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Directors’ Fortnight’s Only U.S. Film: Return by Liza Johnson

Directors' Fortnight's Only U.S. Film: Return by Liza Johnson

The TimesTalks program is still being firmed up, but right now Melenza Ryzik will be having a conversation with Liza Johnson (director) ♀ and Linda Cardellini (actress) of Return (ISA: Rezo), the only U.S. film in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar. It will be in one of the conference rooms at the Hotel Martinez from 7- 8:15pm on the 12th.

TimesTalks is proud to be at the 64th Cannes Film Festival to present a panel discussion in collaboration with the IFP. The conversation, moderated by New York Times culture reporter Melena Ryzik, features some of the global film industry’s most exciting and innovative talent. And they just happen to be women.

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About TimesTalks
TimesTalks brings the pages of The New York Times to life on the stage — and on the screen. This program of compelling, timely discussions features today’s top talents and thinkers in arts, entertainment and ideas in lively conversations with members of The Times’s prize-winning editing, reporting and writing staff. Film has always been a strong part of the TimesTalks programs, and over the years we have been proud to present such esteemed filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar, Tom Cruise, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Michael Caine, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellan and many others.

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About the IFP
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit advocacy organization for independent filmmakers. Since its debut at the 1979 New York Film Festival, IFP has supported the production of over 7,000 films and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, providing an opportunity for many diverse voices to be heard. IFP believes that independent films enrich the universal language of cinema, seeding the global culture with new ideas, kindling awareness, and fostering activism. The organization has championed early work by pioneering, independent filmmakers, including Charles Burnett, Edward Burns, Jim Jarmusch, Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, Mira Nair and Kevin Smith. IFP represents a network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world. Through its workshops, seminars, conferences, mentorships and Filmmaker Magazine, IFP schools its members in the art, technology and business of independent filmmaking. The year-round program includes an Independent Film Week, the Gotham Awards, filmmaking labs and seminars, and a range of programs to promote racial, ethnic, religious, ideological, gender and sexual diversity. IFP, often in collaboration with other cultural institutions, builds audiences by hosting premieres and special screenings.

The IFP fosters the development of 300 feature and documentary films each year. Recently, the organization licensed the popular Festival Genius software platform through which IFP now reaches over 200,000 film fans worldwide.

Liza Johnson is an artist and filmmaker. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries and film festivals, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the
Walker Art Center, as well as the New York, Berlin and Rotterdam Film Festivals, among many others. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm and the Sundance Institute, and
has published a number of articles and interviews about art and film. Return, her first feature film, stars Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon and John Slattery. Return has the distinction of being the only U.S. movie selected to be a part of the prestigious Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Melena Ryzik, as The New York Times’s Carpetbagger (, covers the movie awards season
— from red carpets to the Oscars, news and nonsense — and also the film festival circuit in blog and video form. In addition, she is also a culture reporter, covering film, music, theater, television, visual
art, dance and the occasional Dumpster pool party or eco-art-barge. Ms. Ryzik has chronicled cultural life in New York for the UrbanEye video series on

Note: Participants as of May 4, 2011.

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