Executive and produce Jeff Deutchman has signed on as programmer at large of the Tribeca Film Festival, where he’ll help curate the slate for the annual film festival that plays in venues across downtown New York every spring.
Although Tribeca is based in New York, Deutchman will be posted in L.A. “We were all going back and forth to L.A. as much as we could, but to have somebody based there is a really positive move for us,” said Paula Weinstein, the executive vice president of Tribeca Enterprises. “So many people often think of independent films as New York films, but they’re definitely being made in L.A. too, and Jeff has impeccable taste and wonderful relationships.”
Deutchman comes to Tribeca after a career that’s included stints as an acquisitions executive at IFC Films, Paramount Pictures and Alchemy. He also produced the election documentary “11/4/08,” and is now at work on “11/8/16,” a doc about the most recent election, to be released next year by The Orchard. At Tribeca, he’ll work with a programming team of about 10 people led by Cara Cusumano.
“Tribeca has always performed this dual function as one of the festivals that can both lead to discoveries and also serve as a showcase of some of the best work that’s premiered at other festivals,” said Deutchman.
His first order of business will be to help pull together the lineup for the 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival, set to run April 19-30. The final submission deadline for world premiere features and episodic content is Dec. 14.
A film that premiered at the 2016 festival, “Command and Control,” was just named to the Oscars documentary shortlist.