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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Photo essay: Cannes 2012

As my first Festival de Cannes draws to a close, I am struck pretty much dumb by the experience. Suffice it to say that when Wayne Koestenbaum puts out a second edition of his recent book Humiliation, my ten days here deserve at least a mention, and possibly a chapter. 

To minimize the risk of further damage to my career, I will let these pictures tell their own deceptive tale of my Cannes debut. 

In Cannes, you can never be too rich, too thin, too famous, or too tan.

Toast of the American Pavilion, in absentia

Hometown pride I: Cannes Peaches! And Bobby Barber

Hometown pride II: Kevin Clarke's double spotted in the Indian aisle of the Marché


I love the Brazilian people! (Part I)

I love the Brazilian people! (Part II)

Without Marilyn, this place would just be a punk ass fishing village with a casino.

Best-in-class paparazzo: Jan-Michael Losada

I love the Brazilian people! (Part III) - also Norwegians and Mutton Chops. And Jim. And the occasional Scottish pinhead.

I slipped in the rain and banged up this finger 

The lovely and talented Alexandria Sage (Lowell '86), covering the festival for Reuters

Our room with a view, a safe distance from the festival

The horrors of socialized medicine include architecture so good people are dying to get into the hospital.

Cannes dieting tip #1: Eat up the attention, then pick at your dinner.

Jim and I needed subtitles to understand the bizarre language spoken by the Englishman & the Scot. 

Moments later, we shouted at ourselves "NO PICTURES! NO PICTURES!" and put our hands in front of our iPhones. Then Marc got carried away and gave himself a shiner.

42IF I survive Cannes

Palme d'Or for Best Footwear

We had filmmakers from every continent, and conjoined twins.

Photo credit: Maxim Jago Sam Hobbins (my edits)

Only Cindy Sherman understands (photo credit: Jim Kenney)

Unlike most celebrities, Jane really listens. 

1 comment:

dustingrella said...

it was great to meet you. for the rest of my life i've decided to pretend that i am you.

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Paul Festa’s first film, Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006, 51 min), captures the responses of 31 artists to the apocalyptic music of Olivier Messiaen (with Justin Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, Harold Bloom; screenings: Grace Cathedral, Barbican Centre, Library of Congress; “Remarkable”The New Yorker; “Stunning”Chicago Sun-Times; “Sublime”Globe & Mail; numerous awards). Festa performs the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, opposite members of the San Francisco Ballet and The Cockettes, in his award-winning second film, The Glitter Emergency (2010, 20 min), a silent-film drag ballet comedy (“Enormous visual and musical inventiveness…full of pleasure and joy...Festa gives a bravura performance."—Film Threat). He produced, wrote and edited, with director Austin Forbord, and was chief archivist, for the Emmy-nominated documentary Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco (2010, 80 min: with Robin Williams, Bill Irwin, Peter Coyote; screenings: Geary Theater, KQED; “Intriguing...entertaining...a valuable record”—Variety). Performances as violinist and actor: ODC Theater, Center for Performance Research, Kunst-Stoff, TheatreFIRST, North Bay Shakespeare, Albert Fuller's Helicon Ensemble (Merkin Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall). US, Boston, NYC, SF, LA and DC (Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress on the “Betts” Stradivarius) premieres of Messiaen’s Fantaisie for violin and piano. He is the author of OH MY GOD: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever, based on Apparition of the Eternal Church, and several anthologized essays, and has written for The Daily Beast, Salon, Nerve, and The New York Times Book Review. Current projects include a novel and Tie It Into My Hand (2014, ca. 80 min), a documentary feature that has screened as a work in progress at the Cannes film market and at ODC Theater in San Francisco (with Alan Cumming, Gary Graffman, Peter Coyote, Mink Stole, Robert Pinsky; "A fascinating exploration of the artistic life, as rollickingly entertaining as it is insightful and stirring."San Francisco Bay Guardian). Education: Yale (B.A.; prizes, honors, distinction), Juilliard (Cert., Adv. Cert., scholarships). Residencies: Yaddo, MacDowell, ODC Theater, Centre des Récollets.