Tribeca Film Festival: Main events taking at BMCC this week

The 2017 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival is well underway (even Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance), but there are still plenty of movies and events going on this week, culminating with the 45th Anniversary Reunion of “The Godfather” cast at Radio City Music Hall. Although most of them are sold out, there is an option of “rush” tickets, which means that a line will form 45 minutes prior to the event and some tickets will be released for the same price if there are any cancelations or no-show. Here are the highlights for this week at the BMCC – Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers St) April 25 8pm: “Paris Can Wait” World Premiere. Audiences will be treated to French food pairings inspired by the film. April 26 6pm: “The Exception” US Premiere. After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director David Leveaux and actor Christopher Plummer. 8:45pm: “The Circle” World Premiere April 28 6pm: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. World Premiere. After the episode: A conversation with co-creators and executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and cast members Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane. Moderated by co-host of Morning Joe, Willie Geist. April 29 10am: “Aladdin” Special Screening. Before the Movie: Join Brad Kane, the singing voice of Aladdin, for a special 25th anniversary performance of a soundtrack favorite..

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Another New ‘Tulip Fever’ Trailer to Remind Us This Still Isn’t Out Yet

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«She has a rare beauty…» The Weinstein Company has unveiled another new trailer for the romantic drama Tulip Fever, which has been delayed from release for over a year now. This was originally scheduled for release July of last year, but TWC pulled it, then set it again for the fall, then pushed it back again all the way until August of 2017. Hopefully this will be the official date. Alicia Vikander stars as a Dutch woman married to a rich and powerful merchant, played by Christoph Waltz, who begins an affair with a young painter, played by Dane DeHaan. Set in 17th Century Amsterdam, this also stars: Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Dame Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander and Cara Delevingne. This looks as mediocre as it did last year, but maybe there’s something to it. See below. ›››

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Make Movies With This Easter Filmmaker’s Toolkit

Put down the chocolate! Make movies!

Why dither and make reasons to delay your movie? Move up from amateur to professional. Stop making excuses why you can’t make a film. Stop blagging the blag. Get off your couch and start doing something meaningful! You don’t need no film school!

1. Your filmmaking plan and make it realistic

There’s no point in telling your friends that you are going to make a film, or, in telling everyone you are going to make it your way and reinvent the industry. It just ain’t that simple.

Far better to do what Shane Meadows did when he was starting out and make a series of short films – one a week – until he got really good. I asked him what the budget of a short of his we screened at Raindance Film Festival in 1997 was, and he answered £1.69. I asked him how he could be so sure and he told me that the main actor was mildly diabetic and was having a sugar low and he had to get him a cheese sandwich which cost £1.69.

Good businessmen make business plans. Why don’t good filmmakers make business plans too? It doesn’t need to be complicated or extreme. Just attainable. Bite size chunks or even chunkettes are far more sensible than signing up to an imaginary project so fast and unrealistic that not even your top trust fund baby filmmaker could pull it off.

I’m not bragging here, but I recently found this business plan I did a few months before the first Raindance Film Festival in 1993. To my surprise, Raindance today is pretty much like I planned it. Have a peek and see for yourself how my plan worked out.

2. Get a screenplay and make sure it’s great

How often do we say it? “How did they get the money to make that movie?” Here are the three basic ingredients of filmmaking success: Script. Script. Script.

We spend nearly half our teaching focus at Raindance on screenplay. It is that important. I’m not going to bitch about the chocolate on your breath this Easter Sunday except to say: Until You Get A Script You Are A Nobody.

How do you know what to write about? Here are 8 Questions Writers Must Ask When Developing Audience Profiles

3. Get your social media going

In this day and age there is no excuse for not developing your own social media profile. Your blog, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts are essential ingredients to filmmaking success.


It’s always been about the people that watch or read your stuff. This is how you get people to watch and read your stuff in the age of social media. Just do it.

start with the basics
learn how videos go viral
lose the new media phobia

See how we do it. Raindance has the world’s 10th largest Twitter profile of any film festival.
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Another great way to build your lists and your audience is to comment on relevant articles. Have you commented on this article?

4. Get some money

Now that you have your excellent script and business plan, you need to get some money. But how much money? There are loads of things you can do without much money at all. The first money in is called development money.

There are 10 ways you can finance your film. Each investor you approach will want to know what’s in it for them, and how you can de-risk their investment. The more you can learn about the flow of money and the different ways you can finance your film, the better off you will be.

You can get big tax inducements from British taxpayers who invest in your project. You don’t need to be a British taxpayer to access this money either. Read up on the Enterprise Investment Scheme. Use the EIS risk assesment tool here.

Maybe you want to crowdfund your film. You can see how we crowdfund here.

5. Get going

Enough is enough. At some point you just need to take a deep breath and do it. You will never have enough money. You will never be totally happy with the cast and crew. You just need to take the plunge and do it. Practice makes perfect!

your basic low budget kit and crew guide
don’t ‘cross the line’
how film directors screw editors

6. Be submissive!

Once you’ve finished your film, it’s time to get it seen at a film festival. But what festival to choose? There are thousands around the world. Film festivals fall into 5 types or categories. To help you wade through the myriad of film festival, here are our recommendations for the top 100 film festivals around the world.

There are 4 reasons to submit to film festivals. The main one is to get a distributor to see it and buy it. But beware of creepy people preying on naive festival newbies. Don’t fall for one of these 5 cons filmmakers fall for.
If you have made a short – here is a short film distributor list – this should save you tons of time. Read our list of the top 100 film festivals for shorts too.

Raindance Film Festival is open for submissions until June 2nd.

7. Trouble shooting

Are you making these deadly filmmaking mistakes?

What about your screenplay? Have you forgotten the basic elements of a storytelling?

Fade Out

What are you reading this for anyway when you could be out shooting. Easter Sunday in London has dawned bright and sunny.
But wait, before you go, here are 7 things successful filmmakers eat for breakfast.

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This Waterproof Drone Will Let You Shoot High in the Sky or Down in the Water

The waterproof Splash Drone is not just an aerial drone; it’s also aquatic.

SwellPro has come out with a drone that is a lot like other drones. It comes with GoPro, has a gimbal for smooth shooting, and will let you take to the air so you can capture beautiful images from incredible heights. But, this thing has one major difference from other UAVs; it floats.

Meet the Splash Drone, an aerial/semi-aquatic drone that allows users to drop it into any body of water and capture images from below thanks to its waterproof housing. Now, I say «semi-aquatic» because, no, it doesn’t fly (swim?) underwater like a submarine drone (drone submarine?), but it does float and can withstand plenty of rain and water unlike many other drones out there.

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This calf was adopted by horse in an (adorable) case of mistaken identity


We’re all for interspecies friendship, but this one seems more of a case of mistaken identity.

Moonshine, an old-ish mare who resides on a farm in the south-west of Queensland, Australia, was found tending to a random orphaned calf — barely a week old — by cattle grazier Gerda Glasson.

«I’m thinking the calf must’ve got lost and I was looking around for the mother cow, but [the] calf got up and started walking over to Moonshine,» Glasson told ABC News

«Moonshine put her nose down as if to say, ‘this is mine,’ and the calf started trying to drink.» 

Moonshine has never raised a foal, although she did birth one a decade ago, which died. Maybe she needs a fresh opportunity in the calf. But because she doesn’t produce any milk, her human owners have stepped in to feed the horse-loving baby cow. Read more…

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This weed company grows pot for your specific moods


Green Crack. Cat Piss. Blueberry Lambsbread. Alaskan Thunder Fuck.

Sure, names of cannabis strain can be fun, but they’re also ridiculous, confusing, and don’t usually offer much insight on their effects. 

Breaking away from ridiculous strain names, cannabis growers Canndescent created its own classification system by grouping strains into five different categories: Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect, and Charge. 

The goal? Help the consumer understand how this weed will effect them, and give them the ability to pick out different strains on their own for different situations. Read more…

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This hot video-streaming service is breathing down the necks of Netflix and Prime Video


While Netflix and Amazon Prime are going all out to capture the burgeoning video streaming market in India — a country of 450 million internet users — a homegrown ‘challenger’ so to speak has slowly emerged as the champion.

Hotstar, the two-year-old on-demand video platform from the house of Rupert Murdoch-owned Star TV, has crossed 100 million downloads on Google Play Store. If we count App Store downloads, it would go up to 130 million or so. 

To give that some perspective: Netflix took nine years to reach 75 million subscribers. Even after its global launch, it could add only 11 million subscribers. Amazon Prime Video, on the other hand, clocked 63 million subscribers at the end of 2016.  Read more…

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This New Wireless Monitoring System Makes Boom Operating Easy

Audio specialist Lectrosonics introduces a new digital wireless monitoring system, the Duet, for filmmakers requiring high-definition audio.

Ahead of this year’s NAB, Lectrosonics has rolled out some professional tech for aural enthusiasts in filmmaking, touring, broadcast and theater looking to step up their game.

The new Lectrosonics Duet comes with the M2T dual-stereo half-rack transmitter and the M2R belt pack receiver and covers UHF frequencies 470-608 MHz in a single range. More notably, the Duet uses digital modulation for its transmission to provide a clean sound and can accept analog or Dante digital inputs. (If you’re unfamiliar with Dante, it’s a protocol for communicating multiple audio channels over standard Ethernet and IP networks.)

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ Will be ‘The End’ For This Team

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but director James Gunn is already looking ahead to the next volume in his space romp saga.

Gunn recently confirmed that he’ll be returning to direct the third installment of his wildly popular superhero movie, and thus help shepherd in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the the next decade of the MCU may shake up the galaxy as we know it, with Gunn hinting that the current “iteration” of the Guardians team won’t make it through the next film.

Gunn won’t be taking much of a break after the flurry of activities that came with producting, directing and promoting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, telling Screen Rant that he will begin work on the third Guardians soon. But with that new chapter in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, Gunn will be shaking up the status quo, revealing that the current lineup of the beloved team will end.

Screen Rant: I know you stated that you’ll be back for Guardians 3 obviously, and you said that’s the end. Does that mean that’s the end of the team past phase 4 or is it your end of the team?

James Gunn: It means it’s the end of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Yeah.

The current Guardians team consists of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), with Mantis (series newcomer Pom Klementieff), Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) joining the team in the latest film.

It won’t be the first time a cherished team dynamic has been broken up or disassembled for the sake of story. The Avengers saw their lineup changed as quickly as the end of their second cinematic outing as a team in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thor and the Hulk left the team to deal with their own adventures, while Black Widow, Falcon and War Machine were added to the roster — all three later playing a big part in Captain America: Civil War. Civil War, of course, was most famous for breaking up the team in a dramatic and tragic fashion, sending Team Captain America into hiding as outlaws while Team Iron Man continued on in a diminished, broken Avengers team.

Indeed, Marvel Comics are famous for rotating their team line-ups every few years, or even every few issues.

We don’t know yet whether Gunn will opt for a friendly roster rotation like the one we saw at the end of Age of Ultron, or whether it will be an upsetting team break-up like Civil War. Considering some of the tension we saw in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer — Nebula accuses the bickering team of strife, saying, “You’re not friends” — the more dramatic option is a possibility.

The Guardians of the Galaxy team will also be joining the fray in Avengers: Infinity War, which is sure to have universe-wide repercussions. So it’s to be seen what their dynamic and rapport will be like after that sure-to-be-traumatic event.

Gunn told ScreenRant that he’ll be working on Guardians of the Galaxy 3 soon, and will be taking into account the events of Infinity War.

“I have a little work to do on Infinity War, but I’ll be going straight into it. For a while, it becomes more like a regular job, which is really good. You know, for the past year or so, or more, it’s been seven days a week, all the time working on this movie, and so for a little while I’ll be able to have some downtime, and do a couple trips and see, you know, see the world a little bit, but also work.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.

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