Magazine article Variety

Artistry Up Close

Magazine article Variety

Artistry Up Close

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OSCAR-WINNING costume and production designer Catherine Martin ("The Great Gatsby") calls herself "a relative newcomer" to Gotham, but has already found a truism: "One of the great revelations of New York City is, in an instant you can find just about anything you're looking for here."

For Tribeca Film Festival attendees, "anything" includes celebrities, filmmakers and innovators in the TVibeca Talks series. Among the filmmakers and performers speaking this year are Martin, George Lucas (interviewed by Stephen Colbert, no less), Christopher Nolan and Cary Fukunaga.

For Fukunaga (HBO's "True Detective" and movie "Jane Eyre"), the festival represents a homecoming: "It's in my back yard in my city. I want to take part in the cultural events taking place here and that's TVibeca."

Fukunaga will join producer-writer James Schamus for an April 23 talk. He notes that his "back yard" has become economically split between rich and poor, and that inequality will influence his discussion of "Beasts of No Nation," his upcoming film about an African child soldier. "The movie is not supposed to be about politics," says Fukunaga, "but I couldn't help but put my outside objective perspective on it. In North Africa, even Syria and Nigeria, we are dealing not with a war about religion, it's a war about economics. …

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