THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

We have a preview of this year’s inclusive lineup at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Aired on April 24, 2019.

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>>> LIGHTS, CAMERA, DIVERSITY.
THIS YEAR THE TRIBECA FILM
FESTIVAL WILL BE KICKING OFF ITS
18th ANNIVERSARY AT THE APOLLO
THEATER.
WITH 103 FEATURE FILMS FROM
ACROSS THE GLOBE.
IT IS ABOUT MORE THAN STORY
TELLING.
IT IS ALSO ABOUT INCLUSION.
WITH OVER 40% OF FEATURE FILMS
DIRECTED BY WOMEN.
29% PEOPLE OF COLOR AND 13%,
PEOPLE WHO IDENTIFY AS LGBT.
THIS JUST MIGHT BE THE
FESTIVAL'S MOST INCLUSIVE YEAR
YET.
HERE WITH A PREVIEW IS LAUREN,
THE SENIOR PROGRAMMER.
NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.
>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.
>> I WANT TO GET INTO SOME
SPECIFICS BUT FIRST I WANT TO
TALK ABOUT THE SELECTION
PROCESS.
I LOOKED AT IT AND SAID THIS IS
REALLY DAUNTING.
GIVE ME AN ESTIMATE OF HOW MANY
SUBMISSIONS DO YOU HAVE?
SURE.
BETWEEN OUR FEATURE FILMS AND
SHORT FILMS, OVER 9,000
SUBMISSIONS THIS YEAR.
IT GROWS EVERY YEAR.
SO OF COURSE, WE HAVE A
DEDICATED TEAM OF SCREENERS AND
PROGRAMMERS LOOKING AT THE FILMS
AND GIVING THEM ALL A FAIR SHOT
FOR INCLUSION.
>> SO HOW DO YOU MAKE THE
SELECTION?
DO YOU START WITH CERTAIN
CATEGORIES AND A ROUGH NUMBER
FOR EACH?
OR DO YOU EACH YEAR, IT DEPENDS
UPON THE QUALITY OF THE FILM?
>> IN TERMS OF THE FEATURE, WE
LIKE TO KEEP IT AROUND 100.
RELATIVELY SMALL FOR A FESTIVAL
OF OUR SIZE.
WE DO HAVE SEPARATIONS WITHIN
THE PROGRAM.
LIKE OUR U.S. NARRATIVE
COMPETITION AND OUR
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE
COMPETITION.
SO WE'RE REALLY JUST LOOKING FOR
A WELL ROUNDED GROUP OF FILMS
THAT REALLY APPEALED TO THE NEW
YORK COMMUNITY AND THE
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.
>> I MENTIONED THE INCLUSION AT
THE TOP.
AND MY QUESTION IS, OFTENTIMES
PEOPLE SAY, IS THIS A CHICKEN OR
AN EGG SITUATION?
ARE YOU GETTING MORE IN TERMS OF
THOSE INCLUSION NUMBERS BECAUSE
YOU'RE LOOKING FOR MORE?
OR YOU GET MORE BECAUSE MORE
PEOPLE ARE COMING TO YOU?
OR SOME COMBINATION OF ALL OF
THOSE THINGS?
>> I THINK IT IS A COMBINATION.
WE ARE DEFINITELY LOOKING TO
WIDEN THE BREADTH OF FILMMAKERS
AND CREATORS WE HAVE AT THE IF I
AM FILM FESTIVAL.
IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DIVERSIFY THE
VOICES TELLING THE STORIES, THEN
YOU GET A MUCH RICHER EXPERIENCE
FOR THE AUDIENCE.
SO WE ARE DEFINITELY OUT THERE
HOOK.
AND WE WANT TO REFLECT THE CITY
THAT WE ARE IN.
AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE
REALLY DO HAVE TO LOOK AT
INCLUSION.
>> I SUSPECT SOME PEOPLE WOULD
SAY, HOW WOULD I NOTICE THE
DIFFERENCE?
DIFFERENT VOICES?
STORIES ARE BEING TOLD BY PEOPLE
OF COLOR, BY WOMEN, BY PEOPLE
WHO ARE IDENTIFYING THEMSELVES,
AS I MENTIONED, LGBTQ.
WHAT'S THE ANSWER?
HOW DOES THAT ENHANCE STORY
TELLING?
>> I DON'T THINK THERE'S AN EASY
ANSWER TO THAT.
I THINK IT IS REALLY ABOUT AN
INDIVIDUAL.
SO AN INDIVIDUAL FILMMAKER OR
CREATOR THAT IS COMING FROM A
CERTAIN PERSPECTIVE.
YOU DO FEEL THAT WITHIN THE
STORY TELLING.
BUT I DON'T THINK THAT THERE IS
ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN PUT INTO A
BOX THAT SAYS, THIS IS A FILM BY
A PERSON OF COLOR OR THIS IS A
FILM BY A PERSON WHO IDENTIFIES
AS LGBTQ QIA.
I THINK MORE, WHEN YOU SEE ALL
OF THESE FILMS ACROSS THE BOARD,
FROM EVERY DIFFERENT TYPE OF
CREATOR.
THAT'S WHERE THE RICHNESS AND
THE ENRICHMENT OF THE ENTIRE
PROGRAM COMES IN.
>> WHAT DO YOU THINK BITS THE
TRI-BECA FESTIVAL?
WHY HAS THIS BECOME SO POPULAR
SO QUICKLY?
>> WELL, I THINK IT ALL GOES
BACK TO THE ORIGIN OF THE
FESTIVAL.
SO THE FESTIVAL WAS STARTED 18
YEARS AGO BY OUR FOUNDERS.
ROB DE NIRO AND JANE ROSENTHAL
AS A DIRECT RESPONSE TO 9/11.
AND THEIR IDEA WAS TO CREATE
SOMETHING THAT COULD REALLY
REVITALIZE THE COMMUNITY AT THAT
TIME.
AND GET PEOPLE EXCITED TO BE IN
NEW YORK AND START TO LOVE EACH
OTHER AGAIN AND GET RID OF THE
FEAR.
AND THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS
THROUGH ART.
SO I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT
IS STILL IN OUR DNA.
AND IT HAS CONTINUED.
AND OUR FESTIVAL HAS GROWN AND
EVOLVED TO BECOME SOMETHING MORE
THAN JUST A FILM FESTIVAL.
WE ARE MORE OF A STORY TELLING
FESTIVAL.
WE HAVE ALL OF THESE PLATFORMS
LIKE TELEVISION, IMMERSIVMMERSI
ONLINE WORK.
WE HAVE A GREAT SERIES OF TALKS,
STORY TELLERS AND DIRECTOR
SERIES.
>> LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE
OTHERS.
IT IS SUCH A MARVELOUS LINEUP.
OFTENTIMES YOU HAVE FILMS THAT
ARE HIGHLY ANTICIPATE.
OTHER TIMES THEY'RE FILMS NOBODY
KNOWS ABOUT BUT THEY WALK AWAY
KNOWING.
GIVE ME AN ILLUSTRATION OF ONE
OF THE OTHERS.
>> SO OF COURSE, WE ARE STARTING
OUR OPENING NIGHT WITH THE
APOLLO WHICH WE'RE SO EXCITED
ABOUT.
>> I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THAT.
WHY THE APOLLO?
>> SO AGAIN, BACK TO THE ORIGIN
OF OUR FESTIVAL.
WE'RE ALL ABOUT BRINGING ARTS TO
THE COMMUNITY.
AND CONTINUING TO HAVE THAT
RELATIONSHIP.
AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE
INSTITUTION OF THE APOLLO HAS
BEEN ABOUT FOR 85 YEARS.
THE FILM DIRECTED BY ROGER ROSS
WILLIAMS, ACADEMY AWARD WINNER,
OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, THAT FILM
TELLS ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT THE
APOLLO HAS HAD IN NOT JUST THIS
CITY BUT IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.
SO WE'RE STRIVING FOR SOMETHING
SIMILAR.
WE REALLY, REALLY WANTED TO DO
THAT.
OF COURSE, WE'RE BETTER TO SHOW
THAT FILM.
>> EXACTLY.
>> WE'RE EXCITED TO BE UPTOWN.
>> A GREAT KICKOFF.
>> ONE OR TWO OTHER FILMS FAIRLY
ANTICIPATED.
>> WE'RE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT OUR
CLOSING NIGHT'S FILM.
THIS IS A FILM WITH AN AMAZING
PREMISE.
IT IS BASICALLY ABOUT STRUGGLING
SINGER-SONGWRITER WHO GETS IN AN
ACCIDENT DURING A WORLDWIDE
BLACKOUT.
WHEN HE COMES TO, HE REALIZES
THAT HE'S THE ONLY PERSON ON
EARTH WHO KNOWS THAT THE BEATLES
EVER EXISTED.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THAT?
>> I SAW A TRAILER FOR IT
REASONLY.
MY WIFE AND I WATCHED IT SAYING,
THAT SOUNDS FASCINATING.
>> IT IS SUCH A BRILLIANT
PREMISE.
>> AND HE IS SO GOOD PLAYING.
>> HE'S AMAZING.
AND THIS IS HIS FEATURE FILM
DEBUT.
HE CARRIES THIS FILM.
IT IS JUST REALLY, REALLY HEART
WARMING, ROMANTIC, IT IS REALLY
FUNNY.
>> IT MAKES YOU SMILE.
>> SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS
YOU'RE DOING.
TALK ABOUT CONVERSATION.
YOU MENTIONED ROBERT DE NIRO.
AND YOU HAVE A REALLY
FASCINATING CONVERSATION
SCHEDULED WITH HIM.
TELL ME ABOUT THAT.
>> SO WE HAVE HIM IN
CONVERSATION WITH MARINE
SCORSESE.
THEY HAVE HAD SUCH A GOOD
RELATIONSHIP OVER THE DECADES SO
THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT THEIR
RELATIONSHIP, THE WORK THEY'VE
DONE TOGETHER AND INDIVIDUALLY.
AND I THINK THIS IS THE FIRST
TIME THAT THEY'VE HAD THIS
OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN IN FRONT
OF AN AUDIENCE AND HAVE THIS
CONVERSATION.
SO OF COURSE, I'M ANTICIPATING
THAT.
I'M A FAN.
>> TO BE ABLE TO LISTEN ON ALL
OF THAT.
YOU HAVE A MINUTE OR SO LEFT.
>> ONE THAT'S VERY FUN AND VERY
NEW YORK.
WE HAVE A FILM PART OF OUR ESPN
SPORTS FESTIVAL.
IT IS CALLED THE GOOD, THE BAD,
AND THE HUNGRY OF I THINK ABOUT
THE NATHAN'S HOTDOG EATING
CONTEST.
IT IS ABOUT COMPETITIVE EATING.
IT IS REALLY, REALLY SOMETHING
THAT I THINK AUDIENCES WILL
LOVE.
I KNOW PEOPLE MIGHT SHY AWAY
FROM WATCHING SOMEONE EATING
THAT MANY.
>> IT'S LIKE WATCHING TRAIN
WRECK.
OH, THAT'S AWFUL.
WHAT TIME IS IT ON?
>> EXACTLY.
YOU SEE THE REAL COMPETITIVE
SPIRIT THAT COMES INTO THIS.
IT IS REALLY FASCINATING.
AND THEN OF COURSE, WE LOVE TO
THINK OF OURSELVES AS A
DISCOVERY FILM FESTIVAL AS WELL.
SO WE HAVE WONDERFUL FILMS IN
OUR U.S. NARRATIVE COMPETITION.
WE HAVE SOME GREAT SPOTLIGHT
FILMS.
WE HAVE SO MANY.
OVER 100.
BUT JUST OVER 100.
>> ANYBODY WHO HAS NEVER BEEN
THERE BEFORE.
GET IT ON YOUR SCHEDULE.
ALL SORTS OF THINGS THAT YOU CAN
GO PARTICIPATE IN.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SPENDING
SOME TIME WITH US.
GOOD LUCK THIS YEAR AND WE LOOK
FORWARD TO TALKING WITH YOU NEXT
YEAR.
>> ALL RIGHT.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
>> HAVE A GOOD ONE.

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