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Chaz Ebert will join documentary filmmaker Steve James to discuss the director’s new film Life Itself, a portrait of the late Roger Ebert, at the American Pavilion on May 21.
Their appearance is billed as In Conversation and is part of the series of panels, Q&As and emerging filmmaker showcase events that the Pavilion will hold during the course of the Cannes Film Festival.
The In Conversation lineup also includes discussions with producer John Kilik (Foxcatcher), actor Josh Charles (Bird People) and director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash). Panels will include “The Making of a DreamWorks Animation Film,” “The State of the Indie Film Industry,” “Industry in Focus: Film Finances” and “American Producers in Cannes.”
See below for the programming schedule, announced today by the American Pavilion’s Julie Sisk:
Friday, May 16
Industry in Focus: Women in Film
Annie Silverstein (Director, Skunk), Monique Walton (Producer, Skunk), Nadine de Barros (Fortitude International), Kristin Harris (Cinedigm), Meghan Oliver (Agent, Paradigm); moderated by Rosie Wong (Sundance)
Saturday, May 17
The Masters of Marketing, PR and Social Media
Ryan Werner (Cinetic), Sophie Nicolaou (Main Street Films), Jeanne Berney (Picturehouse), Richard Baker (Film Nation), Marc Hoffstatter (Indiegogo); moderated by Sylvia Desrochers (Big Time PR)
The Making of a DreamWorks Animation Film
Bill Damaschke (Chief Creative Officer), Bonnie Arnold (Producer, How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2), Cressida Cowell (Author of the How to Train Your Dragon book series); moderated by Peter Debruge (Variety)
From Cat Videos to Tentpoles: What Is the Future of Digital Entertainment?
Ruth Vitale (Creative Future), Cassian Elwes, Bill Bromiley (President of Saban Films), Elizabeth Valentina (Fox Entertainment Group); moderated by Pete Hammond (Deadline)
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
DJI Spreading Wings Happy Hour
Sunday, May 18
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Producer Jon Kilik in Conversation on Foxcatcher, The Hunger Games and the 25th Anniversary of Do the Right Thing
Moderated by Anne Thompson
The State of the Indie Film Industry
Tom Bernard (Sony Pictures Classics), Bob Berney (Picturehouse), Ira Deutchman (Emerging Pictures), Rena Ronson (UTA), Bart Walker (ICM); moderated by Anne Thompson
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Spreading Wings Happy Hour
10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Queer Night sponsored by Queerty
Monday, May 19
Industry in Focus: Film Finance
Jay Cohen (Gersh), Nick LoPiccolo (Paradigm), Hal Sadoff, John Sloss (Cinetic), Peter Trinh (ICM); moderated by Pamela McClintock (The Hollywood Reporter)
American Directors in Cannes
Reinaldo Marcus Green (Director, Stone Cars), Annie Silverstein (Director, Skunk), David Robert Mitchell (Director, It Follows), Gabe Polsky (Red Army) – Gary Springer; moderated by Aaron Hillis (Filmmaker magazine)
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
JP Chenet Wines Happy Hour, featuring Ice Edition
Tuesday, May 20
American Producers in Cannes
Rebecca Green (Producer, It Follows), David Kaplan (Producer, It Follows), Nick Shumaker (Executive producer, Cold in July); moderated by Anne Lai (Sundance)
1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Emerging Filmmaker Showcase
Wednesday, May 21
In Conversation: Life Itself
Director Steve James and Chaz Ebert; moderated by Thom Powers (TIFF)
In Conversation With Josh Charles (Bird People)
Moderated by Eric Kohn (Indiewire)
Industry in Focus: How to Make your First 3D Movie a Full Success
Workshop and reception sponsored by 3D Stereo MEDIA and UP3D, with participation of the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society and the support of AeroCine, Auro Technologies, Cow Prod, and XPAND 3D.
5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m.
3D Networking Reception
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Silent Disco featuring Sennheiser
Thursday, May 22
The Roger Ebert Film Critics Panel
Eric Kohn (Indiewire), AA Dowd (The Onion AV Club); moderated by Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune)
In Conversation: Whiplash
Director Damien Chazelle, actor JK Simmons, producers Helen Estabrook and Jason Blum, EP Jason Reitman