Grace Helbig, Morgan Spurlock Projects to Premiere in Tribeca Film Festival Digital Marketplace
The day will also include a discussion with Josh Hutcherson and Jake Avnet on their mentorship initiative, powered by The Black List, plus the premiere of 'Sing It!' from Fine Brothers Entertainment and Mandeville Films.
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will include the launch of the Tribeca Digital Creators Market, a new marketplace for digital and online content.
The April 21 event will feature public screenings of new work from YouTube Red, StyleHaul, Fullscreen, Indigenous Media, New Form Digital and Maker Studios, from Morgan Spurlock, Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Milo Ventimiglia and more.
The day will also include a discussion with Josh Hutcherson and Jake Avnet on their Indigenous Media’s Film Incubator mentorship initiative, powered by The Black List, plus the premiere of the scripted comedy series Sing It! from Fine Brothers Entertainment and Mandeville Films.
TRIBECA DIGITAL CREATORS — SPECIAL SCREENING SELECTIONS
Electra Woman & Dyna Girl
Starring Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart
Electra Woman & Dyna Girl puts a fresh, new twist on Sid and Marty Krofft’s cult classic ‘70s TV series. Starring YouTube sensations Grace Helbig as Electra Woman and Hannah Hart as Dyna Girl, the duo take their super personas and crime-fighting chops up a notch when they move from smalltown Ohio to the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. (Fullscreen)
A scripted comedy created by Lisa Schwartz tells the story of an overachieving superstar, played by Lisa herself, who is forced to take a humiliating low-wage job and learns that it ain’t easy to make an honest living. (New Form Digital/Maker Studios)
Split between New York and L.A., the ensemble dramedy follows an interweaving cast of twenty- and thirty-somethings as they experience the highs and lows of dating in the digital age, all told through the lens of social storytelling. (StyleHaul)
Created by Fine Brothers Entertainment and Mandeville Films
Sing It!, an original scripted series on YouTube Red, pays homage to the singing competition genre with a unique twist, taking us behind the scenes in a scripted comedy format, where every week the stakes of live television are raised even higher. The first season of Sing It! brings us through the ups and downs when a long-running executive producer is fired and a newcomer threatens to offset the balance between the show’s quirky contestants, duplicitous executives and rollicking crew. (YouTube Red)
Feature film directed by Matthew Testa and produced by Shay Carl Butler, Morgan Spurlock, Corey Vidal, Jeremy Chilnick and Julie “Bob” Lombardi
YouTube may have begun as a website for videos of cats and funny babies, but it is now home to vloggers: video diarists who have conjured a massive audience and wild financial success by filming themselves, their thoughts and their daily lives. Vlogumentary pulls the curtain back on this new media revolution by following some of the top vloggers in the business, examining how they work, what they have to say and why their fans prefer videos of real life over traditional entertainment.
Preceded by an episode of Song Voyage, created by The Gregory Brothers
Song Voyage is a subversive comedy following the Gregory Brothers, our musical heroes, as they travel the world to band together with offbeat musicians in remote locales. In each episode, the brothers transform the various unforeseen challenges they encounter into wild success stories using their idiosyncratic brand of comedy and music. (Maker Studios)
Indigenous Media’s Film Incubator Project
Discussion with Josh Hutcherson and Jake Avnet, powered by The Black List.
The Indigenous Media Film Incubator, in partnership with actor/producer Josh Hutcherson and Michelle Hutcherson's Turkeyfoot Productions and powered by The Black List, is aimed at discovering and mentoring emerging filmmakers. Through the incubator, Indigenous Media has committed $100,000 to produce five short films from generation-defining screenplays that feature core characters in their late teens to late twenties, one of which Hutcherson will direct. The incubator will help new storytellers navigate the process of taking their story from the page to the screen and create films that can thrive on digital/emerging platforms. There is also the potential to fund and produce feature-length films based on the shorts.
TRIBECA DIGITAL CREATORS MARKET PARTICIPANTS
Gregory Bayne & Christian Lybrook
Gregory Bayne is a filmmaker and documentarian best known for his films Jens Pulver: Driven and Bloodsworth — An Innocent Man. Christian Lybrook is a writer and filmmaker whose short films have screened at festivals worldwide. Jointly, they co-created the award-winning series Zero Point, which was part of the IFP Screen Forward Lab and Tribeca N.O.W 2015.
Matt Bellassai is a writer, comedian and Internet personality who writes frequently about pop culture, humor and the struggles of daily life as a twentysomething man-child. The writer, producer and star of BuzzFeed's Whine About It, he took home the 2016 People's Choice Award for Favorite Social Media Star. Bellassai resides on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
Matthew Clarke & David Milchard
Matthew Clarke & David Milchard are the creators behind Convos With My 2-Year-Old and many other manifestations of absurdity. Born and bred in the wilds of Canada, the multihyphenates have spent most of their adult lives making stuff, whether it be in the form of digital series, film, TV, music or live comedy.
A graduate of UT Film School, Jon Cozart’s education helped him skyrocket to viral stardom with his comedic YouTube videos. In only five years, Cozart has gained worldwide fame, amassing over 3 million subscribers and over 250 million lifetime video views.
Gaby Dunn is a writer, journalist, YouTuber, actress and comedian in Los Angeles. She and her comedy partner Allison Raskin write, perform in and produce the successful YouTube comedy Just Between Us. Dunn was one of Paper Magazine’s 10 Comedians to Watch In 2015 and her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, the Boston Globe, Playboy, Refinery 29, Women’s Health Magazine, Vulture, Buzzfeed Video and Thought Catalog, among others.
Jordan Fish is always looking for the best ways to tell stories that are honest, personal and bravely idiosyncratic. His work combines emotional storytelling with the cinematic and surreal. He recently wrote and directed an interactive pilot that lays the groundwork for a new kind of digital series.
The Gregory Brothers
Andrew, Michael, Evan and Sarah Gregory are The Gregory Brothers, known for their YouTube series Auto-Tune the News and Songify This!, wherein they make songs out of stuff that wasn’t intended to be a song. Their YouTube channel, schmoyoho (accent on the “yo”) has over 700 million lifetime views.
Mikey Murphy is a multihyphenate who originally made a name for himself with his ever-popular Challenge and Sketch/Vlog Comedy style videos. He has gained over 650,000 subscribers on YouTube and built a dedicated following across all of his social platforms. In 2015, Murphy starred as Beckett on AwesomenessTV's hit series Royal Crush. In addition, he recently wrapped shooting Lionsgate's Dirty Thirty, starring alongside Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart, which is set to come out in 2016.
Since launching her channel in 2009, YouTube sensation and lifestyle guru Ingrid Nilsen has amassed over 7 million followers across all her social channels and over 3.5 million subscribers on her YouTube channel alone. Her incredible fan engagement and dedication to making viewers feel loved has earned her a spot as one of the most subscribed-to lifestyle gurus on YouTube. Nilsen has been a CoverGirl Glambassador since July 2014 and was a judge on Lifetime's Project Runway: Threads. She was recently named one of the UN’s Change Ambassadors, wherein she will be tasked to raise awareness about and aim to end discrimination against girls and women. Nilsen was also recently named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Digital Stars.
With nearly 3 million subscribers on YouTube, Joe Penna (known online as MysteryGuitarMan) is a Brazilian director known for his science-fiction short films and inventive music videos.
Tim Pool is an American journalist covering international conflict and crisis. Pool's coverage for VICE.com, as well as his groundbreaking livestream coverage of the 2011 protest movement, has been featured by international media outlets including The Guardian, Reuters, The New York Times, NBC, FastCompany and Al Jazeera English. In 2014, he joined Fusion as director of media innovation.
Allison Raskin grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y., and then moved across the country to get a BFA in screenwriting from USC (her parents are still recovering). She writes and stars on the popular YouTube comedy channel Just Between Us. Her work is also featured on BuzzFeed, SourceFed and one infamous Payless commercial.
Musician, singer, vlogger, YouTube personality and spokeswoman for Body Positivity, Meghan Tonjes is a true multihyphenate. Her YouTube videos have garnered over 25 million views, she's had multiple videos go viral, and has appeared as a guest and performed on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Last year, through her music and a unique posting on Instagram, Tonjes founded and launched the Booty Revolution. Her mission is to engage in and provoke thoughtful and honest conversations, as well as promote body positivity in all communities. Meghan posts seven days a week on YouTube and her posts include original music, reactions, frequently asked questions, cover songs, vlogs and more. She can next be seen hosting SmartTV's series SEXish and New Form Digital's pilot Intricate Vengeance.
Tony Valenzuela is an award-winning writer/director and creator of BlackBoxTV, the No. 1 most subscribed and watched sci-fi/horror channel on the Internet. BlackBoxTV Presents, an anthology series (in the vein of Twilight Zone) is the longest-running scripted drama online. He has collaborated with Jon Turtletaub, CBS, Coca Cola, Fox Studios, the Sundance Institute, Guillermo del Toro and Legendary Pictures as well as Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's New Form Digital.
TRIBECA N.O.W. CREATORS (and Tribeca Digital Creators Market participants)
Brian Jordan Alvarez, The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo
Brian is an L.A. based actor and filmmaker with a thriving YouTube channel. He recurs on Jane the Virgin. He screen tested for Saturday Night Live this past fall, but HASN'T HEARD BACK but EVERYTHING'S FINE. He also has appeared on Hot in Cleveland and Life in Pieces, and is on the sketch show Gay Skit Happens.
Maria Angelico, Movement
Maria Angelico is the creator and writer of Movement. Her passion lies in telling stories of vulnerability through a truthful, dynamic and often humorous style. With over 15 years of acting experience on the Australian big and small screens, it seems a natural progression for Angelico to write. Movement marks her first writing endeavor.
Andrew DeYoung is a filmmaker from the middle of California. His work has been featured on Adult Swim, MTV, Netflix and has received three Vimeo Staff Picks.
Jack Dishel, :DRYVERS
Jack Dishel is the creator/star of the comedy web series :DRYVERS, which chronicles his adventures as a car service passenger. The first episode (which amassed over 6 million views on its first day of release, and over 20 million views within two weeks) stars Macaulay Culkin as an overly emotional and crazy driver dealing with abandonment issues.
Akilah Hughes is a writer, stand-up comedian and YouTuber residing in Brooklyn. Her work has been viewed millions of times on Refinery29, Huffington Post, MTV and on her YouTube channel, It's Akilah, Obviously! Hughes is also a correspondent for Fusion and a 2015 Sundance fellow. This fall, Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is publishing a collection of her personal essays.
Hannah Jacobs is a British animator and illustrator and a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. She has produced work for a variety of different projects, ranging from animated shorts and music videos to infographics and editorial illustration.
Tom O’Brien and Jessie Barr, OM City
Tom O'Brien is an actor/writer/director whose first feature, Fairhaven, premiered at TFF 2012. His second feature, Manhattan Romance, stars Katherine Waterston and is now streaming on Netflix worldwide. Jessie Barr is an actor/writer/producer. She is the lead on OM City. Her other credits include 59E59th, Joe's Pub, EST, Lincoln Center and Law & Order: SVU.
Jacob T. Swinney
Jacob T. Swinney is a Baltimore-based filmmaker who is best known for his acclaimed video essays and supercuts. Focusing mainly on filmmaking patterns and the techniques of specific directors, his work has earned millions of views worldwide.
Amelia Umuhire, Polyglot
Amelia Umuhire is a Rwandan-German filmmaker and the creator of Polyglot. She is currently living in Berlin and working as an editor on film and music video projects. Polyglot has won Best German Webseries at the Berlin Webfest and Best International Web Series at the Geneva Film Festival Tous Ecrans.
Radhika Vaz and Nadia Parvez Manzoor, Shugs & Fats
Shugs & Fats is a comedy web-series about two Hijabis on a quest to reconcile their long-held cultural beliefs with a new life in “liberated” Brooklyn.
Zenga Bros. produce participatory documentary films as a method to bring creativity to the streets, to surprise and encourage one another in our everyday lives. “Our mission is the Eccentrification of the World.” “Ridiculous times demand ridiculous measures.” “We are still foolish enough to believe that creativity can redeem the world.”