Diverse fest fare: Sex, music, Scorsese, Lear

Panel series featuring range of filmmakers, actors

The Tribeca Film Festival unveiled on Monday the lineup of panels and discussions for its third edition next month, featuring special strands on music in the movies and on sex and cinema along with one-on-one chats with film notables Martin Scorsese, “The Lord of the Rings” composer Howard Shore and TV writer-producer Norman Lear.

The 2004 installment of the New York Times-hosted panel series includes 15 conversations and discussions with a range of filmmakers, actors, directors and producers including Mira Nair, Billy Crudup, Patty Jenkins and Wayne Wang. Special topics include “Jesus as Celebrity” and a tribute to Garry Marshall; “Sex & Cinema” will feature panelists Sharon Stone and John Cameron Mitchell.

Collaborative effort

Affiliated arm the Tribeca Film Institute will be collaborating for the first time this year with the L.A.-based Norman Lear Center to produce a series of panel discussions and a live poetry slam. Intended to “help bridge the gap between the vibrant filmmaking communities in California and New York,” the Norman Lear Center panels will include a one-on-one discussion with Lear; marketing- and business-oriented panel “Box Office: Movies, Media & Marketing”; and Peter Jennings-moderated discussion “Jesus as Celebrity,” featuring Paul Lauer, marketing director for “The Passion of Christ.”

The Norman Lear Center, based at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, studies the social, political and economic impact of entertainment. Another session, “We Hate You, But Please Send Us More Austin Powers” will examine issues of the branding of America.

Among other planned sessions, Patty Jenkins (“Monster”), Joan Allen, Mira Nair and Ellen Kuras will discuss how women make movies, while Showtime’s Robert Greenblatt will join Chris Moore, Kim Cattrall and Tom Fontana to consider cable networks’ role in risk-taking entertainment.

Festival will also include “A Conversation With Emmanuelle Beart” featuring a screening the European actress’s latest work, Andre Techine’s “Strayed.”

Events are scheduled to take place in various lower Manhattan locations May 1-9.

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