Cannes is about movies. Yet, every so often a fest party comes along that makes it worth forgetting about film for a few minutes. Such was the case tonight in France when Kanye West (above) took the stage inside a tent on the Carlton Hotel Beach. Red Granite Pictures transformed the venue for their bash, hosting a party on a level rarely seen in Cannes since the economic crash.
After midnight Kanye took the stage, belting out a full set. At one point he was joined by Jamie Foxx (below, right) for their iconic “Gold Digger” (watch it on YouTube), performed before a couple of hundred folks (and many more who gathered along The Croisette trying to catch a glimpse).
Many of the people I chatted with at the party wanted to know more about the party hosts.
Well, Red Granite is the brainchild of Riza Aziz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of the production and finance company, which certainly made its mark on the festival with tonight’s opulent bash. They are currently finishing their first production, Jennifer Westfeldt’s “Friends With Kids,” starring Jon Hamm, Megan Fox, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Ed Burns, Chris O’Dowd and Westfeldt. Cinetic is selling the film in the U.S. and it will be sold internationally by Red Granite’s newly launch global sales arm.
photos by eugene hernandez
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