*Links to download video & stills are available at the end of this document*
**Additional footage & arrival interviews can be found here.**
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2018 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS & ICYMI MOMENTS
NEW YORK, NY– April 30, 2018 –After 12 days filled with film and television screenings, pioneering immersive and virtual reality experiences, momentous reunions and talks, concerts, and game debuts the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today announced an estimated attendance of more than 140,000 people to 564 screenings and Talks, the Virtual Arcade and Tribeca Cinema360, and games with an additional 1,850,000 people participating in 11 talks from afar via Facebook Live. [Note: This is on par with last year’s attendance based on capacity as many of the theaters being used in 2018 had seats reconfigured resulting in less total seating capacity]
From April 18 - April 29, the Festival presented 99 features, 55 short films, 35 immersive storytelling projects, 20 television projects, and 12 N.O.W. (New Online Work) projects representing 46 countries. Tribeca hosted 34 Tribeca Talks, including Tribeca Talks: TIME’S UP - A Day of Conversation and Action.
This year, 46% of the feature films were directed by women, the highest percentage in the Festival’s history.
Below are highlights and clip handouts of conversations, interviews, and select moments from the Festival.
FILM / TV / VR PROJECT SALES
As the Festival wraps, four of the films available for acquisition and one VR project have announced distribution deals, with additional offers on the table and deals to be announced soon.
The 2018 Festival opened with Love, Gilda about trailblazing comedian Gilda Radner [interviews and introductions from opening night]
While constantly exploring the future of film, Tribeca paid tribute to the past with special reunion events that celebrated the 35th anniversary of Scarface and the 25th anniversary of Schindler's List. The Festival celebrated the 25th anniversary of New York indie gem In the Soupwith the World Premiere of its 4k restoration [interviews and clips from conversation & social clips]
The Festival closed with director Liz Garbus’ The Fourth Estate, the first part of Showtime’s new four-part documentary, which gives an inside look at The New York Times as they tracked Trump’s first year in office. [Post Premiere Q&A]
Video from post-screening Q&As from select films:
*See end of document for full list of Juried & Audience Awards.
Creating entertaining music experiences and live events connected to film is a Tribeca tradition. This year, special performances after screenings included:
Bathtubs Over Broadway – members of the cast were joined on stage for a special musical performance after the screening. [Interviews from carpet and post premiere Q&A interviews from carpet and post premiere Q&A
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes – jazz performance with Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, and Robert Glasper with a surprise appearance by rapper Common. [Clip of Common jumping into the performance]
Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band – Patti Smith was joined by her band - Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty, Tony Shanahan, and Jackson Smith - for a special performance featuring surprise appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Michael Stipe. [Clips from performance with Patti and Bruce and interviews]
Mr. SOUL! – performance with Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Kyle Abraham, DJ Jahi Sundance, Sade Lythcott, Kathleen Cleaver and The Last Poets: Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan, and Felipe Luciano. [Clips from performances]
Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1 – performances by Fat Joe, Kid Ink, and Gizzle.
Tribeca TV debuted new narratives this year but also had an equal focus on docu-series. The line-up of 20 projects was made up of 8 World Premieres, one International Premiere, two North American Premieres, one New York Premiere, one Mid-Season Premiere, and two Feature Documentaries and five Indie Pilots. The section also reflects the changing landscape of players in the TV arena with shows from Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube Red along with broadcast and cable networks, Showtime, Starz and ABC.
Highlights include: World Premieres of Cobra Kai [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A, Interviews from the carpet ], Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A, Interviews from the carpet], Sweetbitter[Clips from Post Premiere Q&A, Interviews from the carpet], Bobby Kennedy For President [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A], The Last Defense [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A, Interviews from the carpet], Genius: Picasso[Interviews from the carpet, Clips from Post Premiere Q&A], Staircase[Clips from Post Premiere Q&A], North American Premieres of Little Women[Interviews from the carpet and clips from Post Premiere Q&A], Picnic at Hanging Rock [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A], New York Premiere of Westworld [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A], and Drunk History [Clips from Post Premiere Q&A].
Tribeca Immersive 2018 offerings included 35 virtual reality (VR), innovative exhibitions and experiences from top creators such as Jeremy Bailenson, Chris Milk, Eliza McNitt, Eugene YK Chung, Gabo Arora, and Saschka Unseld, and emerging artists Asad J. Malik, Gabriela Arp, Lucas Rizzotto, Angel Manuel Soto, Navid Khonsari, and Lindsay Branham.
Virtual Arcade featuring Storyscapes presented by AT&T highlights include: celebrated artist/director Laurie Anderson, hand painting Chalkroom, a VR experience featuring words, drawings and stories; children and adults sharing stories about creating original works of music in LAMBCHILD SUPERSTAR: Making Music in the Menagerie of the Holy Cow created by Chris Milk and Damien Kulash of OK Go; participant’s emotional responses to real-world issues addresses in documentary style projects 1000 Cut Journey, Terminal 3, Into the Now, My Africa and The Day the World Changed, and a blend of VR with immersive theater in a groundbreaking fairytale experience - Jack: Part One.
The newest addition to Tribeca Immersive, Cinema360, sponsored by PwC, was the Festival’s first VR theater and gave audiences an intimate communal VR experience.
The 2018 Storyscapes Award, presented by AT&T, which recognizes groundbreaking approaches in storytelling and technology, was given to Hero, created by Navid Khonsari, Vassiliki Khonsari, and Brooks Brown.
The Festival presented 34 Tribeca Talks featuring conversations between acclaimed directors, musicians, journalists, actors, writers, and more. Highlights from the program include:
Tribeca Talks: Directors Series featured some of today’s most groundbreaking filmmakers discuss their careers and highlights. In Partnership with Squarespace.
Tribeca Talks: Storytellers returned to celebrate innovative creators who have broken from the mold and pioneered their own forms of storytelling, often mastering multiple mediums. Sponsored by Montefiore
Tribeca Talks: TIME’S Up - A Day of Conversation and Action
[Clips from each panel and panel introduction]
Tribeca collaborated with TIME’S UP to host the Day of Conversation and Action, which featured conversations with a range of 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 shared their stories. Highlights included:
Tribeca Talks: The Journey debuted with a conversation the Sarah Jessica Parker about her career path across multiple endeavors. Sponsored by TUMI.
Tribeca Talks: Master Class featured a line-up of conversations focusing on specific sectors of the filmmaking process. Supported by The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
N.O.W. (New Online Work)
Celebrating its 5th year, Tribeca N.O.W. is a program that discovers, highlights, and celebrates New Online Work from independent storytellers creating and sharing their work in the online space.
Tribeca N.O.W. Showcase brought the latest work from 12 independent online creators to the big screen - with sold out screenings - as official Tribeca selections.Trailers and clips are available here.
TRIBECA N.O.W. CREATORS MARKET
Industry and independents came together at the Tribeca Creators Market, an invite-only event where creators discussed their work with distributors, brands, and MCNs.
Exclusive presentations of Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Re-Imagining the God of War: The Inside Story in partnership with The Madison Square Garden Company served as the tentpole events for 2018 Tribeca Games. Tribeca’s co-founder Jane Rosenthal introduced the first public gameplay footage of the eagerly anticipated Shadow of the Tomb Raider to a thrilled crowd, followed by a panel discussion with the team including the voice of Lara Croft, actress Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy, Justice League); Senior Game Director, Daniel Bisson; Lead Writer Jill Murray; Senior Brand Director Rich Briggs; and Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley.
Re-Imagining God of War: The Inside Story talk was with creative director Cory Barlog who was joined by recently announced actors Chris Judge (Stargate SG-1, God of War), Jeremy Davies (Lost, Twin Peaks, Saving Private Ryan) and Danielle Bisutti (Insidious: Chapter 2, True Jackson, VP). The audience embraced the new creative direction of the seminal God of War series and the cinematic footage presented.
Rounding out the Tribeca Games presentation was the Super League Gaming Battle of the Boroughs Amateur Esports Tournament in partnership with Tic Tac Gum and the IBM “Acceleration” Game Jam, which resulted in three brand new games which were showcased at the Festival.
TRIBECA X AWARD
The Tribeca X Award entered its third year as a juried award for excellence in creative, original, and authentic storytelling that is sponsored or underwritten by a brand. Eligible projects included scripted and documentary work for film, TV, digital, social, and VR/AR, in both feature or short length that were funded with support of a brand in collaboration with artists or filmmakers.
2018 Tribeca X Award winner: For Every Kind of Dream series for Square. Directed by Mohammad Gorjestani for Even/Odd.
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ABOUT THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
The Tribeca Film Festival is the leading cultural event that 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 17th 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
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