EXCLUSIVE: Unveiled at Cannes last spring, By Sidney Lumet shows the director, who died in 2011, telling his own story in a never-before-seen interview shot in 2008 and produced by the late Daniel Anker. With candor, humor and grace, Lumet reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being. The Paul Newmandocumentary features clips from Lumet’s 44 films made during a career that spanned half a century – including Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Network and Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead. Peabody And Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (Afternoon Of A Faun, The Loving Story) combines these elements to create a portrait of one of the most accomplished, influential and socially conscious directors in the history of cinema. By Sidney Lumet reveals the spiritual and ethical lessons at the core of his work. First and foremost a storyteller, Lumet’s strongly moral tales capture the dilemmas and concerns of a society struggling with essentials: how does one behave to others and to oneself?

The film will be shown on April 22 in the “Free Fridays” section at Tribeca.