To start this month's episode we delve into one of the hot-button topics currently within our industry, live-streaming your film's premiere. Steve James' latest film Life Itself gained a lot of attention earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival when it was live-streamed during its premiere at the fest to people who contributed a certain amount to its Indiegogo campaign. As filmmakers wrap their heads around this radical idea, we've brought in producer Marilyn Ness (whose film E-TEAM, a Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund alum, won the Cinematography Award at this year's Sundance) and Indiegogo's campaign specialist John T. Trigonis to give the pros and cons. (Tip: We reference this Hollywood Reporter story a lot, so give it a read for more insight on the topic)
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(21:39) In segment two we sit down with director Rob Meyer to talk about his debut feature, A Birder's Guide To Everything (a TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund alum). This coming-of-age comedy is unlike most you've seen as it embraces the interesting hobby of "birding" while also telling a fun story of friendship and first love (cast includes Kodi Smit-McPhee, Katie Chang and Ben Kingsley). We discuss the challenges of taking on the often-used teen genre and the frustrations that come with working with animals. The film is currently playing in theaters and is on VOD.
(40:59) And to close things out we stop by the Tribeca Film Festival offices to chat with the fest's director of programming Genna Terronova about this year's lineup. TFF runs from April 16-27 and you can check out all the films and buy your tickets here.
Host: Jason Guerrasio, TFI Web Editor
Along with creating the web content for TFI, Jason also writes regularly about movies and the film industry for numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Esquire and Movies.com. Previously he was the managing editor of Filmmaker Magazine.