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Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | “Lotus Eaters,” “Last Rights” & “Dreams of Sushi”

Meet the 2011 Tribeca Filmmakers | "Lotus Eaters," "Last Rights" & "Dreams of Sushi"

The 10th anniversary edition of the Tribeca Film Festival is drawing near, with the event kicking off April 20th and continuing through May 1st. indieWIRE is again spotlighting emerging (and some veteran) filmmakers screening new work in this year’s festival, with a focus on 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 every day through the beginning of the festival.

Thursday, April 7th’s spotlighted filmmakers include interviews with Alexandra McGuinness (“Lotus Eaters” – Viewpoints); “The Last Rites of Joe May” director Joseph Maggio (World Narrative Competition); and “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” director David Gelb. Links to today’s full-lenth interviews are below as well as others from the series.

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 Thursday’s three featured interviews:

Gelb’s “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, paying lushly photographed homage to the process of preparing the artisan sushi that earned Ono’s esteemed Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant three Michelin stars. From the complicated relationship between Jiro and his sons to the ins and outs of the tuna auction… “Basically, I went by myself to Japan with a ton of camera equipment and a vague idea of what the movie might be,” Gelb told indieWIRE. “My only crew member was my translator, who also had some experience in film production.”

In “Lotus Eaters,” the story follows two young people, Alice an ex-model and struggling actress who finds herself unable to keep up with the extravagant living that her so-called friends furiously pursue. Struggling to make sense of a life that she has become indifferent to, she begins to feel that Felix, an old friend, is her chance at redemption and finding something real. Drifting through this alluring and hedonistic scene, consumed by a manic, clingy girlfriend and an abundance of fair-weather friends, Felix also searches for something more. “‘Lotus Eaters’ is all about choices,” McGuinness said about the film. “At the beginning of the film there are an overwhelming amount of choices for all the characters, it’s kind of like a buffet that’s about to go rancid but you can’t see that yet and that idea of a gilded youth was a starting point for the script.”

Joe Maggio’s “The Last Rites of Joe May” stars Dennis Farina, who plays small-time Chicago hustler, Joe May. May always felt like a great destiny awaited him, but with his health ailing and his age advancing, he’s never looked more like a bum. Broke and evicted, he’s taken in by a troubled young mother and daughter, in whom he finds one last shot to be a hero. Noted Maggio about his filmmaking, ” I begin every project with the same vow – that I will execute my vision without compromise; that come hell or high water, I’m going to stick to my guns and not chicken out.”

Thursday’s full-length 2011 Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews in their own words (4/7):

“Lotus Eaters” Director Alexandra McGuinness

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” Director David Gelb

“The Last Rites of Joe May” Director Joseph Maggio

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

“Cinema Komunisto” Director Mila Turajlic

“Turn Me On, Goddammit” Director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen

“Gnarr” Director Gaukur Ulfarsson

iW’s Tuesday 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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