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The American Pavilion: Cannes 2011 Programming & Events

The American Pavilion: Cannes 2011 Programming & Events

The Cannes Film Festival is presenting an enticing array of opportunities to its guests. One can stroll through the Market, where films are bought and sold, or through the world-renowned Palais where films are screened. However, the real action can be found at the festival’s International Village. One can peruse the cinematic offerings at each country’s pavilion which line the beach. And while many countries are represented here, the American Pavilion is undoubtedly the place to be. One can eat, drink, and network with industry professionals in a picturesque setting overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean ocean. AmPav, as it’s known to insiders, presents an array of programming sure to delight Americans who are first-timers and veterans alike.

Indie Film Innovators: Keeping up with New Thinking in Distribution
Friday, May 13 – 3:00 PM
Panelists include:
Jon Fougner, Facebook
Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse
Shawn Bercuson, PreScreen
David Fenkel, Oscilloscope
Berry Meyerowitz, Phase Four
Moderated by: Scott Macauley, Editor-in-chief, Filmmaker Magazine

In Conversation: John Cameron Mitchell and Jonathan Caouette (Director, “Renee in Waiting”)
Saturday, May 14 – 1:00 PM
Moderated by: John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival

Industry in Focus: Soul Surfer
Saturday, May 14 – 4:00 PM
SOUL SURFER is the inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton, the competitive teen surfer who lost her left arm after a shark attack. Through her sheer determination and unwavering faith, Bethany courageously overcame all odds to once again become a champion.
Panelists include:
Sean McNamara, Director
Bethany Hamilton (real-life inspiration for the film)
Dominic Ianno and David Tice, Executive Producers
Moderated by: Pete Hammond,

State of the Industry: The Present and Future of Indie Film
Sunday, May 15 – 3:00 PM
Panelists include:
John Sloss, Cinetic
Tom Quinn, Magnolia
Rick Klubek, UTA
Keri Putnam, Sundance Institute
Moderated by: Anne Thompson,

Women in Film
Monday, May 16 – 1:00 PM
Panelists include:
Sophia Lin, Producer, “Take Shelter”
Alex Stapleton, Director, “Corman’s World”
Julie Sultan, President of International Sales for W2 Media
Deb McIntosh, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Natalia Almada, Director, “El Velador”
Charlotte Mickie, EVP, International Distribution, Entertainment One
Moderated by: Dana Harris, Editor-in-Chief, indieWIRE

Industry in Focus: Return
Monday, May 16 – 4:00 PM
Liza Johnson, Director
Linda Cardellini, Actress
Anne Etheridge, Cinematographer
Ben Howe and Noah Harlan, Producers
Moderated by: Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Student Filmmaker Showcase
Tuesday, May 17 – 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Indie Directors in Cannes
Tuesday, May 17 – 1:30 PM
Panelists include:
Sean Durkin, Director “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Jeff Nichols, Director “Take Shelter”
Alejandro Landes, Director “Porfirio”
Moderator to be confirmed

The New Rules of Film Acquisition
Tuesday, May 17 – 3:00 PM
Panelists include:

Scott Shooman, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group
Matt Dentler, Cinetic FilmBuff
Arianna Bocco, IFC
Ben Cotner, Open Road Films
Matt Brodie, Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions
Moderated by: Sharon Swart, Variety

Industry in Focus: The Tree of Life
Tuesday, May 17 – 5:30 PM
Jessica Chastain, Actress
Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, and Bill Pohlad, Producers
Dan Glass, Visual Effects Supervisor
Moderated by: Steve Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times

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