A highlight of the annual Tribeca Film Festival is getting to witness in-depth on stage conversations with some of film’s most significant figures.
The 2019 Tribeca Talks lineup includes the likes of Queen Latifah, Dee Rees, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Guillermo del Toro, David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, Sarah Silverman, Michael J. Fox, Rashida Jones and Irwin Winkler. There will also be a sound design masterclass and a discussion with boundary-pushing video game creator Hideo Kojima.
Here’s a rundown of this year’s Tribeca Talks series. For the full lineup and to purchase tickets head to the official Tribeca website.
TRIBECA TALKS: DIRECTORS SERIES
Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro
Celebrated Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese is responsible for some of cinema’s most highly regarded works including Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, Goodfellas and Casino. Ahead of his latest film The Irishman which will be released by Netflix later this year, Scorsese will sit down with Irishman star, his frequent collaborator and Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro.
De Niro first worked with the acclaimed director on 1973’s Mean Streets, going on to win an Oscar for his performance as Jake LaMotta in Scorsese’s Raging Bull, released in US cinemas in December 1980. In addition to his narrative feature films, Scorsese has enjoyed success as a documentary filmmaker including the award winning films No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and George Harrison: Living in the Material World. His work on television includes a Directors Guild win for the pilot episode of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, a series which he executive produced.
Event details: Sunday 28th April 2019 at 2pm at Beacon Theatre
Guillermo del Toro
Visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro will take to the Tribeca Talks stage to discuss his discuss his creative process throughout his career from the Oscar-winning Pan’s Labyrinth to his more recent Best Picture and Best Director winning The Shape of Water. His prolific work as director also includes Cronos, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak.
Event details: Thursday 25th April 25 at 8pm at BMCC
David O. Russell with Jennifer Lawrence
Acclaimed filmmaker David O. Russell will take to the stage to discuss his Oscar and Golden Globe winning feature films including The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. He’ll be joined for a one-on-one conversation by his frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence, whom he directed to three Golden Globe wins and three of her four Oscar nominations, including a win for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook.
Event details: Saturday 27th April at 6pm at BMCC
TRIBECA TALKS: STORYTELLERS
Michael J. Fox with Denis Leary
The Back to the Future trilogy legend and New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Fox has been nominated for ten Golden Globes, winning four. His acting work has also garnered Grammy, SAG and Emmy recognition. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 29, Fox established the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. He will joined on stage by his friend and Rescue Me creator Denis Leary to discuss Fox’s career highlights.
Event details: Tuesday 30th April 30 at 6pm at BMCC
Sarah Silverman with Mike Birbiglia
Emmy winning comedian, actress, writer and producer Sarah Silverman’s credits include the the Hulu series I Love You, America and the movies I Smile Back, Battle of the Sexes and Wreck It Ralph. She will be joined on stage by fellow comedian Mike Birbiglia, the writer, director and star of the films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice to discuss their creative processes.
Event details: Monday 29th April at 8pm at BMCC
Parks and Recreation star and filmmaker Rashida Jones will discuss her career, including 2012’s Celeste and Jesse Forever which she co-wrote and starred in and last year’s Quincy documentary which she directed, about her father music legend Quincy Jones.
Event details: Wednesday 1st May 1 at 6pm at BMCC
TRIBECA TALKS: MASTER CLASSES
The Art of Cinematic Sound
Following the world premiere screening of a new documentary by Midge Costin Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound will have its world premiere at Tribeca on 29th April. Following the screening there will be master class conversation examining their craft with three of the industry’s most celebrated sound designers and editors, Oscar-winners Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom. Credited with coining the term ‘sound designer’, Murch has created soundscapes for revered classics including The Conversation, The Godfather, The English Patient and Apocalypse Now. Burtt’s Oscar-winning work has taken him to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars and he’s helped create cinematic magic with Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Rydstrom has created impressive sound designs for some of the most popular films in movie history such as Jurassic Park, Toy Story, Titanic, and Saving Private Ryan.
Event details: Monday 29th April 29 at 5pm at SVA-02
Irwin Winkler on the Art and Craft of Producing
With a career spanning over five decades, Oscar-winning producer and director Irwin Winkler will discuss his five decades at one of the industry’s foremost figures with a list of producing credits that includes Rocky, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street and the upcoming The Irishman.
Event details: Friday 3rd May at 3.30pm at SVA-2
TRIBECA TALKS: QUEEN LATIFAH WITH DEE REES
In what promises to be a fascinating discussion the multi award winning Queen Latifah will be joined on the Tribeca Talks stage by the trailblazing Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dee Rees. Rees directed Latifah to one of her SAG award wins for her role in the HBO film Bessie. Latifah will discuss her multifaceted career as musician, actor, label president, author and entrepreneur as well as how she is using her influence to mentor and uplift diverse female filmmakers to help accelerate gender and racial equality behind the camera. The talk will be followed by the debut of The Queen Collective short documentaries, as part of a program developed by Queen Latifah, created by diverse young women.
Event details: Friday 26th April 26 at 5.30pm at Tribeca Festival Hub
TRIBECA GAMES PRESENTS: HIDEO KOJIMA WITH NORMAN REEDUS
To discuss his boundary-pushing new PlayStation4 game, Death Stranding, creator Hideo Kojima will be joined by the game’s star, Norman Reedus, best known for his star-turning performances in The Boondock Saints and the acclaimed series The Walking Dead.
Event details: Thursday 25th April at 6pm at BMCC
The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival runs in New York from 24th April – 5th May and James Kleinmann will be in attendance for HeyUGuys to deliver all the latest news, reviews and interviews.