Lane, Taymor, Rudnick, Falco and LaBute Take Part in Tribeca Film Festival Panel Discussions in May

Nathan Lane, Julie Taymor and Neil LaBute are among the luminaries who will take part in panel discussions at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

The annual festival, which runs May 3 through May 11, features a slew of film-and-theatre-related panel discussions on various topics. Helen Hunt, who is currently starring in Yasmina Reza’s Life x 3, will be joined by Paul Rudd, Edie Falco and John Turturro for the May 8 discussion entitled “Actors on Acting: Theater and Film.” Moderated by Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart, the 1 PM discussion about those film actors who choose to hone their craft in theatre will be held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20.

“Directors on Directing: Theater and Film I” is the title of the May 7 panel discussion, which will be held at Prada (575 Broadway) at 8:30 AM. Neil LaBute, author of The Shape of Things, “Nurse Betty” and “In the Company of Men,” will discuss the differences between directing for the stage and the screen. Tickets are $30.

For the second installment of “Directors on Directing,” (10:30 AM on May 8), the festival will offer a conversation with Julie Taymor, best known for her work on the Tony-winning musical The Lion King. Taymor, who was the first woman ever to receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical, has also helmed the feature films “Frida” and “Titus.” The Taymor conversation will be held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center; tickets are $20.

Two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane will be one of the panelists for “What’s So Funny? Laughter in the Movies” on May 10 at 6 PM. Other confirmed panelists include director Jay (“Austin Powers”) Roach, screenwriter Paul (“In & Out”) Rudnick and “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The evening discussion will concern the shaping of the American comedy. Tickets are priced at $20, and the event will be held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the Tribeca Film Festival go on sale April 21 by calling (866) 265-TIXX. For more information, visit the festival’s website at