Hosted by Time magazine, "Professional Amateurs: Mocking the Truth" will take place April 29 from 10-11:30 AM at Theater 2 in the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. "Straddling the line between truth and fiction, mockumentaries often reveal more about their subject than the films that claim to document them. It's funny because it's so true," reads a panel description. "As reality television and documentaries dominate American popular culture they ripen for satire and social commentary. From celebrity to dog shows to politics...nothing is safe from ridicule."
The panelists will include McKean (The Pajama Game, Hairspray) known for his work on "This is Spinal Tap", Goldblum (The Music Man) whose mock doc "Pittsburgh" appears at the downtown festival, Balaban (Romance, director of The Exonerated) star of "A Mighty Wind" and Harper's magazine writer Lewis Lapham.
Oft-stage player Rosie Perez (Reckless, Frankie and Johnny...) also takes part in a panel, "Adalante Mujeres: Latina Women at the Helm." Mia Maestro ("Poseidon," "Alias") and others will join the actress May 4 7-8:30 PM (in the same venue) on the topic of Latin women becoming prolific in American culture through various media. Perez will star with Mark Webber (The Distance From Here) in "Just Like the Son" and she directs (with Liz Garbus) the documentary "Yo Soy Boicua, pa’ que tu lo sepas! (I’m Boricua, just so you know!)" about her Puerto Rican heritage.
For more information on the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, visit the website at www.tribecafilmfestival.org.