The panels and special events lined up for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival include newly announced docs paired with related public discussions as well as the unusual inclusion of a preem event for upcoming vidgame “L.A. Noire.”
There’s also the more typical round of public interviews, this year seeing Robert De Niro interviewed by Brian Williams, Doug Liman talking with Alec Baldwin and Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cisse in conversation with Martin Scorsese.
Among the docs to feature post-screening discussions are “Love Hate Love,” Dana Nachman and Don Hardy’s look at the personal aftermath of terrorist attacks, in a discussion that includes exec producer Sean Penn; “Off the Rez,” Jonathan Hock’s chronicle of a promising Native American basketball player, in a conversation in which exec producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos will participate; and Susanne Rostock’s Harry Belafonte doc “Sing Your Song,” followed by a talk with Belafonte moderated by Tavis Smiley.
The event for “L.A. Noire,” the period crime thriller from Rockstar Games (“Grand Theft Auto”) and Team Bondi, includes a demonstration of the detective game followed by a talk about the intersecting tech of movies and vidgames with Rockstar staffers and Tribeca’s Geoffrey Gilmore.
The promotional run-up to the May release of “Noire” has touted detailed motion-capture that allows for unusually expressive acting in the game, which stars Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”). Game’s inclusion in a festival lineup reps a rare showcase for a vidgame in a film-centric crowd, but follows a recent trend that has seen film festivals work slate new-media innovations in programming, marketing and branding efforts.
Industry-focused Tribeca talks cover topics including social media, docu broadcasters, digital platforms and fundraising. Events also are set to look at adapting real-life stories, penning docs and youth radicalization, as well as a conversation with Variety’s Peter Bart.
Other docs to be screened and discussed include “The Education of Dee Dee Ricks,” Perri Peltz’s look at a breast cancer activist; “Grandma, a Thousand Times,” Mahmoud Haabour’s alum of the Doha Tribeca fest; and Nancy Buirski’s take on the overturning of anti-miscegenation laws, “The Loving Story.” David Duchovny will moderate a talk about Chris Paine’s “Revenge of the Electric Car” and Alex Gibney is on board participate in a discussion following a screening of his latest, “Catching Hell.”
The science-centric Sloan Foundation sponsors a 10th anniversary screening of “A Beautiful Mind,” followed by a talk with a number of the collaborators on the project, while a short-film screening and discussion will look at distaff filmmaker output preserved by the org New York Women in Film and Television.