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2011 Festival Panels and Events Announced

Discuss film with Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn and Tribeca’s own Robert De Niro. It’s all part of Tribeca Talks.


In addition to the incredible selection of films at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, we invite you to Tribeca Talks, an open-to-the-public panel series featuring one-on-one discussions with some of the biggest directors, actors and thought leaders in the industry.


Join Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro for an interview with Brian Williams as part of the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series. Screen and explore Rockstar’s unreleased cinema-videogame hybrid, L.A. Noire. Catch the premieres of five new documentaries and a special screening of the Academy Award-winning masterpiece A Beautiful Mind, followed by a discussion with director Ron Howard himself. There’s never been a better reason to stick around after the credits!


Tribeca Talks: Directors Series

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series


This year, Tribeca’s annual series has expanded to include this new and exciting panel program. Join these entertainment industry icons and acclaimed directors for the following exclusive interviews:


Robert De Niro with Brian Williams
April 23, 3 pm
BMCC's Tribeca Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will interview Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and Academy Award®-winning actor Robert De Niro.

Doug Liman with Alec Baldwin

April 26, 6 pm
SVA Theater 1

Blockbuster filmmaker Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) will be interviewed by Academy Award® nominee and multiple Emmy Award winner Alec Baldwin.


Martin Scorsese with Souleymane Cissé
April 29, 4 pm
SVA Theater 1

Souleymane Cissé, Malian filmmaker and first filmmaker of African descent to win a major award at the Cannes Film Festival, will be interviewed by legendary director Martin Scorsese.


Tribeca Talks: After the Movie


Tribeca Talks: After the Movie


Pose your post-screening queries to the directors and stars of our featured movies and special screening, A Beautiful Mind, with these After the Movie panels:


A Beautiful Mind


Special Screening: A Beautiful Mind
April 30, 3 pm
SVA Theater 1
Been dying to pick the brains behind uber-brain John Forbes Nash Jr. since you first saw the Academy Award®-winning film? The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation presents a special 10th anniversary screening at this year’s Festival, followed by a conversation with director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the film's math consultant Dave Bayer, and author of the original book Sylvia Nasar. This talk will be moderated by NPR’s Ira Flatow.


Revenge of the Electric Car


Revenge of the Electric Car (World Premiere)
April 23, 5 pm
SVA Theater 2

The film is look behind the closed doors of Nissan, General Motors and Tesla Motors as they race to develop the world’s first and most economically accessible electric car. Followed by a discussion with director Chris Paine, President and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. Carlos Ghosn, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Dan Neil, and moderated by actor/writer/director David Duchovny.

Grandma A Thousand Times


Grandma, A Thousand Times (North American Premiere)
April 25, 3:30 pm
SVA Theater 1

Hosted by the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, where the film captured the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film in 2010, this documentary examines a family matriarch as she struggles to cope with the silence of her once-buzzing house and imagines what waits her beyond death. Followed by a discussion with director Mahmoud Kaabour and others on the experience of making films in the Middle East.



Love Hate Love (World Premiere)
April 26, 5:30 pm

The film is an inspirational documentary that examines the difficult journeys of three families torn apart by three separate acts of terrorism: the attacks on the World Trade Center, the London bus bombing and the Sari Club bombing in Bali. Followed by a conversation with executive producer Sean Penn, directors Dana Nachman and Don Hardy as well as family members featured in the film: Liz Alderman, Steve Alderman, Esther Hyman and Ben Tullipan.


Off the Rez


Off the Rez (World Premiere)
April 26, 6:30 pm
SVA Theater 2

This documentary follows Shoni Schimmel, a Umatilla Indian and one of the best high school basketball players in the country, whose hoop dreams of being the first from her tribe to get a college scholarship are threatened after her family leaves the Umatillia Indian Reservation. Followed by a conversation with executive producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, director Jonathan Hock, Discovery and TLC Networks president Eileen O’Neill, and subject Shoni Schimmel, moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger.


Photo Credit: Grey Villet

The Loving Story (New York Premiere)
April 27, 5:30 pm
SVA Theater 2
A documentary recounting the unknown love story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple behind the 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. Followed by a discussion with director Nancy Buirski, attorney Phil Hirschkop, who represented the Lovings, and others as they discuss this landmark case and current issues surrounding race and marriage equality.


Sing Your Song

Sing Your Song
(New York Premiere)
April 29, 6 pm

This stirring documentary examines legendary entertainer Harry Belafonte’s continued humanitarian contributions to the arts, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the fight against Apartheid, combating starvation in Ethiopia and more. Followed by a conversation with Harry Belafonte, moderated by noted broadcaster Tavis Smiley.


Education of Dee Dee Ricks


The Education of Dee Dee Ricks (World Premiere)
May 1, 3 pm
SVA Theater 1

This documentary shows how a successful businesswoman and mother’s life changed when, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she set out to make life easier for less fortunate cancer patients. Followed by a conversation with Dee Dee Ricks, producer Lisa Cohen, Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention founder Harold P. Freeman MD, and public health advocates. Moderated by the film’s director, Perri Peltz.


Anything You Want To Be: NYWIFT

Independent Women: 15 Years of NYWIFT-Funded Film Preservation
April 30, 7 pm
SVA Theater 1

Women's Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television presents 11 short films exploring the contributions of women filmmakers in the canon of the American experimental avant-garde. Following the films, engage in a conversation with an eclectic group of women filmmakers who helped shape avant-garde cinema.


L.A. Noire Rockstar Games


L.A. Noire
April 25, 5:30 pm
SVA Theater 2

A sneak preview of Rockstar Games' digitally state-of-the-art videogame, L.A. Noire, a new detective game where players make their way through the streets of Los Angeles trying to solve murders. The game demo will be followed by a special discussion exploring the cinematic elements of filmmaking that have crossed over into the gaming industry.


Tribeca Talks Industry


Tribeca Talks: Industry


Meanwhile, film lovers and makers can also take part in the following Tribeca Talks: Industry panels.


Amplify the Message: Social Media
April 22, 2:30 pm, SVA Theater 2
Examine how film producers and directors engage new interactive audiences through such networks as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, GetGlue and Foursquare. This panel will be moderated by Marc Schiller, CEO and Founder of Electric Artists. Featured panelists include Rider Strong, director/screenwriter of The Dungeon Master; Howard Tullman, President & CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy; and others. The conversation will be streamed live on the Tribeca (Online) Film Festival website.


Meet the Documentary Broadcasters
April 23, 2:30 pm, SVA Theater 2
A conversation with industry broadcasters about the type of nonfiction films they’re drawn to and thoughts on where this genre is headed. Panelists include Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films; Anna Miralis, Editor, True Stories, Channel 4 Documentaries; Connor Schell, Executive Producer, ESPN Films, and others.

Are Documentary Films Changing the World?

April 24, 2:30 pm, SVA Theater 2
Get the answers at a discussion with filmmaker and activist Abigail Disney; director of Give Up Tomorrow Michael Collins; Executive Director and co-founder of Impact Partners Dan Cogan; and others as they explore the new trend in documentary filmmaking of collaboration between filmmakers and NGOs to increase distribution and influence public perception and policy.


Digital by Design

April 26, 2:30 pm, SVA Theater 2
Discuss the emergence of online digital platforms and applications that provoke filmmakers to confront technology head-on with producers, filmmakers, and industry executives including writer/director Edward Burns and SAP senior vice president, Richard Whittington.


The Business of Entertainment
April 27,
2:30 pm, SVA Theater 2
Sponsored by Bloomberg, this panel will explore the issues and trends that affect the economics of the film business and the broader entertainment industry.


Shooting Film on a Budget
April 28, 2:30 pm, SVA Theater 2
Sponsored by Kodak, this panel offers how-to tips on creating beautiful and cost-effective cinematic narratives on film. Join Kodak and Michael Cuesta (writer/director of Roadie), producer Karen Chien and others to learn how to bring the script to the screen in a meaningful visual way.



Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper



Hosted by Barnes & Noble, this series will take a closer look at writers who turn true events into a screenplay at the Based on True Events panel (April 23, 1 pm); filmmaking in the 1970s and the conflicts that resulted in some of the most acclaimed films of a generation with In Conversation with Peter Bart (April 24, 1 pm); and the difficulties of writing a script for a documentary film with Writing the Documentary (April 25, 1 pm). All panels will take place at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square.


Panelists for this series include Steven Silver, director of The Bang Bang Club; Greg Marinovich, photographer and co-author of The Bang Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War; author and Variety editorial director Peter Bart; Tribeca Enterprises Chief Creative Officer Geoffrey Gilmore; Adam and Mark Kassen, directors of Puncture, with Chris Lopata, screenwriter of Puncture; David Gelb, director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi; Maria Ramström, director of Love Always, Carolyn; and more.


Tribeca Talks: ESPN


Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Panel
April 24, 5:30 pm, SVA Theater 2
After the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival’s world premiere of Catching Hell, a doc about the relationship between Chicago Cubs fans and Steve Bartman following his infamous near-catch in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS Series, join director Alex Gibney to discuss the psychology of die-hard sports fans and the phenomenon of scapegoatinh. Sponsored by Time Warner Cable.


Tribeca Talks Special Event: Youth Radicalization Redefined

April 29, 5:30 pm, SVA Theater 2
With 60 percent of the world under the age of 30 and a majority of those “at risk”—either socially, economically, or both—there is an oversupply of young people susceptible to recruitment by extremist, religious, or ideological groups.


Join Tribeca and moderator Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas and a Council on Foreign Relations adjunct fellow, as we hear from 6 former extremists who have renounced violence and are now working to promote community and youth education. 


This special Tribeca Talks event aims to provide a forum for high school students and their parents to identify signs of recruitment and the subsequent dangers of radicalization and is presented by TFF, Google Ideas, and The Council on Foreign Relations.


So come talk with Tribeca and this staggering collection of insiders as they explore filmmaking, social media and the future of the world. With the Tribeca Film Festival, you can explore the world.


Check out all the films, panels, and special screenings in the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival by browsing the Film Guide.


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