The Tribeca Film Festival announced that entertainment icon Barbra Streisand, who recently released her latest album of duets, will take part in the Storytellers series, which allows pioneering creators who work across mediums to tell their stories.
This year's festival takes place April 19-30, 2017. A date for the conversation will be announced at a later time.
In a statement Tribeca’s Paula Weinstein said, “Everyone has recognized Barbra as a singer and songwriter but her voice as a filmmaker, her tenacity as a director and fearlessness as an activist is what I admire most about her.”
Streisand added, “It’s all about the story. It has to be a story I want to tell, a story I have to share, otherwise there’s no reason to make the film. A good story goes straight to the heart. It allows us to identify with the characters and broaden our own experience… and perhaps even change the way we view the world.”
Streisand has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys, a Special Tony Award in 1970, and two CableACE Awards— the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. Streisand received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama this past year. Her many other honors include the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, three Peabody Awards, and the French Légion d'Honneur. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and Craig Hatkoff with a mission “to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.”