Tribeca Film Festival Execs, Juror Talk Nerves, What They Want to See
Jane Rosenthal, Paula Weinstein and 'Sons of Anarchy' alum, and Tribeca juror, Theo Rossi, shared their hopes and concerns going into the 2015 festival.
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off its fourteenth edition on Wednesday night, but co-founder Jane Rosenthal still has some jitters about this year's festivities.
"You're always nervous. It's putting on a show; it's having all these people into your house. We work for a year on it," Rosenthal told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday night at Vanity Fair's annual Tribeca Film Festival party. "I think being a little nervous is always good. You can never be too confident about anything."
Of all the movies, panels, interactive exhibits and live performances taking place over the next 10 days, Rosenthal said she was most looking forward to the Monty Python 40th anniversary celebration, which will include screenings of several of their films and a reunion of the five surviving members of the comedy group.
"I'm actually really excited about seeing all the Pythons together, having just loved those movies," she said. "So I'm excited to see what they're going to do after their film."
Fellow Tribeca exec Paula Weinstein, meanwhile, said there was a lot she was looking forward to.
"I was very involved in the programming of it, so I'm excited about all of our new films and these exciting new filmmakers, and I cannot wait to see and hear George Lucas and Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird and Cary Fukunaga," she said, citing several directors set to speak in the "Tribeca Talks" series. "I think we set the bar really high for extraordinary filmmakers. And I'm in love with all of our innovation. Everything is story-driven and exciting, and this is a festival I want to attend."
Someone else who's thoroughly involved in this year's festival is Sons of Anarchy alum Theo Rossi, who was also on hand for Tuesday night's party.
Rossi stars in Bad Hurt, which is premiering at the festival, and he's also a member of the the documentary and student visionary competition jury.
The actor characterized that experience as "crazy," noting that he'd never been a festival juror and was inspired by what he saw.
"To sit there and watch 20 short documentaries and, more importantly, the student films, it was such an honor, but it also showed me, there are some really talented people out there," Rossi said. "It impressed me so much because this business gets weird sometimes and you might lose faith and then you see these kids and what they're doing and what they're making and you go 'OK …OK …'. And this is that new breed. It was really exciting."
Rossi added that he's particularly looking forward to seeing the Goodfellas closing night reunion and 25th anniversary screening. "Growing up in Staten Island and growing up in New York City, that was everything," Rossi said.
Now that Sons of Anarchy has come to an end, Rossi's busy making movies. He will soon start work on Universal's untitled lowriders movie.
Other stars and moguls spotted on their way into Vanity Fair's Tribeca party, held at the New York state Supreme Court, included Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen, Robert De Niro, Ivanka Trump, Harvey Keitel, Andy Cohen, Charlie Rose, Graydon Carter, Diane Von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, Debi Mazar, James Dolan, Fran Lebowitz, Frank Rich, Gayle King, Matt Blank, Ron Perelman and Christine Lahti.