CANNES ’99 DIARY: Day 5 — A Bit More Reasonable
by Dan Myrick
Friday’s schedule was a bit more reasonable due to the fact that Ed and Gregg were heading out to the Fangoria convention in Pasadena. Ed and I did a quickie for the Sundance Channel at the American Pavilion and then just tried to get a little shuteye behind our sunglasses while we sat and waited for everyone else to arrive. By this time, I still hadn’t seen a single film. I was hearing reports about Spike’s film, “Summer of Sam” and Kevin’s film, “Dogma“, both of which I really wanted to see while I was here, but “Blair” comes first and sleep is a distant second.
Later in the afternoon John Hegeman (Marketing master at Artisan) and I hung out for a while. It was a great conversation about the current state of affairs with our project as well as needed advice for what the future may hold for the whole Haxan gang.
Tonight was the first night when we really had nothing to do but just walk the streets of Cannes and have a few beers. It was great. Celine and Jeremy came along for the ride with Mike, Rob, Kevin and Sarah. We all had a quick bite and then went to the Petite Carlton where the crowd spills out onto the street into the wee hours of the morning. We gave the bartender a Blair Witch pin in exchange for a few drinks and the promise that we could have his “Lighthouse” T-shirt (Another free T for the collection). I quickly realized that the parties here don’t even get started until midnight. Long lines and booming sound systems are just part of the early morning atmosphere that emanates from the beach and reverberates through the narrow streets.