Julia Stiles and Julie Delpy spoke about the process of filmmaking at the Tribeca Talks panel "Bringing Home The Bacon" on Friday, and Eva Mendes sat down with WCBS-TV reporter Katie McGee to talk about her experience as an executive producer.
"I did the job of editor; I went to the mailbox and sent it to festivals. (I did) a little bit of everything," Delpy said about her film "Two Days In Paris."
The feature-length comedy follows French photographer Marion (Delpy) and her boyfriend Jack (Adam Goldberg) as they try to rekindle their relationship on a trip to Europe.
In addition to starring in and editing the film, Delpy wrote the script, directed, co-produced and even wrote the movie's original music.
Stiles wrote and directed "Raving," a short film about a young woman (Zooey Deschanel) and a lonely older man (Bill Irwin) whose lives are changed after a chance meeting on a New York street. Stiles said making the film was a real learning experience for her.
"I learned a lot about acting," she said. "I learned a lot about editing and post production stuff that I didn't have a clue about before."
Mendes is executive producer and star of "Live!," a mockumentary about a high-powered television executive who creates a reality show where contestants compete for $5 million in a real game of Russian roulette. The film also stars Emmy-winner Andre Braugher ("Thief"), David Krumholtz ("Numb3rs), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy").
Producing "Live!" gave Mendes a chance to create a film that is a personal statement.
"For me, I am personally making fun of this," said Mendes. "It's my way of saying I don't agree with going this far, with this mindlessness, and doing anything for ratings."
By Judy Faber