• Cannes Film Festival Report,
    by Scott Trimble.

    In May 1999 I had the opportunity to attend the Cannes Film Festival in France. As representatives of the Oakland Film Commission, Jennifer Bauman, Alonika Burke, and I worked at the AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International) Booth in the Mitic Pavilion, located inside the Palais and across from the Mif Pavilion. The AFCI is comprised of film commissions from all over the world. A few of the other representatives here at the festival with us included Australia, Missouri, San Jose (California), Alaska, South of France, Jamaica, England, and many more.

    The three of us were thus able to advertise the fact that Oakland is a great place to shoot movies. We provided to people in the film industry our production guide, Film Oakland (in both English and French editions), and we also shared brochures about things of a special-interest in Oakland: Manex Studios, Enterprise Zone tax benefits, business listings, etc. We also offered our business cards and website address, and answered lots of questions. In addition I was able to promote the Northern California Movies website.

    We had passes for the Cannes Market movies, and we also attended a formal red-carpet screening of a film that was in competition. All the movies that I saw are shown below....

  • aserix et obelix contre cesar
    Astérix et Obélix Contre César
    written by Claude Zidi and Gérard Lauzier.
    directed by Claude Zidi.
    starring Gérard Depardieu and Roberto Benigni.
    pola x
    Pola X
    written by Léos Carax, Jean-Paul Fargeau, Lauren Sedofsky.
    directed by Léos Carax.
    starring Guillaume Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve.
    written by Ronald Bass, Michael Hertzberg, William Broyles Jr.
    directed by Jon Amiel.
    starring Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ving Rhames.
    bonnie and clyde
    Bonnie and Clyde
    written by Robert Benton, David Newman, Robert Towne.
    directed by Arthur Penn.
    starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman.
    american pie
    American Pie
    written by Adam Herz.
    directed by Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz.
    starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid.
    drop dead gorgeous
    Drop Dead Gorgeous
    written by Lona Williams.
    directed by Michael Patrick Jann.
    starring Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Kirstie Alley.
    summer of sam
    Summer of Sam
    written by Spike Lee.
    directed by Spike Lee.
    starring John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino.
    around the fire
    Around the Fire (filmed in the Bay Area)
    written by Tommy Rosen and John Comerford.
    directed by John Jacobsen.
    starring Devon Sawa, Bill Smitrovich, Tara Reid.

    Three movies that I missed, but really wanted to see were
    The Blair Witch Project, Wildflowers (also filmed in the Bay Area), and Dogma.