This year at the Tribeca Film Festival, Barbra Streisand and Alejandro González Iñárritu will participate in two of the Tribeca Talks conversations. Streisand will take part in the Storytellers series that features pioneering creators who work across mediums to tell their stories, and Iñárritu will be one of the headline conversations in the Directors Series.
Kathryn Bigelow and Imraan Ismail’s VR documentary short “The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes,” a story of African rangers protecting elephants from ivory poachers, will also be part of this year’s event.
“At Tribeca we celebrate the power that film and art has to transport and unite communities. As the first woman to win the Oscar® for directing, Kathryn Bigelow continues to break boundaries in storytelling by using VR to take us to the frontline battle with Ivory poachers in the Congo in the stunning new documentary which she co-directed with Imraan Ismail. We are thrilled to be able to debut this work as part of Tribeca’s renowned VR program,” said Jane Rosenthal, Executive Chair of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder.
“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,” said Tribeca’s Paula Weinstein. “I am ecstatic that Alejandro and Barbra are joining us for Tribeca Talks. Alejandro’s vision inspires me; moments from each of his films are seared in my mind – there is so much inventiveness – you are on his trip. Everyone has recognized Barbra as a singer and songwriter but her voice as a filmmaker, her tenacity as a director and fearlessness as an activist is what I admire most about her.”
“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,” said Barbra Streisand.
The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes was created by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (Last Days, The Hurt Locker) and VR creator Imraan Ismail (“The Displaced,” “Valen’s Reef”) in partnership with African Parks, National Geographic, Patrick Milling-Smith and Chris Milk’s Here Be Dragons (fka Vrse.works), one of the leading innovators in VR spherical filmmaking, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.
“We must stop the senseless slaughter of these magnificent and sentient creatures, if not us then who? Eliminating the market side of the ivory trade may take generations to be fully effective and extinction will not wait. This film shows the park rangers of Garamba National Park, in the DRC, they are the last line of defense in a desperate war with poachers to stop the ivory trade at its source,” said Kathryn Bigelow.