Cannes: American Pavilion Unveils Lineup

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Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher and Bill Paxton will be among those taking part in conversations during the course of the fest.

Actors Carrie Fisher and Bill Paxton, directors Jeff Nichols, Nathan Morlando and Asaph Polonsky and producers Lars Knudsen, Jay Von Hoy, Peter Saraf, Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan, Lynette Howell and Shivani Rawat will be among the industry figures appearing at The American Pavilion during the course of the Cannes Film Festival.

The American Pavilion’s discussions and one-on-one in conversations will take place in the Roger Ebert Conference Center and are open to all AmPav members. The lineup also includes executives from Participant Media and the Casting Society of America with moderators from The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Indiewire, among others.

The AmPav spotlight will shine on such features as Loving, Mean Dreams and One Week and a Day and also include discussions about virtual reality, women in film, film music, documentary film and film financing.

Queer Night, the annual gay dance party, will take place on Sunday, May 15.

The full program follows:

SATURDAY, MAY 14

12 NOON-

INDUSTRY IN FOCUS: VR AND STORYTELLING

Micke Hjorth, chairman, Starbreeze (Active VR)
Tanna Frederick, director-actress, (Defrost: A Virtual Experience)
Ben Conway, VNTANA, co-founder (Interactive Hologram Technologies)
Moderated by Kevin Winston, Digital LA

2:30PM-

IN CONVERSATION: BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS

In Conversation with Carrie Fisher and director Fisher Stevens.

4:00PM-

INDUSTRY IN FOCUS: VALUE, TALENT AND THE INTERNATIONAL CAST

A panel of international Casting Society of America (CSA) members discuss the advantages and challenges of casting across borders.
Nancy Bishop, CSA, Mission: Impossible IV and soon to be released Unlocked
Roger Charteris, CEO of Artists Partnership. Clients include Emily Blunt, Idris Elba, Willem Dafoe, Anna Friel and Joseph Fiennes
Rachel Desmarest, CSA, founder of The French Brit studios
Avy Kaufman, CSA, Money Monster, Life of Pi, The Sixth Sense, Brokeback Mountain
Luci Lenox, CSA, Victoria, Spanish casting for soon to be released A Monster Calls and NBC’s Emerald City
Laura Munsterhjelm, CEO, Actors in Scandinavia Agency. Clients include Alicia Vikander, Rebecca Ferguson and Fares Fares
Hosted by Casting Society of America
Moderated by Steven Gaydos, Variety

SUNDAY, MAY 15

11:00AM-

FILM PANEL: MEAN DREAMS (DIRECTOR’S FORTNIGHT)

Director Nathan Morlando and castmember Bill Paxton (Edge of Tomorrow, Nightcrawler) along with young rising actors Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief) and Josh Wiggins (Max, Hellion).

4:30PM- 6:30PM-

LGBTQ EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

A special section of The American Pavilion Emerging Fimmaker Showcase lineup, featuring LGBTQ voices and stories.

10:00PM-

QUEER NIGHT

Open to all festival badge holders.

MONDAY, MAY 16

2:00PM-

FILM COMPOSERS PANEL: THE MUSIC OF CANNES

Some of this year’s Cannes composers discuss scoring their current Cannes projects and their relationships with directors Shirley Abraham, Amid Madheshiya and Jodie Foster.
Laura Karpman, four-time Emmy Award winner and co-composer, The Cinema Travelers
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Grammy-winning and Juilliard-trained composer, co-composer, The Cinema Travelers
Dominic Lewis, composer, Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster
Moderated by Thomas Mikusz, White Bear PR

3:00PM-

INDUSTRY IN FOCUS: THE STATE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM

Diane Weyerman, Participant Media
Cara Mertes, Ford Foundation
Moderated by Thom Powers, Pure Nonfiction

4:00PM-

INDUSTRY IN FOCUS: WOMEN IN FILM – WE DO IT TOGETHER

Founder Chiara Tilesi
Board of directors members: Sandra Lucchesi, Carol Polakoff
Advisory board members: Mike Goodrich, Avy Kaufman
Moderated by Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter

TUESDAY, MAY 17

11:00AM-

FILM PANEL: ONE WEEK AND A DAY

Director Asaph Polonsky and actors Shai Avivi and Tomer Kapon.
Screening in Critic’s Week.

2:00PM-

INDUSTRY IN FOCUS: AMERICAN PRODUCERS IN CANNES

Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy, producers, American Honey, directed by Andrea Arnold
Peter Saraf, producer, Loving, directed by Jeff Nichols
Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan, producers, Paterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch
Lynette Howell and Shivani Rawat, producers, Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross
Moderated by Keith Simanton, IMDb

12:00PM–2:00PM-

STUDENT FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

Part of the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, student filmmakers hail from schools across the U.S., including: School of Visual Arts, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Santa Monica City College, Santa Barbara City College, Chapman University, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, University of Alabama and Sheridan College.

3:30PM­–7:00PM-

EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

The 19 annual Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase features an impressive lineup of short documentary and narrative films by up-and-coming filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

11:00AM-

STUDENT ROUNDTABLE WITH DIRECTOR JEFF NICHOLS (LOVING)

Starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, Loving is screening in Competition for the Palme d'Or.

4:00PM-

INDUSTRY IN FOCUS: SHORT FILM FINANCING

Amy Emmerich, Refinery29’s ShatterBox Anthology
Charlotte Cook, Field of Vision
Mike Plante, Sundance Film Festival
Moderated by Landon Zakheim, Sundance Film Festival

THURSDAY, MAY 19

3:00PM-

INDIEWIRE PODCAST

Join Indiewire's Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson for a live recording of their popular "Screen Talk" podcast about the latest film and TV news. They'll also touch on the buzz out of Cannes, how the film industry is changing and take audiences questions.

8:00PM-

SAGINDIE KARAOKE NIGHT

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