J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Francis Ford Coppola Highlight Tribeca Film Festival Panels

The Tribeca Talks series will also include Jodie Foster, Catherine Hardwicke, Andrea Arnold and Katie Couric

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, running April 13-24, has unveiled its lineup of Tribeca Talks panels and conversations with some of the industry’s most successful filmmakers, artists, and executives including J.J. Abrams, Andrea Arnold, Anthony Bourdain, Francis Ford Coppola, Katie Couric, Alfonso Cuarón, Jodie Foster, Ricky Gervais, Catherine Hardwicke, Donna Karan, Baz Luhrmann, Patti Smith, Joss Whedon, Olivia Wilde, Samantha Bee, and more.

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, intimate one-on-one discussions with acclaimed directors, this year includes Alfonso Cuarón, Andrea Arnold, Jodie Foster with Julie TaymorJoss Whedon in conversation with Mark RuffaloJ.J. Abrams speaking with Chris Rock, and Baz Luhrmann with Nelson George.

New to this year’s festival is Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, which features pioneering creators who work across mediums to tell their stories. Francis Ford CoppolaIdina Menzel and Patti Smith join previously announced participants Tom Hanks and Tina Fey for the program.

Also debuting for 2016 is Tribeca Talks: Daring Women Summit Powered by the Li.st, a day of conversations with some of the most influential women in arts and technology who will share stories from their illustrious careers and unconventional paths to success, as well as their support and mentorship of other women in their respective fields. Participants include Google Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief Julie Ann Crommett, producer and actress Olivia Wilde, fashion designer Donna Karan and “Fresh Off the Boat” showrunner Nahnatchka Khan, among others.

Tribeca also announced five additional feature films and two previously announced titles that will screen during the festival as part of the Tribeca Talks: After the Movie series, which gives audiences a chance to listen to and participate in a conversation with filmmakers, actors, and influencers following screenings of their films. The program features the world premiere of Netflix’s “Special Correspondents” and a discussion with writer and director Ricky Gervais, actor Eric Bana and additional cast, and the world premieres of documentaries “I Voted?” with writer/director Jason Grant Smith and executive producer Katie Couric; “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” with subject and chef Jeremiah Tower and executive producers Anthony Bourdain and Lydia Tenaglia, and “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” with the creators and subjects of the film.Equity” will have its New York premiere, followed by a conversation with director, and Meera Menon, winner of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s Nora Ephron Prize

Also featured as part of Tribeca Talks: After the Movie series are the previously announced “Contemporary Color,” followed by a conversation with directors Bill and Turner Ross led by David Byrne, and “Starring Austin Pendleton” featuring a panel with star and subject Austin Pendleton and actors from his career as an actor and director.

“Storytelling is an expansive medium with the power to advance conversations and issues long after the credits roll,” said Paula Weinstein, executive VP of Tribeca Enterprises. “The Tribeca Talks series gives audiences the chance to continue those conversations as well as hear from legendary figures in film, music, and more.”

Additional programs include returning favorites “Tribeca Talks: Master Class,” conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process and other special “Tribeca Talks” events including Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival conversations. The full schedule for the 2016 Tribeca Talks series follows:

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, sponsored by Amazon Studios with media support from 

Entertainment Weekly

Some of the most distinctive directors discuss their careers and highlights, from Jodie Foster discussing her TV endeavors and the upcoming “Money Monster,” to Joss Whedon‘s cult hits “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to the “Avengers” series, J.J. Abrams on “Star Trek” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Andrea Arnold‘s “Red Road” and “Fish Tank,” Alfonso Cuarón’s “Y Tu Mamá También” and “Gravity,” and Baz Luhrmann‘s upcoming TV show “The Get Down” and stylistic “Moulin Rouge.”

J.J. Abrams with Chris Rock

Multi-faceted filmmaker J.J. Abrams will discuss the turns and triumphs of his career with comic actor and fellow filmmaker Chris Rock.

DATE: Friday, April 15

TIME: 6:00PM

LOCATION:  John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Andrea Arnold

One of the freshest voices in cinema today, British filmmaker Andrea Arnold sits down for a conversation about her work from her debut feature “Red Road” to the acclaimed “Fish Tank.”

DATE: Monday, April 18

TIME: 2:00PM

LOCATION:  SVA 2

Joss Whedon with Mark Ruffalo 

Joss Whedon, director of the “Avengers” films and creator of cult classics “Angel” and “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” will talk to esteemed actor and collaborator Mark Ruffalo about his distinguished career.

DATE: Monday, April 18

TIME: 6:00PM

LOCATION:  SVA 1

Jodie Foster with Julie Taymor

Jodie Foster has culminated her experience as an actress into directing and will explore how she has forged a position as an esteemed filmmaker in both film and television through a conversation with filmmaker Julie Taymor

DATE: Wednesday, April 20

TIME: 5:30PM

LOCATION:  Festival Hub

Baz Luhrmann with Nelson George

Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has one of the most distinctly recognizable visual styles in cinema today and discusses creating work which merges both classic and modern worlds through films from “The Great Gatsby” to “Moulin Rouge.”

DATE: Saturday, April 23

TIME: 6:00PM

LOCATION:  SVA 1

Alfonso Cuarón with TBD 

From the indie hit “Y Tu Mamá También” to “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron will discuss his ability to create truly unique cinematic worlds.

DATE: Wednesday, April 20th

TIME: 6:00PM

LOCATION: SVA 1

Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, sponsored by Dean & DeLuca with media support from 

Entertainment Weekly

Celebrating passionate creators with a desire to tell stories in a multitude of ways – these pioneers never stay in just one lane.  From Patti Smith turning songwriting into novel writing; to Tom Hanks acting, producing and directing; Tina Fey, writing, acting, producing and creating shows, Idina Menzel performing in TV, film and originating roles in theaters as well as songwriting; and Francis Ford Coppola discussing his passion for food and wine in addition to filmmaking.

Patti Smith

From cultural music icon to novelist Patti Smith has always been ahead of the curve and never afraid to pull punches, she will converse on her career and force field of creativity.

DATE: Thursday, April 14

TIME: 3:00PM

LOCATION:  SVA 2

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel has trail blazed a career in film, television and theater not only being there for the inception of stage shows and the roles she has made iconic, but also performed in a variety of mediums and showcased her abilities as a songwriter.

DATE: Monday, April 18

TIME: 4:00PM

LOCATION:  SVA 1

Tina Fey with Damian Holbrook

Known for developing smart comedy through her writing and performances in film and television, the former head writer of SNL has also created fan and critic favorite TV shows “30 Rock” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

DATE: Tuesday, April 19

TIME: 6:00PM

LOCATION:  John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Francis Ford Coppola with Jay McInerney

Francis Ford Coppola has given us some of the most memorable films on the big screen but is also a food and wine aficionado with a lifestyle brand. Francis Ford Coppola Presents encompasses a series of cafes as well as his winery in Sonoma County, CA.

DATE: Wednesday, April 20

TIME: 4:00PM

LOCATION: SVA 1

Tom Hanks with John Oliver 

In addition to being one of the most beloved actors, Tom Hanks has also produced and directed an astounding number of films and will discuss his passion for great stories.  Political commentator and television host John Oliver leads a conversation with Hanks discussing his prolific career

DATE: Friday, April 22

TIME: 6:00PM

LOCATION:  John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Tribeca Talks: After the Movie

Contemporary Color

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an unprecedented event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to celebrate the art of color guard–synchronized dance involving flags, rifles, and sabers–by pairing regional color guard teams with performers, including St Vincent, Nelly Furtado, and Ad-Rock. More than a concert film, Contemporary Color is a cinematic interpretation of this one of a kind live event, courtesy of visionary filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross.

After the movie: A conversation led by David Byrne with Bill and Turner Ross, with special appearances by color guarders.

DATE: Thursday, April 14

TIME: 9:00PM

LOCATION:  John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (sponsored by CNN Films)

“The Last Magnificent” explores the exceptional, adventurous life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial, outrageous, and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Yet his name has largely been obliterated from history. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Martha Stewart, and Ruth Reichl, this delicious documentary for the culinary set tells the story of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef.

After the movie: Subject and Chef Jeremiah Tower and Executive Producers Anthony Bourdain and Lydia Tenaglia

DATE: Saturday, April 16

TIME: 3:00PM

LOCATION:  John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

I Voted?

How do you know that your vote is recorded as intended in an election?  After South Carolina candidate Alvin Greene overwhelmingly won the Senate Primary despite having not campaigned, a pandora’s box of questions opened regarding the voting process – particularly in a digital age where we rely on computer systems to act with integrity despite the use outdated and unregulated technology.​

After the movie: Writer-Director Jason Grant Smith, Executive Producer Katie Couric and more.

DATE: Thursday, April 21st

TIME: 5:30PM

LOCATION:  SVA 2

Equity 

High-powered Wall Street banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) has been passed over for a promotion again. If she can successfully launch her next high profile IPO, she’ll be back on top. To get the job done, she must bypass her ambitious assistant (Sarah Megan Thomas) and an aggressive US prosecutor (Alysia Reiner) watching her every move, in TFF Nora Ephron Prize winner and alumnus Meera Menon’s financial thriller. A Sony Pictures Classic release.

After the movie: Director Meera Menon, and other female directors discuss their experience in the industry.

DATE: Tuesday, April 19

TIME: 6:00PM

LOCATION:  SVA 2

Starring Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton is that quintessential character actor you might recognize. We follow Austin as he reflects on his life and craft, while his A-list peers discuss his vast influence, dogged determination, and what it means to be an original in today’s celebrity-obsessed world.

After the movie: Star and subject Austin Pendleton discusses  his career with fellow actors, including Olympia Dukakis, Peter Saarsgaard, George Morfogen and Denis O’Hare.

DATE:   Thursday, April 21

TIME: 2:30PM

LOCATION:  SVA 2

Special Correspondents

American politics and media are aptly satirized in this feature by firebrand comedian Ricky Gervais. A pretentious radio journalist and his ineffectual technician botch an assignment in South America, and decide to fabricate an on-the-scene report while hiding out in a New York City apartment. This scheme spirals out of their control when their escalating story becomes a national headline. ​ A Netflix Original Film.

After the movie: A conversation with writer/director Ricky Gervais, actor Eric Bana and additional cast

DATE: Friday, April 22

TIME: 8:00PM

LOCATION:  John Zuccotti Theater @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe

The most vitriolic debate in medical history takes a dramatic turn when senior scientist turned whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson of the Centers for Disease Control, turns over secret documents, data, and internal emails confirming what millions of devastated parents and “discredited” doctors have long-suspected – vaccines do cause autism.

After the movie: a conversation with creators and subjects of the film.

DATE:   Sunday, April 24

TIME: 2:00PM

LOCATION:  SVA2

Tribeca Talks: Daring Women Summit Powered by the Li.st

DATE: Wednesday, April 20

TIME: 10:30AM – 5PM

LOCATION:  Festival Hub

This day of first-hand storytelling celebrates today’s most influential women in arts and technology who have risen to the top of their respective fields by eschewing traditional career trajectories in creating their own paths. Not only have these women broken ceilings to succeed for themselves, but most importantly they have created opportunities for other women along the way through direct support and mentorship, forging job opportunities for others and creating content where women can see themselves and the possibilities of what they themselves could become.

These creative minds refused to take no for an answer, taking on outsized risks, despite the conventional wisdom. These women in tech and entertainment are bold, they are driven by innovation, and they have reservoirs of expertise and life lessons to share.

Speakers include Producer and Actress Olivia Wilde, Fashion Designer Donna Karan, “Full Frontal’s”  Samantha Bee, actress & activist Rosie Perez, The Li.st founder Rachel Sklar, HelloGiggles co-founder Sophia Rossi, Google Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief Julie Ann Crommett, “Fresh off the Boat” showrunner Nahnatchka Khan, actress Mya Taylor, PYPO Creator Stephanie Laing, Chief Content Officer for Refinery 29 Amy Emmerich, New York Public radio’s President & CEO Laura Walker, WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money Anna Sale, actress LaLa Anthony and many more.

Tribeca Talks: Master Class (Free event)

Dolby Master Class

Leading sound and music pioneers discuss the complexities of creating sound and music for film.  Check website for panelists.

DATE: Friday, April 15

TIME: 3:00PM

LOCATION:  SVA 2

Prepping to Shoot with Catherine Hardwicke (sponsored by Nexxus New York Salon Care)

“Twilight,” “Lords of Dogtown” and “Thirteen” director Catherine Hardwicke takes you inside preproduction – from creating a workable shot list to constructing lookbooks, shaping locations and building relationships with cast and crew alike – she offers tips and tricks as well as showcasing her personal work materials.

DATE: Sunday, April 17

TIME: 3:00PM

LOCATION:  SVA 2

Inside Casting 

Esteemed Casting Director Ellen Lewis and Ellen Chenoweth have worked with some of the greatest directors including Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Jim Jarmusch, the Coen Brothers, George Clooney and Stephen Spielberg. They will divulge the process of casting and discovering some of today’s most recognizable faces. Moderated by Bernard Telsey.

DATE: Saturday, April 23

TIME: 2:30PM

LOCATION:  SVA 2

Tribeca Talks – Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Conversations, sponsored by Mohegan Sun

Elections and “Scandal”

Debuting their latest Elections short documentary “A More Perfect Union,” Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief), Micah Cohen (FiveThirtyEight politics editor) and guests discuss how the Rev. Wright revelations affected the 2008 Democratic primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, how the media handled the story, and what lessons the episode holds for the 2016 election.

DATE: Wednesday, April 20

TIME: 2:30PM

LOCATION:  SVA2

  • A More Perfect Union, directed by Eric Drath. (USA) – World Premiere. From the discovery of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s inciting sermons to Obama’s ‘A More Perfect Union’ speech, this short film uses interviews, archives, and a timeline to illustrate the behind-the-scenes drama during a make-or-break moment in the 2008 presidential campaign.

O.J.: Made in America with Ezra Edelman and TheUndefeated.com

O.J. Simpson remains one of the most resonant figures in American history.  Undefeated.com editor in chief Kevin Merida moderates a discussion with the film’s director Ezra Edelman, managing editor Raina Kelley and senior culture writer Kelley Carter about ESPN Films’ “O.J.: Made in America” and its attempt to make sense of both the racial context surrounding the trial 20 years ago, and a life and career still being debated today.

DATE: Sunday, April 24

TIME: 5:30PM

LOCATION:  SVA 2

Special “Tribeca Talks” Event

Free Like the Birds

Sophie Cruz, a six year old girl fights to keep her family together as the threat of deporting her parents  looms over her. Determined to keep her family together she travels to Washington DC, breaks through police barricades, and talks to the Pope. A girl on a mission.

After the short film: An in depth conversation with prominent activists about immigration

DATE: Thursday, April 21

TIME: 8:30PM

LOCATION: SVA 2

From Film to Game

In the entertainment industry’s constantly changing landscape, the lines between mediums are starting to blur. We are witnessing the intersection of gaming and filmmaking to create a new form of storytelling that revitalizes traditional narratives.

Join BioShock’s Ken Levine, Her Story creator Sam Barlow, and filmmaker Will Gluck in a discussion about how content creators are bridging the gap between video games and TV to generate compelling experiences that put the viewer in the driver’s seat.

DATE: Monday, April 18 

TIME: 8:00PM

LOCATION: Festival Hub