Tribeca Enterprises’ Jane Rosenthal Corrals Famous Fests for ‘We Are One’ Youtube Outing
Producer, executive Jane Rosenthal has pulled off the most important virtual film festival of the year: We Are One. It starts today, hosted by Google on, where else, YouTube. Rosenthal’s Tribeca Enterprises – which organizes the Tribeca Film Festival – convinced 21 normally highly autonomous film festivals to instead band together.
Big Name Fests on Tap
Of course the filmmakers want viewers, so log in for free screenings of films that would have been a hard ticket to find at each festival. The most well-regarded fests are all there: Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Venice, along with new finds (for me anyway) such as the Sarajevo Film Festival.
The festival runs from May 29th – June 7th, 2020. Don’t worry ff you miss a premiere, you should be able to find it for replay.
A Mix of Big Names, Films and that 360 Stuff
Only a selection of the films that would have premiered at each festival will be offered on the stream, of course, while some films have been released already. There will still be plenty to see, with over 100 films on tap, with lots of shorts mixed in too, and any number of 360-degree videos.
Adding a behind the camera look, you’ll find a line-up of film notables interviewied, including Francis Ford Coppola, John Waters and Jane Campion.
Berlinale Shares Rare Interviews
One real find: The Berlinale offers live streams of its two “On Transmission” panels from the 2020 edition of that fest. French filmmaking icons Claire Denis and Olivier Assayas are in one, while the second has Ang Lee and Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Shoplifters”) more or less interviewing each other.
Indiewire notes that this wasn’t made available before. “Only attendees at 2020 Berlin International Film Festival were able to see these four filmmaking masters in conversation.” So this is rare stuff indeed.
Does Tribeca Have Other Plans?
According to a report in Techcrunch, YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl credited Tribeca for doing the “heavy lifting” of bringing all the festivals on-board and curating the lineup.
While we reported this week that Tribeca Enterprises would be closing down its not-for-profit Tribeca Film Institute, Jane Rosenthal might be seeing another, new opportunity for the downtown media hub. Pulling together presentations and screenings from 21 film fests in just a short amount of time since Covid 19 turned up shows the potential producing power of the company. Let’s wait to see what’s next.
Try This to Start Watching
Not sure where to start? Perhaps with this Indiewire article, authoritatively entitled “10 Films and Events Worth Your Time at YouTube’s Global Online Film Festival”
Just want to dive in? Here’s the Youtube page of the We Are One fest.