The Tribeca Film Festival brings together film lovers from around New York City and around the world to watch and discuss the newest U.S. and international independent and studio films. In addition to the film program is the Tribeca Talks panel series that includes one-on-one discussions with influential filmmakers. This publication is a collection of transcripts from the Tribeca Talks panels of 2002 and 2003. Featured are documents from nine panels, including: New York, New York: A Movie Maker’s Muse with Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks, and Richard Price, moderated by Nick Davis; In Love, in the Movies with Lauren Bacall, James Harvey, Paul Rudnick, and Jennifer Westfeldt, moderated by Nora Ephron; What’s So Funny? Laughter in the Movies with Jay Roach, Paul Rudnick, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone, moderated by Lisa Birnbach; and Actors on Acting with Roger Bart, Edie Falco, Helen Hunt, Holly Hunter, and Paul Rudd, moderated by Peter Bart. The introduction by James Sanders explores the history and urban character of Tribeca, including the arrival of the film community in the 1990s, the impact of September 11th, and the subsequent birth of the Tribeca Film Festival under the auspices of the Tribeca Film Institute (founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, and Craig Hatkoff). Also included are special selections of favorite New York films by Martin Scorsese and Peter Scarlet, plus quotes from New York filmmakers like Ron Howard, Sydney Lumet, Harold Ramis, and Nora Ephron, as well as a brief glossary and an index of the films shown in the festival’s first two years.
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