EMPIRE, DIRECTED BY ELINE JONGSMA AND KEL O’NEILL, IS MAKING ITS WORLD PREMIERE IN THE CONVERGENCE SECTIONSEPTEMBER 28TH, AT THE 2013 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

Empire project - India

Empire project – India

Empire project - Australia

Empire project – Australia

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A hidden synagogue in the mountains of Indonesia. A Dutch-style village in the Sri Lankan rainforest. A white separatist enclave in the South African desert. These are just a few of the communities brought to light in Empire, an immersive documentary project that examines the still-unfolding legacy of Dutch colonialism. By turns epic and intimate in its approach, Empire explores the ways in which the conditions of past continue to define our lives in the present. Shot in ten countries over four years, Empire employs a broad range of storytelling techniques—including nonfiction filmmaking, multi-channel video projection, and experience design—to unearth the contemporary aftershocks of the world’s first brush with global capitalism.

Empire project - Brazil

Empire project – Brazil

Empire Project - Ghana

Empire Project – Ghana

Eline Jongsma & Kel O’Neill are a married Dutch-American filmmaking team focused on cross-platform storytelling. They work as a two-person crew, and film, edit, research and produce all of their work by themselves. They spent 2010-2013 travelling more than 140,000 kilometers by car, boat and airplane through Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas while filming Empire. Before creating Empire, Eline and Kel were the US Correspondents for VPRO Television’s Prix Europa-winning documentary series “Metropolis.” Continue reading

12 Films Premiering in the World Narrative Competition Section of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, announce the films selected for the World tribeca_film_festival_logo_a_lNarrative Competition category. The 2013 film selection includes feature films from 30 different countries, including 53 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 15 North American Premieres, 6 U.S. Premieres and 8 New York Premieres. A total of 113 directors will present feature works at the Festival, with 35 of these filmmakers marking their feature directorial debuts. Among these directors, 26 are women. The 2013 film slate was chosen from a total of 6005 submissions.

In keeping with Tribeca’s mission of nurturing dialogue between American filmmakers and their global counterparts, our competition selections embody the quality and diversity of contemporary cinema both in this country and abroad. Themes such as love, coming of age, and reinvention are relevant in all cultures and communities as these films ably demonstrate.

These 12 features also reflect the universal power of film and storytelling that Tribeca celebrates in its competition. This year, Bluebird, written and directed by Lance Edmands and starring Amy Morton, John Slattery, Margo Martindale and Adam Driver, will have the honor of opening the 2013 World Narrative Competition.

ALI BLUE EYES - From left to right: Stefano + Nader  - STEFANO RABATTI + NADER SARHAN

ALI BLUE EYES – From left to right: Stefano + Nader – STEFANO RABATTI + NADER SARHAN

ALI BLUE EYES - Nader - NADER SARHAN

ALI BLUE EYES – Nader – NADER SARHAN

ALI BLUE EYES - From left to right: Brigitte + Nader  - BRIGITTE APRUZZESI + NADER SARHAN

ALI BLUE EYES – From left to right: Brigitte + Nader – BRIGITTE APRUZZESI + NADER SARHAN

Alì Blue Eyes (Alì ha gli occhi azzurri)

Directed by Claudio Giovannesi, written by Filippo Gravino and Claudio Giovannesi
(Italy) – International Premiere

Claudio Giovannesi’s award-winning second dramatic feature captures one week in the life of sixteen-year-old troublemaker Nader, who, despite his mother’s threats and family’s insistence that he respect his Muslim roots, fights, steals and pursues an Italian girlfriend. A stunning example of contemporary Italian neo-realism, Alì Blue Eyes is an engrossing coming-of-age story about an immigrant who will stop at nothing to fit in. In Italian with subtitles. Continue reading