Tribeca: Jennifer Lawrence, Martin Scorsese, Queen Latifah, Michael J. Fox Set for Talks

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The 18th annual edition of the Lower Manhattan film festival also will feature conversations with Sarah Silverman, David O. Russell, Robert De Niro, Guillermo del Toro and Dee Rees.

Jennifer Lawrence, Martin Scorsese, Michael J. Fox, Queen Latifah and Sarah Silverman are among the stars set to participate in the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival's talks.

Lawrence and her frequent collaborator David O. Russell will discuss their creative partnership, while Scorsese and Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro will join forces to discuss their long-running creative partnership, from Taxi Driver through the upcoming Irishman.

The Tribeca Talks directors series also will feature a conversation with Oscar-winning helmer Guillermo del Toro.

Fox will sit down with his Rescue Me colleague Denis Leary for a discussion of the Back to the Future star and Parkinson's research advocate's career.

And Silverman will talk with fellow comedian, actor and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia about their creative processes. Other participants in Tribeca's storytellers talks series include Questlove, Rashida Jones and VR pioneer Jason Lanier.

The festival will feature a talk between Queen Latifah and Dee Rees, who directed the hip-hop star in the HBO film Bessie, exploring Latifah's career from musician to actor to entrepreneur. Their conversation will be followed by the premiere of two doc shorts from Queen Latifah's Queen Collective partnership with Procter & Gamble, aimed at improving gender and racial equality behind the camera.

Tribeca will host a trio of master classes with Oscar-winning producer and director Irwin Winkler (Rocky, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street, Creed, Silence and the upcoming Irishman); sound designers Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom; and HBO talent from the digital storytelling space as they discuss transitioning ideas from web series and podcasts to the small screen. 

The festival will also feature a talk between video game creator Hideo Kojima and actor Norman Reedus about their partnership on the upcoming game Death Stranding.

And Tribeca announced a number of additional films set to screen at the festival followed by conversations with those involved in the projects. Those titles include the world premiere of Billy Lyons' feature doc, It Takes a Lunatic, about influential acting teacher Wynn Handman, whose American Place Theater helped launch the off-Broadway scene and the careers of Richard Gere, Michael Douglas, Sam Shepard and others. Handman, Douglas, De Niro and Lyons will participate in the post-screening conversation.

The festival also will host the world premiere of feature doc Waldo on Weed, about a boy who uses cannabis to treat his cancer. That screening will be followed by a conversation with medical marijuana expert Doctor Junella Chin, patient Lily Derwin, subject Daniel Dwyer and Sen. Daylin Leach, who's also featured in the film. Whoopi Goldberg will moderate the conversation.

And there will be post-screening conversations after the New York premieres of Julius Onah's Luce — starring Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Tim Roth, Norbert Leo Butz, Andrea Bang and Marsha Stephanie Blake — and the feature doc Meeting Gorbachev, followed by a talk with director Werner Herzog and classical studies professor Herb Golder.