Indiewire has once again partnered up with Apple to host the Meet the Tribeca Filmmaker talks series, in partnership with the 2015 edition of the New York-based film festival. The one-hour discussions, running from April 11-22 at the Apple store in the heart of SoHo, will feature in-depth conversations with leading directors, writers, actors and producers taking part in the event. Participants this year include Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Maggie”), Olivia Wilde (“Meadowland”), Ethan Hawke (“Good Kill”), Taylor Schilling (“The Overnight”) and Paz de la Huerta (“Bare”).
All events are free; seating is available on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive early. The Apple SoHo store is located at 103 Prince Street. Talks take place on the second floor. Register to attend here.
Below, find the full lineup of discussions with plot synopses provided by the festival.
Saturday, 4/11 3pm
Tribeca Film Festival 2015: A Sneak Peek
Get to know the films and filmmakers of Tribeca 2015, with this panel of festival directors presenting clips and trailers from their TFF premiering work. Featuring:
Zachary Treitz & Kate Lyn Sheil, “Men Go to Battle“
Erin Lee Carr, “Thought Crimes“
Andrew Renzi, “Franny“
Nelson George, “A Ballerina’s Tale“
Celia Rowlson-Hall, “Ma“
Moderated by Tribeca Film Festival’s Cara Cusumano.
Thursday, 4/16 4pm-5pm
“Live From New York!“ with Director Bao Nguyen, Producer Tom Broecker,and Producer JL Pomeroy. Moderated by Indiewire’s Dana Harris.
Celebrate 40 years of “SNL” with this documentary that assembles the best moments from the live show over the duration. With archival footage, original behind-the-scenes access, and cast member interviews, Nguyen conducts a cultural study of the show and its resonating effect on the American consciousness.
Thursday 4/16 5pm- 6pm
Tribeca N.O.W.: Online Creators Showcase featuring Bianca Giaever, Jayson Musson (“Adventures of Jamel”), Gregory Bayne (“Zero Point”), and Drew Droege. Moderated by Indiewire’s Holly Voges.
Meet some of the creative minds behind this year’s Tribeca N.O.W. (New Online Work) showcase which celebrates creators working in the online space, including web series, animation, documentary, and comedy. Some of this year’s participants will be on hand to show clips, and discuss their work and process.
Thursday 4/16 6pm-7pm
“Meadowland“ featuring Director Reed Morano, actor/producer Olivia Wilde, and producer Margot Hand. Moderated by Indiewire’s Nigel Smith.
A couple mourning their son’s abrupt disappearance splinters in opposite directions in their processes of the irreconcilable grief. Reed Morano, an established cinematographer, makes her directorial debut with “Meadowland.” The film also features a promising star cast with the likes of Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Merritt Weaver, Juno Temple, and more.
Friday 4/17 4pm-5pm
“The Adderall Diaries“ featuring Director Pamela Romanowsky, and Director of Photography Bruce Thierry Cheung. Moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn.
Suffering from writer’s block and a drug dependency, Elliott finds himself wrapped up in a high-profile murder case that ends up unraveling the dark mystery of his own self. The narrative becomes increasingly convoluted as Elliott’s hallucinogenic trips bleed into objective truth of the murder case.
Friday 4/17 5pm-6pm
“In My Father’s House“ featuring Directors Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg, subjects Che “Rhymefest” Smith, and Brian Tillman. Moderated by Indiewire’s Tambay Obenson.
Che “Rhymefest” Smith decides to purchase his childhood home on Chicago’s South Side and raise his new family in that house. After learning that his estranged father is a homeless alcoholic living in the neighborhood, he ventures to rebuild a connection with the man who abandoned him in his youth.
Friday 4/17 6pm-7pm
“Tenured“ featuring Chris Modoono, Kate Flannery, and Gil Zabarsky. Moderated by Indiewire’s Casey Cipriani.
Adapted from his short film titled “Teacher of the Year,” Chris Modoono takes the story to a feature-length with “Tenured.” A fifth-grade teacher, Ethan Collins, finds himself flatlining in his tenured position. Ethan decides to take advantage of this contractually continued employment to channel his frustrations to plan a totally age-inappropriate school play.
“Dixieland” featuring Riley Keough, Chris Zylka, Hank Bedford. Moderated by Indiewire’s Nigel Smith.
Saturday 4/18 5pm-6pm
“King Jack“ featuring Director Felix Thompson, actors Charlie Plummer, Danny Flaherty, and Christian Madsen. Moderated by Indiewire’s Emily Buder.
Fifteen-year-old Jack has only known life in a rural town, where he continues falling behind in school, field off bullies, and navigate his distant parents. Jack finds a renewed sense of purpose after his aunt falls ill and his younger cousin comes to stay with him. Unfolding over the course of a single summer weekend, “King Jack” is a tough and tender coming-of-age story from first-timer Felix Thompson.
Saturday 4/18 6pm-7pm
“Wannabe“ featuring Director Nick Sandow, Actor Michael Imperioli, and Actor/Producer Vincent Piazza. Moderated by Indiewire’s Shipra Gupta.
In this moody crime drama based on actual events that occurred in 1992, Gotti-obsessed Thomas falls in love with Rose and the two chase illusions of grandeur as they embark on a drug-infused crime spree. Arquette and Piazza offer emotionally powerful performances set against the backdrop of addiction and greed.
Sunday 4/19 5pm
“Good Kill“ featuring Director Andrew Niccol, Actors January Jones, Ethan Hawke, and Zoe Kravitz. Moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn.
Major Tommy Egan is a veteran of air combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan, but now conducts the war from the safety of a Nevada trailer. A drone pilot, and not too happy about it, he turns in a working day attacking Taliban sites in South Asia before returning to his idyllic suburban home life, which is increasingly punctured by feuds with his careworn wife, Molly, and concern for the future he is creating for his kids.
Sunday 4/19 6pm-7pm
“Armor of Light“ featuring Director Abigail Disney, Subject Reverend Rob Schenck, and Lucy McBath. Moderated by Indiewire’s Shipra Gupta.
Documentary producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut follows the journey of Reverend Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister who finds the courage to preach about the toll of gun violence in America. An anti-abortion activist, Schenck questions whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life, much to the discomfort of his colleagues. He eventually meets Lucy McBath, also a Christian and the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose case has become a landmark in the fight against “Stand Your Ground” laws.
“Grandma” featuring Paul Weitz, Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, and Laverne Cox. Moderated by Indiewire’s Nigel Smith.
Monday 4/20 6pm-7pm
“Hyena“ featuring Director Gerard Johnson. Moderated by Indiewire’s Rodrigo Perez.
Set to a pulsating new wave synth score by British bandThe The and anchored by a gutsy lead performance by Ferdinando, this lurid, ultra violent thriller from director Gerald Johnson floats between drug-infused reverie and the gritty West London world of hardened cops and criminals with ease, making for a stylish and distinctive entry in the British crime genre.
Monday 4/20 7pm
“Bare“ featuring Natalia Leite, Alexandra Roxo, Dianna Agron, and Paz de la Huerta. Moderated by Indiewire’s Nigel Smith.
Sarah’s life is as bland as the desert town she’s lived in her whole life. With a future devoid of any passion more inevitable with each passing day, she welcomes the sudden appearance of a sexy, spontaneous stranger named Pepper. Broke and on the run from a debt she cannot pay, Pepper insinuates herself into Sarah’s quiet life while introducing her to the thrill of drugs, sex, and spirituality. Quiet curiosity quickly develops into profound connection and Sarah finds herself abandoning her friends and family for Pepper’s intoxicating impulsiveness.
Monday 4/21 4pm
“The Overnight“ featuring Director Patrick Brice, Actors Taylor Schilling, Judith Godrèche, and producer Naomi Scott. Moderated by Indiewire’s Nigel Smith.
L.A. parents Alex and Emily are on the hunt for new friends after relocating from Seattle with their son. A trip to the playground lands them a family dinner invitation from Kurt, but as the night progresses it becomes unclear whether the play date is meant for the kids or the parents.
Tuesday 4/21 5pm
“Far From Men“ featuring Director David Oelhoffen. Moderated by Indiewire’s Casey Cipriani.
Former French Army soldier Daru is attempting to lead a quiet life as a schoolteacher in a small mountainous town at the onset of the Algerian War of Independence. But when he is tasked with transporting an Algerian dissident to a nearby city to stand trial, Daru finds his peaceful existence disrupted by the ensuing chaos that surrounds his village.
Tuesday 4/21 6pm-7pm
“In Transit“ featuring Directors Lynn True, Nelson Walker, and David Usit. Moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn.
In his last project before his passing, Albert Maysles profiles The Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train line in the US. Get to know every kind of American traveler as they board and disembark the train during their travels across the nation.
Wednesday 4/22 4pm
“Maggie“ featuring Director Henry Hobson and Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn.
Maggie’s troubling degenerative illness proves to be more than what her father can deal with. With her “disease” progressing quickly, manifesting in increasingly disturbing ways, Wade shuns the warnings of his wife and friends—risking infection from the overpoweringly ravenous Maggie.
Wednesday 4/22 5PM-6PM
“Misery Loves Comedy“ featuring Director Kevin Pollak. Moderated by Indiewire’s Nigel Smith.
An insightful documentary that delves into the psyche of a comic to find out whether you must be miserable to be a comedian. With interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy, including Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, and Judd Apatow.