WelcomeIntroducing the Premier Issue of Conrad Magazine
Heart in SeoulSouth Korea’s booming capital city welcomes a new kind of luxury.
Hollywood on the HudsonPassionate up-and-coming filmmakers take to the streets of downtown New York.
On DisplayGet ready for a whole new level of hotel art at three Conrad destinations.
- The Luxury of Being Yourself
The Allure of AlgarveRelax and rejuvenate at one of Europe's most soothing destinations.
The Pocket ConciergeAn innovative new app makes hotel service simple.
Scents of CalmAromatherapy turns your shower into a rejuvenating escape.
Steeped in TraditionA chef at Conrad Beijing makes tea an art form.
- Infinite Connections
Trunk ShowA lush Thai jungle as seen from elephant's-eye view.
A Taste of Hong KongDim sum draws visitors at Conrad Hong Kong.
Miami HeatExploring the booming Miami art scene.
"I Bet on Myself"The innovator who created the Tribeca Film Festival.
Chicago Shake-UpA bartender shares his margarita secrets.
Deep-sea DiningA one-of-a-kind restaurant in the Indian Ocean.
- Globally Inspired
Gotta Have ItA savvy traveler’s look inside Portugal.
The Real New YorkIn-the-know places near Conrad New York.
Destination SpotlightExperience Conrad's world of style.
Room with a ViewThe tranquil Conrad Koh Samui villas blur boundaries between indoors and the natural world.
"I Bet On Myself"
Tribeca Film Festival Founder Jane Rosenthal Gambled With a Move to New York—
and it Paid Off, Big
Tribeca Film Festival Founder Jane Rosenthal Gambled With a Move to New York—and it Paid Off, Big
By Lauren Waterman
Jane Rosenthal is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood—or rather, she would be, if she and business partner Robert De Niro hadn"t decided, back in 1988, to set up shop in lower Manhattan, almost 3,000 miles away. Clearly, the distance hasn't hurt them: Over the course of her two-plus decades at the helm of Tribeca Productions, Rosenthal has produced or executive produced more than 30 movies, including A Bronx Tale, Analyze This, About a Boy, and the blockbuster Meet the Parents trilogy.
But despite her success, the 56-year-old Rhode Island native admits that her decision to leave Los Angeles (where she had been a vice president of production at Disney) to start an independent film company with the star of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull was—like much of what she does—something of a leap of faith. "This business isn't brain surgery," she says, as a way of explaining that there's more art than science to most of the decisions she makes day-to-day. "It's about instinct. I knew that I didn't want to be the head of a [major] studio. I wanted to be closer to the creative process. So it was about making a bet. I bet on myself."
Needless to say, she won. Big. Now Rosenthal divides her time between a dizzying array of projects. Asked to name the upcoming endeavors that she's most passionate about, she lists almost half a dozen, including Inside Out, a documentary for HBO about the TED-prize-winning street artist known as JR (whose work hangs on a wall in her top-floor office), and a television show based on the 2006 spy drama she produced, The Good Shepherd. (She jokingly refers to the series as "The Better Shepherd," because the action will pick up where the movie left off.)
"I'm at a point where I can tell the stories that I want to tell and work with the people that I want to work with," Rosenthal explains.
That flexibility has allowed her to branch out far beyond the limits of what would ordinarily be considered a part of her job description: In 2002, just six months after the September 11 attacks, she cofounded the Tribeca Film Festival with De Niro and her husband, real estate investor Craig Hatkoff. "We felt we had to do something," she says. "We weren"t firefighters or policemen or steelworkers, so it was a matter of, 'What can I do to bring people back downtown?'" she says. "The world didn't need another film festival," she admits, "but TriBeCa did. And I"m proud of what we've been able to do, to contribute to the economic activity of lower Manhattan, and, those first few years, just to remind people that it was OK to laugh again."
"The world didn't need another film festival
but tribeca did. I'm proud of what we've been able to do"
A Perfect Partnership
In 2012, shortly after the grand opening of its first New York City property, Conrad Hotels & Resorts heightened its commitment to downtown Manhattan by sponsoring the Tribeca Film Festival, a relationship that continues in 2013. The partnership truly is a celebration of creative individuality, urban style, and the city of New York as a dynamic place for filmmaking.
"Globally, this is the premier film festival," says Richard Wolfman, Conrad Hotels & Resorts" director of partnerships and promotions. "Our sponsorship of the Tribeca Film Festival is a reflection of the brand's ongoing commitment to self-expression and the arts."
The trio also founded the Tribeca Film Institute, a nonprofit arts organization that provides grants and professional development to filmmakers, and education to tens of thousands of children and teenagers. "We're in underserved populations, mostly in New York," Rosenthal says, though they hope to expand internationally. "We work with kids who are homeless, kids for whom English is a second language, and we teach them how to make a film. Arts funding is continually being cut in schools, and it's really important that everybody have a way to express themselves."
Rosenthal isn"t certain, she confesses, whether she"d have followed the exact same path had the attacks not occurred: "Something like that changes your perspective." She's come a long way from her roots as an adolescent would-be actress who realized that her talents lay elsewhere. "It's been an interesting journey," she says. "One thing that this profession, this job, whatever this thing is that I have created for myself, has allowed me to do is have access to all kinds of fascinating people, creatively, socially, politically ... either I"m going out to meet them, or they end up coming here." Oftentimes, those connections pay off in unexpected ways, as when she asked Richard Holbrook, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations whom she met while developing The Good Shepherd, to help her secure Nelson Mandela as a speaker for the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival. "In that sense, it's really fun," she says. "I just never know what's going to happen."
The Hit Maker
Jane Rosenthal has more than 33 producing credits to her name. Here are five movies that have been among her biggest blockbusters so far.
This crime drama, set in the Bronx during the 1960s, was directed by Rosenthal's producing partner, Robert De Niro, who also costarred in the film.
Life imitated art when just a few weeks after this political satire about a presidential affair was released in theaters, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal broke.
De Niro and Billy Crystal created comedy magic in this hit about a mob boss who suffers from anxiety attacks and his psychiatrist.
This comedy starring Ben Stiller launched a wildly successful trilogy of films that included Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers.
Laugh-out-loud funny and soul-touching at the same time, this hit starring Hugh Grant was one of the most loved films of the year.
The Best of the Tribeca Film Festival
Thousands Of Films Are Shown, But Only A Few Rise To The Top
By Kimberly Papa
Six Must-see World Narrative Winners
These compelling films have taken top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival
Directed by Kim Mordaunt
Directed by Feo Aladag
Directed by Kim Nguyen
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: SCOTT GRIES/GETTY IMAGES; THE ROCKET: TOM GREENWOOD; ABOUT ELLY: EVERETT COLLECTION; SHE MONKEYS: MARIA VON HAUSSWOLFF