2013 Tribeca Film Fest dates and new program for transmedia storytellers announced; call for submissionsBy Douglas McFarlane
TWELFTH ANNUAL TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
2013 DATES, APRIL 17 – APRIL 28, AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
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TFF TO LAUNCH NEW TRANSMEDIA PROGRAM WITH BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® TO
HIGHLIGHT INNOVATIVE INTERACTIVE AND MULTI-PLATORM STORYTELLING AT THE 2013 FESTIVAL
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New York, NY (August 7, 2012) – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding sponsor American Express, announced today that the 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival will be held April 17– April 28, 2013 in New York City. Tribeca’s programming team, led by Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer, who joined TFF last year, Director of Programming Genna Terranova, Programmer Cara Cusumano, and Shorts Programmer Sharon Badal, also announced a call for submissions for narrative and documentary features, and short film entries.
In addition, the Festival and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin today announced a new transmedia program with an award launching at the 2013 Festival that will celebrate new trends in digital media and recognize these transmedia creators who employ an innovative, interactive, web-based or multi-platform approach to story creation. Through open submissions, selections will be presented to the public at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Ingrid Kopp, Director of Digital Initiatives for the Tribeca Film Institute, the year-round not-for-profit affiliate of Tribeca Enterprises, joins the Tribeca Film Festival programming team to collaborate on the initiative.
Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows:
September 17, 2012 – SUBMISSIONS OPEN
October 19, 2012 – EARLY DEADLINE: FEATURES, SHORTS AND TRANSMEDIA PROJECTS
November 30, 2012 – OFFICIAL DEADLINE, ALL FEATURES, SHORTS AND TRANSMEDIA PROJECTS
December 28, 2012 – LATE DEADLINE, AVAILABLE TO FEATURE LENGTH FILMS ONLY
Starting September 17, 2012, submission forms and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival will be available at www.tribecafilm.com/festival Questions regarding submissions may be directed to email@example.com or by calling 212-941-2305.
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PRESS Highlights – Day 1
Finding North (Directors: Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush)
‘Features interviews with activists including Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Academy Award®-winning actor Jeff Bridges, as well as original music by T Bone Burnett & The Civil Wars.’
The Opening Music by T Bone Burnett & The Civil Wars was a fitting accompaniment to the scenic aerial shots of the surrounding landscape. The initial feeling is that we are about to see a feature length film, and not a documentary. Was this the intention of the filmmaker as a ‘drawing-in process’?
Collbran, Colorado in the US is the film’s principal area of interest. We are first introduced to Rosie, a Fifth Grader. Her Grandmother, Dawn’s take on how individuals have survived in the community has been by them returning to their parents. Rosie’s mother, Trish, receives a pay cheque of $120 every two weeks.
There are seven in the family, and they have learnt to make the food stretch.
A sense of irony is obvious when you see that some of the family members are overweight. Yet why is that when they struggle to eat?!
Location: Plateau Valley Assembly of God. They,on realising the food shortage, have begun offering provisions out every Wednesday evening.
Actor & Founder of End Hunger Network, Jeff Bridges speaks of the misconceptions of Hunger, and how it is only thought to be seen at its most extreme in Africa, when, in actual fact, it is ever apparent in The United States too.
Young mother, Barbie, is adamant that she will not have herself fall into the ‘drop-out category’ like most other young mothers of her age, a lot of whom have also resorted to drugs.
Mississippi is said to have the highest rate of obesity due to a lack of variation in people’s diets.
An interview is conducted between Tremonica, a boy in Second Grade and an educational nurse, who makes up part of The Health Food Project.
The boy’s mother, Kimberley, makes decisions on the food, she buys in, by cost. She will, for example, opt for fruit, if it’s found to be cheaper than a packet of cookies.
But the underlying issue is that the cost of processed foods in the last decade have fallen; and the price of fruit and vegetables has risen considerably due to farm policies not subsidising it.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) co-operates with mega farming associations and the best capitalised farms.
Therefore, people who live off the beaten track are forced to use up the money they have in fuel to travel to the more prominent areas, where fresh fruit and vegetables are available. Not every person, however, has access to transportation.
What defines starving?
Food stamp eligibility is based on an entire household’s income; and $3 a day is the average price of a food stamp. Those who aren’t being sufficiently fed become tired and cranky.
Presently fifty million are said to be going hungry’ with The US ranking the worst in food insecurity.
We, at this point, return to Barbie, who tells us that when she was working she was classed as being $2 over the income limit. She is convinced that Aiden, the youngest of her two children, was affected, particularly during the early years of his life. He has a GK-6 deficiency, with a delay in his speech and inability to get on with others.
Nutritional deficiency affects the brain in a much deeper sense in your formative years.
Leslie Nichols, a Fifth Grade Teacher, makes reference to one of her students, Rosie. She could not at first put her finger on why the child wasn’t able to knuckle down in her classes but Leslie soon came to realise that it was down to a griping stomach.
Author, Dr. J. Larry Brown says: ‘we’re weakening our nation’,as a result of not eating.
Tom Colicchio, whose mother was Italian and who, therefore, knew the importance of meal time, helped to set up the television show, Top Chef.
A Dinner Lady known as The Renegade Dinner Lady pays visits to schools, advertising the fact that a Starbucks coffee will set you back $5; yet only $1 is spent on each child’s school dinner. Where’s the logic in that?!
A government spokesman argues that ‘a country is only as strong as its youth’, attaching it to The Military Service and there being no fresh, healthy blood to recruit.
In Congress, Dr Mariana Chilton felt legislation was really listening when it came to her putting forward relevant figures to them.
She, therefore, sets up The Witnesses to Hunger project (http://www.witnessestohunger.org), and an exhibition is put on at the Massachusetts State House. The lingering message seems to be ‘This is unnecessary. This isn’t about empowerment for the women. It’s about a change being made to the leglisation.’
The organisation, Bread for the World, is a collective Christian voice, whose role it is to promote the urgency to the nation’s leaders to end hunger.
*US President Obama signs the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010, a $4.5-billion measure that allocates more money to poor areas to subsidize free meals and schools are required to abide by health guidelines. However, to do this, money has had to be deducted from the food stamps!
Jeff Bridges is of the view that ‘if another country were doing this to their kids, we would be at war.’
Man cannot survive without food. It is a basic human need. Political will could turn the problem around.
Bridges identifies that it is a little difficult to advise another country on how to handle hunger, when we, as a country, aren’t handling it ourselves.
There are now 40,000 food banks in The US, with a huge reliance on charitable food programmes. The Marshal of Collbran is only too quick to point out that the stereotype attached to food banks are the unemployed but stipulates, that sometimes others reach a stage in their lives where they need a little help.
‘You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to help support what you created.’
Leslie Nichols, Rosie’s teacher goes around dropping food bags off, as she is in a position to do so. However she recognizes that, when she was growing up, she lived under a feeling of inferiority to other people, which could have been due to a lack in nutrition. She did not excel at school.
She encourages Rosie to get involved in The Food Bag Programme, recognising her struggle but also acknowledging her persistent positivity.
Leslie says that in a perfect world she would make more of a conscious effort in what she included in each bag, to allow for a more balanced diet but you have to give what is made available.
Bridges says that ‘with all the help from the faith communities, we have not reduced hunger.’
The hunger insecurity situation in The US is costing it $167 and there is a rise in diabetes and congestive heart failure.
Odessa Cherry, a Second Grade Teacher, was adamant when she was diagnosed as having diabetes that she would not be put on the pill. Instead, she first needed a change in her diet.
Awareness in one’s early years is key.
Tears well up in my eyes when Rosie reveals the utility room/pantry she sleeps in with her sister, where the screwed up clothes on the floor act as their blankets.
There is a definite disconnection with those who are on the poverty line in the supposedly richest country in the world.
Odessa introduces healthy eating into her classroom by taking in a honeydew melon.
Liveable wages need to be introduced. Barbie talks of her humiliation of being labeled as a ‘low incomer’, which instantly dictates which queue she must stand in.
After almost a year of looking, Barbie finds employment, which she describes as adding ‘a different pace to your walk’.
Ironically the poster in the background of where she works shows President Obama and breathes the words:’Look who got food stamps as a kid and look where he is now.’
But now that Barbie works, she no longer receives any kind of benefit; and she feels like she is back right where she started, except for when food stamps were made available to her, it was about stretching the food, not running out of it altogether!
The US is looked upon as having a kind of love/hate relationship with poverty. It has the stigma of not eating together as a family but yet there’s no explanation of how that can be made possible, how one gets there and what will be on the table when you manage to .
It is Barbie’s belief that ‘you are where you come from’; and the film ends on the speech she gives in the Massachusetts State House, where she sends out the following message to the government: ‘Are you aware of my dreams?’ ‘My motivation?’ ‘Why, my very existence, and of those like me?’
A radical change needs to be brought about where governmental programmes place much more emphasis on the human being in its raw form; and agricultural policies need to be reclaimed and refocused.
© Writer: Tremayne
Filmmaking for Theatre - 2012 Russia
International Shakespeare Project for Filmmakers
course for film and video makers the opportunity to create a
film of a performance
project in a Russian repertory theatre.
The introductory course will take place in Tuscany, Italy in May.
If you would like to find out more: http://www.iugte.com/projects/shakespearefilm
at The Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA,
Thursday 15th March 2012.
A Showcase of five new short films screened by RGPM (Rob Groves Personal Management), all of which included an Actor/Actress he represented. Also, a great opportunity to meet fellow industry professionals, i.e. casting directors, film directors, film producers and investors in an informal setting.
Written by Dan Collier
Directed by Andrew Carslaw
Produced by Sherilee Wedderburn
A Baby Oak Production
Trevor – Alex Babic, represented by RGPM
Joanna – Natalie Hughes
Trevor is completely unaware of what suitable etiquette would be when it comes to meeting and greeting people for the first time.
Joanna runs through some suggestions with him but I remain uncertain, as to the kind of relationship that is held between them. Are they boyfriend and girlfriend? Or do they simply share a house together?
The first person, who makes up part of a small gathering they invite round, who Trevor has, in advance been told about, has recently separated from her husband, and yet, when it comes to shaking hands, he continues to shake it; Denise, who has discovered she is a Lesbian, he has no idea how to react to; the next guest, a female, he, in an attempt to leave her a kiss on her cheek, misses her face, and instead gives her a head butt!; the final guest is male, and French, therefore at the very idea of kissing someone of the same sex, immediately has him darting for the front door, exiting the house and running, as fast as his legs will take him down the lane.
I found the Acting overall not to be that believable, with the outcome of my focus being immediately switched off.
A simple story can work well if thought and care has been taken in to how it will come to unfold itself. There were no apparent signs of that here.
2 Dogme Stride
Written, directed and produced by Genia Sophie Krassnig
Wife – Melissa Hartzel, represented by RGPM
Husband – Thomas Sidali
It is only upon reading the film programme criteria I discover the man and woman are, in fact, husband and wife, and not simply on a date.The reason for the tension between them is not made clear to the viewer.
They are sat at opposite ends of a dining table. The man strikes up a conversation by asking her how her meat is, clearly struggling to find anything interesting to say. Erupting, she rises from her chair, shouting back : “You just don’t get it, do you?! Then she storms out. She returns, half naked, takes hold of his hand and places it on one of her breasts, demanding he explain to her why he no longer touches her. And as the film becomes ever more, increasingly distorted, I ask myself ‘Is it worthy of being given a David Lynch reference?!’
The Acting lacks ‘light and shade’, an Artist’s palette, whose brush is only being dipped into one colour.
I was always told by my ‘Acting for the camera’ tutor, whose approach was ‘The Method’, that if you started up at the top, with your voice at its peak, then it would have nowhere to venture.
A meatier, and more explorative performance, would be one where you, the Actor, respond differently to how the audience expects.
*Think of the Actress Meryl Streep when she takes on the role of Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, who is loosely based on the editor of U.S.Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour.
You are never able to pre-predict from which angle she might come.
The contents of the film are made clearer by the end, when we learn it is the wife’s inner conscience playing out, inside her mind, the behaviour she would like to, given half the chance, to follow through on in her real life. Far from a new concept but still a plausible one if meticulous care is taken.
Written, directed and produced by Edward Andrews
Grace – Francesca Cherrault
Tony – William Nash, represented by RGPM
In the programme given to me the opening line to the film’s synopsis reads ‘A woman prepares to enjoy an undisturbed lunch break on a park bench’. Hmm.. I feel a story coming on, don’t you?! Now this would be what I would refer to as a prime example where a simplistic story works.
I have stooped upon many a park bench, and wondered who might come to perch them self beside me, as I lift my gaze to eye level. And I am sure I won’t be the first either!
In Cucumber, a guy sits down on a park bench next to a girl whom we can only assume to be French, from the inscription on the front cover of the novel she is reading.
It would be an understatement to say that the guy is a little less than animated. From the geezer-type language he is using, we gather is speaking to another male.
He attempts to impress on noticing the book is in French when he lets the odd misused word fall from his mouth.
Far from impressed,the girl looks up briefly and then sighs.
A particularly funny moment in the film follows when a tramp sits down in between them but, he manages to get rid of him by throwing a pebble amongst the pigeons, which his eyes seem fixated on. He comes across as completely off his face, even high as a kite, I might say; not a trait I would think is easy to take on as an Actor. Therefore, I take my hat off to the Actor who was cast in this role, who sinfully is not credited in the programme. And yet, his was the role that I’ll remember the most!
The girl, don’t ask me how, then manages to ring his phone, which only proves that he has been talking to himself all the time
Tell me something,’how has she been able to contact him?’ This was not made overly clear to me. The only conclusion I can draw is, that they are perhaps work colleagues, who, at some stage exchanged numbers but then surely they would be more talkative in each other’s company?
As she gets up to go she makes a point to say that in his attempt to effectively throw in some French words into the fictional phone call conversation he is having, that the word he should have used was ‘comprendre’ (to understand), and not ‘concombre’, which means ‘cucumber’. Hence the short’s title! A clever play on ‘the false friends we come across when we convert one language into another.
*A short intermission follows Cucumber, an opportunity for a short presentation to be given on behalf of charity partners DDP (Disability and Development Partners), who place their main focus on the lack of education made available to the deaf community in both Africa and Asia.
To find out more, go to www.ddpuk.org
4 Unconditional 24/7
Written, directed and produced by Jasminka Letza
Cleo – Eva Gray, represented by RGPM
The Actress’ stark emerald green eye shadow and Moulin Rouge lipstick link to yet another David Lynch reference inside my head. I am not sure whether this was the intention of the Director? And the fact she uses a particularly large sized landline, which does not look dissimilar to the heel of a wedge shoe, in cosmic silver.
I think of every role played in each of the films this would be the most difficult as the Actor had the task of playing off a second person, who was imaginary. The piece, therefore, is a monologue.
Her voice is set at the same level, and there is no rise or fall, which acts as a deterrent to the Viewer.
This is the least enticing storyline of all those I have seen so far.
The various monologues relate to Cleo, in one way or another. Predictions and anguish over a prospective lover? Why, we’ve all been there!
The period of time to lapse is shown through the different outfits she bequeaths.
There is a slight uplift in the tone of the piece when, conscious of not guzzling down too much alcohol, she is quick to correct that when she sees a close to empty bottle in front of her, and utters, ‘I best polish it off!’ Then, in the next shot, as she applies her eyeliner she barely reaches her face!
Written and directed by Kelly Parslow
Reverend Smith – David Manson, represented by RGPM
Think The League of Gentleman meets The Vicar of Dibley, although I would say it veers closer to The League of Gentleman, a British dark comedy, whose writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, performed in 1995. Although the television programme was officially referred to as a sitcom, it was in the beginning more sketch-based, linked with its common setting, the fictional village of Royston Vasey, set somewhere non specific in the north of England.
The opening scene shows a group of women huddled together in a graveyard.
Reverend Smith (David Manson) is the new Reverend in the village and he is keen to find out the details of a unmarked headstone brought to his attention by the ladies who are being shown round by a guide.
After extensive research he discovers nothing. The grave does not even feature on the map of the graveyard itself; and when the new Reverend broaches the subject with the guide, it is insinuated that perhaps the map was simply not updated and he should pay better care and focus on looking after the living!
We establish that the short is shot in Hampstead.
The Reverend goes to visit the previous Reverend, Reverend McKeith who has been put in a Nursing Home under the name of ‘Nursing Home for clergymen suffering from Dementia’.
There is, principally down to polished comic timing, a funny moment where Reverend McKeith glares directly into Reverend Smith’s eyes and says: ‘Are you a homosexual?’. He then has a freak-out and demands that ‘the bitch nurse’ be sent in; but leaves him with the thought of, ‘oblivion is where we’re all headed, get used to it son!’
This acts as a final trigger to begin to dig up the grave and, after an enticingly gripping build-up, it turns out that all that lies underneath is a hot water pipe! Brilliant! A cleverly written piece with the capability of being stretched into a feature length film, and the best Acting, in all five films, from David Manson, and the Actor who was to play Reverend McKeith whose name unbelievably was not marked down in the programme.
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