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Interview with Jon Gosier - Founder and CEO of FilmHedge

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By DJ Cook     Jon Gosier is the founder and CEO of FilmHedge, a lending company that uses financial technology solutions to finance movies with up to $20 million per production.   What brings you to the Cannes Film Festival? “This year, our company is one of the sponsors for a number of events here: the Producer’s Club, the Film Finance Forum, and VIP access to the red carpet itself,” Gosier responded. FilmHedge has participated in the festival for the p...

VIDEO: Interview with Frédéric Sojcher

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An interview with Frédéric Sojcher, a film scholar and member of the Jury for the Prix de la Citoyenneté. This occurred during the 77th Cannes Film Festival in 2024.   Interviewed by DJ Cook   ...

VIDEO: Interview with Martín Rodríguez

Actor Martín Rodríguez was interviewed by Bruno Chatelin in Cannes, France. Rodríguez starred in Quimera by Tomás Vergara, which competed in the 2024 edition of the French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF). Rodríguez was also awarded with the FRFF 2024 Industry Excellence Award. Find Martín Rodríguez on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1448617/ and on Instagram: @martinrodriguezag   ...

VIDEO: Interview with Paweensuda Drouin

  "Fahsai" Jennifer Paweensuda Drouin attended the 2024 Thai Night: Where Films Come Alive gala.   Find her on Instagram @paweensuda Facebook Paweensuda Drouin and Tiktok Paweensuda.Drouin   ...

VIDEO: Interview with Nicholas Alexander - Cannes

  "Alexander's multifaceted presence in Hollywood seamlessly bridges the realms of acting, producing, and directing, both on the grand cinematic stage and the intimate small screen. His cinematic journey found its inaugural chapter in the internationally acclaimed 'Tempting Fate,' marking his entrance as a feature film actor. This remarkable film not only graced the prestigious 2015 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles but also commanded premieres in theater...

Interview with up-and-coming actor Ian Bjorn

By DJ Cook Ian Bjorn is an up-and-coming actor who was born in Switzerland to a Dutch father and a Danish mother. He moved to the UK at a young age and lives there today. This is Ian's first time in Cannes. He is excited to see what the festival has to offer!   What are some recent projects that you’ve been working on?  “The most recent one wrapped up about a month ago, called Sanctum (upcoming). It was a series where I played a god-worshiping cannibal. What does ...

VIDEO: Interview with Phillip Bergson, UK Film Critic

  Interview with Philip Bergson, UK Film Critic and long-time blog contributer here on Filmfestivals.com.  Find his blog at https://www.filmfestivals.com/blog/ph...   Phillip Bergson: "winner of the Student Journalist of the Year competition in the UK weekly New Statesman, as a Classics Scholar Phillip Bergson then founded the Oxford Film Festival and, on graduating, was selected by “The Sunday Times” as a ‘New Critic’ and in th...

American Pavilion's In Conversation Series: Demi Moore

By DJ Cook American actress and producer Demi Moore makes her return to Cannes after 27 years. This year, she is hosting the amfAR gala. Moore is excited to come back to Cannes and see how far things have come since the last time she visited the festival. In regards to returning and hosting the event, Moore said, “I felt like it was the perfect way to complete my visit.” Also this year, Demi Moore stars in the in-competition film The Substance, which premieres tonight, May 18th, ...

World-renowned Vietnamese-American photographer visits Cannes: Interview with Nick Ut

By DJ Cook Nick Ut is a Vietnamese-American photographer and photojournalist. Ut worked for the Associated Press for 51 years. Throughout his robust career, he has won every major photography award, including the Pulitzer Prize. Ut is best known for his photograph The Terror of War (Napalm Girl), taken in 1972. Nick recounts the story of the photograph in an interview with Bruno Chatelin.   Chatelin asked Ut to talk about the story behind that famous photograph.   Ut explained t...

American icon returns to Cannes after 35 years: Rendez-vous avec Meryl Streep

By DJ Cook Meryl Streep is a phenomenal actress whose work has touched generations. Streep’s list of hits is numerous, including The Deer Hunter (1978), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Sophie's Choice (1983), Out of Africa (1986), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Mamma Mia! (2008), The Post (2017), and Don't Look Up (2021), just to name a few.   Streep was invited to the 2024 Cannes Film Festival to be presented with an Honorary Palme...

Acting, Art, and Directorial Debuts: Billy Zane at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival

By DJ Cook As a part of American Pavilion’s 2024 In Conversation series, American actor Billy Zane came to the Cannes Film Festival to discuss his career.   As American Pavilion advertised, “During his illustrious career, Billy Zane has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of all time, and some of the most watched cult television experiences, including Titanic, Twin Peaks, and The Back To The Future and Sniper Franchises. Current projects include Waltzing ...

Francis Ford Coppola Talks Megalopolis

This afternoon the team behind Megalopolis took the time to discuss their latest project. This highly anticipated film premiered this Thursday to great revelry. Today a panel of key members discussed the process of making the film, the vision behind it, and the reaction they’ve received from the public. The full press conference is below.     ...

Interview with Director Bonnie Discepolo and Actress Anna Camp for film "Neo-Dome" @ SXSW

Director Bonnie Discepolo and actress Anna Camp attended SXSW for the premiere of their latest work NEO-DOME (2024), a Sci-fi series pilot set in a post-apocalyptic America where a woman (Anna Camp) travels solo on the road headed for a mysterious dome on the distant horizon; a cautionary tale about trust in a new world where no one can be trusted. In an interview with Bonnie and Anna about NEO-DOME, here is what they had to say:   Can you tell us your background and what led you to fi...

Interview with directors of LOST ANGEL: THE GENIUS OF JUDEE SILL

Interview with Andy Brown and Brian Lindstrom directors of LOST ANGEL: THE GENIUS OF JUDEE SILL. Before any of the folk singers we all adore like, Joan Baez, there was an amazing lady whose life was cut short due to her fight with her inner demons. ‘LOST ANGEL’ give us an honest and moving portrait of the fragile soul of singer Judee Sill. Judee was a jewel who never encountered the success she should have received. She dedicated her life to create and inspire others. Today h...

Interview With Composer Will Bates for Score of Michael Mohan’s IMMACULATE; Premiere at SXSW

Composer Will Bates has composed original scores for a myriad of filmmakers including acclaimed directors Mike Cahill (Another Earth; I Origins; Bliss), Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks; Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief; Zero Days; The Forever Prisoner), Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me; Nobody Walks) and Fisher Stevens (Mission Blue; Bright Lights).  Bates’ upcoming p...

Interview with Director Sam Shainberg For SHOTPLAYER, Documentary Short Competition @ SXSW 2024

The short film SHOTPLAYER (2024), directed by Sam Shainberg, screened in the Documentary Short Competition at this year’s SXSW. SHOTPLAYER is an impressionistic journey into the mind of Wilfred Rose, one of New York City's most notorious pickpockets. As he returns to the subway for the first time in many years, he reflects on a life of crime in a society that has left many of its citizens behind. SHOTPLAYER asks the question: When is it ok to p...

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