The Tribeca Film Festival will be celebrating its 15-year anniversary in 2016, and Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, and many more stars will be appearing in its panels, the festival announced Wednesday. Fey and Hanks will be speakers in a new panel series called Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, which will feature film creators of diverse backgrounds speaking about their craft.
Other highlights of the 2016 festival include the premiere of the new virtual reality film Invasion! and a summit with some of the most influential leaders in the tech field: Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, Regina Dugan of Google’s Advanced Technology and Products group, Philip Rosedale of High Fidelity, Derek Belch of STRIVR, and Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël of Félix & Paul Studios.
The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 13-24, 2016 in New York City. See the first glimpse of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival lineup below:
TRIBECA TALKS: STORYTELLERS – Throughout TFF: dates to be announced
(Additional participants to be announced)
New this year, Tribeca Talks: Storytellers provides a platform for creators from diverse backgrounds, including actors, musicians, artists, and writers at the forefront of their professions, to discuss and explore their careers and crafts in conversation.
Tina Fey is an award-winning television and film actress. She was the executive producer, head writer, and star of 30 Rock. Ms. Fey also completed nine seasons as a writer and cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Ms. Fey’s film projects include Mean Girls, Date Night, This is Where I Leave You, Sisters, and the upcoming Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. In April 2011 she released her first book, Bossypants. She is currently the co-creator and executive producer of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Tom Hanks is an award-winning actor, producer and director. One of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards®, he won his first Oscar® for Philadelphia and his second for Forrest Gump. Hanks has also been nominated for Academy Awards® for five other roles and has also won Golden Globes for Big and Cast Away. Hanks was most recently seen in Stephen Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.
IMAGINATION DAY, POWERED BY THE HATCHERY – April 19
On Tuesday, April 19, the Tribeca Film Festival will host some of the most influential, provocative and creative minds for an all-day summit that asks: what happens when our wildest dreams become reality and what will that reality be in our not-so-distant future? We are at an inflection point in history. Experience the wonder and inspiration of new technologies, as tech’s thought leaders reveal what is just beyond the horizon through multisensory storytelling.
Derek Belch (Co-Founder, CEO, STRIVR Labs, Inc.) laid the foundation for STRIVR during the 2014 season with the Stanford Cardinal football team. Belch was an assistant coach for the team while completing a master’s degree with an emphasis in virtual reality. His thesis project was exploring virtual reality applied to sports training and he worked with the Cardinal during the season to build and test the technology that is now STRIVR. Belch was a former kicker for the Cardinal from 2003-2007, and is one of only two Stanford kickers in history to hit two 50-yard+ field goals in a single game. He kicked the winning extra point in Stanford’s historic upset of USC as 42-point underdogs. While playing at Stanford, Belch obtained a BA in Communication and MA in Journalism. Prior to returning to Stanford to coach, Belch earned his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Sir Richard Branson is Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group which has expanded into many diverse sectors from air and ground travel to telecommunications, health, space travel and renewable energy through more than 200 companies worldwide. In 2004, Richard established Virgin Unite, his non-profit foundation. It mobilizes the talent and resources from across the Virgin Group and beyond, to tackle tough social and environmental problems in an entrepreneurial way. Richard has been working closely with Virgin Unite to bring together the right partners to help create new global leadership models to address conflict, climate change and disease. In 2009, Richard brought together a group of the world’s top entrepreneurs to initiate the Carbon War Room. The vision is to mobilize capital, innovation, expertise and international collaboration to increase the effectiveness of climate change efforts already underway and to focus on filling any gaps.
Dr. Regina Dugan, Vice President of Engineering at Google, leads the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, a skunkworks operation focused on next-generation mobile. From May 2012 until February 2014, Regina was SVP and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Google-owned Motorola Mobility. Prior to joining Google, Regina served as the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the principle agency within the Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capabilities; she was the first woman to lead the Agency. Regina has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech and has been widely recognized for her leadership in breakthrough innovation and technology development.
Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël are at the forefront of cinematic virtual reality. After 10 years of collaborative work as directors of immersive cinematic experiences, they co-founded Félix & Paul Studios to solely focus on storytelling through cinematic virtual reality. Through the symbiosis of artistic and technological innovation, they create emotive, visceral and intimate experiences that provide audiences with an unprecedented sense of presence and emotional resonance. The Studio’s virtual reality creations include Jurassic World: Apatosaurus, the original series Nomads, and the recently premiered Inside Impact: East Africa with President Bill Clinton and LeBron James Striving for Greatness.
Philip Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product (“FreeVue”), which was later acquired by RealNetworks, where in 1996 he went on to become Vice President and CTO. In 1999, Rosedale left RealNetworks, founded Linden Lab and built a virtual civilization called Second Life, creating an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual world. Following Second Life, Rosedale worked on several projects related to distributed work and computing. Excited by innovations in these areas and the proliferation of new VR-enabling devices, he re-entered the world of VR in 2013, founding High Fidelity. Philip holds a B.S. in physics from University of California, San Diego.
VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES – Throughout TFF
(Additional projects to be announced)
Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël will be the Tribeca Festival Hub “Featured Creator.” The VR filmmakers will exhibit a selection of their work, including Inside Impact: East Africa with President Bill Clinton, Cirque du Soleil’s Inside the Box of Kurios, and Nomads: Maasai will be featured throughout the space.
Directed by Eric Darnell (Antz and Madagascar) and produced by Maureen Fan and Baobab Studios. (2016) –World Premiere. This interactive and animated film follows menacing aliens with vastly superior technology who come to claim the Earth and destroy anyone in their way. Despite incredible odds, Earth’s citizens rise up and defeat the evil aliens. Surprisingly, these Earthly citizens are not humans but a pair of the cutest, meekest and cuddliest creatures of our planet — two fluffy white bunnies.
STORYSCAPES – April 14 – April 17
A juried section at the Festival showcasing groundbreaking exhibits in technology and interactive storytelling. 2016 projects to be announced.
TFI INTERACTIVE – April 16
The fifth annual TFI Interactive will once again assemble the brightest thinkers from the worlds of media, gaming and technology for an all-day forum and “interactive playground” that explores a selection of the speakers’ projects.