By Christina Conceicao, 1010 WINS
An intern describes her first experience at the Tribeca Film Festival.
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — If I could sum up my experience at the Tribeca Film Festival in just one word it would be: Unforgettable. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would be in a room filled with directors, producers and movie stars. If five years ago someone told me I would be covering the film festival, I would have called him or her crazy!
The first event that I attended at the festival was a screening of the narrative film “Gabriel” featuring Rory Culkin. When I sat down in the theater, I had no idea that I would have the opportunity to potentially ask questions to the director and lead actor after the screening.
Over the past week I have gone to several events at the festival, each one topping the last.
One of the best (and last) things that I was able to do at the festival was attending the red carpet event for the New York Premiere of “Palo Alto” and interview actor James Franco. I was only able to ask him one question, but that one question was everything to me! I wanted to know about Franco and what it was like to go from working in film to now being on Broadway.
“There are a lot of differences and similarities between film and stage,” said Franco. “One of the big things that my film actors ask me what is it like doing the same thing every night, do you get bored, I say no. I’ve been doing it about a month and a half now and I’m still not bored because we have this whole other thing where the audience is live and so it just makes performing a whole new kind of thing. It’s a very exciting kind of thing, so it’s more akin to a musical performer who is on tour and sings the same songs every night, but it is sort of buffeted by the energy of the live crowd — and so they can perform the same material over and over again and still be excited about what they are doing.”
Another actor that I had the opportunity of interviewing was Nat Wolff, who plays the role of Fred in “Palo Alto.” I only asked one question: Why this movie?
“I think it was the rawness of this movie you know, because there are so many teenage movies that are just like, there are either the kids are so clever its annoying,” said Wolff. “With this movie it felt like Gia and James were saying ‘here are these kids feel what you want to feel about them.’ Every single one of them was flawed but every single one was sympathetic.”
Attending the Tribeca Film Festival was a whirlwind of an experience for me, and an amazing learning experience.