iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 4

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Damon Dash hosted a party for "The Woodsman," which he produced, at the WireImage studio across from the Palais. Dash picked out some tunes, and the crowd eventually began to dance. Also, the cast and director of Cannes competition film, "Woman is the Future of Man" had a press day atop Le Grand Hotel on Monday afternoon. The setting was quite fab... their publicist Sophie Gluck called the area, "the finest balcony in Cannes," which it was indeed. And, the American industry types continue to hang out at the American Pavilion and the Variety Beach Club.

Damon Dash, a producer of Nicole Kassell's "The Woodsman," which is screening in Directors Fortnight. Dash was the only one dancing for the first few songs during his party at the WireImage studio right smack across the street from the Palais de Festival. Later, people started groovin' with him, including Bob and Jeanne Berney, who hit the dancefloor showing off their moves.

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Korean actor Yu Ji-tae soaks up some rays on a beautiful balcony atop Le Grand Hotel off the Croisette. Yu stars in Hong Sang-soo's Cannes competition feature, "Woman is the Future of Man," which screened earlier this week complete with all the hoopla that is a trademark of the festival.

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When the evening festival parties have ended, don't think it's time to go to bed. Nope! It's time to go to Le Grand Hotel to continue the schmooze-fest (or Zanzibar if you're in a gay mood). Here, "Whale Rider" star Cliff Curtis and Sundance programmer Bird Runningwater hang and chat one fine late evening at the Grand.

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"Mean Creek" director Jacob Estes takes a few moments out from his swirl of appointments for a short beach brake outside the Variety Beach Club. His film, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance, is screening in the Directors Fortnight.

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Lions Gate Films chief Tom Ortenberg, IFP/Los Angeles head Dawn Hudson (middle) and Kathy Dore, president of IFC Companies, outside the Variety Beach Club after a panel co-hosted by the Independent Feature Project.

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IFP/New York head Michelle Byrd (right) at the Canada party earlier this week with Walker Art Center's associate curator for film and video, Sheryl Mousley. Byrd and yours truly tried to scan the event for vegetarian fare (no time for dinner), but waffles with chocolate were the only options.

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Publicist Gary Springer said to iPOP Monday afternoon, "You should take a picture of Leslie Vanderpool so you can be invited to the Bahamas International Film Festival..." So, here it is...Vanderpool, the Bahamas' executive director, and Springer took some time out for the pic at the American Pavilion.

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Using the crucifixion marketing technique, Miguel Angel's "Passion.com" gets some attention on the Croisette. Obviously Mel Gibson's people didn't provide the make up and costuming.

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