Kevin Spacey, Adam Rapp, Ron Howard and More to Participate in Tribeca Film Festival's "Tribeca Talks"

By Carey Purcell
March 17, 2014

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the lineup for the 2014 "Tribeca Talks" and Tribeca Innovation Week's "Future of Film" series.



The series, which will run during the 13th edition of the Festival, will take place April 16-27 at various locations throughout New York City.

Participants will include Academy and Tony Award winner Kevin Spacey, Academy Award winner Ron Howard, Academy Award winner Michael Douglas, Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, Academy Award winner Thelma Schoonmaker and Academy Award winner Skip Lievsay; Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels and writer Terence Winter; Emmy Award winners Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, and David Simon; as well as Congressman Barney Frank, and boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

The series will feature "Tribeca Talks: Directors Series," where a director participates in a one-on-one conversation. The lineup includes Howard ("Frost/Nixon," "A Beautiful Mind") and Daniels ("Precious," "The Butler").

The Festival will also present "Tribeca Talks: Industry" conversations focusing on the technical production of film; and "Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper," hosted by Barnes & Noble, which explores topics related to screenwriting. "Adaptation & Creation," held April 19 at 1 PM, will be moderated by Mark Adams and focus on adapting stage plays and books into original or adapted screenplays. Panelists include director/writer Stephen Belber ("Match"), director/writer Amy Berg ("West of Memphis"), director/writer Megan Griffiths ("Lucky Them"), director/writer Aaron Katez ("Land Ho!") and director Adam Rapp ("Loitering with Intent"). 

As part of Tribeca Innovation Week, "The Future of Film: The Story's Edge" will present a conversation with Sorkin (The Farnsworth Invention, "The West Wing") April 21 at 6:30 PM. Sorkin will converse with former chief presidential speech writer Jon Favreau about what it means to be moral in 2014, what people value as heroic in life and in fiction and how film and television have documented the transition from an analogue to a digital world.

"Tribeca Talks: After the Movie" will present the world premiere of "NOW – In the Wings on a World Stage" April 21 at 6 PM. The film follows the Bridge Project Theatre, the first trans-atlantic company of actors, as Old Vic Theatre artistic director Kevin Spacey reunites with "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of their production of Shakespeare's Richard III. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Spacey, director Jeremy Whelehan and members of the Richard III company.

"With these talks we want to expand the conversation about filmmaking and storytelling. Whether it's a deeper look at the artistic process or timely social issues, hearing from the leading voices in film, media and beyond, can facilitate new perceptions and further our understanding of the current state of making and enjoying entertainment," Genna Terranova, director of programming, said in a statement.

For a complete schedule, tickets and more information, visit tribecafilm.com.