Film festival programs and Screenings
By Ranjit Jose
The Tribeca Film Festival Panel will bring together actors and directors, writers and musicians, academics and scientists and the film-loving public for three days of engaging discussions and lively debates on a wide range of topics surrounding the entertainment industry and independent film. This years panel discussions will be between May 7 and 11.
Some noteworthy groups include Helen Hent and Paul Rudd discussing Actors on Acting: Theater and Film; Nathan Lane and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone discussing Whats So Funny: Laughter in the Movies, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind star Sam Rockwell, Patricia Clarkson and Kenneth Lonergan on Indie Film; Academy Award winning screenwriters Akiva Goldsman and Stephen Gaghan discuss adapting real stories for the screen; and Saving Private Ryan star Barry Pepper and Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden discuss War on Film.
The Black Filmmaker Foundation presents Black Women on Film, a panel where a legendary group of women including Ruby Dee (from A Raisin in the Sun, No Way Out, and Do the Right Thing), director Kasi Lemmons (Eves Bayou), and Alfre Woodard (Miss Evers Boys, Down in the Delta The Core) discuss their craft, their careers, and the contemporary climate for black artists working in mainstream American film.
A wide range of jurors will be present to judge this years competition in the different events. Nora Ephron who has been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Screenplay will lead the jury for first and second time directors of feature films. Other jurors include Chris Weitz, who with his brother Paul directed and wrote American Pie, Down to Earth, and About a Boy.; and Art Linson, the former record entrepreneur turned producer best known for The Untouchables, Causalities of War, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and This Boys Life.
Other judges include Nick Broomfield and Egyptian star Youssra who will be judging first-and second-time directors of feature-length documentaries; and Candace Bergen and Whoopi Goldberg who will judge the competition for films by directors who have more than two documentary films.
Al Pacino will be playing a special role in this years Festival. On Thursday, May 8, the Festival will host An Evening of Chinese Coffee and Conversation with Al Pacino. This ticketed event, open to the public at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center will present a special screening of the rarely-seen Chinese Coffee and welcome its director and star Al Pacino for a wide-ranging conversation on the film, his career, and his on-going artistic interests including his other directorial efforts.
Downtown residents (south of Canal St) can purchase tickets at a $2 discount. Visit www.tribecafilmfestival.org or call 1-866-941-FEST.
Tribeca Film FestivalScreenings
Tickets can be purchased at the Tribeca Film Festival box office at 387 Greenwich St. or by calling 866-265-TIXX or at tribecafilmfestival.org.
Most tickets are $10.
Banning Gallery 64 N. Moore St.
Pace University One Pace Plaza
(Spruce St. between Park Row and Gold St.)
Pier 25 Hudson River near N. Moore St.
Prada Soho 575 Broadway
Stuyvesant H.S. 345 Chambers St.
The Screening Room 54 Varick St.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center 199 Chambers St.
UA Battery Park Theaters 102 North End Ave.
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