At about 10 p.m. Cannes time last night, I received a very sweet Voice Note over Blackberry Messenger from a group of industry friends who were gathered at dinner after a long day at the French festival. At the end of sweet sentiments, that put a smile on my face, someone (Lerman?) yelled “I wish you were here for karaoke in Cannes!” All I could think was “me too” and then “whoa boy, sounds like trouble.” About two hours later, I’m looking at Facebook status updates, and see that Denver Film Festival chief Britta Erickson has posted that she “is awed by the karoke [sic] spectacle that League and Lerman have set-up in Cannes.” After that, I thought “I’m gonna hear about this tomorrow.” And, yes, I did.
Apparently, Fantastic Fest and Alamo Drafthouse co-founder Tim League conspired with Woodstock Fest programmer Michael Lerman to stage a “storefront karaoke party.” This involved setting up shop, well, in a shop. Not just any shop, but a falafel spot called Twins, located just across the street from popular late-night bar the Petit Majestic, where festival patrons stumble and drink on the cobblestone until at least 4 a.m. every night. Can you picture it? If not, I give you some video of the orgy, as taken by indieWIRE’s Peter Knegt:
Apparently things were shut down before a rendition of “We Are The World” could be launched. Next year!