The panel series, which will "explore issues and trends in society and the entertainment industry with some of the biggest names in film, literature and media," will be split into three sub-categories: "Tribeca Talks: After the Movie," "Tribeca Talks: Industry," and "Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper."
A selection of the panels follows:
"Tribeca Talks: After the Movies"
April 24 at 3 PM
SVA Theater 2
A special tenth-anniversary screening of "Memento," Christopher Nolan's memory-game psychological thriller, followed by a conversation with the film's stars, Guy Pearce ("Priscilla, Queen of the Desert") and Joe Pantoliano (Frankie and Johnny …, "The Sopranos"). Pearce and Pantoliano will be joined by the film's screenwriter, Jonathan Nolan, and by New School psychology professor Dr. William Hirst and MIT behavioral neuroscience professor Dr. Suzanne Corkin, who will explore memory science as depicted in "Memento" and other Hollywood films through the years. NPR's Robert Krulwich will moderate. Joan Rivers – "A Piece of Work"
April 26 at 7 PM
SVA Theater 1
A screening of a new IFC Films documentary which "reveals the fascinating combination of vulnerability and irreverence behind" the legendary and Tony-nominated comedienne. A discussion featuring Rivers and the documentary's directors, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, will follow; Rivers will speak about her career and the making of the film. New York Observer film critic Rex Reed will moderate the discussion.
"Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston"
Friday, April 30 at 7 PM
SVA Theater 1
A world premiere screening of a documentary described in press notes as "a glowing, prismatic portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer – Halston – the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s and became the emperor of NYC nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, Andre Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colcello and Billy Joel, among others)" are featured. A discussion about "the legend of Halston, celebrity fashion design, and the city that fostered them both—New York" will follow with director Whitney Sudler-Smith, Andre Leon Talley, Pat Cleveland and Ralph Rucci.
May 2 at 3 PM
Directors Guild Theater
A New York premiere screening of a documentary directed by actor James Franco ("Howl," "Milk," "James Dean"), which goes behind the scenes of the making of an episode of "Saturday Night Live" hosted by John Malkovich. "Franco settles confidently behind the camera and into corners of cubicles and conference rooms to bring unprecedented access to the cast's vigorous marathon of comedy creation." A panel discussion with Franco, "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels, and "SNL" cast members follows.
"Tribeca Talks: Industry"
Checking Up on Docs: A Conversation with Sheila Nevins
April 25 at 1 PM
SVA Theater 2
"As the landscape of nonfiction film continues to evolve in today's complex market, the documentary has taken on a more central role in filmmaking around the world … Join us for a conversation with Sheila Nevins to hear her perspective with Tribeca's own Geoff Gilmore as they candidly discuss why documentaries are more important today than ever before." Nevins, the president of HBO Documentary Films and programming for the channel, has executive produced "A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration," "All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise," "Elaine Stritch At Liberty" (for which she won an Emmy), and many other documentaries.
"Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper"
New York Stories
April 25 at noon
Barnes and Noble Union Square
"Shaped by the sights, sounds and characters abuzz in its boroughs, New York is the antithesis of a cookie-cutter city. How do filmmakers approach this ever-changing landscape to render our hometown and its ultra-contrasting neighborhoods? Panelists include Arias with a Twist director Bobby Sheehan and performer Joey Arias, Monogomy writer/director Dana Adam Shapiro, The Woodmans director C. Scott Willis, and actor/writer Hill Harper. Moderated by NY1's Budd Mishkin."
To learn more about other panel discussions in the series and to purchase tickets, visit tribecafilm.com. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (866) 941-FEST.