2019 Tribeca Film Festival: Tribeca TV and N.O.W. lineups announced; anniversary events revealed for ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘In Living Color’

March 18, 2019

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Julianna Margulies in “The Hot Zone” (Photo by Amanda Matlovich/National Geographic)

The following is a press release from the Tribeca Film Festival:

The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, will debut highly-anticipated new and returning TV series and spotlight creative online storytelling work. The Tribeca TV lineup will include 16 shows made up of eight series premieres, two season premieres, one feature documentary, and five indie pilots.The N.O.W. (New Online Work) section, sponsored by HBO, will showcase 12 projects from creators using digital platforms to tell original stories in addition to special spotlight programs. The N.O.W. Creators Market will return to connect online creators with industry professionals. Building on the Festival’s successful film reunions, for the first time this year, Tribeca TV will celebrate anniversaries of acclaimed series In Living Color and The Simpsons, the longest-running American sitcom, marking its milestone 30th anniversary. The hit series Mr. Robot will return to Tribeca after its first episode screened at the Festival in 2015 to celebrate the final season with a special Tribeca Talk conversation with stars Rami Malek, fresh off his Oscar win, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, and creator Sam Esmail. The 18th Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 24 – May 5.

Tribeca TV will showcase several world premieres including The Boys(Amazon Prime Video), a darkly funny and subversive take on superheroes executive produced by Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; Tuca & Bertie (Netflix), an animated comedy series with the lead characters voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong; On Tour with Asperger’s Are Us (HBO), a docu-series from the Duplass Brothers that follows a comedy troupe, all of whom are on the autism spectrum, on their first cross-country tour; The Hot Zone (Nat Geo), starring Julianna Margulies, is inspired by the true story of the origins of the Ebola virus and its arrival on U.S soil; and Chernobyl (HBO) the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, which will premiere on the anniversary of the actual disaster, starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson. Shows premiering upcoming seasons include Vida (Starz), the critically acclaimed story of two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles whose circumstances force them to confront their past and their differences, will debut the first episode from its sophomore season; and Younger (Paramount Network), the hit series that follows Liza, a talented and aspiring editor navigating the highly competitive world of publishing—while juggling the complications of the lie she created about her age to land her dream job, will premiere the first episode of its sixth season. I Want My MTV (A&E Network)a documentary special about the rise of the network that came to define a generation, will also premiere as part of the TV program.

Making their New York Premieres at this year’s Festival are Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (Showtime), a four-part docu-series about one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time which will premiere at the Beacon Theatre, and State of the Union (SundanceTV/SundanceNOW), an original comedy about the challenges of a contemporary relationship. Each 10-minute episode, directed by Stephen Frears, written by Nick Hornby and starring Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike, is set in a pub before a couple’s weekly marital therapy session. Finally, Tribeca TV will spotlight upcoming independent voices in episodic storytelling with its Pilot Season section.

“When some of the most cinematic storytelling continues to happen on screens of all sizes and shapes, we were particularly inspired this year by the scope, innovation, and accomplishment of the so-called ‘small’ screen,” said Cara Cusumano, Festival Director of the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s a privilege to showcase these diverse works with a robust program that speaks to the limitless potential of the episodic form.”

Tribeca TV will bring two of the most influential series in television history to the big screen. Twenty-five years after its finale, In Living Color, the sketch comedy series recognized for launching the careers of Keenen Ivory Wayans and other members of the Wayans Family, as well as Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, and David Alan Grier, will be celebrated at Tribeca with a screening of its first episode followed by a conversation with creator and co-star Keenen Ivory Wayans and Shawn Wayans, Kim Wayans, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier and Rosie Perez. The Simpsons needs little introduction: the satirical animated show that has become part of our cultural fabric will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. A screening of two episodes of the series will be followed by a panel with James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Matt Selman, Al Jean and Harry Shearer and moderated by Lisa Simpson herself Yeardley Smith.

The two-part N.O.W. Showcase will feature the latest works from 12 unique online creators. The first N.O.W. Showcase, “Headspace,” will include a range of projects from a narrative short about sexual awakening and self-discovery, set in a Chinese restaurant, in Kiss of the Rabbit Godto Release, a science-fiction series built around the fallout of a rapidly spreading and unknown airborne disease. “Reality Check,” the second N.O.W. Showcase, includes a documentary series about the impact of photojournalists in Frame by FrameBetter Days, a coming-of-age comedy series about a young Muslim-American twenty-something, and 99, a comedic narrative about a mother and her adult son shopping for a Bar Mitzvah gift at a 99 Cent store. N.O.W. will also host two Special Screenings featuring Topic Studios documentary work, as well as The New York Times Op-Docs, with a collection of five short films all with a timely thread of immigration-related issues.

“Each year, our small but mighty section of New Online Work showcases an increasingly diverse group of perspectives, genres and formats,” said Liza Domnitz, Senior Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival. “In 2019, we selected a group of filmmakers whose work delves into the reality of the everyday minutiae of life—career confusion, single motherhood, burgeoning sexuality—as well as the dissociative ways our brains utilize to get through it all. Through 12 works that mix comedy, sci-fi, documentary and movement, the 2019 N.O.W. program promises an eclectically evocative mix of voices.”

This year’s TV and N.O.W. programs will include more world premieres, more networks – both established and emerging, more formats, and more diverse storytelling than ever before. Tribeca will continue to support creators in diverse mediums, reflected by the expansion of its programming into these now well-established sections of the Festival each year.



The cast of “In Living Color” (Photo courtesy of Fox)

In Living Color – Celebrating 25 Years since the Finale
Twenty-five years after its finale, the cast and creator of the groundbreaking sketch comedy show In Living Color will reunite to reflect on theEmmy Award-winning show that upended the landscape of television comedy and launched the careers of some of the greatest entertainers of our time. Following a screening of the pilot episode of In Living Color, the series creator and stars will come together to celebrate the show’s immeasurable influence and illuminate how the show continues to be equal parts subversive and hilarious.

  • After the Screening: A conversation with creator and star Keenan Ivory Wayans, and co-stars Shawn Wayans, Kim Wayans, Tommy Davidson, Rosie Perez, and David Alan Grier.

Event time: April 27 at 5:00 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub

“The Simpsons” (Image courtesy of Fox)

The Simpsons – 30th Anniversary 
In the 30 years since The Simpsons first debuted, the satirical cartoon has become the very center of popular culture; a juggernaut that is ingrained in the cultural fabric of America. In the three decades it has been on the air, the show has influenced popular culture, media and politics by brilliantly and incisively depicting the ridiculous pageant of American society. Following a screening of the episodes Marge vs the Monorail and The Day the Earth Stood Cool, the creative team of The Simpsons will come together to celebrate the immeasurable legacy of the longest-running animated series in television history.

  • After the Screening: A conversation with executive producers James L. BrooksMatt GroeningAl Jean and Matt Selman, and the voice of many Harry Shearer. Moderated by the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith.

Event time: April 28 at 5:00 PM, BMCC


With media support from Vulture, the entertainment and culture site from New York Magazine

Jack Quaid and Karl Urban in “The Boys” (Photo by Jan Thijs)

The Boys (Amazon Prime Video) – New Series World Premiere
Executive Producers: Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Ori Marmur, Ken F. Levin, Jason Netter.
The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. Based on a comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.

  • After the screening: A conversation with series stars Karl UrbanJack QuaidAntony StarrErin Moriarty,Jessie T. UsherLaz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Karen Fukuhara, Elisabeth Shue and executive producer/showrunner Eric Kripke.

Screen time: April 29 at 8:45 PM, SVA Theatre

Chernobyl (HBO/Sky) – New Series World Premiere
Executive Producers: Carolyn Strauss, Jane Featherstone, Craig Mazin.
Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation.

  • After the Screening: A conversation with cast members Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson,writer Craig Mazin, and director Johan Renck.

Screen time: April 26 at 8:00 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub

The Hot Zone (National Geographic) – New Series World Premiere
Executive Producers: Lynda Obst, David Zucker, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, Jenn Vintar
The Hot Zone is based on Richard Preston’s bestseller, and is inspired by a true story about the origins of the Ebola virus and its arrival on U.S. soil.

  • After the Screening: A conversation with showrunners and executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, bestselling author Richard Preston, and cast member Julianna Margulies. Hosted by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Screen time: April 30 at 5:30 PM, SVA

I Want My MTV (A&E Network) – World Premiere, Feature Documentary
Produced by: David Kennedy, Nick Quested, Tyler Measom, Patrick Waldrop.
Directed and written by Tyler Measom, Patrick Waldrop.
In 1981, a new music-centric network launched that would come to define a generation. Featuring the musicians, VJ’s and executives who were there from the beginning, Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop’s energetic documentary revisits the early days of the cultural juggernaut.

  • After the Screening: A conversation with film directors Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop, MTV co-founder John Sykes, former MTV CEO Judy McGrathDarryl McDaniels of Run DMC, and original MTV VJ Mark Goodman.

Screen time: May 1 at 9:00 PM, SVA

On Tour With Asperger’s Are Us (HBO) – New Series World Premiere
Executive Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Mel Eslyn, Carolyn Craddock, Alex Lehmann, Sean Bradley.
This six-part documentary series follows the first all-autistic comedy troupe as it navigates its first cross-country tour.

  • After the Screening: A comedy performance by the featured comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us.

Screen time: April 29 at 8:00 PM, SVA

State of the Union (SundanceTV/SundanceNOW) – New Series New York Premiere
Executive Producers: Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman
An original comedy series about contemporary relationships. Each 10-minute episode is set in a pub immediately before Louise (Rosamund Pike) and Tom (Chris O’Dowd) have their weekly marital therapy session.

  • After the Screening: A conversation with director and executive producer Stephen Frears, screenwriter and executive producer Nick Hornby and cast member Rosamund Pike.

Screen time: May 4 at 6:30 PM, SVA

Tuca & Bertie (Netflix) – New Series World Premiere
Creator: Lisa Hanawalt
Executive Producers: Lisa Hanawalt, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong.
Tuca & Bertie is an animated comedy series about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building. It features Tuca, a cocky, carefree toucan, and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird.

  • After the Screening: A conversation with stars Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish, and creator Lisa Hanawalt.

Screen time: May 1 at 8:30 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub

Vida (Starz) – Season 2 World Premiere
Executive Producers: Tanya Saracho, Robin Schwartz, Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, Stephanie Langhoff.
In the second season of Vida, Lyn and Emma begin the monumental task of rebuilding the bar. They navigate obstacles while contemplating the relationships in their lives, including their own, and are forced to dig deep to unearth what their mother’s legacy means to them.

  • After the Screening: A conversation with executive producer Tanya Saracho, and cast members Melissa Barrera, Mishel PradaSer Anzoategui, Chelsea RendonCarlos MirandaRoberta Colindrez and Raúl Castillo.

Screen time: May 2 at 5:30 PM, SVA

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men (Showtime) – New Series New York Premiere
Director: Sacha Jenkins
Executive Producers: Sacha Jenkins, Peter Bittenbender, Chris Gary, Peter J. Scalettar.
The series looks back on the group’s career, combining intimate interviews from each of its nine living members with never-before-seen archival footage and performances. Join us at the Beacon Theatre for the premiere with all of the living members in attendance: RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon da Chef, Cappadonna and Masta Killa.

  • Screen time: April 25 at 8:00 PM, Beacon Theatre

Younger (Paramount Network) – Season 6 World Premiere
Executive Producer: Darren Star
Younger follows Liza, a talented and aspiring editor navigating the highly competitive world of publishing—while juggling the complications of the lie she created about her age to land her dream job. Starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard and Charles Michael Davis.

  • After the Screening: A conversation with executive producer Darren Star, and cast members Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard, and Charles Michael Davis.

Screen time: April 25 at 6:00 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub

Tribeca Talks: A Farewell to Mr. Robot (USA) 
Four years ago, the pilot episode of Mr. Robot had its New York premiere at Tribeca. Now the Golden Globe- and Emmy Award®-winning series returns for a special celebration of the show and a look ahead to its fourth and final season. Join Academy Award® winner Rami Malek, Golden Globe® Award winner Christian Slater, co-star Carly Chaikin and series-creator Sam Esmail, as they look back on three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series – and share new and exclusive information about what to expect when the show returns.

  • Tribeca Talk: A conversation with stars Rami MalekChristian Slater, Carly Chaikin and creator Sam Esmail.

Event time: April 28 at 3:00 PM, Tribeca Festival Hub


Following successful programs at both the film festival and the September TV festival, Tribeca is continuing its tradition of opening submissions to independently produced TV pilots. Gunpowder & Sky acquired Shrimp following its Tribeca premiere and it was recently announced that On the Spectrum (2018), would be adapted by Jason Katims for Amazon.

  • Screening Showcase: April 29 at 8:00 PM, Village East Cinema

Awokened (USA) – World Premiere
Executive Producers: Daryl Wein, David Walton, Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello
Awokened is an independent half hour cable/streaming show about a guy who has a spiritual awakening that changes his life forever. With David Walton, Majandra Delfino, Hannah Simone, Jeremy Sisto, Zoe Lister-Jones, Paul W. Downs, Lamorne Morris.

DC Noir (USA) – World Premiere
Executive Producers: George Pelecanos, Ginny Grenham
DC Noir is a crime series composed of stories that follow an array of different characters living and dying on the fringes of society in the nation’s capital. With Jay O. Sanders, Marcus Craig-Bradford, Thaddeus Street, Wale Florin, Kia Goodwin, Anwan Glover, Backyard Band.

Halfway (USA) – World Premiere
Executive Producer: Kimberley Browning
Krystal just got released from prison, and now must navigate the new rules, and an intimidating crew of fellow ex-con women residents of a Christian halfway house. With Anastasia Leddick, Noemi Gonzalez, Joy Nash, Shondrella Avery, Dot-Marie Jones, Garrick Bernard.

Lady Liberty (USA) – World Premiere
Executive Producers: Julia Lindon, Taylor Lee Nagel, Melinda Andrade
An aspiring comedian (Shea Miller) learns to embrace her queerness to find her comedic voice, and more importantly, her community. With Julia Lindon, Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Henderson, Karen Eilbacher, Yoni Lotan, Chip Hamilton.

Unimundo 45 (USA) – World Premiere
Executive Producer: Kimberley Browning
After Trump wins the White House, a jaded Latina news producer reconnects with her suppressed activist side and becomes an unlikely TV news star. With Elizabeth De Razzo, Maria Camargo, Luis Fernandez-Gil, Garrick Bernard, Jandres Burgos, Blanca Araceli.


Sponsored by HBO

Tribeca New Online Work (N.O.W.) highlights independent creators who use the web sphere as an exhibition space to tell their stories. Previous inclusions in the slate have gone on to achieve recognition in the form of awards and network pick-up, including High Maintenance from creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair and Gotham award nominees Cleaner Daze from creator Tess Sweet and The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo from creator Brian Jordan Alvarez. This year’s slate includes episodic, short form and documentary work from up-and-coming and seasoned filmmakers.


Sci-fi, documentary, drama, and comedy collide in this collection of works that push aesthetic boundaries and challenge storytelling tropes.

Karen Gillan in “nuerotica.” (Photo by Ben Rutkowski)

Premiere Screening: Thursday, April 25, 6:30 PM, Regal Battery Park Theater

neurotica., created by Laura Moss & Nick Kocher (USA) – World Premiere.
A comedic sci-fi anthology series exploring personal anxieties. In episode 1, eureka!, a chronic procrastinator (Karen Gillan) meets an otherworldly being responsible for giving humanity its great ideas. Also starring Jillian Bell.

  • Laura Moss is a filmmaker from New York City. Her recent short film, Allen Anders – Live at the Comedy Castle (circa 1987) premiered at SXSW 2018. Her previous short, Fry Day, screened at SXSW and Tribeca in 2017. Laura was named one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Her debut feature, After Birth, will be produced by Fangoria Films in 2019.
  • Nick Kocher is a stand-up comic and writer who has written for Saturday Night LiveIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the occasional Marvel comic book. He is also one half of the sketch comedy group BriTANicK.
  • The Future is Then, created by Sarah Salovaara (USA) – Episodes 1 & 2 (World Premiere).
    Set in 1996, The Future Is Then follows a widowed Trinidadian woman who is recruited to be the brains behind the scenes of an Expedia-esque start up, run by three twenty-something white dudes.
  • Sarah Salovaara is a filmmaker from New York City. Her work is primarily concerned with the retooling of gender roles and genre tropes. Her previous series, Let Me Die a Nun, starring Ana Fabrega and Hari Nef, was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award in 2017.
  • Release, created by Joe Penna & Ryan Morrison – Episodes 1 & 2 (World Premiere).
    When a deadly and mysterious airborne disease spreads from remote areas of the world to the United States, the country is thrust into chaos and panic as it strikes the quiet outskirts of a large American city.
  • Joe Penna is a Brazilian writer and director. For the past 12 years, he has maintained a YouTube channel dedicated to inventive music videos and short films, and was selected as one of the top 10 new directors at the 20th Cannes Lions Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase. Penna’s debut feature, Arctic, was shot entirely on location in Iceland and stars Mads Mikkelsen, and was part of the Official Selection for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently in pre-production on Stowaway, starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette.
  • Ryan Morrison is a writer, producer and editor from the Boston area. For the last 7 years, Morrison has been a creating content with his producing partner Joe Penna on their YouTube channel, “MysteryGuitarMan,” and over the last few years Morrison has written, produced and edited several short films that have been featured on their channel. Arctic, which Morrison co-wrote, edited, and executive produced with director Joe Penna, was his first feature film.
  • Sweater, created by Nick Borenstein (USA) – World Premiere.
    Corey’s day couldn’t be worse. Then he gets a free coffee.
  • Nick Borenstein is a New York-based writer, director, dancer and actor. He wrote, directed and starred in the comedic digital series Trip, a selection of IFP’s Screen Forward Lab, and The Buddy System, a short film that was developed into a digital series for EliteDaily.com. His most recent series was a finalist for Sundance Institute’s YouTube New Voices Lab, and he staged a live dance performance entitled “5INCO” during his 2019 Artist Residency at Casa Lü in Mexico City. Nick has also worked in the programming, casting and marketing departments at ABC, NBC, HBO, Comedy Central, Pivot TV, Hud:sun Media and Topic Studios.
  • Kiss of the Rabbit God, created by Andrew Thomas Huang (USA) – World Premiere.
    A young Chinese restaurant worker falls in love with a god who leads him on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery.
  • Andrew Thomas Huang studied Fine Art at the University of Southern California, graduating in 2007. His film and video work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; MoMA PS1; The Barbican Centre, London; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. As an experimental filmmaker with a background in puppetry, animation, live action performance and visual effects, Huang’s work bridges the gap between video art and film, expanding beyond into installation and alternative modes of storytelling.
  • Walk Run Cha-Cha, created by Laura Nix (USA) – World Premiere.
    Paul and Millie Cao reunited in Los Angeles after being separated by the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they become ballroom dancers to reconnect and make up for lost time in this moving documentary short.
  • Laura Nix is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She previously directed the feature documentary films Inventing Tomorrow (Sundance 2018), The Yes Men Are Revolting (TIFF, Berlinale 2014), and The Light In Her Eyes (IDFA 2011). She is currently developing a feature-length film based on the San Gabriel ballroom dance community.


A cornucopia of personalities are at the center of these evergreen stories of parenthood, aging, and sexuality. Plus, President Obama.

Campbell Scott and Matt Dellapina in “Adult Ed” (Photo by Alexander Herron)

Premiere Screening: Thursday, April 25, 9:15 PM, Regal Battery Park Theater

Adult Ed, created by Matt Dellapina (USA) – Episode 2, Episode 4 (World Premiere).
A disgraced former teacher starts tutoring fellow failures around New York City while coming to grips with the toughest lesson of his life: fatherhood. With Campbell Scott.

  • Matt Dellapina, born and raised in the Bronx, cut his teeth on the New York stage for years, becoming a mainstay of the Off-Broadway scene. This work soon bloomed into a dynamic onscreen career, with recent credits including Dirty 30Fits and Starts from Laura Terruso (Hello, My Name Is Doris), and Ruin Me, now streaming on ABC Shudder. Also a playwright and screenwriter (including the plays InterstateDeacon of the Bronx, and the upcoming digital series Meetings), Dellapina serves as Co-Artistic Director of Slant Theatre Project, where he help found the New York City storytelling series On This Island.

Anne+, created by Maud Wiemeijer & Valerie Bisscheroux (NED) – Episode 1 (North American Premiere), Episode 2 (International Premiere).
The weekend 24-year-old Anne moves into her Amsterdam apartment, she unexpectedly runs into ex-girlfriend Lily. Her reappearance pushes Anne to reflect on the diverse women from her past and their influence on her life.

  • Maud Wiemeijer is a screenwriter. She studied Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in 2016, and worked as trainee copywriter at Vandejong Creative Agency. In 2015, she created the concept for the (web) series Anne+,which she developed and co-wrote with director Valerie Bisscheroux. The series premiered at the Nederlands Film Festival and aired on national Dutch television. In her work, representation of (sexual) diversity is always at the forefront.
  • Valerie Bisscheroux is a film director. Her main focus and incentive as a filmmaker is the positive and nuanced representation of LGBTQ+ characters and storylines in films and series, content that was lacking when she was younger and of which there is still a shortage today. She graduated from The Netherlands Film Academy in 2017 as a creative producer, and with Anne+, Valerie made her debut as a director.

Frame by Frame, created by Yvonne Michelle Shirley (USA) – Episodes 1 & 2 (World Premiere).
Celebrated photojournalists explore images of the people and events that helped shape the American experience in this documentary series, and discuss how working with photographs impacts them personally. Featuring Pete Souza and Alysia Burton Steele.

  • Yvonne Michelle Shirley is a director and producer of narrative and documentary films inspired by the social realist tradition. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Film Program, her work includes Flowers, which won Best Short Film in the HBO Short Film Competition at the 2016 American Black Film Festival, and Miasia: The Nature of Experience. Currently, Yvonne is producing a feature length documentary on the artist, Gil Scott-Heron, directed by Orlando Bagwell (Eyes on the PrizeMalcolm X: Make It Plain).

Better Days, created by Nabeel Muscatwalla & Adam Turkel (USA) – Episodes 1 & 5 (World Premiere), Episode 2 (New York Premiere).
A Muslim-American twenty-something faces a series of awkward encounters as he tries to get on with his day.

  • Nabeel Muscatwalla is an LA-based comedian. He can be seen writing and performing sketch comedy on Maude Nights at UCB LA. He can be heard discussing pop culture on the Toast The Town podcast. He performs regularly in the Sunday Team at ComedySportz and in the ensemble of Story Pirates. Nabeel graduated from Northwestern University in 2018, where he was a member of Mee-Ow (’18 director), The Titanic Players, and NSTV.
  • Adam Turkel is a writer/director/editor born, raised, and based in NYC. His 2018 short Freehand was an official selection of the Boston Film Festival and HollyWeb Festival, among others. His 2016 short 39 Acrosswon Best Student Film at the Big Apple Film Festival, and was the recipient of Northwestern University’s Joann Torretta Award. He currently works in the theatre department at WME.

99, created by Nick Borenstein (USA) – World Premiere.
A mother and son shop for a Bar Mitzvah gift at a 99 Cent store.

  • Nick Borenstein is a New York-based writer, director, dancer and actor. He wrote, directed and starred in the comedic digital series Trip, a selection of IFP’s Screen Forward Lab, and The Buddy System, a short film that was developed into a digital series for EliteDaily.com. His most recent series was a finalist for Sundance Institute’s YouTube New Voices Lab, and he staged a live dance performance entitled “5INCO” during his 2019 Artist Residency at Casa Lü in Mexico City. Nick has also worked in the programming, casting and marketing departments at ABC, NBC, HBO, Comedy Central, Pivot TV, Hud:sun Media and Topic Studios.

MotherStruck, created by Staceyann Chin & Micaela Birmingham (USA) – Episodes 1 & 2 (World Premiere).
The true story of a lesbian’s quest to become a mother. With her closest friends by her side, she embarks on a wild road toward motherhood.

  • Staceyann Chin is a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. Widely known as a co-writer and original performer in the Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, her poetry has seen the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets’ Café, one-woman-shows Off-Broadway, writing workshops in Sweden, South Africa, and Australia. Chin’s three one-woman shows, Hands AfireUnspeakable Things, and Border/Clash all opened to rave reviews at the Culture Project in New York City. Her critically acclaimed solo theater piece MotherStruck, directed by Cynthia Nixon and produced by Rosie O’Donnell, opened in New York in December of 2015.
  • Micaela Birmingham is an Emmy Award-winning writer and director with projects spanning public service, comedy, and branded content. As Head of Studio for Scary Mommy, Micaela oversees the development and production of original series. She is the creator of Lullaby League, a competition show hosted by Jim O’Heir in which a cappella singers compete to sing a real baby to sleep. Birmingham is also the creator and executive producer of the popular web series Momsplained and Madge the Vag. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and on CNN and the TEDx stage.


The New York Times’ Op-Docs – Featuring Stories Of Immigration 
For the third year in a row, The New York Times‘ Op-Docs brings five inventively crafted documentary shorts to Tribeca N.O.W. This year’s group of films, produced with Concordia Studio, find a common thread in stories of immigration and belonging, captured with poignant and unflinching eloquence by a diverse range of artists.

After the screening, please join us for a conversation with the filmmakers, moderated by The New York Times’ national immigration reporter, Caitlin Dickerson.

“Walk Run Cha-Cha”

Screening: Saturday, May 4, 2:30 PM, SVA

Walk Run Cha-Cha., directed by Laura Nix (USA) – World Premiere
Paul and Millie Cao lost their youth to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they have become successful professionals in Southern California — and are rediscovering themselves on the dancefloor.

Darlin, directed by Isabel Castro (USA) – World Premiere
Darlin follows a Honduran family in the months after their separation under the zero tolerance policy.

El Vacio, directed by Deborah Esquenazi (USA) – World Premiere
In a mesmerizing confessional built from home video and animation, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio explores the mental prisons and personal trauma created by immigration policy.

La Reina de Watermelon Thump, directed by Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman (USA) – World Premiere
In Luling, the “toughest town in Texas”, two Latina high school girls compete to be the next Watermelon Thump Queen.

Boca del Lobo, directed by Jesse Moss (USA) – World Premiere
Mario Guevara, a reporter for Mundo Hispanico, investigates the impact of ICE arrests on his Atlanta community.

Topic Studios – Digital Docs
Tribeca N.O.W. is excited to spotlight Topic Studios’ commitment to supporting and cultivating creators of online work. These formally dynamic documentary projects—offering meditations on familial connection, historical memory, and photographic representation—epitomize the experimentation that Topic pursues in the digital space.

After the screening, please join us for a moderated conversation with the filmmakers.

“Black 14”

Screening: Monday, April 29, 6:30 PM, VEC

Black 14, directed by Darius Clark Monroe (USA)
Directed by Darius Clark Monroe and executive produced by Spike Lee, this documentary short tells the story of what happened when a group of college athletes decided to protest racial injustice.

Frame by Frame, directed by Yvonne Shirley (USA) – World Premiere
Celebrated photojournalists explore images of the people and events that helped shape the American experience, and discuss how working with photographs impacts them personally. Featuring Pete Souza and Alysia Burton Steele.

Passing: A Family in Black & White, directed by Robin Cloud (USA) – World Premiere
Filmmaker Robin Cloud reaches out to her long lost Nebraska cousins – who unbeknownst to them were passing for white – in an attempt to bring them back into her family.

Obits, directed by Alix Lambert & Manual Cinema (USA) – World Premiere
Obits explores the unexpected connections between the lives of three strangers who all died on the same day, revealing how much more we have in common than we might think.

A first of its kind daylong, private industry market that brings together leading online and immersive storytellers (2019 N.O.W. Showcase creators + an additional curated group of online and VR writers/performers/influencers) to pitch new projects to a wide-range of industry, including distributors, agencies and brands.

The following online and VR/immersive filmmakers will participate in the Creators Market:

    • Robin Cloud
      Robin Cloud is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and director Arts. Her first narrative short, Out Again (2017), was executive produced by Refinery29 as part of their Shatterbox Anthology and has screened at over 35 film festivals. Her production company, Cloud Creative Media, was launched in March of 2016 and focuses on creating independent narrative and documentary films and series.
    • Jade Daugherty and Fred Soligan
      A Chicago native, Jade Daugherty is a comedy writer/performer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She loves hot dogs and dichotomies.
      Fred Soligan has directed work for UCB, BricTV, The New Yorker and IFC Comedy Cribs. In 2018, projects he directed won awards at festivals including NYTVF and UrbanWorld.
    • Alex Goyette
      Alex Goyette is a writer/director with projects that have been featured on Netflix, MTV and Amazon. In 2014, Alex wrote and directed EXPELLED, which topped all digital download charts on its first day of release.
    • Nora Hawari
      Nora Hawari is a first generation Arab-American filmmaker who seeks to change the world through her love of cinema. Nora acts, writes and directs all her own original work.
    • Betsy Kenney and Dara Katz
      Betsy Kenney and Dara Katz are writing partners and performers based in New York City. Dubbed the new “Genre Queens” by Splitsider, they are the creators of the ’90s action-packed thriller Bounty Hunters, the Aaron Spelling-inspired IFC Comedy Crib series The Place We Live, and most recently, the chilling “true” crime anthology unSOLVABLE. They perform regularly at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and their work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Decider, Time Out, and Vice.
    • Noah Levenson
      Noah Levenson’s viral interactive projects have received millions of views and enthusiastic praise from Fast Company, SFist, Bustle, and many more. He’s created sketches about the internet with Key & Peele and written about meme culture for the NY Daily News. Previously, he served as Editorial Director of MTV2.
    • Mijie Li and J. Faye Yuan
      Originally from Hunan, China, Mijie Li served as co-producer on the Sundance-winning documentary, American Factory. Her first feature, Confucian Dream, will have its World Premiere at Hot Docs in 2019.
      Born in Shanghai, J. Faye Yuan is a New York based bilingual writer, producer, and editor. Her mobile documentary launched at POV Hackathon 9 and was a finalist at Sundance New Frontier.
    • Alix Lambert
      Alix Lambert has directed and produced three feature length documentaries: The Mark of CainBayou Blue, and Mentor, as well as numerous shorts. She was a writer on the HBO show Deadwood and a writer / producer on John from Cincinnati. She has conceived, written and directed two short series for MOCA tv: Crime: The Animated Series, and Ambiance. She is the author of Crime and The Silencing.
    • Manual Cinema
      Manual Cinema is a performance collective, design studio, and film/ video production company founded in 2010 by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Ben Kauffman, Julia Miller, and Kyle Vegter. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive stories for stage and screen.
    • Lilian Mehrel, Mary Evangelista
      Lilian Mehrel is an award-winning writer & director who distills the humor and poetics of life into stories. She earned her NYU Tisch Grad Film MFA with a PDSoros Fellowship, and wrote/illustrated a family memoir as a Dartmouth Senior Fellow. Her awards include HFPA, Tribeca Film Institute, Google, and Alfred P. Sloan.
      Mary Evangelista is an award-winning filmmaker born in the Philippines with an MFA from NYU Tisch, Mary pursues transformative stories full of bullish heart/levity. Her screenings include Tribeca 2019 (co-creator, Water Melts), Sundance 2019 (creator, Fran This Summer), and Slamdance 2018 (producer, Fish Bones). She is a Film Independent’s Project Involve Directing Fellow.
    • Krista Nylen
      Krista Nylen is a creator and product designer. She studied creative writing at Williams College and attended Harvard Business School, focusing on emerging technology. She currently works at Spotify, specializing in new content experiences.
    • Vishaal Reddy
      Vishaal Reddy is an actor, singer, and creator based in New York. Vishaal hopes to develop more TV & film content geared towards making South Asian stories more multi-dimensional and accessible to the masses. As a member of the queer community, he hopes to challenge stereotypes that often plague queer people of color’s narratives in media.
    • Emily Diana Ruth

Emily is a Canadian/British filmmaker currently in Toronto. Emily created and directed the series COLD starring Emily Basso (CAPTAIN FANTASTIC) for Verizon’s Go90. She graduated from York University in Canada with a BFA in Film Production & Screenwriting.

  • Tamara Shogalu
    Tamara Shogaolu is an international director with a track record in featuring her work at film festivals, galleries, and museums worldwide. She is a 2018 Sundance Institute New Frontier lab Programs Fellow.
  • Christian Teelucksingh
    Christian Teelucksingh is the founder of Breakthrough Ideas LLC, a turnkey production company, directing and producing projects from commercials to documentaries. At BTI we create, innovate, and turn ideas into action.
  • Celine Tricart
    Celine Tricart is a director, cinematographer and founder of Lucid Dreams Productions whose work has gathered numerous awards. She is considered a pioneer in both 3D and virtual reality. Celine produced and directed Maria Bello’s “Sun Ladies” VR experience about the women fighting ISIS in Iraq, which premiered at Sundance 2018.
  • Alice Trueman
    Alice Trueman is an award-winning, upcoming writer/director from the UK. She is currently developing new work with the British Film Institute and created the new comedy sketch webseries SPOON THE PRUNE.
  • Rain Valdez
    Rain Valdez is an out and proud transgender actress and award-winning filmmaker. She played Coco in season 2 of TV Land’s Lopez and doubles in Amazon’s Transparent as Miss Van Nuys on screen and a Producer behind the scenes. She recently starred in a half hour comedy pilot directed by Paul Feig for Freeform TV, and also just completed showrunning and starring in Razor Tongue, a web series she wrote.

Also participating in the Tribeca N.O.W. Creators Market are N.O.W Showcase creators Nick Borenstein, Micaela Birmingham, Matt Dellapina, Andrew Thomas Huang, Laura Moss and Nick Kocher, Nabeel Muscatwalla and Adam Turkel, Laura Nix, Sarah Salovaara, Yvonne Michelle Shirley, and Maud Wiemeijer and Valerie Bischeroux.


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The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, brings visionaries and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, VR, gaming, music, and online work. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is a platform for creative expression and immersive entertainment. The Festival champions emerging and established voices; discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators; curates innovative experiences; and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.

The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. Now in its 18th year, the Festival has evolved into a destination for creativity that reimagines the cinematic experience and explores how art can unite communities. The 18th annual edition will take place April 24 – May 5, 2019. www.tribecafilm.com/festival

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2017 Tribeca TV Festival: inaugural event announces programming and schedule

August 16, 2017

Tribeca TV Festival

The following is a press release from the Tribeca TV Festival:


Series Premieres include truTV’s “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” SundanceTV’s “Liar,” and ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley”

Sneak Peeks of Upcoming Episodes of FX’s “Better Things” and FOX’s “Gotham”; Season Premieres of ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” and Amazon’s “Red Oaks”

NBC’s “Will & Grace’s” Cast and Creators to Reunite for Exclusive Celebration and Talk

With an overwhelming amount of TV programming currently available to viewers, the Tribeca TV Festival in New York City will be a trusted curator to help audiences connect with the most compelling episodic storytelling in the new age of TV—presenting work premiering on TV, online, as well as VR. Like its cousin in April, the Festival will highlight highly-anticipated new premieres, and also draw attention to under-the-radar work and talent. It will give audiences the opportunity to experience tomorrow’s watercooler moments before they start to trend, and for the fan community to come together to celebrate their love for TV.

‎”Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” said Robert De Niro, Co-Founder of Tribeca. “As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.”

Tribeca TV Festival will bring the small screen (and the even smaller screen) to the big screen, offering TV fans a communal, curated experience where they can get an advance look at brand new series and fan-favorite shows and hear from creators. Programming highlights include a special conversation with “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally and show creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan ahead of the highly anticipated reboot this fall; a sneak peek of an upcoming episode of the FX show “Better Things,” followed by a conversation with Emmy® winner Pamela Adlon speaking with show co-creator Louis C.K.; the series premiere of the upcoming truTV show “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” followed by a conversation with co-creator Amy Sedaris, the series premiere of ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley,” followed by a conversation with star/EP Kyra Sedgwick, and more.

Television programming has been a part of the Tribeca Film Festival since it screened the series finale of the hit show “Friends” in 2004 at the Tribeca Drive-In®. In 2016, Tribeca launched an official section of the festival dedicated to TV programming, which has featured world premieres of new series and seasons of anticipated shows and special events, including the world premieres of Emmy®-nominated programs “The Night Of” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Television – along with VR, gaming, and online work – has become a key pillar of the Festival as part of Tribeca’s commitment to showcasing the best stories across any screen.

“Tribeca has proven itself to be the ideal home for showcasing excellence in storytelling, no matter the medium,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Tribeca. “The expansion into television is a natural progression in this evolving entertainment landscape.”

“Some of the best stories are being told on television,” said Paula Weinstein, Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises. “The programming team has developed a slate of fan favorites and discoveries to bring these stories to the Tribeca audience.”

Advance selection presale tickets for Citi® Private Pass members go on sale Tuesday, August 22nd (11 am EST) and for general public on Friday, August 25th (11 am EST). All Citi® Private Pass® presale tickets and general public tickets can be purchased online at tribecafilm.com/tvfestival. For additional information on ticket sales, email [email protected].

The programming slate for the Tribeca TV Festival is as follows:

At Home with Amy Sedaris (truTV) – Series Premiere – World Premiere

“Strangers with Candy,” “BoJack Horseman,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: Amy Sedaris is one of the great comic performers of our day. But did you know she is also a superlative homemaker and entertainer of guests? In this comedy series, a long-gestating passion project for its star, Amy will show off her diverse but necessary homemaking skills, which range from creating popsicle stick buddies and gutting a fish, to making raisin necklaces and entertaining businessmen.

After the world premiere of their new series, Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello will joined by moderator Andy Cohen to discuss the creation of this truly one-of-a-kind project, how they’ve partnered together through the years and how Amy maintains her unique vision across mediums of film, TV, print, publishing, and live performance.

  • Event time: September 22 at 8:15pm

“Better Things” (FX) – Special Sneak Peek


Emmy winner and New York City native Pamela Adlon is the creative mind behind breakout hit “Better Things,” in which she also stars as working actor and single mom-of-three Sam. Consistently hilarious, but always grounded, “Better Things” is a truly refreshing take on the tried-and-true family sitcom, with Adlon’s signature all over it (in addition to writing and starring duties, Adlon also directs every episode). In the midst of launching Season 2, and in the wake of her Best Actress Emmy nomination, Adlon will be joined by her co-creator Louis C.K. for an only-at-Tribeca conversation about her funny, bawdy, bittersweet brainchild, including the world premiere of Better Things’ upcoming episode Robin.

  • Event time: September 22 at 6pm

“Designated Survivor”(ABC) – Season 2 Premiere – World Premiere

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol, on ABC’s hit drama “Designated Survivor.” In the second season of the dramatic thriller, President Kirkman is a year into his presidency and continuing to navigate the volatile – and sometimes dangerous world of Washington politics – while continuing the search for Patrick Lloyd, the mastermind behind one of the biggest conspiracies in American history.

After the screening we will be joined by stars Maggie Q, Kal Penn, and Italia Ricci for an exclusive conversation about the new season of this propulsive political thriller.

  • Event time: September 24 at 6pm

“Gotham” (FOX) – Special Sneak Peek


Revealing an entirely new chapter in the rise of the great DC Super-Villains, “Gotham” follows one cop as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time. Season Four will witness the emergence of the criminal landscape Gotham City is best known for, with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains. While Gotham City fights for normalcy, a new hero will rise, as Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) begins to assume responsibility for the city’s well-being.

Executive producer Danny Cannon will be joined by several of the remarkable ensemble cast, including
Ben McKenzie, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee,  Jessica Lucas & Erin Richards. The panelists will offer a sneak peek at this new phase of New York’s best known alter-ego, as Gotham (the city) and “Gotham” (the show) both enter a new and exciting chapter. The conversation will also feature the world premiere of the show’s upcoming “The Fear Reaper” episode.

  • Event time: September 23 at 4pm

“Liar” (SundanceTV) – Series Premiere International Premiere

After a seemingly innocent date between devoted teacher Laura (Joanne Froggatt) and renowned surgeon Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd), a series of volatile accusations threaten to capsize their lives. Secrets and lies slowly unravel in this tense and gripping psychological thriller, where everyone is lying in some way until the truth ultimately reveals itself. Creators Jack and Harry Williams, who have previously brought us crossover UK hits “The Missing” and “Fleabag,” now debut an intimate, twisting crime thriller where each new clue peels back another layer of these two complex characters.

After the premiere, the creators will be joined by star Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) for a conversation about their six-episode shocker: how they use current events to create dramatic tension and approach the thriller from a distinctly character-driven POV and what we can expect next after episode one’s bombshell first date.

  • Event time: September 23 at 7:45pm

“Look But With Love (Within)” – VR Series – World Premiere
Pioneering virtual reality and augmented reality company Within brings us the original documentary series “Look But With Love,” from Academy Award-winning Tribeca alum Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, produced by SOC Films and Here Be Dragons. As the medium of VR continues to evolve, it has emerged as a perfect platform for episodic storytelling. Viewers are encouraged to revisit worlds that they would otherwise be unable to, developing a deeper understanding of story and place through the immersive technology. This 5-episode series follows the fearless and passionate citizens of Pakistan who are changing the socio-political landscape through brave and inspiring actions. From a group of women fighting terrorist insurgency with paramilitary training, to a woman teaching arts-deprived children to tell stories through dance, these subjects are remarkably introduced through moving live-action virtual reality rendered by a master documentarian.

  • Episode 1: A Story of Women and Episode 2: A Story of Dance of Look But With Love will be available to experience at no additional charge for ticket holders at the Festival. These experiences can be found on the 3rd floor of Cinépolis Chelsea.

“Red Oaks” (Amazon) – Season 3 Premiere – World Premiere

It’s the summer of ’87 and change is in the air at Red Oaks. David is chasing his dream to become a director in NYC. Wheeler and Misty have taken their relationship to the next level but face unforeseen obstacles. Getty is making lemonade of lemons in prison. Sam (Richard Kind) and Judy (Jennifer Grey) are finding new and unexplored passions in Jersey. Meanwhile, back at Red Oaks, Nash finds that the club’s future might in danger….

Executive Produced by independent film stalwarts Steven Soderbergh & David Gordon Green, Amazon’s nostalgic coming-of-age comedy returns for a third and final season of life lessons couched in summer shenanigans at Red Oaks country club. Following the premiere of Season 3, stars Paul Reiser, Craig Roberts, Alexandra Turshen, Ennis Esmer & Richard Kind will be joined by Creators Joe Gangemi & Gregory Jacobs to reflect on their delightful gem of a show, its deft balance of comedy, drama, and nostalgia, and what new and returning audiences can look forward to this season.

  • Event time: September 24 at 5:00pm

“Queen Sugar” (OWN) – Season 2 Midseason Premiere

Executive Produced by Ava Duvernay, Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer, “Queen Sugar” follows the Bordelon siblings as they struggle to move forward with their lives and strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Directed by Julie Dash, Season 2’s midseason premiere finds Darla sharing engagement news with the family, Micah finally coming to terms with his emotions, and Charley receiving an unexpected visit.

Following the episode, the cast of “Queen Sugar,” Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe, will join us to discuss their acclaimed performances and rich characters, working with an all-female directing team, and maybe providing a few clues as to how Season 2 will end.

  • Event time: September 24 at 7:15pm

“Ten Days in the Valley” (ABC) – Series Premiere


Jane Sadler is an overworked television producer and single mother, in the middle of a fractious separation, whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. And just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.

Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick, riveting as the complex Jane, also executive produces this new character-driven thriller. She will be joined after the premiere of the series’ first two episodes by the rest of her all-female creative team, Creator Tassie Cameron and fellow Executive Producers Marcy Ross & Jill Littman, for an illuminating conversation about their smart and surprising take on the TV mystery-procedural.

  • Event time: September 24 at 3pm

“Will & Grace” (NBC) – Exclusive Special Conversation


In our era of ubiquitous remakes and reboots, is there any more anticipated reunion than the original cast of “Will & Grace”? A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their iconic roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen. On the eve of their new series launching September 28th, the fabulous foursome will be joined by co-creators/executive producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan for an intimate, and sure-to-be hilarious conversation about what to expect from our favorite 2000s New Yorkers in 2017.

  • Event time: September 23 at 7pm

YouTube’s Creators for Change

In September 2016, YouTube launched Creators for Change, to support positive messages of change and tolerance. YouTube tapped top personalities, like John Green, Franchesca Ramsey and Natalie Tran, as Ambassadors to mentor up-and-coming Creators from across the globe in creating original pieces dedicated to spreading messages of tolerance in a particularly divisive time globally.

Join us for a premiere of the much-anticipated Creators for Change pieces, followed by a conversation with an exciting international group of cutting-edge Creators, led by a special guest Ambassador. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear how each Creator chose to creatively speak to their fans using the power of storytelling, music, poetry and more—plus, how they themselves can use the platform to promote the causes they care about

  • Event time: September 22 at 6:30pm

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