Awards -- and festival -- season is in high gear, so the news about the Tribeca Film Festival 2017 is, indeed, a welcome bit of respite from the craziness. The New York movie tradition has already begun making all-access tickets to the festival available at a discount for early bird buyers, and have also announced the first of their many "Tribeca Talks" specials, with Barbra Streisand as the host.
According to an official press release from the Tribeca Film Festival 2017, the legendary Streisand will be part of the Storytellers series, which is dedicated to pioneering entertainers who work across different mediums to tell their stories.
Streisand said that she was honored to be amongst those asked to host the "Tribeca Talks" series.
""It's all about the story. It has to be a story I want to tell, a story I have to share, otherwise there's no reason to make the film. A good story goes straight to the heart. It allows us to identify with the characters and broaden our own experience... and perhaps even change the way we view the world."
Entertainment Weekly was the first to break this exciting news about the Tribeca Film Festival 2017, and they also reported that director Alejandro G. Inarritu will also make his debut at the "Tribeca Talks" this season. Inarritu's talk will be a headline talk at the Directors Series, where directors of different films talk about the inspiration behind their blockbusters.
Paula Weinstein, the executive vice president of Tribeca Enterprises (the company that puts on the festival), said in a statement to the outlet that she was extremely excited about this year's lineup and looked forward to seeing the stars in action.
"These three creative forces — Alejandro, Barbra, Kathryn — are true auteurs. They push themselves and their audiences by constantly entertaining and challenging us through their work."
Ms. Weinstein, of course, is referring to Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker, who will be premiering her new film, The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger's Shoes. This documentary, which she co-directed with Imraan Ismail, is a virtual reality documentary short that documents the lives of African rangers who protect the region's elephants from ivory poachers on a day-to-day basis.
In addition to her work with the Tribeca Film Festival 2017, Barbra Streisand is making the press rounds for a number of reasons. Recently, the Los Angeles Times sat down with Streisand, who is promoting her new W Magazine cover (in which she is wearing no pants, no less!) and a celebration of her career. When asked about her career as a strong woman and about the recent results of the election, Streisand remarked that people, as a general rule, don't like strong women.
Streisand told the paper, "[T]hey have always been treated with suspicion. Look at Hillary Clinton. And, sadly, the strong women usually don't get the guy at the end of the film."
Streisand then went on to tell the outlet that shortly after her hit film, The Mirror Has Two Faces, she landed her current husband, James Brolin, which is a living example of how you can manifest your destiny.
Tickets for the Tribeca Film Festival 2017 are on sale now at a discounted price for a limited time. For more information about the Tribeca Film Festival 2017, visit the official website, where you can see the full lineup of films and talks.
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