Kevin Spacey, Barney Frank to talk docs at Tribeca

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage, featuring actor Kevin Spacey (pictured), is among the docs that will screen as part of the Tribeca Film Festival's Tribeca Talks: After the Movie conversation series.
March 18, 2014

Actor Kevin Spacey, politician Barney Frank and boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield will discuss documentaries in which they feature during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival’s Tribeca Talks: After the Movie conversation series.

Organizers have added four more documentary world premieres to this year’s line line-up: NOW – In the Wings on a World Stage (pictured), The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin, Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, and Champs. Previously announced documentaries Silenced, Food Chains and Supermensch will also screen as part of the Tribeca Talks series.

The program features post-screening discussions with filmmakers, writers, actors and other industry professionals and will take place during the 13th annual event, which runs April 16 to 27 in New York City.

Directed by Jeremy Whelehan, NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage follows the Bridge Project Theatre company and the artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre, Kevin Spacey, as he reunites with American Beauty filmmaker Sam Mendes for a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Spacey, Whelehan and members of the company will participate in a conversation after the screening.

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin examines the controversial digital currency and peer-to-peer payment system. Director Nicholas Mross and film subjects Dan Mross and Charles Shrem will participate in the post-screening talk.

Champs, directed by Bert Marcus, looks at how legendary boxers used the sport to lift themselves out of poverty. Boxers Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and boxing promoter Lou DiBella will discuss their respective careers following the screening.

In Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, directors Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler look at the gay Congressman’s 40-year career. Frank and actor Alec Baldwin will be on hand for a post-screening talk.

Silenced, which profiles two whistleblowers, will be followed by a discussion with director James Spione and film subjects Jesselyn Radack and Thomas Drake, and Pulitzer Prize winner Barton Gellman; Food Chains, which looks at the state of labor in the U.S. agriculture sector, will be followed by a talk with executive producer Eva Longoria, director Sanjay Rawal, Eric Schlosser and Kerry Kennedy; and the U.S. premiere of Supermensch, Mike Myers’ doc about Hollywood insider Shep Gordon, will be followed by a chat between Gordon and actor Michael Douglas.

Festival organizers also announced the four-day Future of Film series, which will take place during Tribeca Innovation Week. The program’s theme this year is The Story’s Edge and it will feature discussions about the collision between storytelling and cultural trends, involving figures from the worlds of art, politics, science and technology and filmmaking.

“With these talks we want to expand the conversation about filmmaking and storytelling,” said Genna Terranova, director of programming, in a statement. “Whether it’s a deeper look at the artistic process or timely social issues, hearing from the leading voices in film, media and beyond, can facilitate new perceptions and further our understanding of the current state of making and enjoying entertainment.”

Docmaker Marshall Curry is among this year’s speakers. He will join director/writer Ira Sachs and director Orlando von Einseidel on the panel Calling the Shots, “a personal examination of how film scripts can enhance, thwart or reflect social cultural change.”

Tribeca will also host talks as part of the ESPN Sports Film Festival Conversations series featuring directors involved in the upcoming ’30 for 30: Soccer Stories’ series. The festival will screen The Opposition and Maradona ’86, which will be followed by a conversation with filmmakers Ezra Edelman, Daniel Battsek and an exec from ESPN.

This year’s opening night film, as previously reported, is Time Is Illmatic, a doc about rapper Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic.

Visit the festival’s website for the complete program.

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