Ahead of the 10th Tribeca Film Festival starting April 20th, indieWIRE is again spotlighting emerging (and some veteran) filmmakers screening new work at this year’s event.
This weekend’s new director interviews include profiles from the World Narrative Competition feature, “The Kite,” by Prashant Bhargava, Greg Barker’s “Koran by Heart” (World Documentary) and “Love Always, Carolyn” by first-time directors Maria Ramström, Malin Korkeasalo (Viewpoints).
In the days leading up to the festival, iW 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 the weekend’s three featured interviews:
Ramström and Korkeasalo’s cinematic documentary gives the stage to an unconventional tale of a great woman behind a great man, and the inescapable imprint left on those he loved. A fugitive of family life, Neal Cassady opted out of the provincial style for the life of a legend—joining the ranks of the Beatnik elite with close pal Jack Kerouac, while wife Carolyn worked days and nights to provide for their children. “I felt that the story about Carolyn would not only carry a strong female perspective, but also say something about how myth-making grows around real people and affects those who’s lives are subject to exploitation,” Korkeasalo told iW.
“Koran by Heart” centers on a global contest reading of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, by young children that takes place in Cairo, Egypt annually during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The film is described as a “coming of age story about Muslim kids in modern times.” Commented Barker about the making of his doc: “I remember the first time I heard 10-year-old Nabiollah, a boy from a remote village in Tajikistan, recite the Koran. Something about his voice, and the innocence and beauty of his recitation, brought tears to my eyes. From that moment, I knew we had a film.”
“The Kite” by Prashant Bhargava weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India’s largest kite festival. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad – dueling, soaring, tumbling and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams. “We broke every possible rule in making ‘The Kite,'” noted Bhargava. “Often during the process, we were told that what we were trying to do was crazy.”
This weekend’s full-length 2011 Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/8):
iW’s Thursday Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/7):
iW’s Wednesday Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/6):
iW’s Tuesday Tribeca Film Festival filmmaker interviews (4/5):