New Docs and Talks with Kevin Spacey, Aaron Sorkin, Alec Baldwin Join 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Slate

A handful of world premiere documentaries have been added to the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival slate to go along with its Tribeca Talks series of public discussions that this year will include chats with Kevin Spacey, Ron Howard, Michael Douglas, Aaron Sorkin, Lee Daniels, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin and David Simon, among others.

Spacey will appear after the premiere of “NOW — In the Wings on a World Stage,” director Jeremy Whelehan’s look at the Bridge Project, the transatlantic theater initiative from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, London’s Old Vic Theater and Neal Street Prods. Film focuses on the Sam Mendes-helmed stage revival of “Richard III” in which Spacey starred.

Baldwin and former congressman Barney Frank are set to participate in a talk following “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” Michael Chandler and Sheila Canavan’s pic about the openly gay politician’s 40 year career in politics.

Also joining the Tribeca lineup is “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin,” following the creation of the digital currency. The post-screening talk will feature helmer Nicholas Mross and the subject of the film, Dan Mross, while Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield will appear after the previously announced boxing doc “Champs.”

Tribeca Talks sessions also will follow docs including whistleblower tale “Silenced,” agriculture labor doc “Food Chains,” Mike Myers’ Hollywood insider story “Supermensch” and a 10th anniversary screening of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

As part of Tribeca Innovation Week, a series of discussions called “Future of Film: The Story’s Edge” has lined up panels with Sorkin and presidential speech writer Jon Favreau as well as talks including Cranston, Terence Winter, Simon and “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon, among others.

The director series includes talks with Howard and Daniels, while film editor Thelma Schoonmaker will discuss her career in another panel.

Tribeca Film Festival runs April 16-27.

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