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2018 Cannes Film Festival: Ten Things To Know

2018 Cannes Film Festival: Ten Things To Know

We’re currently in the middle of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, which commenced on Tuesday, May 8 and will run through Saturday, May 19, and this year has already seen some changes and controversies, such as the schedule shuffle by Festival Director Thierry Frémaux, and the last-minute Netflix pull-out. If you’re looking for good news, this year’s Cannes has also brought unusual attention to some talented, lesser-known directors. But If you want to understand what’s happening at Cannes, here are ten things you need to know — about the festival in general as well as what’s new in 2018.

Hot Docs 2018 Interview: Joseph Pace Documentary, The Game Changers

The Game Changers, directed by Louie Psihoyos, Academy Award winning director of The Cove, and produced by fellow Academy Award winner James Cameron, is screening at the 2018 Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. This 88-minute documentary, written and produced by Joseph Pace, stars James Wilks, an elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter. Game Changers follow Wilks as he travels across multiple countries and investigates and exposes outdated and dangerous myths about protein, strength and masculinity. I learned that, along with Wilks, James Pace is actually the one who conceived of this film and was with it from the very beginning. In this interview, Joseph Pace tells us about the challenges of making the film, the film’s journey to the doc festival circuit, and the responses from those who have seen it.

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Filmmaker Interview: Michael Caton-Jones (Urban Hymn)

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 England Riots, “Urban Hymn” follows a neglected and volatile female offender, who possesses an amazing singing voice. Torn between her loyalties toward her inspiring, unconventional care worker and her possessive and volatile best friend, the film is a redemptive coming-of-age story with an all-star cast. Now, with the

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Filmmaker Interview: Paul Verhoeven

Between receiving his first-ever tribute, at the Marrakech Film Festival, and holding a Masterclass, Paul Verhoeven, the director of such modern-day classics as Basic Instinct, Robocop and Show Girls, discusses both the comedy of being gifted Sharon Stone’s knickers, and the tragedy of rape in his latest film, Elle. Verhoeven is the author of the

Riviera Maya Film Festival Interview: Vince Wilburn Jr. (Producer – Miles Ahead)

In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and

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2016 Hot Docs Filmmaker Interview: Lucius Dechausay (Kettle)

More than 1,000 people were arrested during the G20 Summit in Toronto, making it the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Through the skilful use of crowd-sourced footage, police radio, and bodycam recordings, Kettle revisits one downtown intersection to ask larger questions about civil liberties, the abuse of power and police misconduct. We spoke with

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