We're unveiling a new kind of feature here. The Tribeca Film Festival is underway here in New York and we've assembled a passel of movie insiders in attendance who are Twittering about everything they see.
This is all sort of an experiment, but the idea is that you can follow everything our group — which includes, for starters, directors, producers, and other film industry types — tweets about the festival in our Tribeca Twitter Room or on Twitter itself by following StalkingTFF which will (soon, tech tells me) collect all of their Tribeca-related tweets.
As we go along, we may be adding more people (and if you're attending the festival and would like to be added to the list, email me) but without further ado, I'd like to introduce the fine group of people who've very nicely agreed to be a part of this:
Michelle Byrd (MByrd) has been Executive Director of Independent Filmmakers Project since 1997. The organization has fostered early work by filmmakers like Charles Burnett, Jim Jarmusch, Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, Mira Nair, Kevin Smith and Edward Burns. Michelle has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival, been awarded the Made in New York tribute by Mayor Bloomberg and sits on the boards of Artists Public Domain, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation and the New York Production Alliance.
Matt Dentler (MattDentler) is the head of marketing and programming for Cinetic Rights Management, a sister company of Cinetic Media in New York. He spent five years as the producer of the SXSW Film Conference & Festival in Austin, Tex., and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Austin Film Society. He is the executive producer of PJ Raval and Jay Hodges' documentary feature Trinidad.
Jeff Deutchman (JeffDeutchman) is manager of acquisitions at IFC Films where he acquires films for IFC's day-and-date program, as well as Festival Direct, an electronic arthouse for independent films. Films he has acquired include Barry Jenkins' Medicine for the Melancholy, Kim Ji-woon's The Good, The Bad, The Weird, Matthew Newton's Three Blind Mice, Hong Sang-soo's Night and Day and Bruce McDonald's Pontypool.
Howard Gertler (HowardGertler) is a partner with Tim Perell in Process which has produced the 2009 releases Last Chance Harvey, The Rebound and World's Greatest Dad, starring Robin Williams, which premiered at Sundance. Process' past features include Bart Freundlich's Trust the Man and John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus. The company is currently putting together projects with directors including Scott Coffey, Kris Isacsson, Jesse Peretz, JT Petty and Chris Sivertson.
Armando Iannucci (Alannucci) is the director and cowriter of British political comedy In the Loop, which is screening in Tribeca's Spotlight section. He has written and directed the BAFTA-winning shows I'm Alan Partridge and The Thick of It and fronted his own satirical shows for BBC 2 and Channel 4. He started his career as a music and comedy presenter on Radio Scotland.
Ian Mohr (mohris) is VP at Goldsmith-Thomas Prods. in New York. He was formerly the Box Office Editor at Variety and a reporter covering the indie beat for the trade. He also served as the New York Bureau Chief at The Hollywood Reporter
Jared Moshé (jaredmoshe) is a NY based producer and the president of Sidetrack Films. He has produced films such as Beautiful Losers, Low and Behold, Destricted and Kurt Cobain About a Son. Current productions include Give Us This Day and The King of the B's: The Independent Life of Roger Corman.
Ryan Werner (ryanatifc) is VP of Marketing at IFC Films. He has been involved with the launch of IFC's day-and-date theatrical and video-on- demand program, and IFC FESTIVAL DIRECT, an electronic film festival available on your movies on demand channel. Recent and upcoming films he's worked on are Steven Soderbergh's Che, Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, Christian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah.
Rob Williams (robbywilliams09) Rob Williams is VP Film Acquisitions and Distribution for Liberation Entertainment, a Los Angeles based media company. Current releases include Tokyo! directed by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon ho and Frost/Nixon: The Complete Interviews.