Mark the calendar for the April 19 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Keep On Keepin’ On, the Al Hicks-directed documentary about 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, who is helped over his terrible stage fright by his ailing …
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EXCLUSIVE: For his latest project, documentary filmmaker Brent Hodge turned his lens on a cult subculture of My Little Pony fans known as “Bronies”: men ages 13 to 30 who are obsessed with the Hasbro animation and toy franchise …
Alastair Orr-directed Indigenous will make its world premiere in the Midnight section of the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. In the ultimate vacation-gone-wrong scenario, the pic focuses on five friends who travel to Panama to rest and reconnect. Things take a turn when they befriend a local woman in their hotel …
Paolo Virzi’s thriller Human Capital will hit theaters in early 2015 after Film Movement acquired rights to the Italian pic that stars Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Valeria Golino, and Fabrizio Bentivoglio. It is having its North American premiere April 18 at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie begins at the end: a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Rovellis, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. The deal was negotiated by Film Movement co-president Adley Gartenstein and Gilles Sousa, Head of International Sales at BAC Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Clinton makes her filmmaking debut this month at the Tribeca Film Festival with interfaith docu short Of Many, directed by NYU professor Linda G. Mills. The 34-minute film tracks the story of orthodox Rabbi Yehuda Sarna and Imam Khalid Latif, two NYU chaplains who formed an unexpected collaboration to bring their respective Jewish and Muslim communities together in a post-9/11 New York. Mills, Clinton, Sarna, and Latif co-founded NYU’s Of Many Institute in 2012 to foster friendship and understanding between students of different faiths. The film tracks both chaplains’ efforts to inspire their students to dialogue, pray, and volunteer for disaster relief together in spite of their religious differences. Pic debuts April 17 at Tribeca and has already screened for buyers, with Brigade’s Adam Kersh handling sales. Check out the trailer:
The Tribeca Film Institute has unveiled its grant winners for this year’s TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, which supports filmmakers with cash and guidance on their films that focus on science, math and technology. It’s always a cool bunch of projects in a genre that is surely underserved, and with this year’s batch of winners getting $150,000 the fund has now awarded more than $1 million in its 12-year history. This year’s three winners include Imitation Game, based on the life of British mathematician and logician Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch; the Weinstein Company acquired it for $7M at EFM this year, the highest price ever for a U.S. rights deal there. (With that kind of cash in the mix I guess the Sloan grant is more of a tip-of-the-hat kind of thing.) Recent TFI Sloan projects include 2030, the climate change pic from Vietnam that opened the Panorama section this year in Berlin; the Sundance pic and Indie Spirit Award nominee Computer Chess; and Focus’ A Birder’s Guide To Everything starring Ben Kingsley and Kodi Smit-McPhee. This year’s recipients, chosen by a jury that included John Slattery, Meg Ryan, Dark Knight scribe Jonathan Nolan, will be honored at the Tribeca fest that kicks off April 17. Part of the Alfred P Sloan Foundation-sponsored events this year include a 10-year retrospective screening and panel for Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind on April 21. Here are this year’s winners:
The judges are set for 13th annual edition of the event founded by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The seven competition juries for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival include 33 filmmakers, writers, producers, actors, journalists and entrepreneurs. The World Narrative Competition judges are Lake Bell, Steve Conrad, Bart Freundlich, Catherine Hardwicke and Ben Younger. Jurors for other categories include Toni Collette, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Alfonso Arau, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, HBO’s Sheila Nevins and Google’s Regina Dugan. The Nas rap docu Time Is Illmatic will open the fest, which runs April 16-27 in NYC. The recently re-retitled Begin Again closes it. Here is the full list of jurors and categories:
EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Disney’s comedy Intramural stars Nikki Reed and Jake Lacy and pretty much everyone the pic could grab backstage from Saturday Night Live: Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah and Beck Bennett. Brian McElhaney, Nick Kocher and Gabriel Luna also star in the Bradley Jackson-scripted pic that sends up the …
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired documentary Art and Craft ahead of its Tribeca Film Festival debut next month. The company is planning a theatrical release later this year. The docu profiles Mark Landis, a still-active art forger who donates …
UPDATE, 3:25PM: Madison Square Garden Company is buying a 50% stake in Tribeca Enterprises at $45 million, both companies have confirmed. CEO and co-founder Jane Rosenthal will continue to lead Tribeca along with President and COO Jon Patricof. For MSG, the upside is Tribeca’s content, not to mention an entry into the film festival business, while Tribeca will benefit from MSG’s marketing and promotional expertise and platforms. It also puts Tribeca in a position to expand its film festival brand and programs in New York and nationally. In the future, MSG will have the opportunity to up its share in Tribeca.
PREVIOUS BREAKING, SATURDAY 2:41PM: Madison Square Garden Company is making a strategic investment in Tribeca Enterprises — which includes Tribeca Film Festival. MSG is taking a substantial position in Tribeca. We are told MSG’s investment is at least $20 million-plus, upwards of $45 million. MSG and Tribeca are two of the best-known Gotham-based entertainment brands. The Tribeca Film Festival attracted 450,000 attendees last year at $550 a pop for top tier passes and $350 for second tier tickets. The fest is said to generate $750 million in economic activity for New York City. We are told that Tribeca Productions, which was founded by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal in 1989, is not part of the deal.
New York, NY [March 11, 2014] The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its lineup of 58 short films, 29 of which are world premieres. The selections were curated from 3,074 submissions. The 2014 program includes shorts from 16 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
The shorts will be presented in 9 thematic programs —5 narrative, 3 documentary, and 1 experimental. Last year’s popular genre-specific program returns this year as “Totally Twisted” with some added unusual comedies. Here’s the full list of the short film selections within the nine programs is as follows:
The Tribeca Film Festival continues to roll out its lineup for this year’s 13th edition, which kicks off April 16. Here is the program slates for the Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings and Storyscapes sections. The fest’s shorts program will be unveiled Tuesday. Here are today’s films, which include Spotlight spots for Roman Polanksi’s Venus In Fur, the Robin Williams-starrer Boulevard from Dito Montiel, world premieres of films directed by actors Chris Messina and Courteney Cox, and of course the horror comedy Zombeavers:
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival unveiled 47 of its 89 feature-length films in its lineup today in the World Narrative and Documentary Competition selections as well as the out-of-competition Viewpoints pics. Thursday will see the remainder in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special sections. The fest kicks off April 16 with the already announced opening-night film, the Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic. Dior And I will screen opening night for the World Documentary competition, the Rory Culkin-starrer Gabriel from U.S. writer-director Lou Howe will open the World Narrative competition, and Summer Of Blood will open Viewpoints — all world premieres and all to screen April 17. The fest runs through April 27. Here’s the lineups in the three sections:
NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival will welcome hometown rap icon Nas when its 2014 edition opens with the world premiere of Time Is Illmatic, a documentary on the Queens-bred rapper and his seminal 1994 album Illmatic. The multi-platinum-selling MC will also stage a special performance of the entire album in order following the Tribeca premiere kicking off the fest on April 16. Pic tracks the making of Illmatic and how Nas evolved from Nasty Nas to Esco to Escobar and, later, to Nastradamus, examining the musical influences that shaped Nas as a budding artist growing up in the Queensbridge projects with a jazz musician father and brother Jabari “Jungle” Fret.
Nas’s debut in Illmatic is still regarded as a benchmark in hip hop history for its lyricism and socially conscious inner city themes. The album’s 20th anniversary has been a hot property of late, with Xbox plotting 1990s-set series Street Dreams based on Nas’s origins. Time is Illmatic is directed by One9 and written by Erik Parker. One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh are producers. Pic was made with support from The Ford Foundation’s Just Films and Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program.
There are officially 151 films vying for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar this year. For that huge number of entries, a deadline looms this Friday: That is the last day of voting by the Academy’s docu branch for the lucky 15 that will make the shortlist of finalists, which will be announced in early December. That list will then be whittled to the five nominees. But for many docu filmmakers, just receiving early shortlist recognition would be a huge boost not just to their films but could do even more for the movies’ real-life subjects.
The steady, emotional journey of award-winning documentary Bridegroom continues with its availability for sale beginning today on iTunes and Amazon. But it is an Academy Award nomination — or even just making that shortlist – that filmmakers Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and husband Harry Thomason really want in order to carry their message of love and tolerance for gay couples worldwide. It demonstrates the importance of Oscar for many filmmakers who recognize its worth as a worldwide symbol. “We’ve done the research, and that would be so huge in getting it overseas,” said the film’s writer-director-producer Bloodworth-Thomason, a multiple Emmy nominee who created Designing Women. “Our goal now is to get it into as many countries we can. Even if it is underground, I want to get the film into places like Russia and the Middle East. I think we do have Oscar buzz. We are getting on these lists, but not ever having had it before, I am not sure I recognize it.”