Every year, in partnership with Apple and IndieWire, Tribeca presents a free “Meet the Filmmakers” panel series at the 14th Street Apple Store, where we welcome the filmmakers of a different TFF 2012 selection each night of the Festival for a 45-minute moderated conversation and audience Q&A.

We are excited to announce the 2012 Apple panel lineup! The talks this year include Morgan Spurlock and Will Arnett talking about their male grooming doc Mansome, Glee star Chris Colfer on his screenwriting debut Struck By Lightning, Jenna Fischer and Lee Kirk chatting about their romantic dramedy GIANT MECHANICAL MAN, and many more!

Things kick off this Saturday, April 14, at 3:30 pm, with the annual Tribeca Film Festival Sneak Peek, where we’ll welcome the directors of five Tribeca premieres to chat about their work and debut their films’ clips and trailers. The Apple panels are fun, free events, and a great opportunity to meet the hot talent behind the films and hear them talk about their work in their own words. Check out the schedule, and we hope to see you there!

First Winter

Tribeca Film Festival Sneak Peek
Saturday, April 14
3:30 pm

Join the Tribeca Film Festival Sneak Peek to get a glimpse of the work by filmmakers who are showing this year, including the documentary films Russian Winter (director Petter Ringbom), Sexy Baby (directors Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus), and Let Fury Have the Hour (director Antonino d’Amrosio). Also showing in the Sneak Peek are the narrative feature Stones in the Sun (director Patricia Benoit) and indie film First Winter (director Benjamin Dickinson).

Five Year Engagement

The Five-Year Engagement
Nick Stoller
Monday, April 16
6:00 pm

Join filmmaker Nick Stoller (The Muppets, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as he discusses his irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the film looks at what happens when an engaged couple, played by Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.

Picture Paris

Picture Paris
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall
Friday, April 20
7:00 pm

Join actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and director Brad Hall (SNL) as they discuss their short film, Picture Paris. With her son leaving for college, an ordinary suburban mom (Louis-Dreyfus) compensates for her empty nest by planning a life-changing trip to Paris. When her plans go hilariously awry, she finds herself wondering if she'll ever have what she really desires: Love, passion, revenge... and Paris.

Your Sister's Sister

Your Sister’s Sister
Lynn Shelton, Emily Blunt, and Rosemarie DeWitt
Friday, April 20
8:00 pm

Join director Lynn Shelton (Humpday) for a discussion of her new film, Your Sister’s Sister. The story begins when Iris (Emily Blunt) invites her friend Jack (Mark Duplass) to stay at her family’s remote getaway while he grieves the death of his brother. Iris drops in unexpectedly on the heels of Jack’s drunken encounter with Iris’ sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), resulting in a rivalry and other surprising revelations.

Jack and Diane

Jack and Diane
Bradley Rust Gray and Riley Keough
Saturday, April 21
6:00 pm

Join filmmaker Bradley Rust Gray (The Exploding Girl) and actor Riley Keough (The Runaways) for a discussion of their new drama, Jack and Diane. The film follows two teenage girls, Jack (Keough) and Diane (Juno Temple), who meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. When Diane reveals she must soon leave the city for school in Europe, their budding relationship is put to the test. Weaving horror elements into a distinctive yet universal love story, Gray brings his unique vision to this idiosyncratic story of the joys and terrors of first love.

Mansome

Mansome
Morgan Spurlock, Will Arnett, and Ben Silverman
Saturday, April 21
7:00 pm

Join Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and Super Size Me), actor Will Arnett (Up All Night), and producer Ben Silverman for a discussion of Mansome, Spurlock’s new documentary on men’s grooming habits.

Struck By Lightning

Struck by Lightning
Chris Colfer and Brian Dannelly
Sunday, April 22
5:00 pm

Join Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer (Kurt on Glee) and director Brian Dannelly for a discussion of their new coming-of-age comedy, Struck by Lightning. Starring and produced by Colfer, this film tells the story of Carson Phillips (Colfer) who (after being struck and killed by lightning) explains how he blackmailed his classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.

Side by Side

SIde by Side
Chris Kenneally and industry experts
Sunday, April 22
6:00 pm

Join director Chris Kenneally and industry experts for a discussion of the documentary Side by Side, produced and presented by Keanu Reeves. The film takes us on a journey through the rise of digital filmmaking — and addresses the aesthetic implications caused by the transition away from traditional film.

Sleepless Night

Sleepless Night
Frédéric Jardin
Monday, April 23
6:00 pm

Join filmmaker Frédéric Jardin for a discussion of his film Sleepless Night. It’s the story of a botched drug heist with dangerous implications—as one of the drug carriers escapes after stabbing the robbers and seeing their faces. The robbers are then left in possession of the drugs—which belong to a mob boss who will do anything to retrieve his property.

Giant Mechanical Man

The Giant Mechanical Man
Jenna Fischer and Lee Kirk
Tuesday, April 24
6:00 pm

Join actor Jenna Fischer (The Office) and director Lee Kirk as they discuss their new film, The Giant Mechanical Man, an offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft-spoken zoo worker who falls for him.

Nancy, Please

Nancy, Please
Andrew Semans, Vinay Singh, Will Rogers, and Santino Fontana
Wednesday, April 25
6:00 pm

Join debut director Andrew Semans, producer Vinay Singh, and cast members Will Rogers, Santino Fontana, and Eleanore Hendricks for a discussion of their new film, Nancy, Please. This smart, stunning psychodrama revolves around Paul, who teaches literature at Yale and has just moved in with his longtime girlfriend after finally shedding his casually sinister roommate, Nancy. There’s just one thing. Paul left an item of great importance at his old apartment, Nancy doesn’t want to give it back, and Paul’s life is about to unravel as a result.

2 Days in New York

2 Days in New York
Julie Delpy
Thursday, April 26
7:00 pm

Join writer, director, and actor Julie Delpy for a discussion of her new film, 2 Days in New York, the follow-up story to her well-received 2 Days in Paris. We follow Marion (Delpy), now split from Jack and living in New York with their child. Her family decides to visit, and she’s unaware that the cultural differences between her new American boyfriend (Chris Rock), her father, and her sister Rose—added to the stress of her upcoming photo exhibition—will make for an explosive mix.