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Stars Align: Here are All of Tribeca's 2018 Talks, Reunions, and Special Screenings

Scarface, Schindler's List, and In the Soup will all be honored at anniversary screenings at this year's festival. Check out what else is in store...

Epic reunions and intimate, not-to-be-missed conversations will take center stage during the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T and running April 18th to the 29th. Tribeca will celebrate the anniversaries of Brian De Palma's Scarface, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, and Alexandre Rockwell's In the Soup, bringing three cinematic treasures back to the big screen.

Winner of seven Oscars, Spielberg's masterpiece, Schindler’s List, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special post-screening conversation featuring Spielberg and actors Liam Neeson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz, and more. Scarface, one of the most referenced and revered films in pop culture, will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a screening and conversation featuring De Palma and actors Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. Anniversary celebrations of Schindler’s List and Scarface will take place at the Beacon Theatre; tickets go on sale tomorrow, March 20 at 10:00 AM. In the Soup, a New York indie gem, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the first unveiling of its new 4K restoration, followed by a conversation with director Rockwell, actors Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Beals, and Sam Rockwell, and cinematographer Phil Parmet.

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.

Al Pacino in Brian De Palma's Scarface, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary at Tribeca 2018.

"As we welcome new filmmakers to the Tribeca community, it is a great time to pause and take a look back at master filmmakers and some of their singular works that have changed filmmaking and influenced popular culture," said Paula Weinstein, EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. "Our anniversary screenings and our Talks allow a rare behind the scenes look at the creative process — be it director, actor, songwriter — we give our audiences a window into the thoughts and inspiration of the best story tellers working today."

Tribeca Talks: Master Class, focused on specific sectors of the artistic process, present Writing and Showrunning for TV featuring the prolific creatoive duo Robert and Michelle King and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah executive producers Steve Bodow and Jennifer Flanz. There will also be a Sound and Music Design for Film Master Class with Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Institute.

Tribeca Talks: The Future of Film highlights the promising intersection of storytelling and technology, focusing on how innovations like Blockchain technology and Artificial Intelligence are influencing the industry. Rounding out the Talks program, and part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, is a conversation with the team from the 30 for 30 podcast series on bikram yoga.

Liam Neeson and Sir Ben Kingsley in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, which will be honored at at 25th anniversary tribute at Tribeca 2018.

"A key component of the creative community the Festival fosters is celebrating and learning from some of the all-time greats in our industry," said Cara Cusumano, Tribeca’s Director of Programming. "Tribeca’s talks and reunions expand the movies beyond the screen through these illuminating live events with some of today's most engaging cinematic voices."

REUNIONS

Schindler’s List 25th Anniversary

Steven Spielberg’s epic 1993 masterpiece Schindler’s List remains one of contemporary cinema’s most challenging and sensitive portraits on the human toll of the Holocaust. Anchored by stunning performances from Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Embeth Davidtz, the film received near universal acclaim, going on to win seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, with an additional five nominations. Twenty-five years later, Schindler’s List continues to be widely considered one of the greatest films of all time. A Universal Pictures release.

After the Screening: a conversation with director Steven Spielberg and actors Liam Neeson, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Embeth Davidtz. Moderated by New York Times critic Janet Maslin.

DATE: Thursday, April 26th
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Beacon Theatre

Scarface – 35th Anniversary, Sponsored by Kia

Scarface, Brian De Palma’s blazing modernization of Howard Hawks’ 1932 classic, is an electrifying consideration of the humanizing motives of evil men. It went on to receive three Golden Globe nominations and became one of the most referenced and revered films in pop culture. Al Pacino delivers his riskiest performance in a career-defining role, garnering a cult following for the film. Revisit the gangland masterpiece thirty-five years later, a rich, harrowing, eminently quotable ride to excess and self-destruction that laid the groundwork for all the anti-hero stories to come. A Universal Pictures release.

After the Screening: a conversation with director Brian De Palma and actors Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer.

DATE: Thursday, April 19th
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Beacon Theatre

In the Soup – 25th Anniversary Restoration

Directed by Alexandre Rockwell, In the Soup portrays the story of Adolpho (Steve Buscemi), who is writing a screenplay from his crumbling NYC apartment, and falling for the girl-next-door. In a desperate attempt to get his screenplay funded, he connects with Joe (Seymour Cassel), a shady high-roller willing to play dirty. After winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1992, the film all but disappeared and only one damaged archival print remained. Through the efforts of Factory 25 and a Kickstarter campaign, the film’s print has been restored. Join us in celebrating the world premiere of the 4K restoration of In the Soup, a hidden treasure of American independent cinema. A Factory 25 Release,

After the Screening: a conversation with director Alexandre Rockwell, actors Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Beals, and Sam Rockwell, and cinematographer Phil Parmet.

DATE: Tuesday, April 24th
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theatre

TRIBECA TALKS: DIRECTORS SERIES

Today’s most essential and groundbreaking filmmakers discuss their career highlights. In Partnership with Squarespace. Media Support from Entertainment Weekly.

Alexander Payne

Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne will discuss his career as the writer/director of notable satires and dark comedies (Citizen Ruth, Election, Downsizing), as well as family dramedies (About Schmidt, The Descendants, Nebraska).

DATE: Saturday, April 28th
TIME: 3:00 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theatre

Jason Reitman with Tamara Jenkins and the New York Premiere of Tully

Following the New York Premiere of his film Tully, writer, director, and producer Jason Reitman will sit down with revered writer/director Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills, The Savages) to discuss his latest film, as well as his eminent career as the writer/director of witty, satirical indie comedies such as Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air. Reitman’s collaborations with screenwriter Diablo Cody have produced such memorable films as Young Adult and Juno, the latter of which was Roger Ebert’s favorite film of 2007. Nominated for four Academy Awards by the age of 32, and the winner of a Golden Globe for best screenplay for Up in the Air, Reitman has established himself as a formidable voice in independent filmmaking.

Tully, directed by Jason Reitman, written by Diablo Cody. Produced by Diablo Cody, A.J. Dix, Helen Estabrook, Aaron L. Gilbert, Beth Kono, Mason Novick, Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman. (USA) - A harried mother of three crosses paths with a free-spirited nanny named Tully in this charming, modern take on the fairy godmother story. With Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston. A release from Focus Features

DATE: Thursday, April 19th
TIME: 5:15 PM
LOCATION: BMCC Tribeca PAC

Laura Poitras with Sheila Nevins

Academy Award-winning filmmaker, journalist and artist Laura Poitras has spent her career uncovering America’s hidden truths. Her film CITIZENFOUR won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, and My Country, My Country was nominated in the same category in 2007. Poitras received the George Polk Award for National Security Journalism and shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2014. She is the co-creator of the visual journalism project Field of Vision.

DATE: Saturday, April 28th
TIME: 4:00 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theatre

Nancy Meyers with Carrie Rickey

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 Private Benjamin, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, to her work as the writer/director of such films as Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, It's Complicated, and The Intern. Meyers has the uncanny ability to tap into the very heart of modern relationships, and her films have chronicled women and men, at work and in love, in a singular fashion that makes each film instantly recognizable as a Nancy Meyers movie.

DATE: Wednesday, April 25th
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Tribeca Festival Hub

Lesli Linka Glatter with Claire Danes

Virtuosic director Lesli Linka Glatter is one of the most prolific television helmers in the industry, with more than 100 hours of episodic television, seven Emmy nominations, and 2 DGA Awards under her belt. Her impressive and innumerable directorial credits include Twin Peaks, Freaks and Geeks, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Mad Men, The Leftovers, and Homeland, for which she also serves as an executive producer. To discuss her illustrious career, Lesli will be joined by her Homeland collaborator and esteemed actress Claire Danes, whose versatility and tenacity as a performer has garnered her three Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes and two SAG Awards. These two seminal and intrepid women will discuss their impressive careers and the trails they’ve blazed for women in a profession that continues to be dominated by men.

DATE: Thursday, April 26th
TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Tribeca Festival Hub

TRIBECA TALKS: STORYTELLERS

Celebrating some of today’s most innovative creators who wear many hats and work across multiple mediums. Sponsored by Montefiore. Media Support from Entertainment Weekly.

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro

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 Summer, Wedding Crashers, and The Hangover trilogy, to his moving 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 Playbook, American Hustle, Joy, and Limitless, which was their first picture together.

DATE: Saturday, April 21st
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Tribeca Festival Hub

Spike Lee and Alec Baldwin

Spike Lee and Alec Baldwin, two of the industry’s most prolific storytellers, will sit down and discuss 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 cinematic 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 X, 4 Little Girls, 25th Hour, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, and Inside Man. Alec Baldwin is a critically-acclaimed actor, writer, producer, and activist, most recognizable for his roles in Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, 30 Rock, and Saturday Night Live. He also hosts the podcast Here’s the Thing for WNYC radio and is the author of three books.

DATE: Tuesday, April 24
TIME: 8:30 PM
LOCATION: The Festival Hub

John Legend

Celebrated singer, songwriter, actor, and producer, John Legend has been releasing billboard hits since his debut album Get Lifted in 2004. He has earned a total of ten Grammy Awards. 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 Ava DuVernay's 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.

DATE: Thursday, April 19th
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theatre

Edward Burns with Mike Vaccaro and the World Premiere of Summertime

In conjunction with the world premiere of his film Summertime, actor, producer, writer, and director Edward Burns will sit down with Mike Vaccar, award-winning journalist and lead sports columnist for the New York Post, 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, and 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 One, Sidewalks of New York, and Newlyweds. Burns is also known for his performance in Saving Private Ryan. Most recently, Burns made his mark in television in the series Public Morals for TNT and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, in which he wrote, directed, starred, and executive produced.

Summertime, directed and written by Edward Burns. Produced by Aaron Lubin, Edward Burns. (USA) – World Premiere. Set in the summer of 1983 in Rockaway Beach, the film follows a group of recent high school and college graduates as they work summer jobs, fall in and out of love, and prepare for their new worlds to begin after Labor Day weekend. With Pico Alexander, Edward Burns, Amadeus Serafini, Caitlin Stasey, Rita Volk, Lindsey Morgan, Anthony Ramos.

DATE: Friday, April 27th
TIME: 8:00 PM
LOCATION: BMCC Tribeca PAC

Jamie Foxx

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. 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.

DATE: Monday, April 23rd
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: BMCC Tribeca PAC

TRIBECA TALKS: THE JOURNEY, Sponsored by TUMI

Industry stalwarts take the stage to discuss the bold choices they have made throughout their careers. This new series will extend year-round with TUMI, taking The Journey on the road throughout 2018 with the first talk starting at this year's Festival.

Sarah Jessica Parker

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 City, where she lives and runs her own production company, Pretty Matches. She will speak to the path that she has so boldly crafted for herself to realize such achievements.

DATE: Friday, April 27th
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Tribeca Festival Hub

TRIBECA TALKS: MASTER CLASS

Tribeca Talks: Master Class events are free to the public and feature conversations focusing on a specific sector of the artistic process. Supported by The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

Writing and Showrunning for TV

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 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 cybersecurity — 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.

DATE: Saturday, April 28th
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theatre

Sound and Music Design for Film

Since 1927, sound has transported film audiences from the theater to the alternate realities projected on the 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 Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Institute.

DATE: Friday, April 20th
TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theatre

TRIBECA TALKS: THE FUTURE OF FILM

Tribeca Talks: The Future of Film is anchored to conversations around storytelling and technology. These programs are free and open to the public. Sponsored by IBM

Artificial Intelligence and Augmented & Virtual Reality: The Future of Immersive Storytelling

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 Saatchi, and Asad Malik, the creator of Terminal 3, an interactive AR documentary which is world premiering in the Tribeca Immersive program.

DATE: Tuesday, April 24th
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Tribeca Festival Hub

Education and Advocacy in VR

Virtual Reality (VR) 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 Eliza McNitt, the creator of SPHERES: Pale Blue Dot; Courtney Cogburn, the co-creator of 1000 Cut Journey; Amy Seidenwurm, Executive Producer of Oculus VR for Good; and Elise Pearlstein, Executive Producer of This is Climate Change and SVP of and TV and Film at Participant Media.

DATE: Tuesday, April 24th
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Tribeca Festival Hub

Blockchain: Can Blockchain Breed Blockbusters?

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 otherwise 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 Mitzi Peirone, writer-director of the 2018 Tribeca selection Braid.

DATE: Monday, April 23rd
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Tribeca Festival Hub

Interactive Technology in Storytelling

Entertainment media is finally evolving, and its 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 Schlafman, Interactive Originals at Netflix; Evette Vargas, CEO of Digital Reign; Jon Dakss, EVP and Chief Digital Officer, MGM/EPIX; and Casey Pugh, Head of Creator Labs at Vimeo

DATE: Friday, April 20th
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Tribeca Festival Hub

The Game-Changer: Building Faster, Smarter Games on the Cloud

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.” Panelists will include Luke Schantz, Developer Advocate Innovation, Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurship at IBM, and Amara Keller, Developer Advocate at IBM.

IBM will partner with Tribeca Games for a game jam for 15 of New York’s top independent game developers. The jam will bring together three teams of five developers to build three new games using IBM tools and technology. These games will be made available for play during the Festival in the Festival Lounge at theTribeca Festival Hub.

DATE: Monday, April 21st
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Tribeca Festival Hub

TRIBECA/ESPN SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL TALK

Sponsored by Mohegan Sun.

Tribeca Talks: 30 for 30 Podcast Bikram

ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcast 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 amid sexual assault allegations against its charismatic founder, Bikram Choudhury. Reporter and producer Julia Lowrie Henderson and host and editor Jody Avirgan will discuss their experiences diving into this powerful story, which offers timely lessons for how we think about sports, gender, power, and community, followed by an exclusive clip from the upcoming season.

DATE: Sunday, April 22nd
TIME: 7:15 PM
LOCATION: Cinepolis

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