PM, SVA Theater 1

“Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston” Special Event
A glowing, prismatic portrait of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity designer – Halston – the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became the emperor of NYC nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, Andre Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello, and Billy Joel, among others) round out this glittering evocation of the man who defined the most beautiful and decadent era of recent memory.
After the Movie: Director Whitney Sudler-Smith, Andre Leon Talley, Pat Cleveland, and Ralph Rucci will be on hand for a conversation about the legend of Halston, celebrity fashion design, and the city that fostered them both – New York. Friday, April 30, 7:00 PM, SVA Theater 1

Rogue filmmakers expose the hidden side of everything – from corruption in the sumo wrestling world to the minefield of ethnicity and class conflict in the million-dollar industry of baby naming – in this dynamic adaptation of the smash bestseller “Freakonomics.” From the innovative documentary filmmakers behind “Why We Fight,” “The King of Kong,” Academy Award nominees “Jesus Camp” and “Super Size Me” and Academy Award winner “Taxi to the Dark Side.”
After the Movie: Join us for a can’t-miss conversation featuring acclaimed documentary directors Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Eugene Jarecki, Seth Gordon, Heidi Ewing, and Rachel Grady as well as the writers of the smash bestseller on which the film is based, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Saturday, May 1, 3:00 PM, Directors Guild Theater

“Saturday Night”
Saturday Night Live has been a New York icon for decades, but few have witnessed what it actually takes to pull off an episode. Actor/director James Franco settles confidently behind the camera and into corners of cubicles and conference rooms to bring unprecedented access to the cast’s vigorous marathon of comedy creation. With John Malkovich hosting the episode, Franco sculpts an intimate look at the making of one hilarious episode of SNL.
After the Movie: Join James Franco, Lorne Michaels, and cast members of SNL for a lively conversation. Sunday, May 2, 3:00 PM, Directors Guild Theater

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Tribeca Talks: Industry

Is The Sky Falling? A Closer Look at the Future of Film Distribution
Depending on whom you ask, the landscape of film distribution is changing either for the better or worse. So which is it? Is the sky really falling on the film industry? Join filmmakers, sales agents, and distributors in a discussion about enabling independent film and filmmakers to reach audiences and make money in this digital landscape. Panelists include Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures, Ted Hope, producer/partner of This Is That Productions, Efe Cakarel, founder and CEO of The Auteurs, Arvind Ethan David, CEO of Slingshot Studios and producer of The Infidel, Paul Cohen, president of Red Hills Releasing, and Marc Simon, partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. Moderated by Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. Friday, April 23, 2:00 PM, SVA Theater 2

Checking Up On Docs: A Conversation with Sheila Nevins
As the landscape of nonfiction film continues to evolve in today’s complex market, the documentary form has taken on a more central role in filmmaking around the world. For more than 20 years, Sheila Nevins and HBO Documentary Films have been at the forefront of exposing innovative new documentary films to a wider audience. Join us for a conversation with Sheila Nevins to hear her perspective with Tribeca’s own Geoff Gilmore, as they candidly discuss why documentaries are more important today than ever before. Sunday, April 25, 1:00 PM, SVA Theater 2

Docs Doing It Right
Documentary filmmaking is no walk in the park. The demanding conditions, inexhaustible research, mobile subjects, and sometimes impossible access is enough to make any documentarian’s head spin. Even the most weathered of the bunch will run into obstacles, but with a few tricks and the correct preparation and equipment, nothing is unattainable. Join Alexandra Codina (“Monica & David”), Thorkell Hardarson (“Feathered Cocaine”), Paul Crowder and Jon Small (“Last Play at Shea”), and reps from Panavision as they discuss the joys and the dramas of capturing true stories. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Georg Szalai. Monday, April 26, 2:00 PM, SVA Theater 2

Dollar and Sense: Making the Most of Your Production Budget
Filmmakers know what’s important in making their film: the best script, the best actors, and getting the biggest bang for every dollar spent on production. Whether it’s $100,000 or $100 million, managing resources and getting the utmost creative impact out of the budget is key. Attend this panel with SAP, the world’s leading software company to the major film studios, as they show you a solution that can help guide independent filmmakers and producers through the bumpy roads of filmmaking from pre-production through post-production. Join Craig Cohen, producer of “Beware the Gonzo,” Jen Gatien, producer of “Meskada,” Jordan Horowitz, producer of “Meet Monica Velour,” and SAP representatives as they discuss what to do after your film is financed and how the right software can be your A+ support system through thick and thin. Wednesday, April 28, 3:00 PM, SVA Theater 1

Talking With Pictures
There are a million and one ways to tell a story, and twice as many stories to tell. Whether it’s a comedy, romance, noir, horror, or sci-fi, the look of a film has a major role in determining and defining the tone. But does the visual style define genre or does genre dictate visual style? The collaboration of directors and cinematographers results in the ability to capture and convey narrative through the use of shadow, darkness, and light. The gasp of fear or a feeling of nostalgia can be achieved by a gel on a lens or the framing of the scene. Join writer/director Lee Isaac Chung (“Lucky Life”), director Jacob Tierney (“The Trotsky”), producer Jon Kilik (“Babel” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) and other TFF filmmakers and cinematographers in a discussion that proves there is always more than meets the eye. Thursday, April 29, 2:00 PM, SVA Theater 2

Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper
(hosted by Barnes & Noble)

Illustrating History
Its one thing to write a film based on a book or play, but when your subject is a real person, the attention to detail from script to screen is supreme. Movie magic can bring history to life, but some filmmakers change the way we look at the traditional biopic along the way. Panelists include “sex & drugs & rock & roll” writer Paul Viragh and director Mat Whitecross, “My Queen Karo” writer/director Dorothee van den Berghe, and “The Chameleon” director/co-writer Jean-Paul Salome. Moderated by Marie Claire film critic Caryn James. Saturday, April 24, 12:00 PM, Barnes & Noble Union Square

New York Stories
Shaped by the sights, sounds, and characters abuzz in its boroughs, New York is the antithesis of a cookie-cutter city. How do filmmakers approach this ever-changing landscape to render our hometown and its ultra-contrasting neighborhoods? Panelists include “Arias With a Twist” director Bobby Sheehan and performer Joey Arias, “Monogamy” writer/director Dana Adam Shapiro, “The Woodman” director C. Scott Willis, and actor/writer Hill Harper. Moderated by NY1’s Budd Mishkin. Sunday, April 25, 12:00 PM, Barnes & Noble Union Square

Authors at the Helm
Whether it’s a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, or songwriter, crossing the line from page to screen is no easy feat. Hear the difficulties and triumphs of the process from some of the best jacks-of-all-trades in the biz. Panelists include “Nice Guy Johnny” writer/director Edward Burns, “Snap” writer/director and playwright Carmel Winters, and Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Grammy-winning recording artist and writer/director of “The Sentimental Engine Slayer.” Moderated The New Yorker’s Susan Orlean. Monday, April 26, 12:00 PM, Barnes & Noble Union Square

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival

Beyond the Playing Field: ESPN Films and the Future of Sports Filmmaking
In two short years, ESPN Films has become an industry heavyweight in the genre of sports filmmaking. Beginning in 2008 with the Peabody-winning documentary “Black Magic” and continuing with the ambitious launch of “30 For 30,” the unprecedented documentary series featuring 30 of today’s finest storytellers bringing to life 30 of the most remarkable sports stories from 1979 to 2009. ESPN Films has been able to break away from what was traditionally thought of as a sports film. They’ve reimagined the genre, and by showcasing stories of passion, triumph, and loss the resurgence of sports-themed films has never been stronger. Join us for a conversation with select “30 For 30” filmmakers, including “Straight Outta L.A.” director Ice Cube and ESPN Films executive producer Connor Schell, on the future of sports filmmaking at ESPN Films and how they are reshaping the landscape of the genre. Moderated by ESPN’s Chris Connelly. Saturday, April 24, 12:00 PM, SVA Theater 2

The Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 21 to May 2, 2010. Check out the film lineup here and here.

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