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At Tribeca’s New Innovation Week, the Future Is Now

With its newly launched Innovation Week, the Tribeca Film Festival is calling on coders, gamers, hackers, directors, screenwriters, techies — and anyone with a story to tell.

The fest’s latest addition features a series of discussions called Future of Film: The Story’s Edge aimed at combining technology with storytelling. Tribeca’s director of programming Genna Terranova says Innovation Week will provide a way of packaging more effectively a topic that’s been on the fest’s agenda for some time.

“The way that we framed it is new,” Terranova says. “We have been doing these events for the last several years, but really felt we should bring (them) together so you can have a more fluid experience.”

Innovation Week kicks off on April 21 with a conversation between writer-producer Aaron Sorkin and former presidential speech writer Jon Favreau, who will discuss the transition from an analog world to a digital one. Other discussions include Psychos We Love, featuring “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston and “The Wolf of Wall Street” scribe Terrence Winter; and Stories by Numbers, with “House of Cards” screenwriter and showrunner Beau Willimon and “The Wire’s” David Simon.

Games for Change, the largest gaming event in New York City that facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games, will also join Tribeca for the first time to explore narratives and storytelling in gaming.

Taking a page from South by Southwest’s exploding Interactive Fest, Tribeca’s additions serve to combine the more traditional aspects of a film fest with the latest tech trends to reach a broader, perhaps younger, group.

“The importance of Innovation Week is to open up the conversation to a bunch of different audiences,” Terranova says. “So somebody who might be really interested in technology and maybe more or less interested in film could find an entry point, and vice versa.”

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