Handout still images from Getty Images throughout the Festival:
2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS & ICYMI MOMENTS
NEW YORK, NY– May 6, 2019 –After 12 days filled with film and television premieres, Immersive and V.R. experiences, not to miss reunions, talks, and concerts, the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, came to a close on Sunday evening with an estimated attendance of more than 146,000 people to 618 screenings and Talks, and the Virtual Arcade and Tribeca Cinema360.
From April 24 - May 5, the Festival presented 111 features, 63 short films, 33 immersive storytelling projects, 18 television projects, and 21 N.O.W. (New Online Work) projects representing 44 countries. Tribeca hosted 22 Tribeca Talks and the Tribeca Celebrates Pride event honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with a day of conversations.
This year, 40% of the feature films had one or more women directors, people of color directed 29% of the feature films and 13% of the feature films were from individuals who identify as LGBTQIA.
Below are highlights and clip handouts of conversations, interviews, and select moments from the Festival.
FILM / TV / VR PROJECT SALES
As the Festival wraps, five of the films available for acquisition have announced distribution deals, with additional offers on the table and deals to be announced soon.
The 2019 Festival opened with The Apollo, a documentary about the fabled cultural anchor on Harlem’s West 125th St. and the legendary African American artists of the past nine decades that have graced its stage. [interviews and introductions from opening night]
While constantly exploring the future of film, Tribeca paid tribute to the past with special events that celebrated the 40th anniversary of Apocalypse Now(with a screening of a new, never-before-seen restored version of the film, entitled Apocalypse Now Final Cut), the 30th anniversary of Say Anything..., and reunion screenings of 1994’s Reality Bites and 1984’s This is Spinal Tap [ clips from the Apocalypse Now red carpet & conversation, the Say Anything red carpet, the Lisa Loeb surprise performance and the cast and creators conversation at the Reality Bites and footage from the This is Spinal Tap red carpet]
The Festival closed with director Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, about a struggling musician who is the only person on Earth who knows The Beatles. [Closing Night red carpet footage]
Video from post-screening Q&As from select films:
This year’s festival took off with the premiere of The Apollo, a documentary about the cultural anchor of Harlem and closed with the premiere of Yesterday, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Himesh Patel. Other films and projects celebrating music include Wu-Tang: Of Mics and Men, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice and This Is Spinal Tap. This year, special performances after screenings included:
Tribeca TV, this year debuted several highly-anticipated new and returning TV series. The program line-up included 18 shows made up of five series world premieres, two season premieres, two New York premieres, one feature documentary, two series reunions, one Tribeca TV: Talk, and five indie pilots. The section included projects from Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and cable networks, A&E Network, HBO, Nat Geo, Showtime, Starz, /SundanceNOW, TV Land, and USA.
Highlights include World Premieres of The Boys, [Interviews from the carpet], Chernobyl [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A] Tuca & Bertie [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A], [Interviews from the carpet], Season Premiere of Vida [Interviews from the Post Premiere Q&A], New York Premiere of Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men [Interviews from the carpet],TV Reunions of In Living Color [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A], [Interviews from the carpet] and The Simpsons[Clips from Post Premiere Q&A], [Interviews from the carpet] and a special farewell Talk with Mr. Robot [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A], [Interviews from the carpet].
The 2019 Tribeca Immersive program included 33 innovative VR, AR, MR and immersive experiences inside the Virtual Arcade and Cinema360. Top creators joined the Tribeca Immersive programming, including Baobab Studios with Bonfire and Felix & Paul with Gymnasia, both who had their world premiere at the Virtual Arcade. Newcomers, Anagram with The Collider and Pilot Theater with Traitor thrilled attendees with their unique approach to storytelling.
The 2019 Storyscapes Award, presented by AT&T, recognizes groundbreaking approaches in storytelling and technology; the award was given to Celine Tricart, the creator of The Key, an interactive VR experience taking the viewer on a journey through memories. See more images of Tribeca Immersive here.
The Festival presented 22 Tribeca Talks featuring conversations between acclaimed directors, musicians, journalists, actors, writers, and more. Highlights from the program include:
TRIBECA TALKS: DIRECTORS SERIES brought some of today’s most groundbreaking filmmakers to discuss their careers and highlights. Sponsored by Squarespace.
TRIBECA TALKS: STORYTELLERS celebrated innovative creators who have broken from the mold and pioneered their own forms of storytelling, often mastering multiple mediums. Sponsored by Montefiore.
TRIBECA TALKS: QUEEN LATIFAH WITH DEE REES
Queen Latifah was joined in conversation with Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter and director, Dee Rees. Queen Latifah highlighted the female filmmakers behind the short films featured in The Queen Collective, a program developed in partnership with Procter & Gamble and Flavor Unit Entertainment, aimed at accelerating gender and racial equality behind the camera. Following the conversation was the world premiere of the shorts Ballet After Dark, directed by B.Monét and If There Is Light, directed by Haley Elizabeth Anderson.
TRIBECA GAMES PRESENTS: HIDEO KOJIMA WITH NORMAN REEDUS
Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus discussed pushing the boundaries of the video game medium and talk about how their relationship has established over working on the title together.
TRIBECA TALKS: MASTER CLASSES featured a line-up of conversations focusing on specific sectors of the filmmaking process.
TRIBECA TALKS: FUTURE OF FILM returned with conversations centering around the intersection of storytelling and technology.
TRIBECA TALKS: 10 YEARS OF 30 FOR 30
A conversation about ESPN's 30 for 30 series with Alex Gibney, Ezra Edelman, Marina Zenovich, Connor Schell, moderated by Chris Connelly.
TRIBECA TALKS: PRUNE NOURRY WITH SERENDIPITY
Following a screening of Serendipity, a conversation with Director and Artist Prune Nourry, Columbia University Professor and author Rita Charon. Moderated by author Nina Collins.
TRIBECA TALKS: FIERCE - STORIES OF WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
The Festival hosted a preview of Tribeca and iHeartRadio’s first joint original podcast, Fierce, an all women created, produced, and hosted series that will join the iHeartPodcast Network in summer 2019.
N.O.W. (New Online Work)
Now in its 6th year, Tribeca N.O.W. is a program that discovers, highlights, and celebrates New Online Word from independent storytellers who choose to create and share their work in the online space.
N.O.W. SPECIAL SCREENINGS
TRIBECA N.O.W. CREATORS MARKET
Tribeca hosted a daylong, private industry market that brought together leading online and immersive storytellers to pitch new projects to a wide range of industry, including distributors, agents, and networks.
ICYMI: FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMS
2019 AWARD WINNERS
NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS
Tribeca X Award
Tribeca Celebrates Pride was a successful day devoted to the intersection between queer activism and art,featuring programming an conversation with LGBTQ+ luminaries Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, Larry Kramer, Asia Kate Dillon and more.
Tribeca Celebrates Pride ended with the world premiere of the documentary Wig, about Wigstock, an annual drag festival that glamorously signaled the end of summer for the gay community in NYC for almost twenty years and returned just last year. [Wig red carpet footage].
Tribeca X celebrates the intersection of advertising and storytelling. The invite-only inaugural Tribeca X: A Day of Conversations brought together industry leaders and creators from brands, agencies and filmmaking to discuss the landscape of branded entertainment and examine the achievements of brands that are adventurous and distinctive in their work. Sponsored by PwC.
Participants included keynote speaker, P&G Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard; Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard; TBWA Worldwide Chief Diversity Officer Doug Melville; President & CEO of The Ad Council Lisa Sherman; Actress/Creator Natasha Lyonne, and more. [video/panel highlights].
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About the Tribeca Film Festival:
The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, brings visionaries and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, VR, gaming, music, and online work. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is a platform for creative expression and immersive entertainment. The Festival champions emerging and established voices; discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators; curates innovative experiences; and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.
The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. Now in its 18th year, the Festival has evolved into a destination for creativity that reimagines the cinematic experience and explores how art can unite communities. www.tribecafilm.com/festival
About 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Partners:
As Presenting Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, AT&T is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of filmmaking through access and innovation, while expanding opportunities to diverse creators around the globe. AT&T helps millions connect to their passions – no matter where they are. This year, AT&T and Tribeca will once again collaborate to give the world access to stories from underrepresented filmmakers that deserve to be seen. “AT&T Presents Untold Stories” is an inclusive film program in collaboration with Tribeca - a multi-year, multi-tier alliance between AT&T and Tribeca along with the year-round nonprofit Tribeca Film Institute.
The Tribeca Film Festival is pleased to announce its 2019 Partners: 23andMe, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Bai Beverages, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), BVLGARI, CHANEL, CNN Films, Diageo, ESPN, HBO, IMDbPro, Kia, Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card from Chase, Merck, Montefiore, National CineMedia (NCM), Nespresso, New York Magazine, NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Prime Video Direct, P&G, PwC, Salesforce, Spring Studios New York, Squarespace, Status Sparkling Wine, and Stella Artois.
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