Mike Jones tapped for AmPav post

Francis Ford Coppola to speak as part of Cannes series

Mike Jones has been named programming director for the American Pavilion at the Festival de Cannes and will oversee the AmPav's panels and discussions.

Jones has held staff positions at Variety, indieWIRE and Filmmaker Magazine and currently blogs on the film festival beat at The Circuit, blogs.indiewire.com/mikejones.

To kick off its "In Conversation" series, AmPav will feature Francis Ford Coppola, discussing his new film "Tetro," with LA Weekly Critic Scott Foundas on May 15.

The current lineup includes:

May 15: "American Directors in Cannes" - 2:00-3:30pm - Hosted by indieWIRE, panelists TBA, moderator: Eugene Hernandez.

"In Conversation: Francis Ford Coppola" with Scott Foundas (LA Weekly) - 5:30pm.

May 17: "Meet the New Sundance" - 3:00-4:30pm - Panelists include: John Cooper (Sundance Film Festival Director); Trevor Groth (Sundance Program Director) - Moderator: Sharon Swart (Variety).

"Fan Nation" - 5:00-6:30pm - Panelists include: Tim League (Director of Fantastic Fest & Founder of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin); Tom Quinn (Magnolia Pictures); Todd Brown (Twitchfilm.com); Jon Fougner (Facebook); Sacha Gervasi (director, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil") - Moderator: Karina Longworth (SpoutBlog)

May 18: "Surviving in the Recession" - 12:30-2:00pm - Panelists include: Agnes Mentre (Wild Bunch); Roeg Sutherland (CAA); Jeb Brody (Vendrome); Stuart Ford (IM Global); Ben Browning (Wayfare); Joe Drake (Lionsgate), Glen Basner (FilmNation) - Moderator: Michael Fleming (Variety)

"Plug in. Play: Tax Credits and Advanced Technology in South Louisiana" - 3:00-5:00pm - Panelists include: Marcus Brown (Actor, Producer & Entertainment Industry Liaison for Lafayette, Louisiana); Joey Durel (City-Parish President of Lafayette Consolidated Government); Chris Stelly (Director of Film & Television, Louisiana Economic Development); Ken Badish (Executive Producer, Active Entertainment); Charles Richard (Director of the Cinematic Arts Workshop, University of Louisiana at Lafayette).

"It's A Mad, New Media World" - 5:30-7:00pm - Panelists include: Sharon Waxman (The Wrap); Anne Thompson (ThompsonOnHollywood); Karina Longworth (SpoutBlog); James Rocchi (MSN Movies/AMCtv.com); John Horn (Los Angeles Times) - Moderator: Eugene Hernandez.

MAY 19: "Documentary: The New Journalism" - 10:30am-12:00pm - Panelists include: Anne Aghion ("My Neighbor, My Killer"); David Fenkel (Oscilloscope Laboratories); Richard Lorber (Lorber Media) - Moderator: Thom Powers (Toronto International Film Festival)

May 20: "New Platforms for Filmmakers: Are They Working Yet?" - 10:30am-12:00pm - Panelists include: Liesl Copland (Endeavor); Mark Lipsky (Gigantic); Efe Cakarel (Founder & CEO, The Auteurs); John Sloss (Cinetic Media) - Moderator: Scott Macaulay (Filmmaker Magazine)

"Cannes Trivia Night" - 9:00pm-12:00am - Contestants: TBD

May 31: "SAGIndie Karaoke Party" - 9:00pm-11:30pm