Thursday, March 21, 2013

2013 Tribeca Film Festival Talks with Clint Eastwood, Whoopi Goldberg, Darren Aronofsky, Ben Stiller, Elaine Stritch Richard Pryor, Ellen Page and many more ....




Tribeca Talks will feature conversations with some of the most influential and creative minds in the film industry. Those participating in the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series” events include Academy Award®-winner Clint Eastwood with Academy Award®- nominee Darren Aronofsky, Academy Award®-nominee Richard Linklater with fellow nominees Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, director Mira Nair with actress Bryce Dallas Howard, and Emmy Award®-winner Jay Roach with actor Ben Stiller. Among the “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” event panelists are Academy Award®-winner Whoopi Goldberg, Academy Award®-nominee Ellen Page, legendary author and activist Gloria Steinem and actor Adrian Grenier. The Tribeca Talks panel series is open to the public and will take place throughout TFF, which will run from April 17 to April 28, 2013, at locations around New York City, details below.

The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power and magic of cinema, as well as promoting New York City as a major film making center.

A diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization on the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has screened more than 1,400 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since then, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4 million attendees and has generated an estimated $750 million in economic activity for New York City.

Founding Sponsor , American Express is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of film making, bringing business and energy to New York City and offering Card members and festival goers alike the opportunity to enjoy the best of storytelling through film.

This year’s programs include the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series” sponsored by Oppenheimer Funds; “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie;” “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie, Beyond the Screens: The Artist’s Angle,” sponsored by Oppenheimer Funds; “Tribeca Talks: Industry;” and “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble.”

'Each year we seek to provide audiences with diverse opportunities to connect with some the most accomplished and innovative minds in film with the Tribeca Talks series, " said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. “We are excited to present this year’s lineup, featuring visionary industry leaders who are sure to engage audiences with thoughtful discussions on topics inspired by films and filmmakers participating in the Festival."

TFF also unveiled four new titles that will screen at this year’s Festival, all followed by conversations with the respective filmmakers and topical experts. Paul Verhoeven’s groundbreaking film Tricked, whose script was crowd-sourced, will screen as part of the “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” series, as will documentaries How to Make Money Selling Drugs and Out of Print, along with the world premiere screening of footage
from the highly anticipated Beyond: Two Souls, a new interactive video game currently in development by Quantic Dream and scheduled for release in October on PlayStation

Further, TFF announced that the world premiere of Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story will be followed by a conversation with legendary director Clint Eastwood as part of the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” which features intimate discussions with acclaimed directors.

Also part of “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” is the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s 20th anniversary retrospective screening and discussion of the internationally acclaimed made-for-television film And the Band Played On  from director Roger Spottiswoode.  TFF’s conversation series is rounded out by the “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie, Beyond the Screens: The Artist’s Angle” program which gives viewers an inside look at the lives of iconic artists and those they impact; the free “Tribeca Talks:

Industry” panels designed for industry professionals to explore the evolving film business; and finally, the free “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” panels, hosted by Barnes & Noble, which focus on the creative writers and re-writers in the film making industry.

“ Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” sponsored by Oppenheimer Funds, will include intimate conversations with:

-Academy Award®-winning director Clint Eastwood in conversation with Academy Award®-nominee Darren Aronofsky following the world premiere of Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story.

-Director and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Richard Linklater in conversation with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy about their Before Sunrise series collaboration and most recent installment, Before Midnight.

- Emmy Award®-winning director Jay Roach (“Game Change”) in conversation with actor Ben Stiller.

-Acclaimed writer, director and producer Mira Nair (The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding), in conversation with actress Bryce Dallas Howard.

“ Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” will include: The North American premiere of Tricked, the revolutionary film whose narrative was created by crowd sourcing; followed by a conversation with director Paul Verhoeven who will discuss the process of making an audience created film.

· The US premiere of How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a shockingly candid examination of the entrenched, corrupt and violent drug industry, from street dealer to kingpin; followed by a conversation with director Matthew Cooke, producers Adrian Grenier and Bert Marcus, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Neill Franklin, president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation Eric Sterling and author of HIGH: Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler Brian O’Dea in a conversation
about the grim underbelly of the oft-glamorized drug trade. Moderated by Huffington Post contributor Keith Rushing.

-Out of Print, an exploration of the future of the publishing industry in a digital age; followed by a conservation with director Vivienne Roumani, president and CEO of the New York Public Library Tony Marx, CEO and co founder of Open Road Integrated Media Jane Friedman and science writer Annie Murphy Paul who will discuss our shifting relationship with books and a glimpse into our future learning. Moderated by The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta.

· Inequality for All, follows Clinton-era Labor secretary Robert Reich as he examines the consolidation of wealth, the stagnation in wages and elasticity of the American economy; followed by a conversation with producers Jen Chaiken and Sebastian Dungan and political economist, professor and author Robert Reichwho will discuss the widening income gap and deterioration of the USA’s economic health.

- The world premiere screening of footage from Beyond: Two Souls, a new interactive video game developed by Quantic Dream that examines the supernatural and afterlife; followed by a conversation with a actress Ellen Page and game creator David Cage exploring the cinematic elements of film making that have crossed over into interactive entertainment.

· The world premiere of I Got Somethin’ to Tell You, Whoopi Goldberg’s directorial debut about comedic legend and pioneer Moms Mabley; followed by a conversation with Whoopi Goldberg and Hollywood Reporter's, David Rooney

· The US premiere of Wadjda, the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female Saudi filmmaker which follows a determined young girl who refuses to submit to her surrounding social norms. The premiere will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour and founder of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi who will discuss the individuals and movements that are breaking gender boundaries. Moderated by journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.

· A 20th anniversary retrospective screening sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a long standing partner of Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute, of the internationally acclaimed made-for-TV film And the Band Played On. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, the film examines the scientific facts and myths surrounding AIDS during the early stages of the epidemic. The screening will be followed by a conversation with industry leaders in film and science about the science of AIDS and the social politics surrounding the AIDS epidemic from the 1980s to the present. The panel includes will be moderated by filmmaker Tom Kalin.

“ Tribeca Talks: After the Movie, Beyond the Screens: The Artist’s Angle,” sponsored by Oppenheimer Funds, will feature:

· The world premiere of Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a documentary that blends archival footage and cinema vérité to reach beyond Broadway legend Elaine Stritch’s brassy exterior, revealing a multi-dimensional portrait of a complex woman and inspiring artist; followed by a conversation with filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa and Elaine Stritch who will share her stories and tricks of the trade from her illustrious career. Moderated by The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood.

· The world premiere of Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, a documentary that chronicles legendary comedian Richard Pryor’s meteoric rise as well as his personal struggles; followed by a conversation with Emmy Award®-winning director Marina Zenovich, author Walter Mosley and comedian Wyatt Cenac about the making of the film and the impact of one of Hollywood’s most controversial comedians.

“ Tribeca Talks: Industry” are free events and will feature:

-Look Who’s Talking, a conversation with film industry professionals about race, authorship and authenticity in today’s film making scene. The panelists will explore the marked lack of diversity behind the camera in major box office hits and how the ethnicity of film artists and filmmakers play into public perception of a movie about people of color. Panelists include critic and filmmaker Nelson George, actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Indiewire's Shadow & Act Chief Editor TambayObenson, producer and Braven Films President and CEO Frida Torresblanco and filmmaker Terence Nance. Moderated by Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute Beth Janson.

- Brand New Studios, a discussion about partnerships and projects that are stretching the traditional sponsor role and creating new opportunities for filmmakers. Meet successful brands producing original shorts, feature-length films and episodic series. Panelists include ESPN Films Director of Development Dan Silver, GE Executive Director of Global Digital Marketing Linda Boff, VICE Media, Inc. Executive Creative Director Danny Gabai and Red Bull Media House Head of Distribution Greg Jacobs. Moderated by strategic consultant Nancy Schafer.

-The Business of Entertainment: Truth, Persuasion and Bias in Documentaries,sponsored by Bloomberg, a conversation with documentarians about navigating the choices filmmakers make between journalistic precision and creative nonfiction, including how the business of entertainment shapes those decisions. Panelists include Executive Vice President American Documentary POV Cynthia López and leading documentary filmmakers Dan Krauss (The Kill Team), Morgan Spurlock, Kristi Jacobson and Shola Lynch. 
Moderated by Bloomberg Chief Content Officer Norman Pearlstine.

-Big Data and the Movies, sponsored by SAP, a conversation with industry experts to consider the effect and implications of strategically developed content and social sentiment to explore the latest ways audience data analysts and distributors are retooling the what, when and how of film going. Panelists include
Rentrak CEO Bill Livek, FilmTrack Co-Founder and CEO Jason Kassin, MoviePass Co-Founder and CEO Stacy Spikes, Mashable's Senior Tech Analyst Christina Warren and Director of Digital Strategy at Film Society of Lincoln Center Eugene Hernandez. Moderated by SAP Labs SVP/GM of Media Industry Solutions Richard Whittington.

- New Filmmakers in the Digital Age, sponsored by Panavision, is a discussion among new filmmakers about how they navigated the world of digital filmmaking to grow a festival feature. Panelists include director Lance Edmands (Bluebird), filmmaker/actor Alex Karpovsky, director Jenée LaMarque (The Pretty One), director Rob Meyer (A Birder's Guide to Everything) and producer Tamara Anghie (Run and Jump).
Moderated by Panavision’s Peter Brogna.

“ Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper hosted by Barnes & Noble” are free events and will include:

-New Chick Flicks, a discussion exploring how and why being a female in the film industry requires rewriting the typecast model and how our panelists are challenging traditional associations of what makes a movie by or for women. Panelists include producer of the ESPN Nine for IX series Libby Geist, director Rachel Boynton (Big Men), producer Tanya Ager Meillier (Alias Ruby Blade) and writer/producer Laura Goode (Farah Goes Bang). Moderated by producer Abigail Disney.

- Putting the “I” in “Film,” a conversation with filmmakers who reflect on their very personal experiences writing themselves into the film making process. Panelists include director Banker White (The Genius of Marian), director Tom Berninger (Mistaken for Strangers), writer /actress Amy Grantham (Lily) and director Josh Fox(Gasland Part II). Moderated by Screen International’s Mark Adams.

-Whose Credit Is It Anyway? A group of filmmakers debate the emergence of the controversial writing credit in documentary films. Panelists include writer/director Fahad Mustafa (Powerless), writer/director Warwick Ross (Red Obsession), director Jason Osder (Let the Fire Burn), editor Nels Bangerter (Let the Fire Burn) and director Sean Dunne (Oxyana). Moderated by director Julia Bacha (Budrus).

The full schedule and locations for the 2013 Tribeca Talks are -

“Tribeca Talks: Directors Series”Sponsored by Oppenheimer Funds
Mira Nair with Bryce Dallas Howard Acclaimed writer, director and producer Mira Nair (The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding) in conversation with actress Bryce Dallas Howard.
DATE: Saturday, April 20 TIME: 3:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Jay Roach with Ben Stiller Emmy Award®-winning director Jay Roach (“Game Change”) in conversation with actor Ben Stiller. DATE: Sunday, April 21 TIME: 3:00 PM LOCATION: BMCC

Richard Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy Director and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Richard Linklater in conversation with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy about their Before Sunrise series collaboration and most recent installment, Before Midnight. DATE: Monday, April 22 TIME: 3:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Clint Eastwood Academy Award®-winning director Clint Eastwood will be in conversation with Academy Award®-nominee Darren Aronofsky following the world premiere of Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story. Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story Directed by Richard Schickel. (USA) – World Premiere. This unprecedented new film focuses on Eastwood’s directorial method thanks to producing partners and fellow actors sharing never-before-told stories of working with Clint. It explores Eastwood’s signature style, dissecting the skills that have ensured his four decades of success. Bringing together the insights of Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and many others, the film creates the complete picture of the man, the colleague, the creator. Courtesy of Warner Bros. ©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. DATE: Saturday, April 27 TIME: 2:30 PM LOCATION: BMCC

“Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” Wadjda Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour. (Saudi Arabia, Germany) – US Premiere. Meet Wadjda (Waad Mohammed), a feisty, funny and wholly unconventional ten-yearold girl determined to scrounge up enough money to buy a bicycle, despite the societal repercussions sure to follow. The groundbreaking first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female Saudi filmmaker, Wadjda offers a moving, rarely seen picture of everyday life in Riyadh: through the eyes of a girl unwilling to surrender what she wants. After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour and
founder of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi to discuss the brave individuals and grassroots movements that are breaking gender boundaries and creating lasting change. Moderated by journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. DATE: Sunday, April 21 TIME: 5:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 2 

I Got Somethin’ to Tell You Directed by Whoopi Goldberg. (USA) – World Premiere. Having broken racial and sexual boundaries as a pioneering comic talent, the late Moms Mabley has long been an icon in the comedy world. Now Whoopi Goldberg takes a deep dive into Mabley’s legacy via recently unearthed photography, rediscovered performance footage and the words of numerous celebrated comedians. A true passion project for Goldberg, I Got Somethin’ to Tell You shows Mabley’s profound influence as a performer vastly ahead of her time. After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with Whoopi Goldberg, who will discuss her directorial debut. She will explain, through the work of comedian Moms Mabley, why we laugh, who we think is funny and what comedy is really all about. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney. SPECIAL EVENT exclusively for American Express® Cardmembers DATE: Monday, April 22 TIME: 6:00 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Tricked. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. (Netherlands) – North American Premiere. Join acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Basic Instinct) as he steps into the creative unknown to test a brand new style and structure of crowd-sourced filmmaking. Having established only the first four minutes of the script for a new feature, Verhoeven asks the public to complete the story. Tricked follows Verhoeven as he gathers ideas, hunts for an intriguing narrative and turns his craft into one of the more unlikely experiments in democratic art. After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Paul Verhoeven as he takes us through the uncharted process of making an audience-created film – his ups, his downs and his unexpected creative breakthroughs. DATE: Tuesday, April 23 TIME: 6:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

How to Make Money Selling Drugs Directed by Matthew Cooke. (USA) – US Premiere. Moving from desperate street dealers to millionaire kingpins, from well-funded DEA agents to politicians who ensure reelection through egregious drug laws, Matthew Cooke’s debut feature is a captivating, shockingly candid guide to the entrenched, corrupt and violent drug industry in which these players each inhabit a vital role. 50
Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon, Woody Harrelson and a wealth of inside voices color this outstanding, detailed documentary. After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with director Matthew Cooke, producers Adrian Grenier and Bert Marcus, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Neill Franklin, president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation Eric Sterling and the author of HIGH: Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler Brian O’Dea to discuss the grim underbelly of the oft-glamorized drug trade.. Moderated by Huffington Post contributor Keith Rushing. DATE: Thursday, April 25 TIME: 6:00 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 1 

And the Band Played On Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. (USA). Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, And the Band Played On aired at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the early ‘90s, examining the facts surrounding the deadly disease and debunking many of its myths. The film won three Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. Topping the incredible ensemble cast is Matthew Modine, who received Emmy and Golden Globe-nominations for his poignant portrayal of a doctor who heads an American research team. Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. After the Movie: Exploring the Science of AIDS and the Arts. Join us for a panel conversation featuring leading figures from film and science about the science of AIDS and the social politics surrounding the AIDS epidemic from the 1980s until now. The panel will explore how the AIDS crisis has activated a cross section of storytelling amongst scientists, artists and politicians. Moderated by filmmaker Tom Kalin. DATE: Saturday, April 27 TIME: 3:30 PM
LOCATION: SVA Theater 1 Beyond: Two Souls

Directed by David Cage. (USA) – World Premiere. From Quantic Dream and David Cage, visionary director of Heavy Rain, comes an emotionally charged interactive thriller starring Academy Award®-nominees Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. Jodie Holmes (Page) has always been a little different. Aided by scientist Nathan Dawkins (Dafoe), she discovers a connection to a mysterious entity, setting off a thrilling, globe-spanning journey to discover the truth about who she is. Join us for an exclusive look at this breathtaking gaming experience fused with a classical film style. Beyond: Two Souls releases on October 8, 2013 and is made exclusively for the PlayStation 3® System. After the Screening: Join game creator David Cage and actress Ellen Page for a behind-the-scenes look at this breakthrough in interactive storytelling. Moderated by video game journalist Harold Goldberg. DATE: Saturday, April 27 TIME: 7:00 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

Out of Print Directed by Vivienne Roumani. (USA) – World Premiere. Dive into the riveting debate over the future of ideas, as documentarian Vivienne Roumani tackles the questions confronting the modern word industry and proves that more is at stake than how quickly we can access the latest bestseller. Featuring
interviews with Scott Turow, Ray Bradbury, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and many more,Out of Print is a fascinating, in-depth look at publishing’s milestones and what it means to adapt that history to the information age. Narrated by Meryl Streep. After the Movie: Join president and CEO of the New York Public Library Tony Marx, CEO of Open Road Integrated Media Jane Friedman, filmmaker Vivienne
Roumani and science writer Annie Murphy Paul for an exploration of our shifting relationship with books and a glimpse into our future learning. Moderated by The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta. DATE: Sunday, April 28
TIME: 1:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Inequality for All. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth. (USA) – New York Premiere. Robert Reich is your guide in this no-holds-barred assessment of the U.S. economy. With winningly approachable finesse, the Clinton-era Labor secretary and current Berkeley professor covers the consolidation of wealth, the stagnation in wages and the elasticity of our economy. Director Jacob Kornbluth builds a rigorous and engaging overview of where the economy stands and the risks that will become reality if we fail to act.  After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with producers Jen Chaiken and Sebastian Dungan as well as political economist, professor and author Robert Reich who will discuss the widening income gap and deterioration of the USA’s economic health. DATE: Sunday, April 28 TIME: 4:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

 “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie, Beyond the Screens: The Artist’s Angle” Sponsored by Oppenheimer Funds

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Directed by Chiemi Karasawa. (USA) – World Premiere. Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains in the spotlight at eighty-seven years old. Join the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner both on and off stage in this revealing documentary. With interviews from Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Alec Baldwin and others, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me blends rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité to reach beyond Stritch’s brassy exterior, revealing a multi-dimensional portrait of a complex woman and an inspiring artist. After the Movie: Stay for a fun and lively conversation with filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa and the high-kicking Elaine Stritch, who shares her stories, tricks of the trade and the industry dish that you just won’t want to miss. Moderated by The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood. DATE: Monday, April 22
TIME: 5:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 2 

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic Directed by Marina Zenovich. (USA) – World Premiere. This moving portrait of legendary comedian Richard Pryor chronicles his life from his troubled youth in Peoria, Illinois, to his meteoric rise as one of the most respected comic actors of the 20th century. Often misunderstood during the height of his celebrity, the late superstar has never been profiled this extensively. Marina Zenovich’s revealing and entertaining film lays bare the demons with which he struggled and reminds us just how daring and dangerous artistic freedom can be. After the Movie: Stay for a conversation with Emmy Award®-winning director Marina Zenovich, author Walter Mosley and comedian Wyatt Cenac to discuss the making of the documentary and the impact of one of Hollywood’s most controversial comedians. DATE: Wednesday, April 24 TIME: 6:00 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 1

“Tribeca Talks: Industry” Free event: Reserve tickets in advance at www.tribecafilm.com/film guide 

Look Who’s Talking Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access®
program has supported several projects whose crews included at least one writer or director from a community statistically underrepresented in the film industry. When it comes to major box office hits, narratives featuring a diversity of characters on screen are finding increased success despite a marked lack of diversity behind the camera. Join our film industry professionals for a dynamic debate on race, authorship and authenticity in today's film making scene. Panelists include author, critic and filmmaker Nelson George, actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Indiewire's Shadow & Act Chief Editor Tambay Obenson, producer and Braven Films President and CEO Frida Torresblanco and filmmaker Terence Nance. Moderated by Tribeca Film Institute Executive Director Beth Janson. DATE: Friday, April 19 TIME: 2:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Brand New Studios What happens to film when brands become producers? Filmmakers and brand managers are uniting like never before to make everything from shorts to feature length films to episodic series. The results of these partnerships are stretching the traditional sponsor role and creating new opportunities for filmmakers. Hear from successful brands that are vying to take on the role of producer. Panelists include ESPN Films Director of Development Dan Silver; GE Executive Director of Global Digital Marketing Linda Boff; VICE Media, Inc. Executive Creative Director Danny Gabai and Red Bull Media House Head of Distribution Greg Jacobs. Moderated by strategic consultant Nancy Schafer. DATE: Sunday, April 21 TIME: 2:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

The Business of Entertainment: Truth, Persuasion and Bias in Documentaries Sponsored by Bloomberg. Documentarians, like journalists, make use of a full range of storytelling conventions. Some prefer to observe and report events as they happen, while others gravitate more toward opinion, commentary or in-depth personal narrative. How do filmmakers navigate between journalistic precision and creative nonfiction - and are these choices shaped by financial demands in the business of entertainment? Hear from leading voices in the documentary world to examine choices of style and approach to telling their stories. Panelists include Executive Vice President American Documentary | POV Cynthia López and leading documentary filmmakers Dan Krauss (The Kill Team) Morgan Spurlock, Kristi Jacobson and Shola Lynch. Moderated by Bloomberg Chief Content Officer Norman Pearlstine. DATE: Monday, April 22 TIME: 2:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Big Data and the Movies Sponsored by SAP. Big Data presents new methods for testing the production and
distribution of films both big and small. Join our panel of industry experts to consider the effect and implications of strategically developed content and social sentiment to explore the latest ways audience data analysts and distributors are retooling the what, when and how of film going. Whether you are creating or consuming film on small screens or in IMAX theaters, learn what Big Data will mean to you. Panelists include
Rentrak CEOBill Livek, FilmTrack Co-Founder and CEO Jason Kassin, MoviePass Co-Founder and CEO Stacy Spikes, Mashable's Senior Tech Analyst Christina Warren and Director of Digital Strategy at Film Society of Lincoln Center Eugene Hernandez. Moderated by SAP Labs SVP/GM of Media Industry Solutions Richard Whittington. DATE: Tuesday, April 23 TIME: 2:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

New Filmmakers in the Digital Age Sponsored by Panavision. Learn from doing. With expanding options in digital cameras and lens combinations, along with a transparency of production workflow strategies and processes, directors, producers and cinematographers are learning more from each other than ever before. Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program supports filmmakers by providing grants for camera packages. Come and hear from new filmmakers on how they navigated the world of digital film making. Panelists include director Lance Edmands (Bluebird), filmmaker/actor Alex Karpovsky, director Jenée LaMarque (The Pretty One), director Rob Meyer (A Birder's Guide to Everything) and producer Tamara Anghie (Run and Jump). Moderated by Panavision’s Peter Brogna. DATE: Thursday, April 25 TIME: 2:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

“Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” (Free)

Hosted by Barnes & Noble New Chick Flicks. From sports films to comedies, action flicks to war documentaries, female filmmakers, writers and actors are challenging traditional associations of what makes a movie for or by women. Join us for this dynamic exploration why being a female in the film industry requires re-writing the typecast model. Panelists include producer of the ESPN Nine for IX series Libby Geist, director Rachel Boynton (Big Men), producer Tanya Ager Meillier (Alias Ruby Blade) and writer/producer Laura Goode (Farah Goes Bang).Moderated by producer Abigail Disney. DATE: Friday, April 19
TIME: 1:00 PM LOCATION: Barnes & Noble 33 E 17th Street at Union Square

Putting the “I” in “Film” “Write what you know” has always been a mantra, but “film what you know”? How can direct personal experiences translate to audience-friendly, relatable pieces on screen? How much of our “all” should we bare? Hear from filmmakers, writers and actors who have written more than a piece of themselves into the filmmaking process. Panelists include director Banker White (The Genius of Marian), director Tom Berninger (Mistaken for Strangers), writer/actress Amy Grantham (Lily), director Josh Fox (GaslandPart II). Moderated by Screen International’s Mark Adams. DATE: Saturday, April 20 TIME: 1:00 PM LOCATION: Barnes & Noble 33 E 17th Street at Union Square

Whose Credit is it Anyway? Documentaries continue to evolve over the years into ever more complex, multi-format storytelling features. One recent development is a new credit: the writer. As filmmakers embrace or fight this controversial title, our panelists discuss when taking the credit is appropriate. Panelists include writer/director Fahad Mustafa (Powerless), writer/director Warwick Ross (Red Obsession), director Jason Osder (Let the Fire Burn), editor Nels Bangerter (Let the Fire Burn) and director Sean Dunne (Oxyana). Moderated by director Julia Bacha (Budrus). DATE: Sunday, April 21 TIME: 1:00 PM LOCATION: Barnes & Noble 33 E 17th Street at Union Square

Special “Tribeca Talks” Events A Special Shorts Event: The Battle of amfAR Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. (USA) – New York Premiere. In the darkest days of the AIDS pandemic, two women from very different walks of life unite to take a stand. Two-time Academy Award®-winner Rob Epstein and his longtime collaborator Jeffrey Friedman, the creative forces behind The Celluloid Closet, tell the story of the extraordinary moment when Dr. Mathilde Krim and Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor launched the country’s first AIDS research foundation. The fight against HIV/AIDS would never be the same. An HBO Documentary Films release. After the Screening: Stay for a conversation with special guests Dr. Mathilde
Krim, global health consultant and activist Regan Hofmann and amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost to discuss the new strides medicine has taken in AIDS research development. Moderated by amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole. DATE: Wednesday, April 24 TIME: 5:30 PM LOCATION: SVA Theater 2

Panelists and moderators are subject to change.
For the most updated schedule, visit www.tribecafilm.com

Tickets for the 2013 Festival:
All Festival packages and passes, can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com/festival or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) -941-FEST (3378). Tickets for the Festival will be $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings, and $8.00 for all late-night and weekday matinee screenings. Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, April 9 for American Express Cardmembers, Sunday, April 14 for downtown residents, and Monday, April 15 for the general public. Single tickets can be purchased online, by telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, with locations at Tribeca Cinemas at 54 Varick Street, Clearview Cinemas Chelsea at 260 W. 23rd Street, and AMC Loews Village 7 at 66 3rd Avenue. The 2013 Festival will continue offering ticket discounts for evening and weekend screenings for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only. Additional information and further details on the Festival can be found at www.tribecafilm.com.

The Tribeca Film Festival is pleased to announce the return of its Signature Sponsors: Accenture, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Bloomberg, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Brookfield, Cadillac, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, ESPN, GE FOCUS FORWARD (in partnership with cinelan), Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Heineken USA, JetBlue, Magnum® Ice Cream, NBC 4, New York,
NCM Media Networks, The New York Times, and Oppenheimer Funds. The Festival is also honored to welcome the following new Signature Sponsors: AT&T, IWC Schaffhausen, PepsiCo, and Sony Electronics.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi - dates announced and call for film entries


I recall my attendance as freelance Press at the wonderful AFI FEST 2011 presented by AUDI, in Hollywood, California,where I swanked between the venues of the Chinese Theater, and the famous Hollywood Rooselvelt Hotel, to attend this wonderful Film Festival and view the wonderful slate of films that were on offer.The hospitality by the Festival was wonderful and of course the best part of the festival was that the public were able to see films for free.

I highly recommend this year's AFI FEST 2013 presented by AUDI Film Festival to filmmakers, film enthusiasts and the general public alike.

I had the privilege of some red carpet action with Luc Besson, Michele Yeoh and the cast on the red carpet at the Chinese theater's premiere of 'The Lady'. As well as reviews and attendance of wonderful films such as My Week with Marilyn, I Melt with You, The Kid with A Bike, The Artist, Melancholia, as well as some other films such as Wuss, Shame and Carnage, J.Edgar, and of course many more.

Getting also the opportunity to relax, rub shoulders and chit chat with in the wonderful Roosevelt lounge,  with personalities, and A-listers such as Rob Lowe, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard among others - well I can't give all my secrets away!!... some remain firmly within the premises of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel's history and established facade. This hospitality venue keeps the great memories of many, as well as the infamous Marilyn Monroe, well known to frequent there in her hey day, whom the Hollywood Roosevelt have a suite named after her as well as a wonderful painting.

Please without further ado continue to read below for exciting details of this year's upcoming AFI FEST 2013 presented by AUDI.

AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES

The American Film Institute Celebrates the Year in Global Cinema and Continues Unprecedented Offer of Free Tickets To All Screenings.

AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi officially announced its dates and call for entries today. The American Film Institute's annual celebration of artistic excellence brings the audience and the entertainment community together to explore the year in global cinema through the new works of film masters, moving image icons and breakthrough talents, and is the only film festival of its stature that is free to the public. This year AFI FEST will take place November 7 through 14 in Hollywood, California, the movie capital of the world, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly known as Grauman's Chinese), the Chinese 6 Theatres at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi  mixes nightly red carpet galas of Hollywood films with award-winning and highly anticipated new auteur works from filmmakers around the world. Emerging in 1987 as a program of the American Film Institute, the festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists over the years, including Pedro Almodóvar, Bernardo Bertolucci and David Lynch as Guest Artistic Directors, as well as top film talent such as Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle, Marion Cotillard, Catherine Deneuve, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, to name a few.

AFI FEST has showcased scores of films that have produced wins at the Oscars® in recent years, including A SEPARATION, AMOUR, THE ARTIST, BLACK SWAN, THE KING'S SPEECH, LIFE OF PI, LINCOLN, PRECIOUS and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

"AFI FEST is where the films of talented emerging filmmakers have the opportunity to screen alongside the current works of masters of the art form," said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST. "Last year's festival included many extraordinary films from across the globe, from the World Premiere of Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN and Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI to first-time feature filmmaker Tosh Gitonga's NAIROBI HALF LIFE, whose film was AFI FEST's Audience Award Breakthrough winner and Kenya's first-ever Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission."

The 2012 festival featured the World Premieres of HITCHCOCK from Sacha Gervasi and the previously mentioned LINCOLN from Steven Spielberg, as well as the Secret Screening of SKYFALL from Sam Mendes, and brought over 200 filmmakers from all over the world to Los Angeles to present their films to the city's audience of film-lovers, including new films from established filmmakers such as Léos Carax, Matteo Garrone, Michael Haneke, Kim Ki-duk, Cristian Mungiu, Sally Potter, Walter Salles and Hong Sangsoo, among many others.

Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at


or through


The final submission deadline for short films (under 30 minutes) is August 2 2013, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards®.

The final submission deadline for feature-length films is August 16. Films found solely through the submissions
process are presented in the festival's Breakthrough section, providing an opportunity for new filmmakers to share their vision with the world and receive a $5,000 cash prize.



"Festivals are a place of great discovery, and every year we look forward to finding new films and filmmakers through our submissions-based Breakthrough section and in our Oscars®-qualifying Short Film program," said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming, AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi


Filmmakers can e-mail programming@AFI.com or call 866.AFI.FEST for more information about the submissions process.

Film stills from the 2012 edition of the festival and the official AFI FEST logo are available for press use only and can be downloaded at:


About the American Film Institute

AFI is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.

AFI preserves the legacy of America's film heritage for future generations through the AFI Archive, comprised of rare footage from across the history of the moving image and the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, an authoritative record of American films from 1893 to the present.

AFI honors the artists and their work through a variety of annual programs and special events, including the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI Awards.

Celebrating its 41st year in 2013, the AFI Life Achievement Award has remained the highest honor for a career in film while AFI Awards, the Institute's almanac for the 21st century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year. AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers. And as the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the United States, AFI offers film enthusiasts a variety of events throughout the year, including AFI Fest presented by Audi, the Institute's annual year-end celebration of artistic excellence in cinema; AFI Docs, the largest documentary festival in the U.S.; and year round programming at the AFI Silver Theatre in the Washington, DC area.

AFI educates the next generation of storytellers at its AFI Conservatory, which has been consistently recognized as one of the world's top film schools, boasting alumni including Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, Heidi Levitt, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Wally Pfister, Robert Richardson, Ed Zwick and so many more. AFI Conservatory offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and
Screenwriting. Aspiring artists learn from the masters in a collaborative, hands-on production environment with an emphasis on storytelling.

For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at




About AFI FEST presented by Audi 2013


The American Film Institute's annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI FEST presented by Audi brings the audience and the entertainment community together to explore the year in global cinema through the new works of film masters, moving image icons and breakthrough talents, and it is the only film festival of its stature that is free to the public.


AFI FEST mixes nightly red carpet galas of Hollywood films with new auteur works from around the world, ensuring that an extraordinary array of foreign filmmaker voices are heard. Launching awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community, while providing audiences with the very best of global cinema, right in the center of the movie-making capital of the world.

Celebrating its 27th year as a program of the American Film Institute, the festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists over the years, including Pedro Almodóvar, Bernardo Bertolucci, and David Lynch as Guest Artistic Directors, and has screened scores of films that have produced Oscar® nominations and wins including, most recently, A SEPARATION, AMOUR, THE ARTIST, THE KING'S SPEECH, LIFE OF PI, LINCOLN and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.

AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi will take place from November 7 through 14th 2013 in the heart of Hollywood, California. AFI FEST presented by AUDI is the only FIAPF-accredited film festival in the United States, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the annual Academy Awards®.

Additional information about AFI FEST is available at


Connect at

facebook.com/AFIFEST
twitter.com/AFIFEST
and youtube.com/AFIFEST

About Audi

Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products, facilities and technologies. Visit audiusa.com or audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.
Contact -Jessica Smith, American Film Institute, 323.856.7766 or jsmith@AFI.com

*thanks to the AFI Film Insitute , AFI FEST 2013 presented by AUDI  for this press release*




Sundance Institute announce 4 Day Summer Film Festival, to be held in Los Angeles


NEXT WEEKEND, Presented by Sundance Institute to Offer Film Screenings and Panels at Sundance Cinema in West Hollywood, LA. Screenings Around Los Angeles Co-Hosted with American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, Cinefamily, Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

NEXT WEEKEND, Presented by Sundance Institute will take place Aug. 8-11, 2013 at Sundance Cinema and additional venues throughout Los Angeles. The event is an extension of the popular NEXT <=> section at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which showcases stylistically adventurous films that take a bold approach to storytelling.

Consisting of 4 days of screenings, parties and artist programs that celebrate the renegade spirit of independent filmmaking. Over one summer weekend film fans will have the chance to choose from eight yet-to-be-released feature films. There will also be a panel discussion deconstructing how these films get made, a shorts program and the annual ShortsLab: Los Angles, a half-day short filmmaking workshop. NEXT WEEKEND will include films that have been featured in the Festival’s NEXT <=> section, as well as new films and films that have premiered elsewhere. 

Filmmakers, cast and crew will be invited to discuss their work and the creative inspiration driving it.

NEXT WEEKEND will kick off with an outdoor screening Aug. 8 at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. 

The weekend-long festival will be headquartered at Sundance Cinema in West Hollywood Aug. 9-11. On closing night, Aug. 11, the festival will expand to venues across Los Angeles including the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, Cinefamily, MOCA, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum. Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute, said, 

“The best part of independent film making is the freedom to tell your stories your own way, to take risks and not be beholden to convention of any kind. At the core of NEXT WEEKEND are artists that are taking risks and pushing boundaries. As such, it’s fitting that Sundance Cinemas will be the home for this festival and these films.”

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, 

“The NEXT <=> section at our Festival in Utah, built under the leadership of Festival Director John Cooper and Director of Programming Trevor Groth, showcases films that marry form and content in a way that pushes boundaries and offers fresh perspectives on storytelling. We look forward to celebrating the energy of this work and these artists and to sharing it with a larger community in collaboration with like-minded cultural institutions.”

Films that have premiered in the NEXT <=> section at the Festival, launched in 2010, include Bellflower (Director and screenwriter: Evan Glodell), Compliance (Director and screenwriter: Craig Zobel), Sleepwalk With Me (Director: Mike Birbiglia, Screenwriters: Mike Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Joe Birbiglia, Seth Barrish) and sound of my voice (Director: Zal Batmanglij; Screenwriters: Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling).

For more information about NEXT WEEKEND  visit

Programming announcements will be made this summer, and tickets will go on sale at that time.

Sundance Institute members will have priority access to tickets and events; to join,


Sundance Institute

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to unite, inform and inspire, regardless of geo-political, social, religious or cultural differences. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For sponsorship opportunities for NEXT WEEKEND,
email corporategiving@sundance.org.

*thanks to the Sundance Institute Press Office, for the press release*

Monday, March 4, 2013

Interview with Leor Baum about short film Parallel Avenue, which focuses on Los Angeles



Parallel Avenue sets out to describe Los Angeles in all its complexities and diversities, through conceptions, opinions, past experiences of  5 female characters : -


Writer, director Leor Baum  puts to good use the stunning visual scenery that is an inborn part of Los Angeles for the backdrop of the film.

The film sets out to communicate innermost thoughts, feelings and emotions about Los Angeles, so that any film audience could relate to on any level with their own experience of the city.

This short film, screened and premiered as an Official Selection at the LA Shorts Fest 2012. 


The segment from the film 'Sarah' was a finalist in the On Location, Los Angeles Video Project 2012 -




Writer, director Leor Baum, sought out the ideal Los Angeles locations for the film, and filmed the stunning visual scenes that best encompassed the varied and always changing environment  otherwise known as Los Angeles, whilst keeping in mind the original voiceover monologues that had been written for each character.

However, whilst shooting the team allowed plenty of scope and leeway, and were always open to any changes to the original plan. Including improvisation and spur of the moment decisions and actions.

During post production, on reflection on the copious amounts of  film footage, many ideas came forward and the voiceovers were edited to suit the mood, scene, or desired filming effect.

Leor Baum, a writer, director, editor and producer is known for his diverse film projects, is based in Los Angeles.  Leor known initially for his outstanding thesis film Traces, which looks at PTSD, whilst studying at Cal State Northridge school of Cinema and Television Arts.  The film won acclaim at several film festivals.

Since then, Leor has produced numerous films and commercials, taking pride in scouting for locations. Some of Leor's more recent works includes that of Sevvy Hounds and The Gran' Scam of Things.

Michael Schindler, producer, changed from a corporate career, moving to Los Angeles to embrace his love of film, developing features such as 'Metamorphosis' starring Christopher Lambert. Together with Leor Baum, they co-founded Rooftop Mind in 2008.

Other members of Leor's film team include Sebastien Hameline, a Parisian cinematographer and photographer, who partners with Leor on film projects with a unique visual style in mind.   Sebastien's award winning work has broadcast on channels such as CNN, as well as film festivals.  As well as an award winning pianist and composer Ben Kass, a graduate from prestigious Universities with high honors including that of Julliard.  Parallel Avenue is the second partnership with Leor, the first being 'The Gran Scam of Things'.

Interview by Jasmina Nevada

-How did the idea come about for this short film? How did this develop over time from thought to- script- to -screen?

Parallel Avenue has been brewing for a while. I have been writing down thoughts about Los Angeles for years, always looking for a way to put them on the screen.

Then I started to focus on a woman who had been through it all, someone I could move through the city with. Over time, that one woman became five, each representing a different part of the city.

Once I found that balance, I wrote a series of monologues and we began casting. The actors we chose brought something unique and personal to the auditions that helped me finalize the dialogue we later shot.

- How did you decide on the film's title 'Parallel Avenue' ? Why did you choose this? Was there a certain impact you wished to create from the title?

We actually went through many titles before this one, but Parallel Avenue, became the clear choice as we were editing. In the film, we are watching parallel experiences that do not physically intersect.

There's always that urge to have all your characters meet, but in my experience,  in L.A it doesn't always work that way. Many of us live in our own bubble, in different neighborhoods that feel almost like separate worlds. Yet as the movie goes along, the city itself is always the common thread between them. Looking closely, this the reason why we worked 'LA' into the title film design. (see poster at the head of this article)

-On watching your film, I noted that you used voiceover dialogue, rather than direct spoken speech, what was the motive or reasoning behind that?

The idea was to create an internal narrative between each woman and the city. That's where the voice-over came from. It was a great production choice, because it gave us the freedom to shoot without location sound and improvise different emotions.

It also makes it feel more intimate and allows for the audience to focus their attention on the locations, which is something we always wanted to emphasize.

-What format did you shoot in and why? I noticed the effect was clean and sharp.....

We shot it in glorious HD on the Panasonic AF-100. Our cinematographer, Sebastien Hameline shot the film using Zeiss lenses in all natural light.

The camera brought out the city colors and textures really well. We really got into it, which is why we had so much B roll to use. The final film ended up running just under 12 minutes.

-How did you go about location scouting for this short? 

Being that I have lived in Los Angeles most my life, I already had a handful of places in mind to film. The challenge was finding enough ‘secret’ LA locations mixed with some of the places many of us know.

Sebastien (Sebastien Hameline -cinematographer) and I simply drove all around the city, taking pictures from Santa Monica to Boyle Heights.

That was how how Parallel Avenue progressed, from west to east.  We went after locations that were relevant to each character’s segment. You’ll see a little of everything but you’ll notice a lot of spots in the mid-Wilshire area which I tend to gravitate to. We found some of our favorites in downtown, which we saved for last.

-Why did you decide on 5 characters? Is there reasoning behind this?

Five women just became the right choice. The idea started with one voice but expanding it into five made it easier to structure and better express the many relationships we have with the city. Hopefully when watching Parallel Avenue, people will relate to at least one of these women at some point in their lives. Also it was nice to create these parallel experiences that never overlap, which is what LA feels like sometimes.

-What are your future plans for this film and why have you decided to take this route?

I’d love it for people to discover the film on the big screen first. We started with LA based screenings first, but now we’re submitting to other festivals that we like. At some point this year, we would like to release it online so everyone has a chance to see it and leave their own thoughts. We’re releasing videos on the film’s Vimeo channel (see top of article for link)



-What future projects do you have coming up in the pipeline?

Right now we’re finalizing a new documentary I helped produce called Happy Hands, featuring Tippi Hedren and directed by Honey Lauren. We’re excited to see where that goes.

I have also got a feature I have been developing that we also plan to produce locally through Rooftop Mind. It’s a thriller, based loosely on some of my own experiences growing up.

Check out more about documentary Happy Hands here -

http://rooftopmind.com/films/happyhands/

More information and links -

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rooftopmind

*Thanks to Leor Baum for his time*