The organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival are promoting a number of different events that will give the public an opportunity to hear in-depth discussions between people with ties to the film industry. Examples: Jon Favreau (director of the live action remake of The Jungle Book) will be interviewed by Scarlett Johansson; Dustin Hoffman will be interviewed by Noah Baumbach (director of The Squid and the Whale); Bruce Springsteen will talk with Tom Hanks.
Barbra Streisand is also part of the line-up. She will discuss her career with...Robert Rodriguez (director of horror and pulp films like From Dusk 'til Dawn and Grindhouse). A very odd pairing. The New York Times featured a brief article that focused all the attention on the Springsteen/Hanks pairing.
The Tribeca press release has this to say about Streisand:
“At Tribeca we celebrate the power that film and art has to transport and unite communities. As the first woman to win the Oscar for directing, Kathryn Bigelow continues to break boundaries in storytelling by using VR to take us to the frontline battle with Ivory poachers in the Congo in the stunning new documentary which she co-directed with Imraan Ismail. We are thrilled to be able to debut this work as part of Tribeca’s renowned VR program,” said Jane Rosenthal, Executive Chair of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder.
“These three creative forces – Alejandro, Barbra, Kathryn – are true auteurs. They push themselves and their audiences by constantly entertaining and challenging us through their work,” said Tribeca’s Paula Weinstein. “I am ecstatic that Alejandro and Barbra are joining us for Tribeca Talks. Alejandro’s vision inspires me; moments from each of his films are seared in my mind. There is so much inventiveness. You are on his trip. Everyone has recognized Barbra as a singer and songwriter but her voice as a filmmaker, her tenacity as a director, and fearlessness as an activist is what I admire most about her.”
The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Tickets go on sale March 28. https://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/storytellers-barbra-streisand-with-robert-rodriguez-2017