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25 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Behind the Scenes: Short Film Submissions
For the first time ever, the Tribeca Film Festival has opened for podcast submissions! To celebrate, we’re bringing you a special behind the scenes episode about how our short film submissions process works. Leah chatted with Tribeca’s short programmers, Sharon Badal and Ben Thompson, to learn what they look for in the films they select, common mistakes they see, and what filmmakers can do to stand out. For more information and to submit your film or podcast, go to tribecafilm.com/submissions.Do you want to learn more about how Tribeca works? Or have you been to a talk at the festival that you’d like to hear again? Let us know! Email us at email@example.com or follow us on social @tribeca.You can watch some the short films discussed in the episode at the links below: Chloe Sarbib’s Girl FriendMarshall Curry’s The Neighbors’ WindowKobe Bryant and Glen Keane’s Dear Basketball
39 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Presenting Fierce: Stories of Women Who Changed the World
Fierce, a podcast from iHeartRadio and Tribeca Studios, tells the incredible stories of women who history has undervalued. In this episode, you’ll hear about Cheng I Sao, the most successful pirate of all time. She innovated the piracy business model, established strict rules about the treatment of women on her ships, successfully evaded the Chinese government, and, unlike pretty much every other pirate, retired. To listen to the rest of Fierce, go to https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-fierce-31140164/ or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
56 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
John Legend with Sara Bareilles
Celebrated singer, songwriter, actor, and producer John Legend sat down with Sara Bareilles as part of Tribeca’s 2018 Storytellers Series. They discussed John Legend’s first job out of college, Sara Bareilles’ most embarrassing song, and their collaboration on Jesus Christ Superstar. Multiplatinum artist John Legend has garnered eleven GRAMMY Awards®, an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award®, a Tony Award®, and an Emmy Award®, making Legend the first African-American man to earn an EGOT. Legend has released seven celebrated albums including, Get Lifted (2004), Once Again (2006), Evolver (2008), Love in the Future (2013), Darkness and Light (2016), A Legendary Christmas (2018), and Bigger Love (2020). Legend starred in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert in 2018, winning an Emmy® for Outstanding Variety Special and nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series). Legend joined The Voice for Season 16 (2019), and is currently a coach on Season 19. John is a partner in Get Lifted Film Co., serving as an Executive Producer for Southern Rites, United Skates, WGN America's Underground, and films Southside with You and La La Land. As a philanthropist, Legend initiated the #FREEAMERICA campaign in 2015 to change the national conversation surrounding our country's misguided criminal justice policies and to end mass incarceration. Sara Bareilles first achieved mainstream critical praise in 2007 with her widely successful hit "Love Song,” which reached No. 1 in 22 countries around the world from her debut album Little Voice. Since then, Sara has taken home a GRAMMY award®, received seven GRAMMY® nominations, two Tony® nominations and three Emmy® nominations. Her book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, was released in the fall of 2015 by Simon & Schuster and is a New York Times best seller. Making her Broadway debut, Sara composed the music and lyrics for “Waitress,” and made her Broadway acting debut in 2017 by stepping into the show's lead role. On April 5, 2019 Sara released her fifth full-length and first album of original material since 2013, entitled Amidst The Chaos. For this latest body of work, she joined forces in the studio with legendary Academy Award®-winning producer T Bone Burnett. As a result, the album spotlights her voice as a singer and storyteller like never before, while making an enduring statement. Recently, Sara teamed up with Apple as an executive producer for Little Voice, a 10-episode series for which she will create the original music.
63 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner with America Ferrera
Initially discovered for her original voice in breakout film Tiny Furniture, Lena Dunham has gone on to win two Golden Globe Awards®, including Best Actress for her work on Girls, which was created by Dunham and helmed by Jenni Konner, whose other work includes the limited series Camping and Undeclared. In a can’t miss conversation with Emmy® and Golden Globe® award winning actress America Ferrera, Dunham and Konner discussed Girls, the industry, and the highs and lows of their careers at Tribeca 2017.Lena Dunham created and starred in the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also served as executive producer, writer, and director. She was nominated for eight Emmy® awards and has won two Golden Globes®, including Best Actress for her work on Girls. In 2010, she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for her feature Tiny Furniture, which she also starred in and directed. In 2013, Dunham made history as the first female to win a DGA award in the Best TV Comedy Director category.Jenni Konner (Executive Producer) is a writer, director and producer best known for executive producing and writing Girls, which ran for six acclaimed seasons on HBO. Over the course of its run, Girls was nominated for two Emmys® for Outstanding Comedy Series and won the 2013 Golden Globe® for Best Comedy Television Series as well as the 2013 BAFTA for Best International Show. Konner also wrote and directed the limited series Camping for HBO. She began her career as a writer on Judd Apatow's celebrated television series, Undeclared. Her additional producing credits include the HBO documentaries It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise and Suited. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she runs her production company, I Am Jenni Konner Productions.America Ferrera is an award-winning actress, director and producer known for her breakthrough role as “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy, Ugly Betty. For her performance, Ferrera was recognized with a Golden Globe®, Emmy® and SAG Award. Ferrera most recently produced and starred in the NBC workplace comedy, Superstore. She also executive produced and directed episodes of NETFLIX’s new Latinx Dramedy, Gentefied. In 2018, Ferrera released her first book, American Like Me, a New York Times best-seller. In 2017, she worked as one of the driving forces alongside other powerful women in Hollywood to establish the TIME’S UP movement.
61 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Alejandro González Iñárritu with Marina Abramović
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, one of only three directors to ever win consecutive Oscars® and the first to do so in 65 years, sat down with ground-breaking performance artist Marina Abramović to discuss his beautifully varied work as part of Tribeca’s 2017 Directors Series.Academy Award®-winning director, writer, and producer Alejandro G. Iñárritu is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers working today. He made his feature directorial debut at the Cannes Semaine de la Critique in 2000 and was nominated for a Foreign Film Academy Award® with Amores Perros. His following credits include 21 Grams, Babel, which garnered seven Oscar® nominations and won the Best Director Award at the 2006 Festival de Cannes, and Biutiful, presented in competition in 2010 at Cannes. Iñárritu took home the prize for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay at the 87th Academy Awards® for Birdman. The following year, Iñárritu won his second consecutive Academy Award® for Best Director for The Revenant. He is the first Mexican filmmaker to be nominated for either director or producer in the history of the Academy Awards® and the first Mexican filmmaker to receive a Best Picture award at Cannes. Most recently, Iñárritu created the VR installation Carne y Arena (Virtually present, Physically invisible), which previewed at the 2017 Festival de Cannes as the first VR project ever included in the official selection, and garnered Iñárritu his fifth Academy Award®, a special Oscar® presented to him by the Board of Governors. Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramović has pioneered performance art, creating some of the form’s most important early works. The body has always been both her subject and medium. Exploring her physical and mental limits, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. Abramović was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2010, Abramović had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for over 700 hours in “The Artist is Present” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2014, she completed the three-month performance “512 Hours” at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Abramović founded Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), a platform for immaterial and long durational work to create new possibilities for collaboration among thinkers of all fields.
56 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Ava DuVernay with Q-Tip
BAFTA, Peabody®, and Emmy Award® winning writer-director Ava DuVernay sat down with GRAMMY Award® winning musician Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. They discussed why DuVernay is always shooting, the art of lighting and framing dark-skinned actors, and the importance of finding your tribe. Audience questions:Tips for writer’s block?Follow up: The pressure of being watched?How do you navigate a male-dominated industry?Do you know everyone prior to being on set? How do you assemble your team?Who are the next iconic female voices? Winner of BAFTA, Peabody® and Emmy Awards®, Academy Award® nominee Ava DuVernay’s directorial work includes the Oscar®-winning civil rights drama Selma, the Oscar®-nominated social justice documentary 13th and the Disney children’s adventure A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest-grossing Black woman director in American box office history. In 2019, she created, wrote, produced and directed the Emmy Award®-winning limited series When They See Us. She is currently producing the fifth season of her acclaimed series, Queen Sugar. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Best Director Prize for her second independent film Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay amplifies the work of Black artists, people of color and women of all kinds through her multi-platform arts collective ARRAY.ARRAY is a multi-platform media company and arts collective based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2012 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the company currently operates a trio of branded entertainment entities: ARRAY Releasing, ARRAY Filmworks and ARRAY Creative Campus in partnership with the non-profit cinema and social justice organization ARRAY Alliance. www.arraynow.com Famously known as co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip has become one of the most influential Hip Hop figures of all-time, uniquely fusing rap, jazz, and other styles with piercing, socially conscious lyrics. The group released its sixth and final album We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service in November 2016 to glowing critical acclaim. His atypical approach and appreciation to hip hop as well as other genres has earned Q-Tip success as a solo artist and producer, working with such celebrated artists as the Beastie Boys, Busta Rhymes, J. Dilla, Janet Jackson, Queen Latifah, Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson and Mary J. Blige. He has most recently collaborated with Solange, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire and the Chemical Brothers. Q-Tip’s critically praised solo albums include Amplified, Grammy®-nominated The Renaissance, and Kamaal the Abstract. Q-Tip is currently the host of Apple Music’s Abstract Radio, a weekly Friday show where he digs deep into underground favorites and musical legends. Q-Tip’s artistic innovation and exploration continues through his work as a recording artist, a music producer, a DJ, an actor, a film producer, curator, advocate, and ambassador of Hip Hop Culture. He brings his industry expertise to the Kennedy Center to curate a full season of Hip Hop across disciplines, transforming the performing arts center into a home for Hip Hop Culture and history for years to come.
47 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Common with Nelson George
In 2017, Tribeca premiered the extended music video for Common’s “Letter to the Free,” directed by Bradford Young. After the screening, Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and three time GRAMMY® winner Common sat down with author and filmmaker Nelson George to discuss “Letter to the Free,” Common’s work on Selma and 13th, and the power of music. Common is an artist, actor, activist and, most recently, a New York Times best-selling author with the release of his latest memoir Let Love Have The Last Word. With a storied career spanning three decades, his work has been recognized with numerous GRAMMY Awards®, as well as an Emmy® and an Academy Award® for the song "Glory" which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend. In Summer 2019, he released his new album Let Love, inspired by his work and experiences that came from writing his second memoir of the same name. Nelson George is an author and filmmaker who celebrates black culture in America. He was a producer and writer on the Netflix series The Get Down and directed the Lifetime movie The Real MVP. George's other directing credits include the theatrical documentary A Ballerina's Tale about Misty Copeland as well as docs for ESPN and VH1. He is serving as executive producer on Outlaws, a documentary series on Afeni and Tupac Shakur for the FX Network. He has written many non-fiction books on African-American life including Hip Hop America, The Death of Rhythm & Blues, and the current The Nelson George Mixtape on Pacific Books. He has a blog on Substack also titled The Nelson George Mixtape. His next novel, The Darkest Hearts, will be published by Akashic Books in August. George was born in Brooklyn, New York.
57 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Paul Feig with Michael Che
If you’re a comedy fan, this conversation is for you. Bridesmaids and Freaks and Geeks director Paul Feig sat down with SNL co-head writer, actor, and stand-up comedian Michael Che at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. They discussed movie jail, internet backlash, and why it’s so hard to make good comedy. Paul Feig is a successful filmmaker, writer and producer whose films have grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. As a producer, Feig counts series like Love Life for HBO Max and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. His recent work includes directing Last Christmas and A Simple Favor. In 2016, Feig directed and co-wrote the critically acclaimed reboot of Ghostbusters. In 2015, Feig wrote, directed and produced the comedy Spy. Feig’s other films include The Heat and Bridesmaids. Feig is also known for directing and co-executive producing The Office. Currently, Feig hosts his Quarantine Cocktail Time on his Instagram live while in quarantine.Michael Che is an American comedian, writer, and actor. Named one of Rolling Stone's 50 Funniest People, Che is currently in his 6th season as co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s iconic “Weekend Update” segment where he is also a co-head writer for the show. In 2018, Che co-hosted the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards® on NBC. Prior to joining SNL, Che was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He also appeared in Chris Rock’s film Top Five. His first hour-long comedy special Michael Che Matters premiered on Netflix in 2016.
43 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Jodie Foster with Julie Taymor
Academy Award® winning actress and director, Jodie Foster, was interviewed by Tony Award® winning director, Julie Taymor at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. They discussed their wildly different directing styles, why they’re both sick of the woman director conversation, and the audition that launched Jodie Foster’s career.In a career spanning over 50 years, Jodie Foster is considered to be one of the most critically acclaimed actresses of her generation. Her roles in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver, Nell, Contact, Panic Room, and The Brave One have all won her international attention. Foster’s stunning performances in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs earned her two Academy Awards® for Best Actress. Behind the camera, Foster made her motion picture directorial debut in 1991 with Little Man Tate, in which she also starred. She went on to direct Home for the Holidays, The Beaver, Money Monster and recently episodes of Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Black Mirror and Tales From The Loop.Julie Taymor: Film: The Glorias, starring Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Janelle Monáe and Bette Midler based on Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road, also Oedipus Rex (Emmy®) starring Jessye Norman; Titus starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; Frida (Academy Award®) starring Salma Hayek; Across the Universe (Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominations); The Tempest starring Helen Mirren; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Theatre: The Lion King (two Tonys®); M. Butterfly starring Clive Owen; Grounded starring Anne Hathaway, The Green Bird, and Juan Darién. Opera: The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera) and Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel. She is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.
72 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro
This legendary duo came together at the Beacon Theatre as part of Tribeca's 2019 Directors Series to reflect upon their illustrious decades of collaboration from Mean Streets to The Irishman.This podcast includes clips from Mean Streets, The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Casino, Silence, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Robert De Niro launched his motion picture career in Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party in 1969. By 1974, he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in Bang the Drum Slowly and from the National Society of Film Critics for Mean Streets. In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather: Part II. In 1980 he won his second Oscar®, as Best Actor, for Raging Bull. De Niro has also earned Academy Award® nominations for his work in: Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings, the remake of Cape Fear and Silver Linings Playbook. He was most recently seen in The Irishman, his ninth collaboration with Martin Scorsese. The Irishman, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, either won or was nominated for a multitude of awards including being nominated for best picture from the Academy of Motion Pictures and BAFTA. The Irishman, released by Netflix, also won the New York Film Critics and the National Board of Review awards for Best Picture. Prior to The Irishman, De Niro was seen in Warner Bros. The Joker and Tribeca Productions’ and HBO’s Wizard of Lies starring as Bernie Madoff, for which he received both an Emmy Award® nomination for lead actor in a limited series or movie and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding performance by a male actor in a Miniseries or Television movie. In 2009, De Niro received the Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting and the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. De Niro was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival. In 2020, De Niro received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. De Niro takes pride in his production company, Tribeca Productions, and the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. Through Tribeca Productions, De Niro has developed projects on which he has served as producer, director and actor. Tribeca's A Bronx Tale in 1993 marked De Niro’s directorial debut. De Niro also directed The Good Shepherd in 2006.
74 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Guillermo del Toro with Alec Baldwin
At the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, acclaimed actor Alec Baldwin interviewed Academy-Award® winning director Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro discussed how he storyboards and prepares for shoots, the origin of his film school, and what all his movies are really about. Guillermo del Toro is among the most creative and visionary artists of his generation whose distinctive style is showcased through his work as a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and author. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, he is best known for his 2006 Spanish language feature Pan’s Labyrinth (winner of 3 Oscars®) and his 2018, contemporary fairy tale The Shape of Water, which won the Golden Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, and went on to win two Golden Globes®, three BAFTAs, DGA, PGA and Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Score and Best Production Design. Del Toro’s other films include, Cronos, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak.Since 1980, Alec Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony® nomination (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1992) an Oscar® nomination (The Cooler, 2004) and has won three Emmy awards®, three Golden Globes® and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV's 30 Rock. His films include The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Edge, It’s Complicated, Blue Jasmine, Still Alice, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and The Boss Baby among many others.Baldwin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1994 and has received honorary doctorates from NYU (2010) and Manhattan School of Music (2012). He serves on numerous boards related to the arts, the environment and progressive politics including the Hamptons International Film Festival and the New York Philharmonic. He is also the radio announcer for the New York Philharmonic.He has authored three books: A Promise to Ourselves, his memoir entitled Nevertheless and, with Kurt Andersen, the Donald Trump parody You Can’t Spell America Without Me.He is the host of a podcast, Here’s the Thing, for WNYC.Baldwin is married to author and wellness expert Hilaria Thomas Baldwin. They have four children: Carmen, Rafael, Leonardo and Romeo, as well as his eldest, Ireland Baldwin. Baldwin hosts ABC’s Match Game, the classic television game show; a portion of his fees are donated to charity through The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation.
61 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Barbra Streisand with Robert Rodriguez
Barbra Streisand sat down with Robert Rodriguez at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to discuss how she got her start in the industry, the moment she knew she wanted to direct, the power of the will, and more. Widely recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Barbra Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, director, producer, screenwriter, author, songwriter, and concert performer. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars®, five Emmys®, ten GRAMMYS® including two special GRAMMYS®, a Tony Award®, eleven Golden Globes® including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, three Peabodys, and the Director’s Guild Award for her concert special -- the only artist to receive honors in all of those areas.In addition, Streisand has also received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honor. She also received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, and France’s Légion d'Honneur.She is the first woman to direct, produce, write, and star in a major motion picture, the first woman composer to receive an Academy Award®, the only recording artist who has achieved #1 albums in six consecutive decades, and the first and only woman to receive a Golden Globe Award® for Best Director.A woman of action, Streisand is a devoted philanthropist who works tirelessly to fight for what she believes in. She founded The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai and co-founded the Women’s Heart Alliance, helping to raise awareness and push for more research into women’s heart disease, the leading cause of death among women. Through the Streisand Foundation, which she established in 1986, she has fought for progressive ideas. She has been a leading environmental activist funding some of the earliest climate change research. She has long been a staunch supporter of racial equality, women’s rights, civil rights, and the very urgent need to protect voters’ rights.Robert Rodriguez is a film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and musician. His films include, El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, the Spy Kids franchise, Sin City, and Machete. Rodriguez recently collaborated with director James Cameron on the film Alita: Battle Angel. Rodriguez directed and James Cameron served as producer. Rodriguez is the Founder and Chairman of El Rey Network, a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network. El Rey's slate includes the one-on-one interview program hosted by Rodriguez, The Director's Chair. He resides in Austin, Texas.
72 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Jamie Foxx with Jacques Morel
Jamie Foxx is an award-winning actor, singer, and comedian. At the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, he sat down with Genius News anchor Jacques Morel to discuss his prolific career.Perhaps his most iconic role as an actor, Jamie Foxx's portrayal of musician Ray Charles in the biopic Ray landed him an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe®, and a BAFTA in 2005. The very same year, Foxx was nominated for a second Oscar® for his acting in the film Collateral, making him only the second man in history to receive two acting Oscar® nominations in the same year for two different roles. In addition to film, Foxx is a GRAMMY award®-winning musician.Jacques Morel is a Senior Correspondent for Genius News. Prior to Genius, he spent four years working for The Huffington Post’s video team. He also had internships with Sony, Warner Bros, ABC and KarmaloopTV. He has interviewed hundreds of people - notably Jamie Foxx, Yara Shahidi, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tyrese, Senator Cory Booker, Ne-Yo, Sanaa Lathan, Wiz Khalifa, Matisyahu and more. He can be found at @jmorel_jr on all social media platforms.
73 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Tribeca celebrated the legacy of The Godfather & The Godfather Part II one with a 45th anniversary screening and reunion event at our 2017 festival. The director and cast got together for a conversation after the screening.Francis Ford Coppola (Director) is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of our time; a six-time Academy Award®-winning writer, director, and producer of such films as Patton, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, American Graffiti, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He produces a short story magazine called Zoetrope: All-Story, winner of three National Magazine Awards for Fiction, and is the best-selling author of The Godfather Notebook and Live Cinema and Its Techniques, about a new form of art which is a combination of theater, film, and television. He has also been producing wine for nearly forty years at his Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wineries.Actor and director Al Pacino (Michael Corleone) was born in East Harlem and grew up in New York City’s South Bronx. He attended the School of Performing Arts until he moved on to study acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio with Charles Laughton, and later, at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg. His first leading part in a feature film was in the 1971 drama Panic in Needle Park. The following year, Francis Ford Coppola selected him to take on the breakthrough role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award®One of the most versatile actors in film, James Caan (Sonny Corleone) is best known for his Academy Award® nominated performance as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather and for his Emmy®-nominated portrayal of football star Brian Piccolo in Brian’s Song. Appearing in more than 100 movies, Caan also earned great recognition starring in Rob Reiner’s critically acclaimed film Misery; and For The Boys, co-starring Bette Midler. He was equally praised for his performance as a brain damaged football star in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People. Caan made his directorial debut and starred in the critically acclaimed film Hide In Plain Sight.A leading man since the 1960s, Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen) has specialized in driven characters of all types. Respected by his peers and adored by audiences worldwide, he has earned numerous Oscar® nominations for his performances in The Judge, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Great Santini and The Apostle. Duvall won the Academy Award® and a Golden Globe® as Best Actor for his role in Tender Mercies. In addition, he has received Golden Globe® Awards for his performances in the title role of HBO’s Stalin as well as for his memorable turns in Apocalypse Now and Lonesome Dove.Talia Shire (Connie) comes from a family of artists. The Yale drama school alum has appeared in over fifty movies and television shows, received two Academy Award® nominations, and won the NY Film Critics Award for her performance in Rocky (1976). She and her husband Jack Schwartzman independently financed and produced several movies among them Never Say Never Again (1983) and Rad (1986) whose sequel is currently in development. In 1994 she directed One Night Stand. In 1994 Jack Schwartzman died. In 1997 she was one of several producers on the Tony® nominated play Golden Child. Family is at the center of her life. Talia’s children continue on in the same tradition of theatre and film. Her two step children John Schwartzman (Cinematographer) and Stephanie Schwartzman (Artist), her son Matthew Shire (Writer/Producer), Jason Schwartzman (Actor/Musician/Writer/Director/Producer), & Robert Schwartzman (Actor/Musician/Director/Producer).Diane Keaton (Kay Adams)Robert De Niro (Vito Corleone - The Godfather: Part II) launched his motion picture career in Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party in 1969. By 1974, he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in Bang the Drum Slowly and from the National Society of Film Critics for Mean Streets. In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather: Part II. In 1980 he won his second Oscar®, as Best Actor, for Raging Bull. De Niro has also earned Academy Award® nominations for his work in: Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings, the remake of Cape Fear and Silver Linings Playbook. He was most recently seen in The Irishman, his ninth collaboration with Martin Scorsese. The Irishman, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, either won or was nominated for a multitude of awards including being nominated for best picture from the Academy of Motion Pictures and BAFTA. The Irishman, released by Netflix, also won the New York Film Critics and the National Board of Review awards for Best Picture. Prior to The Irishman, De Niro was seen in Warner Bros. The Joker and Tribeca Productions’ and HBO’s Wizard of Lies starring as Bernie Madoff, for which he received both an Emmy Award® nomination for lead actor in a limited series or movie and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding performance by a male actor in a Miniseries or Television movie. In 2009, De Niro received the Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting and the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. De Niro was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival. In 2020, De Niro received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. De Niro takes pride in his production company, Tribeca Productions, and the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. Through Tribeca Productions, De Niro has developed projects on which he has served as producer, director and actor. Tribeca's A Bronx Tale in 1993 marked De Niro’s directorial debut. De Niro also directed The Good Shepherd in 2006.Taylor Hackford (Moderator) was the director of the Academy Award® winning films Ray and An Officer and a Gentleman. In addition, he helmed the beloved features Against All Odds, The Devil’s Advocate, Dolores Claiborne, and Blood In, Blood Out. Hackford most recently directed Robert De Niro in The Comedian. His feature documentary work is equally acclaimed, with Chuck Berry: Hail!, Hail! Rock n’ Roll and When We Were Kings, a behind-the-scenes look at the legendary 1974 bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, which won for Best Documentary Feature. He has served two terms as president of the Directors Guild of America.
1 minutes | Aug 8, 2020
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