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Tribeca: Adam Goldberg on the Festival's Vine Filmmaking Competition

The actor/director, who is one the judging panel for the latest filmmaking competition, has gained notice for he calls an "ongoing bizarre episodic thing."

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As if film production and distribution hasn't been fundamentally fractured enough, here comes Vine to smash the traditional models of storytelling and viewership into a million little six-second pieces.

The Twitter-made app, which allows users to upload six second videos, has shot toward the top of the iPhone application charts, as amateur -- and even a few professional -- filmmakers have seized the opportunity to create narratives in miniscule increments. It's also been used as a marketing tool, though that has largely been gimmicky. With this year's Tribeca Film Festival emphasizing new modes of storytelling, including interactive installations and crowd-sourced screenplays, the fest announced an open call for a new Vine competition, calling for the best and most creative micro-timed films.

Adam Goldberg, the actor/director who has created a following for himself with his own Vines, is one of several film veterans sitting on the jury, which will judge a newly-narrowed selection of 40 entries. Goldberg spoke with The Hollywood Reporter at the festival's kick off event on Wednesday about the new field.

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"I think it’s a viable medium for something, but I can’t tell what it is at this point," he said, confident in Vine's importance, if not his ability to quite pinpoint how, exactly, it will best be utilized in the future. "I've been making this sort of ongoing bizarre episodic thing, which I’ve probably accumulated, I don’t know, maybe I’m up to 20 minutes, 25 minutes. There’s something to it that’s certainly a viable communication tool, much in the same way that any number of social networking tools are."

Goldberg's Vines have featured often-creepy moments in a variety of places, from airplanes and bedrooms to bathrooms and recording studios. A blonde wig has been following him -- you can check out his Vines for the twist -- and Goldberg admits to being a bit surprised that he's become so attached to the form.

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"When I first downloaded the app, Roxanne, my girlfriend, said I wonder how long before someone makes a feature using Vine," he recalled. "And then I said 'Bless that soul, God help them.' And then I sort of found myself compulsively stringing together akin to a feature, because my OCD is just relentless and crippling."

Not all of his projects are so short, of course; he's still very much involved in feature filmmaking.

"I just finished, after ten years of writers’ block, my third film that I plan on directing," Goldberg revealed. "It’s about a guy who is very stagnant and desperately trying to move forward with his life. It's mostly a comedy."