American Pavilion unveils speaker lineup

Lucy Walker, David Robert Mitchell among panelists

Filmmakers Lucy Walker, David Robert Mitchell, Gregg Araki and Frederick Wiseman are among the names who'll be discussing the feature film business at the American Pavilion during the course of the Cannes Film Festival.

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As the Pavilion enters its 22nd year, founder and director Julie Sisk said Wednesday that Sundance Institute publicity manager Amy McGee has been named programming director for this year's edition.

The Pavilion will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 13. The preliminary lineup of panels and discussions consists of:

-- May 14: "The Future of Filmmaking: How to Make and Release a Movie in Today's Climate," with Walker, John Sloss and Mark Ankner.

-- May 15: "American Directors in Cannes," Mitchell and Cam Archer, and "In Conversation: Gregg Araki," with Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper.

-- May 16: "Shit Year," with Archer, Ellen Barkin, Luke Grimes, Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen.

-- May 17: "Women in Film: Real News and Practical Tips for Making It in the Film Industry," with Arianna Bocco, Lynette Howell, Adele Romanski and Andrea Sperling.

-- May 18: "Marketing in the Film World -- From Raising Global Awareness to Creative Partnerships: How Do Brands and Artists Alike Work in the New Economy?" with Ryan Werner and Brooks Addicott and "Film Financing and Packaging: What's Getting the Green Light? Is it the Script, Actors, the Budget? What are the Deciding Factors for Getting a Film Made?" with Stuart Ford, Robert Kessell and Michael Schaefer.

-- May 19: "In Conversation: Frederick Wiseman" and "American Producers at Cannes," with Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudson, Jonathan Swartz and Adele Romanski.

-- May 20: "Short Films Panel," with James Franco, Vince Joliette and Sean Durkin; "Emerging Filmmaker Showcase"; and "Blue Valentine," with Derek Cianfrance, Howell, Alex Orlovsky, Jamie Patricof, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.