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2018 Tribeca Talks

The Tribeca Talks program also returns this year and features an exciting lineup of discussions with acclaimed filmmakers, artists, entertainers, and icons. Groundbreaking filmmakers participating in the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series include Lesli Linka Glatter, Nancy Meyers, Laura Poitras, Alexander Payne, and Jason Reitman. Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, which spotlights creators who work across mediums, will feature multitalented entertainers like Alec Baldwin, Edward Burns, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Spike Lee, and John Legend. This year also marks the debut of Tribeca Talks: The Journey, which will feature an in-depth conversation with Sarah Jessica Parker about her career path across multiple sections of the industry.

THE TALKS

Tribeca Talks
ESPN's 30 for 30 Podcasts will premiere its first serialized season this spring: five episodes that delve deep into the complicated world of Bikram Yoga, a community grappling with its identity and survival and amid sexual assault allegations against its charismatic founder, Bikram Choudhury. Reporter and producer Julia Lowrie Henderson and host and editor Jody Avirgan will sit down to discuss their experience diving into this powerful story that offers timely lessons for how we think about sports, gender, power and community, as well as play an exclusive clip from the upcoming season.
Sunday, 4/22 @7:15 PM - Cinépolis Chelsea 4
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Alexander Payne Tribeca Talks: Director's Series
Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne will discuss his career as the writer/director of notable satires and dark comedies Election, Citizen Ruth and Downsizing), as well as family comedy-dramas (The Descendants, About Schmidt and Nebraska).
Saturday, 4/28 @3:00 PM - SVA Theater 1 Silas
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Jason Reitman with Tamara Jenkins Tribeca Talks: Director's Series
After a screening of his latest film, Tully, writer, director, and producer Jason Reitman sits down with writer/director Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills) to talk about Tully, a dramedy starring Charlize Theron as a harried mom, and tackle his career as the writer/director of indie comedies such as Thank you For Smoking and Up in the Air and his work with frequent collaborator, screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Thursday, 4/19 @5:15 PM - BMCC Tribeca PAC
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Laura Poitras with Sheila Nevins Tribeca Talks: Director's Series
Academy Award-winning filmmaker, journalist and artist Laura Poitras has spent her career uncovering America’s hidden truths. Her film Citizenfour won an Oscar for best documentary feature, and My Country, My Country was an Academy Award nominee in 2007. Poitras received the George Polk Award for National Security Journalism and in 2014 she shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service. She is the co-creator of the visual journalism project Field of Vision.
Saturday, 4/28 @4:00 PM - SVA Theater 2 Beatrice
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Lesli Linka Glatter with Claire Danes Tribeca Talks: Director's Series
Lesli Linka Glatter is one of the most prolific television directors in the industry, with more than 100 hours of episodic television, seven Emmy nominations, and two DGA Awards under her belt. Her directorial credits include: Twin Peaks, Freaks and Geeks, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Mad Men, and Homeland, for which she is also an executive producer. To look back at her impressive career (and also forward!), Lesli will be joined by the face of Homeland, esteemed actress Claire Danes.
Thursday, 4/26 @5:30 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Nancy Meyers with Carrie Rickie Tribeca Talks Director's Series
Trailblazing writer, director and producer Nancy Meyers will discuss her illustrious body of work with the astute and distinguished film critic and writer Carrie Rickey, whose body of work explores art that reflects the female experience. Together, they will walk through Nancy’s prolific career, from her auspicious debut as the co-screenwriter of the groundbreaking film Private Benjamin, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, to her landmark work as the writer/director of such films as It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give and The Intern.
Wednesday, 4/25 @6:00 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Notes from Dunblane: Lessons from a School Shooting Tribeca Talks
Following the Sandy Hook Massacre, a priest from Dunblane, Scotland reaches out to Father Bob offering support 16 years after a school shooting in his own town. The men bond over personal trauma and responsibilities... In the aftermath the UK reformed its gun laws; the US responded with inaction. With Monsignor Bob Weiss, Monsignor Basil O’Sullivan.
Sunday, 4/29 @3:00 PM - SVA Theater 2 Beatrice
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Alec Baldwin with Spike Lee Tribeca Talks: Storytellers
Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee, two of the industry’s most prolific storytellers, will sit down and discuss in great detail their passionate and reverential relationship to film: their favorite movies of all time, the films that have influenced them as creators, and the power of storytelling. Spike Lee is an Academy Award-winning director, producer, writer, actor and activist and NYU Grad Film Tenured Professor, best known for his groundbreaking and acclaimed films, Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X4 Little GirlsWhen The Levees Broke,25th Hour and Inside Man. Alec Baldwin is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, producer, and activist, most recognizable for his roles in BeetlejuiceThe Hunt for Red OctoberGlengarry Glen Ross30 Rock, and Saturday Night Live. He is also the hosts of his podcast, Here’s the Thing, for WNYC radio and is the author of three books. 
Tuesday, 4/24 @8:45 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro Tribeca Talks: Storytellers
Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper will sit down with Robert De Niro to discuss his career as an actor, producer and now director; from his early work in acclaimed comedies such as Wet Hot American SummerWedding Crashers and The Hangover trilogy, to his impactful dramatic turns in Silver Linings Playbook and American Sniper, which led to him becoming the tenth actor to receive an Academy Award nomination three years in a row. Most recently, Cooper has been working on his directorial debut, a modern adaptation of A Star is Born, which he also produced, co-wrote, and stars in alongside Lady Gaga. Cooper and De Niro have worked together on such films as Silver Linings PlaybookAmerican HustleJoy and Limitless which was their first picture together.
Saturday, 4/21 @6:00 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Ed Burns with Mike Vaccaro Tribeca Talks: Storytellers
In conjunction with the World Premiere of his film Summertime, actor, producer, writer, and director Ed Burns will sit down with award-winning journalist and lead sports columnist for The New York Post Mike Vaccaro to discuss his latest directorial effort, as well as his prolific career in front of and behind the camera. Burns launched his career as a writer/director/actor with The Brothers McMullen, the Grand Jury Prize winner at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to write, direct and act in She’s the OneSidewalks of New York, and Newlyweds. Burns is also known for his star-turning performance in Saving Private Ryan. Most recently, Burns made his mark in television, on the critically acclaimed series Public Morals for TNT and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, in which he wrote, directed, starred and executive produced.
Friday, 4/27 @8:00 PM - BMCC Tribeca PAC
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Jamie Foxx Tribeca Talks: Storytellers
Prolific actor, musician, and comedian Jamie Foxx is a Hollywood triple threat. Perhaps his most iconic role as an actor, his portrayal of musician Ray Charles in the biopic Ray, landed him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA in 2005. The very same year, Foxx was nominated for a second Oscar for his acting in the film Collateral, making him only the second man in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different roles. In addition to film, Foxx is a GRAMMY award-winning musician, producing four albums that have charted the top ten of the US Billboard 200. Recently, Foxx has taken on the dual role of host and executive producer for the game show Beat Shazam, which will have its second season premiere in May on FOX, and he will also be appearing in Robin Hood, scheduled for theatrical release in November.
Monday, 4/23 @6:00 PM - BMCC Tribeca PAC
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John Legend Tribeca Talks: Storytellers
Celebrated singer, songwriter, actor, and producer, John Legend has been releasing billboard hits since his debut album Get Lifted in 2004. He's earned a total of ten Grammy Awards. John Legend also formed a film and television production company, Get Lifted, in 2014, and executive produced and starred in La La Land and the hit television show, Underground. He won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his song "Glory" in Selma. In addition to his work in music and film, Legend is also well known for his philanthropic work in education and criminal justice reform. He founded #FREEAMERICA, a campaign designed to change the national conversation of our country’s misguided policies and to make a change in America’s criminal justice system.
Thursday, 4/19 @6:00 PM - SVA Theater 1 Silas
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Sarah Jessica Parker will discuss her illustrious career across multiple platforms in Broadway, film, television, fashion and the literary world. From acting and producing with her Emmy Award-winning role in Sex & the City to her current show Divorce, for which she has been nominated for a Golden Globe. She has become synonymous with New York where she lives and runs her own production company Pretty Matches. She will speak to the path she has so boldly crafted for herself to forge such achievements.
Friday, 4/27 @6:00 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Tribeca Talks
In response to the growing national movement, Tribeca Film Festival has partnered with TIME’S UP to host a day of conversations with the women who are playing a pivotal role in raising awareness about inequality in the workplace. Activists, storytellers, business leaders, filmmakers, lawyers, media figures, and more share their stories and seek next steps to establish the parameters for lasting change across industries and the pay spectrum. Following the event, Tribeca Film Festival and TIME’S UP will host a cocktail reception at the Django at the Roxy Hotel. Full schedule for the day to come. Net proceeds from the day will go to the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund. Donations to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund can be made here https://www.gofundme.com/timesup
Saturday, 4/28 @11:00 AM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Tribeca Talks: Future of Film
Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are two tech advances with the potential to fundamentally change society. AR layers digital information onto our actual reality, while AI allows machines to learn in an unprecedented way. How are these innovative technologies being used to forge new methods of storytelling, and are they the future of immersive entertainment? Panelists include Fable Studios co-founder Edward SaatchiAsad J. Malik, the creator of Terminal 3, an interactive AR documentary which is world premiering in the Tribeca Immersive program, and Director of Product at IBM Watson Developer Labs & AR/VR Labs Michael Ludden.
Tuesday, 4/24 @1:00 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Tribeca Talks: Future of Film
Blockchain was originally devised for the digital currency Bitcoin, but the tech community is now finding other potential uses for the technology, from feeding digital kittens to funding films. Blockchain-based funding has the potential to enable new and creative stories to be financed that might have been turned away by Hollywood studio executives. Blockchain technology is being positioned to disrupt the traditional method of financing and distribution in the film world, but what does this mean for the industry? Panelists include the writer/director of Braid Mitzi Peirone.
Monday, 4/23 @1:00 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Tribeca Talks: Future of Film
Virtual Reality is creating new and unique opportunities for teachers, creators, advocates and audiences to connect in meaningful ways. Leaders in the field will show how VR is forging new means to immerse its viewers in issues in order to inspire, educate and effect change. Panelists include the creator of SPHERES: Pale Blue Dot, Eliza McNitt, the co-creator of 1000 Cut Journey, Courtney Cogburn, Executive Producer of Oculus VR for Good, Amy Seidenwurm, and the executive producer of This is Climate Change and senior VP of and TV and Film at Participant Media, Elise Pearlstein.
Tuesday, 4/24 @2:00 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Tribeca Talks: Future of Film
Entertainment media is finally evolving, and it’s technology which is revolutionizing it for the truly digital age. Join us in conversation with the world’s leading interactive video technology, Wirewax and globally-renowned tastemakers Netflix, Digital Reign amongst others to unveil how they’re poised to ride this new wave of digital entertainment. We’ll get inside the minds of those who are leading the march and using interactive video to deepen audience involvement and depart from passive video consumption. Panelists include David Shlafman, Interactive Originals at Netflix and CEO of Digital Reign, Evette Vargas.
Friday, 4/20 @1:00 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Tribeca Talks: Future of Film
How can you game faster, build smarter and meet gamer demands through creating games on the cloud? Come and play games created by New York City game developers in a 48 hour game jam and join them as they discuss the process of designing and building games on the cloud inspired by the theme "Acceleration”. IBM will partner with the Tribeca Games for a game jam for 15 of New York’s top independent game developers. The jam will bring together 3 teams of 5 developers to produce 3 games hosted on IBM Cloud. These games will be made available for play in the Festival Lounge lounge at the Tribeca Film Festival from April 18 - 29 in New York City
Saturday, 4/21 @1:00 PM - Tribeca Festival Hub
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Tribeca Talks: Masterclass
American television writing duo, Robert and Michelle King, will sit down with The Daily Show Executive Producers Steve Bodow and Jennifer Flanz, to discuss what it takes to write and produce a compelling show and the grit required to churn out episodes that feel timely and fresh. The Kings are a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award-nominated writing team. Their work on their two major hit series The Good Wife and The Good Fight touch on a wide range of issues, from political corruption to cyber-security -- making their shows simultaneously gripping and true to life. Bodow and Flanz have collectively won over 20 Primetime Emmy Awards for The Daily Show’s hilariously cutting political satire, garnering remarkable success and notoriety for the show.
Saturday, 4/28 @2:00 PM - SVA Theater 2 Beatrice
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Tribeca Talks: Masterclass
Animation is one of film’s oldest forms, and it has captivated audiences for over a century. Today, Pixar Animation Studios, continues to create innovating and engaging stories, attracting audiences young and old. Please join us, as a director and producer from the studio, walk audiences through the creative and production process of a short film, from initial idea to finished product. You will get an inside look, behind the curtains of how a Pixar film is made.
Tuesday, 4/24 @3:00 PM - SVA Theater 2 Beatrice
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Tribeca Talks: Masterclass
Since 1927, sound has transported film audiences from the theater to the alternate realities projected on screen in front of them. From the haunting theme of Jaws to the lightsabers of Star Wars, filmmakers know that sound has the power to surprise, uplift, and terrify. But what if you’re a low-budget filmmaker working on a documentary or narrative film without access to big studio budgets or musicians and sound teams? Join festival film creators as they discuss the art of designing sound and music that will stick with people long after watching a movie, no matter the size of your budget. Moderated by the Director of the Dolby Institute Glenn Kiser.
Friday, 4/20 @4:00 PM - SVA Theater 2 Beatrice
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