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DAILY NEWS: Cannes Welcomes Woody; Traction Media Unveiled; and Maui Lineup

DAILY NEWS: Cannes Welcomes Woody; Traction Media Unveiled; and Maui Lineup

DAILY NEWS: Cannes Welcomes Woody; Traction Media Unveiled; and Maui Lineup

with articles by Eugene Hernandez, Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> Allen Takes the Stage in Cannes, Opens 55th Festival de Cannes

(indieWIRE: 05.16.02) — Woody Allen made his long-awaited stroll up the red
carpeted steps of the Palais on Wednesday night in France, kicking off the
55th Festival de Cannes. Alongside his wife Soon-Yi, DreamWorks exec Jeffrey Katzenberg, and actors from his opening night film, “Hollywood Ending,” the director arrived to fanfare and rows upon rows of paparazzi (the proceedings were broadcast live on the Independent Film Channel here in the United States).

Taking the stage to a lengthy standing ovation, Allen stood alongside Cannes
chief Gilles Jacob as the crowd cheered and cheered. Looking a bit
jet-lagged, but clearly moved by the expression of appreciation, Allen
made a few remarks at the podium after Jacob presented him with the special
“Palme de Palmes” prize.

“The French people make two very big mistakes about me all the time,” Allen
explained in English,”They think first that I am an intellectual because I
wear these glasses, and they also think I am an artist because my films lose
money all the time.” He added, “Neither one is true, however.”

“To have you in flesh and blood on the same stage where Chaplin once was,
what a symbol and what a pleasure,” Jacob told Allen as he presented him
with the award. “You have made us laugh so strongly, so often, and so

Also during the ceremony, last year’s co-winner (with Joel Coen) of the
Cannes directing prize, David Lynch took the spotlight as this year’s jury
president to introduce the 2002 jury: filmmakers Bille August, Claude
, Raoul Ruiz, Walter Salles, and Regis Wargnier and actresses Christine Hakim, Sharon Stone, and Michelle Yeoh.

“Cannes puts the spotlight on the cinema, and the competition turns that
light up to a white-hot glow,” David Lynch told the audience. “In the world
of cinema, the awards given at Cannes have the brightest and highest

Shortly before the movie started, Woody Allen finished his comments, begging
the audience’s forgiveness for his decision to not sit through the screening
(he prefers not to watch his own work).

“I am very moved, it has been a very hectic day, just got in today,” he said
before concluding, “I will go have something to eat, and then I will return
— if any of your are still here we can talk then.” [Eugene Hernandez in
New York]

[Get the latest from France daily, visit our special Cannes section]

>> Stone, Meyer & Genow Partner With Rosanne Korenberg To Get Traction

(indieWIRE: 05.16.02) — Entertainment boutique law firm Stone, Meyer & Genow
and former 20th Century Fox acquisitions VP Rosanne Korenberg have partnered to create Traction Media, a new film consulting, repping, and production company.

The Beverly Hills-based venture will represent finished films seeking North
American distribution, and will also package and produce projects. The new
company and the law firm are separate entities and will share clients on a
case-by-case basis.

At Fox, Ms. Korenberg was involved in the acquisition of domestic rights to
Swimfan” (which Fox will release in August), “The Deep End,” “Kissing
Jessica Stein
,” and “Waking Ned Devine,” as well as international rights to
Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Crossroads,” and the upcoming “Talk To Her,” directed by Pedro Almodovar. Prior to joining Fox, Korenberg worked in acquisitions at the Samuel Goldwyn Company, the Los Angeles arm of Munich-based producer/distributor Constantin Films, and Universal Pictures.

Stone, Meyer & Genow represents writers, directors, actors, and producers
including Kevin Spacey, Halle Berry, Dean Devlin, and Andras Hamori, as well as independent production companies including Alliance Atlantis, Constantin, and Trigger Street Productions. SMG was involved with putting together the financing for “Buffalo Soldiers” and “United States of Leland,” and has handled domestic film sales, including the sale of “Buffalo Soldiers” to
Miramax at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. [Matthew Ross]

>> Maui Fest to Make its Third Splash

(indieWIRE: 05.16.02) — A tropical island in the Pacific awaits attendees to
this year’s Maui Film Festival at Wailea taking place June 12 to 16 with
screenings, outdoor films and other events slated for the event’s third
annual edition. Gary Winick‘s “Tadpole,” starring Sigourney Weaver, Bebe Neuwirth, John Ritter, and Aaron Stanford, will screen along with the director’s cut of the Oscar-winning Italian film “Cinema Paradiso.” Miramax will release both this summer. The festival also will feature Martin Scorsese‘s documentary, “My Voyage to Italy,” also from Miramax, and Sundance 2002 World Cinema Audience Award winner “The Last Kiss” by Gabriele Muccino.

The festival will also take advantage of its surroundings each night with a
double feature at the Celestial Cinema, an Dolby Digital-equipped open-air theater located at the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course. Also, they’re hosting another outdoor location called the SandDance Theater on Wailea Beach,
which will screen silent films complete with live music. Organizers are also
planning a host of themed parties including the Taste of Wailea with food
and wine from the Wailea Resort and the MoonDance party at an Irish pub. The
festival will present its Piper-Heidsieck Silversword award honoring a “film
artist for their contribution in the art of filmmaking and their personal
commitment to affect positive change in the world.”

Commenting on the event in a prepared release, Barry Rivers, the founder and
director of the festival said, “The world has reached a moment where
film-going experiences that celebrate life and capture the wide range of
positive human experience are given center stage to the equal enjoyment of
both industry professionals and people who just love going to movies.”
[Brian Brooks]

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