By Indiewire | Indiewire May 12, 2009 at 2:52AM
As announced earlier this month, indieWIRE is pleased to be the official media sponsor of The American Pavilion at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The Pavilion, which serves as a communication and hospitality center for the thousands of Americans in Cannes, will be an important hub for indieWIRE during the upcoming Festival de Cannes and will feature a daily roster of events and programming.
The upcoming schedule of events at the American Pavilion is as follows:
In Conversation: Francis Ford Coppola
Friday, 5/15, 5:30-7pm
Moderator: Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
American Directors in Cannes
Sunday, 5/17, 10-11:30am
Panelists: Lynn Shelton ("Humpday"), Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Josh and Benny Safdie ("Go Get Some Rosemary")
Moderator: Eugene Hernandez, indieWIRE
Meet the New Sundance
Sunday, 5/17, 3-4:30pm
A talk with the new heads of the Sundance Film Festival on what's ahead for the fest and American indie film.
Panelists: John Cooper, Festival Director; Trevor Groth, Program Director
Moderator: Sharon Swart, Variety
Sunday, 5/17, 5-6:30pm
Fans are driving the box office and distributors are paying attention. A look at how a close network of websites, fests, and events cultivate the fan-word, which can make or break a film.
Panelists: Tim League (Fantastic Fest), Tom Quinn (Magnolia Pictures), Todd Brown (Twitchfilm.com), Jon Fougner (Facebook), Sacha Gervasi ("Anvil! The Story of Anvil")
Moderator: Karina Longworth (SpoutBlog)
Surviving the Recession
Monday, 5/18, 12:30-2pm
A look at how filmmaking is surviving the global recession. What's changed and what has stayed the same? Has the recession permanently altered business, or is it an extended speed bump? What mix of ingredients can get a film financed or bought in these times?
Panelists: Agnes Mentre (Wild Bunch), Jeb Brody (Vendrome), Roeg Sutherland (CAA), Stuart Ford (IM Global), Ben Browning (Wayfare), Joe Drake (Lionsgate), Glen Basner (FilmNation)
Moderator: Michael Fleming, Variety
Plug in. Play: Tax Credits and Advanced Technology in South Louisiana
Monday, 5/18 3:00-5:00pm
Hosted by the Lafayette Entertainment Initiative, this panel will discuss the production boom in Louisiana based on its highly successful tax credit program as well as the Fiber-optic and supercomputing infrastructure in the community of Lafayette that is positioning itself to service the next generation of content developers in the entertainment industry.
Panelists: Marcus Brown (Actor, Producer & Entertainment Industry Liaison for Lafayette, Louisiana); Joey Durel (City-Parish President of Lafayette Consolidated Government); Chris Stelly (Director of Film & Television, Louisiana Economic Development); Ken Badish (Executive Producer, Active Entertainment); Charles Richard (Director of the Cinematic Arts Workshop, University of Louisiana at Lafayette).
It's a mad, new media world.
Monday, 5/18, 5:30-7pm
Hard times in the print world mean good times for a new media journalists. Is it possible for print outfits to adapt, or are they too big? Is it possible for digital outfits to grow, or will the business model continue to restrict it? What will all this mean for the future of entertainment industry reporting and film criticism?
Panelists: Sharon Waxman (The Wrap), Anne Thompson (ThompsonOnHollywood), Karina Longworth (SpoutBlog), James Rocchi (MSN Movies/AMCtv.com), John Horn (LA Times)
Moderator: Eugene Hernandez (indieWIRE)
Documentary: The New Journalism
Tuesday, 5/19, 10:30am-12pm
As newspapers and TV networks close their bureaus around the world, their work is being replaced by independent filmmakers. Doc filmmakers and distributors talk about the pros and cons of their increasingly important profession.
Panelists: Anne Aghion ("My Neighbor, My Killer"), David Fenkel (Oscilloscope Laboratories), Richard Lorber (Lorber Media)
Moderator: Thom Powers (Toronto International Film Festival)
Indie Film's Reboot: Up with Indie Releasing
Tuesday, 5/19, 12:30-2pm
Specialty releasing is due for a rebirth! Industry execs will look forward to the next wave of independent distribution. How can a film maximize its theatrical life, and beyond?
Panelists: Randy Miller (Consolidated Picture Group), Chris Hyams (B-Side), Howard Cohen (Roadside Attractions) and Trevor Macy (Intrepid Pictures)
Moderator: Alexis Garcia (Endeavor)
In Conversation: Eli Roth
Tuesday, 5/19, 3-4pm
The director of "Hostel" and "Cabin Fever" talks about his double life as an actor in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and director of "Hostel" and "Cabin Fever."
Moderator: Tim League (Director of Fantastic Fest & Founder of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin)
Everybody's Gay on Queer Night!
Tuesday, 5/19, 10pm-2am
Get your gay on, lust the night away, be a dancing queen, take a walk on the wild side...
All festival and Marche badge holders invited
New Platforms for Filmmakers: Are They Working Yet?
Wednesday, 5/20, 10:30am-12pm
It's been several years now since digital platforms promised to stretch the spectrum of content viewing. Where do we stand now? And are filmmakers benefiting?
Panelists: Liesl Copland (Endeavor), Mark Lipsky ("Gigantic"), Efe Cakarel (Founder and CEO, The Auteurs) John Sloss (Cinetic), Lisa Schwartz (IFC Entertainment)
Moderator: Scott Macaulay (Filmmaker Magazine)
Cannes Trivia Night
Wednesday, 5/20, 9pm-12am
Cannes virgin or festival expert? Come test your knowledge at our version of the ultimate pub quiz! Special guest contestants ensure a fun night for all!
In Conversation: Terry Gilliam
Thursday, 5/21, 4-5:30pm
Thursday, 5/21, 4pm - 5:30pm
The director of "Brazil," "The Fisher King," and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" talks about his past, present and future.
Moderator: James Rocchi (Critic and Journalist, MSN Movies & AMCtv.com)
SAGIndie Karaoke Party
Thursday, 5/21, 9:00-11:30pm
A fun-filled night of karaoke hosted by Tim League, Founder of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin.