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Tribeca Film Fest Is Talkin’ to Clint Eastwood, Jay Roach, Whoopi Goldberg and More

"Tribeca Talks" programs will also include Ben Stiller, Darren Aronofsky, Gloria Steinem and Richard Linklater


Clint Eastwood, Jay Roach, Richard Linklater and Gloria Steinem are among the directors, writers and actors who will participate in the “Tribeca Talks” series at this years Tribeca Film Festival, TFF organizers announced Thursday.

Clint EastwoodDirectors Darren Aronofsky and Paul Verhoeven, actors Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke and Ellen Page, actor-directors Whoopi Goldberg and Adrian Grenier and singer Elaine Stritch will also take part in the "Tribeca Talks" programs, which will take place during the late-April festival launched by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal 11 years ago in downtown New York.

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The “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series” will consist of four events. Eastwood will be interviewed by “Black Swan” director Aronofsky following a screening of the documentary “Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story.” Linklater will talk to Hawke and Delpy, the stars of his new film “Before Midnight” (photo below), which also screens at Tribeca.

Roach, whose HBO film “Game Change” has won a number of awards over the past year, will have a conversation with his “Meet the Parents” star Ben Stiller. And director Mira Nair (“The Reluctant Fundamentalist”) will speak to actress and director Bryce Dallas Howard.

Before MidnightThe “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie” series will spotlight eight films, including “Tricked,” in which director Paul Verhoeven crowd-sourced the script by writing an opening segment and then inviting fans to supply additional scenes.

Other films in the series include the documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs”; “Out of Print,” about the changes in the publishing industry; “Inequality for All,” a doc in which economist Robert Reich dissects the unequal distribution of wealth;  “I Got Somethin’ to Tell You,” Whoop Goldberg’s film about comic Moms Mabley; a 20th anniversary retrospective of films sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, whose work includes the miniseries “And the Band Played On”; and “Wadja,” the first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first Saudi film directed by a woman, followed by a conversation between director Haifaa Al-Mansour and journalist/activist Gloria Steinem.

The series will also spotlight the interactive videogame “Beyond: Two Souls,” with a conversation with creator David Cage and actress Ellen Page.

Another series, “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie, Beyond the Screens, the Artist’s Angle,” will present the world premieres of the documentaries “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” and “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic.” Stritch herself will appear to speak about her career with director Chiemi Karasawa after the former film.

“Tribeca Talks: Industry” will consist of five panels, dealing with the issue of race in Hollywood and the shortage of people of color behind the scenes, the evolving role of sponsorship, the line between journalism and creativity in documentaries, changes in audience data analysis, and the growth of digital filmmaking.

“Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” will consist of three events sponsored by Barnes & Noble. One will deal with changes in the concept of films for women, one with filmmakers who write themselves into their movies, and one with the sometimes contentious use of the writing credit in documentaries.

The full schedule is available at the Tribeca Film Festival website. “The Industry” and “Pen to Paper” panels are free of charge. The festival begins on April 17 and runs through April 28.

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