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Tribeca 2016 Announces Full Tribeca Talks Lineup, Including Directors Series, Storytellers, and Daring Women Summit

J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuarón, Joss Whedon, Catherine Hardwicke, Francis Ford Coppola, Jodie Foster, and more will be at the Tribeca Film Festival for candid on-stage conversations.

With over 100 films and a plethora of virtual reality and innovation projects set to take over New York City from April 13-24, the 15th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, should already have NYC film lovers frantically trying to arrange their mid-April schedules. If last week's announcement of our Taxi Driver anniversary/reunion screening felt like the last complication for those calendar struggles, you might as well toss your calendar in the trash and start a new one. Tribeca 2016's full Tribeca Talks lineup is here.

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, which brought Christopher Nolan, George Lucas, Ava DuVernay, and Cary Fukunaga to the Festival last year, is bigger than ever in 2016. Fresh off of directing the record-breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens and producing the sci-fi hit 10 Cloverfield Lane, J.J. Abrams will sit down with the always-unpredictable Chris Rock for a lively conversation; having turned Marvel's The Avengers into Hollywood's biggest blockbuster heroes, Joss Whedon will discuss his illustrious career with friend, and Bruce "the Hulk" Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo; Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón will go in-depth on his critically lauded films, including Children of Men and Gravity; the visually singular Baz Luhrmann and cultural critic/filmmaker Nelson George will chat about their new Netflix original series The Get Down, for which George is part of the writing team; multihyphenate Jodie Foster, whose new film, Money Monster (starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts), opens in May, will talk about her storied career with director Julie Taymor; and Fish Tank director Andrea Arnold will do the same.

Tribeca 2016 will also launch two new additions to Tribeca Talks. Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, which honors pioneers whose creations have stretched across all mediums, will welcome Francis Ford Coppola, Idina Menzel, and Patti Smith, in addition to the previously announced Tina Fey and Tom Hanks. There's also Tribeca Talks: Daring Women Summit Powered by the Li.st, a one-day gathering of some of the most influential women from a variety of backgrounds and professional fields, including Google Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief Julie Ann Crommett, fashion icon Donna Karan, Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan, and Tangerine star Mya Taylor.

"Storytelling is an expansive medium with the power to advance conversations and issues long after the credits roll," said Paula Weinstein, Executive Vice President, Tribeca Enterprises. "The Tribeca Talks series gives audiences the chance to continue those conversations as well as hear from legendary figures in film, music, and more."

And that's not all. Because your April isn't packed with enough cinematic goodness, the Festival has added seven Tribeca Talks: After the Movies events, where attendees will hear from the filmmakers and actors immediately following each film's screening. Two of the films were previously announced but are now officially Tribeca Talks: After the Movies inclusions: Contemporary Color, the World Documentary Competition's opener, will now be proceeded by a conversation between musical legend, and the doc's subject, David Byrne and co-directors Bill and Turner Ross; the second is the documentary short Starring Austin Pendleton, for which character actor Austin Pendleton will discuss his highly respected filmography with some of his most famous past co-stars.

The rest of the Tribeca Talks: After the Movies events range from starry comedies to hard-hitting docs. Co-stars Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana will surely drop multiple quotables after the world premiere of their Netflix comedy Special Correspondents; executive producer Katie Couric and writer-director Jason Grant Smith will converse about their timely world-premiering doc I Voted?; Anthony Bourdain will join fellow executive producer Lydia Tenaglia to premiere their new doc Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, along with subject and chef Jeremiah Tower; and 2013 Tribeca Nora Ephron Prize winner Meera Menon will return to the Festival for the NYC premiere of her second feature film, Equity, a.k.a. the first women-led Wall Street film.

That's not enough? Well, here's one more big name: Tribeca Talks: Master Class will include filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight) giving a free lecture on how to effectively prep a film shoot.

See below for the complete Tribeca Talks breakdown. Tickets for the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival go on sale March 29.

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, sponsored by Amazon Studios with media support from Entertainment Weekly
Some of the most distinctive directors discuss their careers and highlights, from Jodie Foster discussing her TV endeavors and the upcoming Money Monster, to Joss Whedon's cult hits Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the Avengers series, J.J. Abrams on Star Trek and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andrea Arnold's Red Road and Fish Tank, Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También and Gravity, and Baz Luhrmann's upcoming TV show The Get Down and stylistic Moulin Rouge.

J.J. Abrams with Chris Rock
Multi-faceted filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Felicity, Lost) will discuss the turns and triumphs of his career with comic actor and fellow filmmaker Chris Rock.
DATE: Friday, April 15
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
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Andrea Arnold
One of the freshest voices in cinema today, British filmmaker Andrea Arnold sits down for a conversation about her work from her debut feature Red Road to the highly acclaimed Fish Tank.
DATE: Monday, April 18
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 2
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Joss Whedon with Mark Ruffalo
Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers films and creator of cult classics Angel and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, will talk to esteemed actor and collaborator Mark Ruffalo about his distinguished career.
DATE: Monday, April 18
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 1
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Jodie Foster with Julie Taymor
Jodie Foster has culminated her experience as an actress into directing and will explore how she has forged a position as an esteemed filmmaker in both film and television through a conversation with filmmaker Julie Taymor.
DATE: Wednesday, April 20
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Festival Hub
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Baz Luhrmann with Nelson George
Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has one of the most distinctly recognizable visual styles in cinema today and discusses creating work which merges both classic and modern worlds through films from The Great Gatsby to Moulin Rouge.
DATE: Saturday, April 23
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 1
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Alfonso Cuarón with Emmanuel Lubezki
From the indie hit Y Tu Mamá También to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and will discuss his ability to create truly unique cinematic worlds.
DATE: Wednesday, April 20
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 1
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Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, sponsored by Dean & DeLuca with media support from Entertainment Weekly
Celebrating passionate creators with a desire to tell stories in a multitude of ways—these pioneers never stay in just one lane. From Patti Smith turning songwriting into novel writing; to Tom Hanks acting, producing and directing; Tina Fey, writing, acting, producing and creating shows, Idina Menzel performing in TV, film and originating roles in theaters as well as songwriting; and Francis Ford Coppola discussing his passion for food and wine in addition to filmmaking.

Patti Smith with Ethan Hawke
From cultural music icon to novelist Patti Smith has always been ahead of the curve and never afraid to pull punches, she will converse on her career and force field of creativity.
DATE: Thursday, April 14
TIME: 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 2
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Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel has trail-blazed a career in film, television and theater not only being there for the inception of stage shows and the roles she has made iconic, but also performed in a variety of mediums and showcased her abilities as a songwriter.
DATE: Monday, April 18
TIME: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 1
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Tina Fey with Damian Holbrook
Known for developing smart comedy through her writing and performances in film and television, the former head writer of SNL has also created fan and critic favorite TV shows 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
DATE: Tuesday, April 19
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
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Francis Ford Coppola with Jay McInerney
Francis Ford Coppola has given us some of the most memorable films on the big screen but is also a food and wine aficionado with a lifestyle brand. Francis Ford Coppola Presents encompasses a series of cafes as well as his winery in Sonoma County, CA.
DATE: Wednesday, April 20
TIME: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 1
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Tom Hanks with John Oliver
In addition to being one of the most beloved actors, Tom Hanks has also produced and directed an astounding number of films and will discuss his passion for great stories. Political commentator and television host John Oliver leads a conversation with Hanks discussing his prolific career.
DATE: Friday, April 22
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
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SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS, dir. Ricky Gervais

Tribeca Talks: After the Movie
Contemporary Color
In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an unprecedented event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of color guard—synchronized dance involving flags, rifles, and sabers—by pairing regional color guard teams with performers, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, and Ad-Rock. More than a concert film, Contemporary Color is a cinematic interpretation of this one-of-a-kind live event, courtesy of visionary filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross.
After the movie: A conversation led by David Byrne with Bill and Turner Ross, with special appearances by color guarders Kristin Thayer, Marissa Backus, Brian Rosa, Christian Orr, Emily Harrington, Marcus Henry, and Mimi Ward.
DATE: Thursday, April 14
TIME: 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
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Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (sponsored by CNN Films)
The Last Magnificent explores the exceptional, adventurous life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial, outrageous, and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Yet his name has largely been obliterated from history. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Martha Stewart, and Ruth Reichl, this delicious documentary for the culinary set tells the story of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity chef.
After the movie: Subject and chef Jeremiah Tower and executive producers Anthony Bourdain and Lydia Tenaglia.
DATE: Saturday, April 16
TIME: 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
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I Voted?
How do you know that your vote is recorded as intended in an election? After South Carolina candidate Alvin Greene overwhelmingly won the Senate Primary despite having not campaigned, a pandora's box of questions opened regarding the voting process, particularly in a digital age where we rely on computer systems to act with integrity despite the use outdated and unregulated technology.
After the movie: Writer-director Jason Grant Smith, executive producer Katie Couric, and more.
DATE: Thursday, April 21
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 2
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Equity
High-powered Wall Street banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) has been passed over for a promotion again. If she can successfully launch her next high-profile IPO, she'll be back on top. To get the job done, she must bypass her ambitious assistant (Sarah Megan Thomas) and an aggressive US prosecutor (Alysia Reiner) watching her every move, in TFF Nora Ephron Prize winner and alumnus Meera Menon's financial thriller. A Sony Pictures Classic release.
After the movie: Director Meera Menon, and other female directors discuss their experience in the industry.
DATE: Tuesday, April 19
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 2
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Starring Austin Pendleton
Austin Pendleton is that quintessential character actor you might recognize. We follow Austin as he reflects on his life and craft, while his A-list peers discuss his vast influence, dogged determination, and what it means to be an original in today's celebrity-obsessed world.
After the movie: Star and subject Austin Pendleton discusses his career with fellow actors, including Olympia Dukakis, Peter Sarsgaard, George Morfogen, and Denis O'Hare, moderated by Gordon Cox (Variety).
DATE: Thursday, April 21
TIME: 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 2
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Special Correspondents
American politics and media are aptly satirized in this feature by firebrand comedian Ricky Gervais. A pretentious radio journalist and his ineffectual technician botch an assignment in South America, and decide to fabricate an on-the-scene report while hiding out in a New York City apartment. This scheme spirals out of their control when their escalating story becomes a national headline. A Netflix Original Film.
After the movie: A conversation with writer/director Ricky Gervais, actor Eric Bana, and additional cast, moderated by Stacy Wilson Hunt (Vulture).
DATE: Friday, April 22
TIME: 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
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By Sidney Lumet
Film legend Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) tells his own story in a never-before-seen interview shot in 2008. With candor, humor and grace, Lumet reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being. The documentary features clips from Lumet’s films, 44 films made in 50 years, including Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Network, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (Afternoon of a Faun, The Loving Story) combines these elements to create a portrait of one of the most accomplished, influential and socially conscious directors in the history of cinema. By Sydney Lumet reveals the spiritual and ethical lessons at the core of his work. First and foremost a storyteller, Lumet’s strongly moral tales capture the dilemmas and concerns of a society struggling with essentials: How does one behave to others and to oneself?
After the movie: A conversation with actors Bob Balaban, Treat Williams, Jenny Lumet, and director Nancy Buirski.
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The Man Who Knew Infinity
In 1913, a self-taught mathematics prodigy Ramanujan (Dev Patel) traveled from his home in India to Trinity College in Cambridge to study with the esteemed professor GH Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Hardy fights for Ramanujan to be recognized as the two struggle with prejudice, illness, and culture on the road to perfecting the theorems that changed the course of history of math.
After the movie: A conversation with Dev Patel, Ina Petkova, and Faith Salie.
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Tribeca Talks: Daring Women Summit Powered by the Li.st
DATE: Wednesday, April 20
TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Festival Hub

This day of first-hand storytelling celebrates today's most influential women in arts and technology who have risen to the top of their respective fields by eschewing traditional career trajectories in creating their own paths. Not only have these women broken ceilings to succeed for themselves, but most importantly they have created opportunities for other women along the way through direct support and mentorship, forging job opportunities for others and creating content where women can see themselves and the possibilities of what they themselves could become.

These creative minds refused to take no for an answer, taking on outsized risks, despite the conventional wisdom. These women in tech and entertainment are bold, they are driven by innovation, and they have reservoirs of expertise and life lessons to share.

Speakers include fashion designer Donna Karan, Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee, actress and activist Rosie Perez, The Li.st founder Rachel Sklar, HelloGiggles co-founder Sophia Rossi, Google Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief Julie Ann Crommett, Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan, actress Mya Taylor, PYPO Creator Stephanie Laing, Chief Content Officer for Refinery 29 Amy Emmerich, New York Public radio's president & CEO Laura Walker, WNYC's Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale, actress LaLa Anthony, New Form Digital's chief creative officer Kathleen Grace, stand-up comedian Phoebe Robinson, and many more.
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Tribeca Talks: Master Class (Free event)
Dolby Master Class
Leading sound and music pioneers discuss the complexities of creating sound and music for film. Check website for panelists.
DATE: Friday, April 15
TIME: 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 2
FREE CLASS.

Prepping to Shoot with Catherine Hardwicke (sponsored by Nexxus New York Salon Care)
Twilight, Lords of Dogtown, and Thirteen director Catherine Hardwicke takes you inside preproduction, from creating a workable shot list to constructing lookbooks, shaping locations and building relationships with cast and crew alike—she offers tips and tricks as well as showcasing her personal work materials.
DATE: Sunday, April 17
TIME: 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 2
FREE CLASS.

Inside Casting
Esteemed casting director Ellen Lewis and Ellen Chenoweth have worked with some of the greatest directors including Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Jim Jarmusch, the Coen Brothers, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg. They will divulge the process of casting and discovering some of today’s most recognizable faces. Moderated by Bernard Telsey.
DATE: Saturday, April 23
TIME: 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 2
FREE CLASS.

Tribeca Talks - Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Conversations, sponsored by Mohegan Sun
Elections and "Scandal"
Debuting their latest Elections short documentary A More Perfect Union, Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief), Micah Cohen (FiveThirtyEight politics editor) and guests discuss how the Rev. Wright revelations affected the 2008 Democratic primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, how the media handled the story, and what lessons the episode holds for the 2016 election.
DATE: Wednesday, April 20
TIME: 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA2

A More Perfect Union, directed by Eric Drath. (USA) – World Premiere. From the discovery of Reverend Jeremiah Wright's inciting sermons to Obama's "A More Perfect Union" speech, this short film uses interviews, archives, and a timeline to illustrate the behind-the-scenes drama during a make-or-break moment in the 2008 presidential campaign.
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O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA, dir. Ezra Edelman

O.J.: Made in America with Ezra Edelman and TheUndefeated.com
O.J. Simpson remains one of the most resonant figures in American history. Undefeated.com editor in chief Kevin Merida moderates a discussion with the film’s director Ezra Edelman, managing editor Raina Kelley and senior culture writer Kelley Carter about ESPN Films' O.J.: Made in America and its attempt to make sense of both the racial context surrounding the trial 20 years ago, and a life and career still being debated today.
DATE: Sunday, April 24
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 2
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Special "Tribeca Talks" Event
Free Like the Birds
Sophie Cruz, a six-year-old girl fights to keep her family together as the threat of deporting her parents looms over her. Determined to keep her family together she travels to Washington DC, breaks through police barricades, and talks to the Pope. A girl on a mission.
After the short film: An in-depth conversation with director Paola Medoza, producers Grace LaMorte and Joseph LaMorte, and prominent activists about immigration.
DATE: Thursday, April 21
TIME: 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: SVA 2
BUY TICKETS HERE.

From Film to Game
In the entertainment industry's constantly changing landscape, the lines between mediums are starting to blur. We are witnessing the intersection of gaming and filmmaking to create a new form of storytelling that revitalizes traditional narratives.

Join BioShock's Ken Levine, Her Story creator Sam Barlow, and filmmaker Will Gluck in a discussion about how content creators are bridging the gap between video games and TV to generate compelling experiences that put the viewer in the driver's seat. Moderated by Jason Tanz (Wired).
DATE: Monday, April 18
TIME: 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Festival Hub
BUY TICKETS HERE.

About the Tribeca Festival Hub
The Tribeca Festival Hub is located at 50 Varick Street. For 10 days, the Festival Hub is abuzz with activity that engages the senses, providing a hands-on opportunity to experience the best in storytelling and what happens when it collides with the latest technology. From groundbreaking virtual reality to inspiring films, tv and talks with the best storytellers in the world and can’t-be-missed interactive installations, festival goers converge on the hub to be inspired. The Festival Hub Pass is currently on sale, tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets.

Passes and tickets for the 2016 Festival
Passes, including the Hudson and Festival Hub Passes, are on sale now at tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets. The Festival Hub Pass provides access for one to all public events at the Festival Hub at Spring Studios throughout the Festival, including interactive and virtual reality installations, the Virtual Arcade, Tribeca Storyscapes and DEFCON exhibits, Interactive Day and Imagination Day, select Tribeca Talks events, special screenings, live music and performances, as well as Pass Holder Lounges with food and drinks. It also provides access to the Disruptive Innovation Awards, two screening vouchers redeemable for evening/weekend or matinee-priced tickets, discounted rates on festival screening tickets, and an invitation to a Tribeca Film Festival Filmmaker Party. The Festival Hub Pass costs $550.

The Hudson Pass provides access for one to all public events at the Festival Hub, as well as Pass Holder Lounges with food, and drinks. It also provides access to all evening/weekend and matinee screenings, all Tribeca Talks, the Disruptive Innovation Awards, and a Tribeca Film Festival Filmmaker Party. The Hudson Pass costs $1,250.

Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, March 29 and can be purchased at tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets, by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378), or at one of the Ticket Outlets, located at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street), and Brookfield Place (250 Vesey Street). Single tickets cost $20.00 for evening and weekend screenings, $10.00 for weekday matinee screenings, $30 for Tribeca Tune In series and $40.00 for Tribeca Talks panels and special screenings. The 2016 Festival will offer ticket discounts on general screenings and Tribeca Talks panels for students, seniors, and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only.

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