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Tribeca 2024 Wrap-up: Festival Highlights Showcasing Innovation and Artistic Expression

Tribeca 2024: A Celebration of Premieres and Groundbreaking Storytelling

The 2024 Tribeca Festival in New York City, held from June 5th-16th was a dynamic celebration of film, television, events, immersive games and new media. It featured a mix of premieres, groundbreaking storytelling, innovative projects, diverse voices and discussions across various mediums.Tribeca opened with premieres such as Diane von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge. A child of a Holocaust survivor, Princess by marriage, and founder of a fashion empire, the many faces of fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg are revealed in this captivating and glamorous documentary. It also included the world premiere of "Hollywood Black," a docuseries chronicling a century of Black contributions to Hollywood, directed by Justin Simien. A few other notable premieres were "In the Arena: Serena Williams," a series offering an intimate look at the tennis star’s career milestones, the Tim Burton Docuseries highlighting the themes and relationships that shapes his work, The Sopranos 25th Anniversary Reunion, the Footloose 40th Anniversary with Kevin Bacon, and Director Steven Spielberg's 1974 directorial debut The Sugarland Express with Steven in conversation after the screening.During the festival I had a chance to attend the following premieres and conduct some amazing interviews on the red carpets. They included:

A MISTAKE - Based on the page-turning novel, A MISTAKE is a thrilling exploration of the dangerous ripple effects that can be triggered by a single human error. When expert surgeon Elizabeth Taylor (Elizabeth Banks) makes the decision to allow her young registrar, Richard Whitehead, to take charge of one small but delicate step during a routine surgery on a very sick young woman, a mistake is made that can’t be undone. I interviewed the Director Christine Jeffs and actress Mickey Sumner and got their perspective on how it was to make the movie.

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BAM BAM: THE SISTER NANCY STORY - Award-winning filmmaker Alison Duke mixes dynamic tour performances, insightful interviews with industry figures like Janelle Monae, Young Guru, and Pete Rock, and archival footage of the early dancehall scene to create a comprehensive portrait of Sister Nancy's enduring prominence in reggae and hip hop. I interviewed Director Alison Duke, Producer Ngardy Conteh George, DJ Gravey and Renée Neufville of the group Zhané ahead of the premiere. They also expressed their love and appreciation for her and why her music is so popular and transcends many genres. I also interviewed Sister Nancy, she has the most vibrant personality and revealed to me why her single "Bam Bam' is one of the most sampled singles in the world. She gave an energetic live performance following the premiere.

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THE WALKING DEAD: DARYL DIXON: THE BOOK OF CAROL - I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol) and ask some intriguing questions about the highly anticipated season 2 premiere, which follows Daryl Dixon in a post-apocalyptic France and Carol Peletier's journey to find him. I was one of the first people in the world to view the first episode of the new season. The premiere was followed by a conversation with Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Executive Producer Scott Gimple and Showrunner David Zabel.

MASTERMIND: TO THINK LIKE A KILLER - An in-depth exploration of Dr. Anne Burgess' career and her successful journey to closing some of America's most infamous criminal cases. The carpet featured interviews with Director Abigail Fuller and Showrunner Dr. Ann Burgess. I was able to get some footage of Executive Producer Dakota Fanning as she graced the carpet and posed for pictures.

COLOR BOOK - A black and white film set in Atlanta, Color Book follows a devoted father who is learning to raise his son with Down Syndrome as a single parent after the passing of his wife. While adjusting to their new reality, the two embark on a journey through Metro Atlanta to attend their first baseball game. I interviewed the Director David Fortune, who won the AT&T Presents: Untold Stories Pitch Competition, Producer Kiah Clingman and Cast Members William Catlett, Brandee Evans (P. Valley), Terri J. Vaughn and Jeremiah Daniels. Executive Producers Naturi Naughton (Power, Power Book II: Ghost) and Xavier "Two" Lewis posed for pictures on the red carpet.

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IT WAS ALL A DREAM - A visual memoir from director dream hampton's personal archives about the dawn of the golden era of hip hop. Constructed from director dream hampton’s personal archive, It Was All a Dream is a visual memoir reflecting on the dawn of the golden era of hip-hop. It takes viewers inside the studio with intimate access to some of rap’s most celebrated minds, including Hampton's neighbor The Notorious BIG, Wu Tang’s Method Man, Mobb Deep, Snoop Dogg and many more. Director Dream Hampton gave a wonderful interview about her inspiration to make the documentary and why the golden era of hip-hop was so important to her and the world. I had a chance to meet and take photos with Executive Producer CJ Wallace (Son of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace & Faith Evans), Producer Sallome Hralima, Nikki D., W Kamau Bell, Black Thought of The Roots, Antonique Smith from the movie Notorious, Toure, Tory Kittles and more.

STEVIE VAN ZANDT: DISCIPLE - Disciple traces Stevie Van Zandt career as an actor, activist and musician of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul and Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band. Stevie carved out a legacy of his own and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He also blazed a path forward with the Artists United Against Apartheid, speaking out with fervor about racial politics of the time and apartheid in South Africa. It was an honor to meet Stevie, he was so kind and down to earth. Interviewing Billy Van Zandt (Stevie's Brother), Vinny Pastore (The Sopranos), Bill Bradley (NBA Legend) and Darlene Love (Friend & Singer) was amazing. I loved hearing iconic memories they shared with Stevie and their love and support for him.  

FOLLOWING HARRY WORLD PREMIERE - Following Harry begins with Harry Belafonte at the age of 84, embarking on a deeply personal journey, disrupting injustice over the next ten years by passionately encouraging a diverse group of entertainers and activists to overcome soaring national unrest and anger, by believing that love has the power to redirect oppression into oblivion. Featuring conversations with Aloe Blacc, Aja Monet, Angela Davis, Jesse Williams, Phillip Agnew, Jamie Foxx, Carmen Perez, Matt Post, Chuck D, Talib Kweli, Rosario Dawson and others. Following the premiere was The Harry Belafonte Voices for Social Justice Award Ceremony. I interviewed the Director Susanne Rostock and 2 of the award honorees Singer/Activist Aloe Blacc and Poet/Writer/Activist Aja Monet, who works with Harry Belafonte's A Gathering For Justice Foundation. I also had powerful, impactful interviews with Mr. Belafonte's daughters Adrienne and Gina Belafonte (Accompanied by Maria Belafonte) on the importance of social activist for ending child incarceration, the unfair treatments of blacks in the criminal system and their father's legacy.The Tribeca Festival also presented The De Niro Con, celebrating the 80th birthday and legendary career of producer, actor Robert De Niro. The con featured the screening of his classic films such as Jackie Brown, Mean Street, The Godfather Part II, Analyze This and more. It also included conversations with celebrities such as Director Quentin Tarantino, Actors Billy Crystal, Ben Stiller, John Turturro and Mario Cantone. It also featured the De Niro Is An Icon Exhibit and Film, as well as a fan immersive experience with sets from his films and video reenacting his icon scenes, lounge events, competitions and a celebrity studded reception at The Greenwich Hotel.

Overall, the 2024 Tribeca Festival once again highlighted New York City as a hub for cultural innovation and artistic excellence, bringing together creators and audiences to celebrate the transformative power of storytelling across all platforms.Thank you Tribeca Festival 2024 for the opportunity to cover another epic festival! Thank you to Cultured Focus Magazine, the publicists, celebrities, directors, producers and writers for allowing me to conduct some amazing interviews.


Storytellers - Kieran Culkin in Conversation with Jesse Eisenberg

Kerry Washington and Nicole Avant: Legacy and Impact in Storytelling

Group Therapy with Neil Patrick Harris, Produced by Kevin Hart

Beat Street - Introduction by Nas

Bad Shabbos - Method Man and Kyra Sedgwick

Presumed Innocent - Jake Gyllenhaal

Melissa Etheridge: I'm Not Broken

I'm Tim - Honoring The Life of Avicii

The Other, Gold - Sharaé Nikai and Amin Joseph

Daddio - Dakota Johnson and Sean Penn

Adult Best Friends - Katie Corwin and Delaney Buffett

Outstanding: A Comedy Revolution featuring a discussion with Wanda Sykes and Margaret Cho

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall - Jenna Ortega and Percy Hynes White

I'm Your Venus - A Documentary Following The Unsolved Murder of Venus Xtravaganza

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