Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Low Roller Fun

Meet the Filmmakers series
Presented free by Apple and indieWire
Apple Store, 103 Prince Street

To celebrate the spirit of independent film, Apple and indieWire are hosting dozens of free filmmaking events from April 22 to May 3, including a Meet the Filmmaker series. Each night of the festival a different filmmaker (or group of filmmakers) will give a talk, possibly lead a discussion, at the Apple Store’s cozy theatre located at 103 Prince Street. Below are a few features that particularly interested Recession Girl but check out the website for a full listing and other information about free events. Word on the street is that you should show up early.

Spike Lee The Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor, writer, director, and producer speaks to us about Passing Strange, which brings the hit Broadway rock musical to the screen, and Kobe Doin’ Work, his documentary about Kobe Bryant. Both films screen at Tribeca. Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.

Natalie Portman Natalie Portman joins CEO Christine Aylward on the stage of the Apple Store, SoHo, to discuss their new web project — MakingOf — a site that promises to transform the way people view, enjoy, and participate in entertainment. Friday, April 24, 3:30 p.m.

Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Carlos Cuarón Reuniting with his collaborators in Y Tu Mamá También, Cuarón wrote and directed Rudo y Cursi. The director’s first full-length film stars Bernal and Luna as brothers whose desire to excel as professional soccer players often finds them battling one another on and off the field. Monday, April 27, 5:00 p.m.

Eric Bana The actor (Black Hawk Down, Munich, The Other Boleyn Girl) makes his directorial debut in Love the Beast. The Tribeca documentary selection tells the story of Bana’s 25-year love affair with “the beast,” his Ford GT Falcon Coupe. It premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 29. Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.

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