The Tribeca Film Festival opens this week with the world premiere of the feature length documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The premiere will be followed by a special concert featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, to honor the renowned music executive and producer. The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19 to April 30. In addition to the great new movies being screened, the festival’s Tribeca Talks series is a major draw, this year bringing in such mega names in the entertainment world as Tom Hanks, Bruce Springstreen, Barbra Streisand, Kathryn Bigelow, Kobe Bryant, Lena Dunham, and Jon Favreau, where you can hear them discuss art and performance. Highlights of the conversations include:
Tribeca Talks: Directors Series
Filmmaker Jon Favreau will talk to actress Scarlett Johansson about his diverse career as a director, successful across both indie and blockbuster franchises, ranging from the indie hit Swingers to the blockbuster Iron Man series. He will also discuss his landmark live action effort, The Jungle Book. Friday, April 21 at 5 PM.
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, one of only three directors to win consecutive Oscars and the first to do so in 65 years, will talk about his varied work on films such as Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Biutiful, Babel, and most recently, The Revenant. Saturday, April 22 at 2:30 PM.
Dustin Hoffman will speak with director and writer Noah Baumbach about his career, which includes his Academy Award®-nominated film The Squid and the Whale and the groundbreaking Frances Ha. Monday, April at 6:00PM
At a special VR premiere, Academy Award®-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and co-creator Imraan Ismail discuss their collaboration on the Virtual Reality documentary The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes. The experience, from National Geographic, Here Be Dragons, Annapurna Pictures, and African Parks chronicles a day in the life of the rangers in Garamba National Park. Conversation to be followed by the VR premiere. Saturday, April 22 at 8:15PM.
Tribeca Talks: Storytellers
Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane on an animated short film that explores what it is like to say goodbye to something you love. In an onstage conversation led by Hall of Famer, NFL analyst on Fox and co-host of Good Morning America, Michael Strahan, Bryant and Keane focus on what story means to them.bBryant and Keane’s conversation with Strahan will follow a screening of Dear Basketball, Kobe Bryant’s poem, drawn to life by veteran animation director Glen Keane and set to the music of composer John Williams. Sunday, April 23 at 4:30PM
Discovered in the breakout film Tiny Furniture, Lena Dunham has since gone on to win a Golden Globe for her performance in Girls, which was created by Dunham and is helmed by Jenni Konner, whose other work includes the series Help Me Help You. The duo also co-founded the media brand Lenny, home of the feminist weekly newsletter Lenny Letter (LennyLetter.com). In this conversation, Dunham and Konner will discuss Girls, the industry, and the highs and lows of their careers. Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00PM
Bruce Springsteen sits down with celebrated actor and longtime friend Tom Hanks to discuss Springsteen’s place in American musical history. Friday, April 28 at 5:00PM
Barbra Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, director, producer, concert performer, author and songwriter. She has been awarded two Oscars®, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970, and two CableACE Awards – the only artist to receive honors in all these areas. She will talk about her unparalleled career with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Saturday, April 29 at 6:00PM.
Tribeca Talks: Master Class (Free events)
Tribeca Talks: Master Class are free events featuring conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process. These will include Dolby: Image and Sound Master Class with Imogen Heap; Production and Costume Design Master Class; and Cinematography Master Class
For Tribeca Talks tickets go to www.tribecafilm.com.