The Tribeca Film Festival has included numerous panels since starting on April 19 with many of them featuring high profile figures.
One of those figures was Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who made a surprise visit to Kathryn Bigelow’s panel for the film “The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes.” According to Deadline, the National Geographic Documentary Films production is a virtual reality picture that chronicles a day in the life of the rangers in Garamba National Park.
More specifically, the movie explores African elephants dying by way of poachers and the continuing ivory trafficking industry. Clinton, Deadline report, said “I first became really focused on the horrific slaughter of elephants when I was Secretary of State. It was clear it wasn’t just a terrible crisis, it was the trafficking that was a lot of bad actors. A militia out of Sudan, Boka Harom. It was used to buy weapons and fund the terrorist activities of many groups.”
According to Deadline, Clinton made comments about how people can help rangers overcome the trafficking issue along with taking note of the March for Science, which was taking place on Earth Day.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, other recent panels at Tribeca included:
- Rapper Common speaking about hip-hop activism.
- Retired NBA player Kobe Bryant, accompanied by Michael Strahan, speaking about a short animated film based on his poem “Dear Basketball.”
- Director Jon Favreau conducting a Q&A with actress Scarlett Johansson about their collaborations as well as dealing with success and failures.
Away from the festival circuit, the weekend movie box office was once again dominated by blockbuster “The Fate of the Furious.” The eighth installment of the series took in more than $38 million. Other new releases, meanwhile, such as the thriller “Unforgettable,” were unable to crack the top five.
The full five includes:
1. The Fate of the Furious – $38,682,095
2. The Boss Baby – $12,750,000
3. Beauty and the Beast – $9,973,000
4. Born in China – $5,147,000
5. Going in Style – $5,005,000
Three films are making their way to the small screen, too, with the following set for home releases this week.
- La La Land, ATMR Rating: 5 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%, ATMR Top 10 of 2016
- Underworld Blood Wars, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 17%
- The Daughter, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%