19TH TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL® TO OPEN APRIL 15 WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF JIMMY CARTER ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT
Special performance by music legend Willie Nelson and others
TRIBECA ALSO CELEBRATES EXPANSION TO HOBOKEN

NEW YORK, NY– February 17th, 2020–The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, will open its19th edition on April 15 with the world premiere of Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President. It will set the stage for a festival featuring works that celebrate the power of change through art, politics and community. The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival will run April 15-26.
From award-winning director Mary Wharton, producer Chris Farrell and writer Bill Flanagan, the documentary catalogues the role of popular music in helping to propel a peanut farmer from Georgia all the way to the White House.
The world premiere of Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President will be followed by live performances from music legend Willie Nelson, Musical Director Paul Shaffer, and others. The event will take place at the Beacon Theatre as part of the City National Bank Screening Series during the Festival.
This rockumentary-style presidential portrait shows how Jimmy Carter’s lifelong passion for music gave him an unexpected edge as a presidential candidate. Through folk, soul, gospel, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, Carter tapped into a force that transcended racial and generational divides, and often party lines. Carter’s appreciation for all genres of music and friendships with the likes of Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, and Willie Nelson helped to define his campaign. Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President combines intimate interviews with Carter along with rare archival era-defining live performances from: Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett, and Paul Simon among others. Director Mary Wharton traces how Carter’s genuine approachability and the unifying power of music became key to his political appeal, and allowed him to connect with voters who may only have known him as a small town peanut farmer.
Director Mary Wharton won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Music Film for her documentary feature Sam Cooke: Legend. Other notable feature film credits include Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound, the platinum-selling concert film Phish: IT, and Farrah Fawcett Forever.
“The film accurately captures my love for all music and the importance music has played in my personal and professional life. I remain hopeful and believe that music can serve to bring us together as a nation. Rosalynn and I are pleased with the fine film Mary and Chris have made and thank all those involved for telling this story. We are thrilled that it will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival,” said President Jimmy Carter.
 “We witness the power of art inspiring change and the positive impact of citizens raising their voices against injustice everyday,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder and CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival. "As filmmakers, we were inspired to create the Tribeca Film Festival after 9/11 because we believe in the power of art to restore community and inspire change. Mary and Chris' film, likewise, is a testament to that power."
To further fortify that movement, Tribeca is partnering with Democracy Works and Civic Alliance, America’s premier nonpartisan coalition of businesses working together to build a future where everyone can vote, volunteer, and take action to shape the country. Tribeca Film Festival audiences will be given access to online tools that make voting easy; sending them text updates and educating them about ways to get involved in their local elections. Tribeca also provides staff with paid time off to vote, working to strengthen employee engagement.

Tribeca expands across the Hudson River to Hoboken 
Last year, Tribeca’s opening night brought The Apollo uptown to its namesake theater in Harlem, and this year, the Festival will continue to use cinematic storytelling and experiences to connect communities across the Hudson river to the city of Hoboken, NJ. The city’s rich cinematic history includes scenes filmed from Oscar winner On the Waterfront, Julie & Julia, Funny Girl, The Station Agent,among others.
“It's wonderful to embrace new audiences with our neighbor across the river,” said Rosenthal.
“We are incredibly thrilled to bring the renowned Tribeca Film Festival to Hoboken,” said Ravi Bhalla, Hoboken Mayor. “There’s no better location to host the Festival than our Mile Square, offering a wealth of culture with our local artists, galleries, and The Mile Square Theatre Company, and further cements our City as one of the major cultural destinations in the tri-state area.”

About Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President
Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President was also produced by Dave Kirkpatrick and Executive Producers include Dan Braun, Peter Conlon, and David Crawford. Submarine will handle sales for the film.
ALBUM SHOWCASES THE RENOWNED COMPOSER WITH A COLLECTION OF HEARTFELT AND STRIPPED DOWN PIANO SOLOS

NEW TRACK “LOVE” OUT NOW




17  FEBRUARY 2020 (TORONTO, ON) - Sixteen-time GRAMMY® award-winning composer and legendary producer, David Foster, sets to release a collection of personal and heartfelt piano solos, ELEVEN WORDS set for release on April 17 via Decca Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company.  A return to his truest form, the album showcases the artist at his musical core and the first track from the intimate set is, “Love.”


ELEVEN WORDS is a return to the basics for the prolific songwriter and music producer.   A departure from writing and producing huge, chart-topping hits for megastars, Foster steps back to his roots, seated at the grand piano and delivers emotional and meaningful piano melodies. “What I truly wanted to do with this album, is strip away the lyrics and all the production that I’m known for, leaving just the melodies” says Foster. “I called it Eleven Words because I wanted to identify words that were meaningful to me and hopefully meaningful to the world - simple yet complex.”

ELEVEN WORDS track listing:
  1. Everlasting
  2. Love
  3. Eternity
  4. Victorious
  5. Elegant
  6. Nobility
  7. Wonderment
  8. Orbiting
  9. Romance
  10. Dreams
  11. Serenity

David Foster has written nearly one hundred hit singles and dozens of movie songs and scores, receiving three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. His iconic power ballads have become timeless classics, made famous by industry titans like Madonna, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, and many more. Few other individuals can claim to have their fingerprints on more major moments in all of popular music than David Foster.
12 FEBRUARY 2020 (TORONTO, ON)Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band, take fans behind the scenes into the making of their forthcoming album Amends, with an eight-part video series dubbed Making Amends.

The web-based series explores the Phoenix-based band's beginnings, their motivation for reuniting, how the album was made and the musicians who pitched in to ensure Chester’s dream of a Grey Daze reunion and album release were fulfilled.   This 8 part series will rollout weekly on the band’s Youtube channel for the next 2 months, leading into the release of their new album.

The band recently announced that Amends, their eagerly-awaited album, featuring newly recorded music with re-mastered vocals from the group’s long out-of-print, and largely undiscovered, catalog, will be released on April 10 via Loma Vista Recordings/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. Two singles have been made available as well: “Sickness” and “What’s In The Eye” .

Amends is the origin story of one of modern rock’s most recognizable voices and also a full circle moment among friends. The album is the fulfillment of a planned Grey Daze reunion that Chester had announced prior to his untimely passing. The remaining band members – Dowdell (drums), Mace Beyers (bass) and Cristin Davis (guitar) – along with Talinda Bennington (Chester’s widow) and his parents, made it their mission to see the project through with assistance from Tom Whalley, the founder of Loma Vista Recordings and former Warner Bros. Records Chairman during Linkin Park’s tenure at the label. Dowdell, Beyers and Davis selected the tracks from the band’s mid-90s, but largely unknown, catalog and re-recorded the music in 2019 to accompany Chester’s re-mastered vocals. Produced by Jay Baumgardner, several musicians leant their time and talent to the album, including Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, Paige Hamilton (Helmet), Chris Traynor (Bush, Helmet, Orange 9MM), LP, Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin) and Ryan Shuck (Orgy).

Dowdell and Talinda Bennington recently spoke with Rolling Stone about the project, discussing how it came to fruition and the emotions of sharing this album with the world. “He wanted to do Grey Daze again because the music was awesome, he loved it back then, and he was excited to be able to create,” Talinda shared in the Rolling Stone piece. “Doing it now that he had all this experience under his belt – he had accomplished so much and come so far since then – he was excited about it. I can hear him now. He’s like, ‘F**k yeah!’”

Amends is available in a variety of collectible formats with several iterations available exclusively via the band’s website (https://found.ee/GD_AmendsStore). The CD comes as a 16-page case-bound book; a first pressing, ruby red vinyl variant exclusive to the band’s webstore; and a numbered deluxe edition featuring both a CD and LP, which includes the first ever disc tray designed for vinyl, as well as a 60-page book with never-before-seen photos and 180g red and white splattered vinyl. Digital and other standard versions of the album are available here: https://found.ee/GD_Amends. Pre-orders include instant downloads of “What’s In The Eye” and “Sickness.” A CD single is also available at independent record stores nationwide, featuring both new singles “What’s In The Eye” and “Sickness,” as well as a $3 off coupon for the full album, Amends.


Grey Daze formed in 1992. The Phoenix-based band went on to independently release two albums: Wake Me (1994) and no sun today (1996).  Grey Daze parted ways in 1998, with Chester serendipitously auditioning for the Los Angeles band Xero, who later became Linkin Park. In 2017, Chester announced Grey Daze’s reunion, which would see the band re-working and re-recording a collection of songs they had started two decades earlier. The project was shelved in July 2017 but with the blessing of Chester’s widow, Talinda, and his family,  Grey Daze regrouped and finished the album. Amends represents an important yet unheard chapter – the origin story of one of modern rock’s most recognizable voices – and also a full circle moment along friends. Grey Daze is Chester Bennington (vocals), Sean Dowdell (drums), Mace Beyers (bass) and Cristin Davis (guitar).


February 13, 2020 -- Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced it will honor iconic actress and comedian Lily Tomlin with a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® in Hollywood during the eleventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 17. Tomlin, a Tony®, Grammy®, eight time Emmy® and two time Peabody Award® winner, has had a remarkable career starting in the 1960s starring in cinematic classics, television staples and on stage.


“Lily Tomlin’s talent has endured for fifty years because she knows who she is. She’s managed to play broadly drawn roles alongside more nuanced characters without a hint of falseness,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. “Not long ago, Tomlin told The New York Times, ‘I wanted people to see the characters as human beings. And see themselves in them, too.’ The humanity she finds in the women she plays has enabled her to transition, seemingly with ease, from groundbreaking work on ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’ to four Emmy nominations for ‘Grace and Frankie,’ where she co-stars alongside another seminal artist, Jane Fonda. There’s a consistent richness to her work, in comedy and drama, as well as on stage in her innovative one-woman show, ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,’ and on the big screen. Whether your favorite Lily Tomlin performance is ‘The Late Show’ or ‘9 to 5’ or ‘Nashville’…wait, I’m not done. Or ‘All of Me,’ ‘Flirting with Disaster,’ ‘I Heart Huckabees,’ or ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ you know all of those pictures were made more memorable because Lily Tomlin was among the cast. It’s hard to imagine a more deserving artist to have her hand and footprints cemented outside Hollywood’s signature classic movie house.”

This marks the tenth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. In 2011, Peter O'Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015, Francis Ford Coppola in 2016, Carl and Rob Reiner in 2017, Cicely Tyson in 2018, and Billy Crystal in 2019.

Lily Tomlin Biography

Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, video and social media. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: eight Emmys, with 25 primetime and five daytime nominations; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, “Appearing Nitely”; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe”; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of “The Search”; a Grammy for her comedy album, “This is a Recording” as well as nominations for her subsequent albums “Modern Scream,” “And That's the Truth,” and “On Stage”; and two Peabody Awards--the first for the ABC television special, “Edith Ann’s Christmas (Just Say Noël)”, and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, “The Celluloid Closet.” In 2003, she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and, in December 2014, was the recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.

Television: Tomlin made her television debut in 1966 on “The Garry Moore Show” and then made several memorable appearances on “The Merv Griffin Show,” which led to a move to California where she appeared as a regular on “Music Scene.” In December 1969, Tomlin joined the cast of the top-rated “Laugh-In” and immediately rose to national prominence with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six year old. When “Laugh-In” left the air, Tomlin went on to co-write, with Jane Wagner, and star in six comedy television specials: “The Lily Tomlin Show” (1973), “Lily” (1973), “Lily” (1975), “Lily Tomlin” (1975), “Lily: Sold Out” (1981), and “Lily for President?” (1982) for which she won three Emmy Awards and a Writers’ Guild of America Award. Tomlin also starred in the HBO special about the AIDS epidemic, “And the Band Played On” (1993). She has guest starred on numerous television shows, such as “Saturday Night Live,” “Homicide,” “X-Files” and “Will and Grace,” and played the boss on the popular CBS series, “Murphy Brown.” She is also heard as the voice of the science teacher Ms. Frizzle on the popular children’s animated series, “The Magic School Bus,” for which she was awarded an Emmy.

In 2002, Tomlin joined the cast of the hit NBC series, “The West Wing,” playing President Bartlett’s assistant, Debbie Fiderer--a role for which she received a 2003 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Tomlin continued in the role of Debbie through 2006, the final season of “West Wing.” In the past few years, Tomlin has made several guest appearances on “Desperate Housewives,” “NCIS,” “Eastbound and Down,” and guest starred in the acclaimed FX series, “Damages,” in the Emmy-nominated role of matriarch of a wealthy New York family accused of financial fraud. In 2012, Tomlin co-starred with Reba McEntire on the ABC series, “Malibu Country,” and was seen on the Showtime series, “Web Therapy,” as Lisa Kudrow's narcissistic mother. She also produced, with Jane Wagner, and narrated the HBO documentary, “An Apology to Elephants,” for which Tomlin received an Emmy Award for Narration. Tomlin is currently co-starring with Jane Fonda in the widely popular Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie,” which premiered in May 2015. The sixth season recently premiered in January 2020 and the seventh and final season will premiere in 2021. In the first four seasons, Tomlin has been nominated for an Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and in the first season a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Tomlin was recently honored with the Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.

Stage: Tomlin made her Broadway debut in the 1977 play, “Appearing Nitely,” written and directed by Jane Wagner. “Appearing Nitely” included such favorites as Ernestine and Judith Beasley, the Calumet City housewife, and also introduced Trudy the bag lady, Crystal the hang-gliding quadriplegic, Rick the singles bar cruiser, Glenna as a child of the sixties, and Sister Boogie Woman, a 77-year-old blues revivalist who preaches cheap thrills for the elderly. “Appearing Nitely” was later adapted as both an album and an HBO Special. Tomlin next appeared on Broadway in 1985 in a year-long, SRO run of Jane Wagner’s critically acclaimed play, “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.” The Broadway success was followed by a coast-to-coast, 14-city tour that spanned four and a half years. Tomlin extended this extraordinary theatrical career with a cross-country, 29-city tour of “The Search,” a new production of “The Search” on Broadway, a record-breaking, six-month run of the production in San Francisco, and a six week run as part of the 2004 season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

Movies: On film, Tomlin made her debut as Linnea, a gospel singer and mother of two deaf children in Robert Altman's “Nashville” (1975); her memorable performance was nominated for an Academy Award, and she also won the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She next starred opposite Art Carney as a would-be actress living on the fringes of Hollywood in Robert Benton's “The Late Show” (1977). She went on to star with John Travolta as a lonely housewife in Jane Wagner’s “Moment By Moment” (1978), and then teamed with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in the late Colin Higgins' comedy, “9 to 5” (1980). She starred as the happy homemaker who became “The Incredible Shrinking Woman” (1981), written by Jane Wagner, and the eccentric rich woman whose soul invades Steve Martin's body in Carl Reiner's popular “All of Me” (1984). She then teamed with Bette Midler for “Big Business” (1988).

In the 90’s, Tomlin starred in the film adaptation of “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life In the Universe” (1991); appeared as part of an ensemble cast in Woody Allen's “Shadows and Fog” (1992); starred opposite Tom Waits in Robert Altman's “Short Cuts” (1993); and portrayed Miss Jane Hathaway in the screen adaptation of the popular television series “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1993). Tomlin also played a cameo role in “The Player” (1992) and “Blue in the Face” (1995), starred in the David O. Russell film “Flirting With Disaster” (1996) and joined Jack Lemmon, Dan Akroyd and Bonnie Hunt in “Getting Away with Murder” (1996). Tomlin starred opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Jenna Elfman in Buena Vista’s “Krippendorf’s Tribe” (1998) and co-starred with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Cher in the Franco Zeffirelli film “Tea with Mussolini” (1999).

Tomlin then starred with Bruce Willis in “Disney’s The Kid” (2000) and appeared in a quirky cameo role in “Orange County” (2002). Tomlin co-starred with Dustin Hoffman in “I Heart Huckabee’s,” a David O. Russell comedy that explores the emotional idiosyncrasies of life (2004). She was seen in “A Prairie Home Companion” (2006), written by Garrison Keillor and directed by Robert Altman, in which she and Meryl Streep appear as a sister-singing act. Tomlin appeared in Paul Schrader's film, “The Walker” (2007), co-starring with Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Lauren Bacall. Tomlin played a sensitivity-training expert assigned to instruct employees on social and political correctness with Steve Martin as Inspector Clousseau in “Pink Panther II” (2009). Tomlin starred in a Paul Weitz movie with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, “Admission” (2013), and stars in a second movie which Paul Weitz specifically wrote for Tomlin, “Grandma” (2015). “Grandma,” which received substantial critical and audience praise, brought Tomlin a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a movie comedy. For her extensive work in film, Tomlin has received the Crystal Award from Women in Film.

Philanthropy: Tomlin is well-known for supporting philanthropic organizations, particularly those focused on animal welfare, civil rights, health care, protection of elephants, women’s issues, AIDS-related organizations, environmental concerns, overcoming homelessness and supporting the LGBTQ community in all aspects of life. She has given countless fund-raising performances for organizations across the country, including The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Rosie's Place in Boston, Project Home in Philadelphia, Fenway Health Center, One Fair Wage, and many community action groups. Tomlin has contributed in other ways to improve conditions for all living things, such as founding the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center. Tomlin and Wagner together also founded the Goosebump Garden at the internationally known LGBT Fenway Health Center in Boston and have been involved in its growth for over 25 years.

As part of her concern for animals, Tomlin earned an Emmy for her narration of the documentary “An Apology to Elephants.” She has worked with elephant activists all over the country to take elephants out of zoos, is on the boards of Actors and Others for Animals and the Shambala Sanctuary. She also works with PAWS Elephant Sanctuary in California. She has received the Petco Foundation’s Hope Award for being a leader in animal welfare, and she established the Voice for the Animals Foundation’s ‘Lily Award’. Tomlin's humanitarian efforts earned her the Honickman Foundation’s Golden Heart Award for her impact in breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

On New Year's Eve 2013, Tomlin and Wagner were married in a private ceremony with friends.

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