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Whether it's a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, or songwriter, crossing the line from page to screen is no easy feat. Hear the difficulties and triumphs of the process from some of the best jacks-of-all-trades in the biz. Panelists include Nice Guy Johnny writer/director Edward Burns and Snap writer/director and playwright Carmel Winters. Moderated by The New Yorker's Susan Orlean. | Read More
Writers who turn true events into films must grapple with how much truth to include or embellish to meet their cinematic ambition. If your source material is based on true events, who is the writer responsible to? From what to dramatize to what to omit, writers and filmmakers face the inevitable question: Where is the line between a great narrative film and the truth of the events. Join Steven Silver, director and screenwriter of The Bang Bang Club; photographer and co-author of The Bang Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden WarGreg Marinovich; Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen, directors of Puncture; and Chris Lopata, screenwriter of Puncture, for a conversation about how far over the line writers are allowed to go. | Read More
It's one thing to write a film based on a book or play, but when your subject is a real person, the attention to detail from script to screen is supreme. Movie magic can bring history to life, but some filmmakers change the way we look at the traditional biopic along the way. Panelists include sex & drugs & rock & roll writer Paul Viragh and director Mat Whitecross, My Queen Karo writer/director Dorothée van den Berghe, and The Chameleon director/cowriter Jean-Paul Salomé. Moderated by Marie Claire film critic Caryn James. | Read More
Shaped by the sights, sounds, and characters abuzz in its boroughs, New York is the antithesis of a cookie-cutter city. How do filmmakers approach this ever-changing landscape to render our hometown and its ultra-contrasting neighborhoods? Panelists include Arias With a Twist director Bobby Sheehan and performer Joey Arias, Monogamy writer/director Dana Adam Shapiro, The Woodmans director C. Scott Willis, Monogamy actor Chris Messina, and actor/writer Hill Harper. Moderated by NY1's Budd Mishkin. | Read More
Whether you're following the story of a little league team struggling to win a championship or diving into the story of how the television was invented, the term "writing the documentary" might not occur to you as you watch the drama unfold before your eyes. What most people don't realize is that documentaries also begin with the blank page and an idea. Join David Gelb, director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Maria Ramström, director of Love Always, Carolyn, Mila Turajlic, director of Cinema Komunisto, and others for a discussion about how that idea is turned into a narrative. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney. | Read More
In the past few years, film conversation has consumed itself with how digital innovation is reshaping our industry. As discussions constantly look to the future of filmmaking, we turn the discussion back. Join author, television host and Variety editorial director Peter Bart and Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer Geoffrey Gilmore for a chat about filmmaking in the New Hollywood era of the late-1960s and early-1970s. From the larger-than-life personalities and conflicts that resulted in some of the most acclaimed films of a generation, to the funny anecdotes that captured the world, we take a look back at a time that changed how stories were told. Bart will also sign copies of his new memoir Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, The Mob, (And Sex). | Read More
Successfully adapting a book to a film can be a challenging task. What are the elements that can best translate from the page to the screen? How faithful must the adaptation be to the original work? Is it possible to create a version of the story better than the book? TFF filmmakers Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Headshot), Charles Matthau (Freaky Deaky), Donald Rice (Cheerful Weather for the Wedding), and more discuss their experiences adapting fiction to film. Moderated by Mark Adams, Chief Film Critic and Reviews Editor for Screen International. | Read More
In biographical documentaries, the personal moments and drama of an individual's life are captured in interviews and every day or behind-the-scenes footage. Seems simple, but in reality there is also the equally important influence of writing and storytelling. Join us as TFF filmmakers Ramona S. Diaz (Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey), Petter Ringbom (The Russian Winter), Andreas Koefoed (Ballroom Dancer), and Daniel A. Miller (Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie), and more discuss the unique ways in which they explored the life of a real individual and shaped that person's story into a film. Moderated by Basil Tsiokos, documentary consultant and Sundance Film Festival programming associate. | Read MoreDocumentary
Social change can be implemented through a variety of creative methods—from artists who write and create work that makes people look at society from a new perspective, to bloggers spreading information, opinions, and images to those who need it most, to regular individuals speaking out. Hear from TFF filmmakers Antonino D'Ambrosio (Let Fury Have the Hour), Raymond De Felitta (Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story), and Stephen Maing (High Tech, Low Life) on how writing and action can make an impact in the world. Moderated by film and culture critic Caryn James. | Read MoreDocumentary
Whether played out on the field, in the ring, or on the court, every great sports drama is ultimately a human tale-of conflict, determination, passion, triumph, and loss. In honor of ESPN's 30th anniversary, ESPN Films launches 30 For 30, an unprecedented documentary film series featuring 30 of today's finest directors bringing to life 30 of the most remarkable sports stories from 1979 to 2009-the ESPN era. These films represent an extraordinary and diverse mosaic of the impact of sports on America and world culture.
Join 30 For 30 filmmakers Dan Klores, Barry Levinson, Barbara Kopple, and Albert Maysles as they discuss how they are bringing their unique filmmaking points of view to their chosen story. Moderated by ESPN's Chris Connelly. | Read More