The granddaddy of all film fests and markets, Cannes 2013, kicks off on the 15th, running to the 26th. Rising indie film maven Jennifer Blanc-Biehn is attending the event, and we’ll be tracking her progress with the projects she’s taking to the show as an actress, producer, and first-time director.
From the Press Release:
Jennifer Blanc-Biehn will be in attendance this year at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival from May 15-21 to support several upcoming projects: her eerie directorial debut, The Night Visitor, Wrong Cops (which just premiered at Sundance), horror/comedy Among Friends, and Treachery, starring her husband, Michael Biehn (it will be for sale in the Cannes Marché du Film by Fairway Films). She and Biehn, under their Blanc/Biehn Productions imprint, currently have seven films in production coming out this year or next.
One of those films officially launching at the fest is Hidden in the Woods, a dark controversial remake of the Spanish-language thriller. Blanc-Biehn and Biehn begin shooting the intense film, based on a true story, in July. The film’s producer, Loris Curci, and international distributor Dimitri Stephanides of WTF will also be in attendance at the launch, May 2013, with Jennifer Blanc-Biehn.
The actress will also be on hand prior to the screening of short film Sticks and Stones, a moving narrative about bullying in schools and the lasting effects on children, May 20th at the American Pavilion. Blanc-Biehn, who stars in the film, will be available before the screening along with writer Taylor Grant and director Kate Rees Davies and at the Short Film Corner – where guests can sit in cubicles and watch on-demand – to answer questions and support the film.
“We have some celebrating to do, too, so Cannes won’t be all work and no play,” says Blanc-Biehn, referring to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ recently completed three-picture deal with film executive/investor Lony Ruhmann, who will serve as executive producer and co-writer on the upcoming films The Girl, Night Maire, and Get Back Joe, now in development. “Lony was so moved by our films and collaborating with us on his story The Night Visitor that he pitched three stories right away and is funding this deal into next year. We couldn’t be more pleased. Michael loved what we were doing with The Night Visitor so much that he added it to the Blanc/Biehn roster, which sparked Lony to offer the four-picture deal and future collaborations.”
Treachery is a lead title that is being presented at Cannes with Marty Poole of Fairway Films. Just added to the roster this week, it was written and directed by Travel Romero (co-creator and co-writer of “White Collar”).
With so many projects to endorse at Cannes, Blanc-Biehn might feel overwhelmed, but instead she is exhilarated. “We have so many movies in the pipeline, and I’m equally excited about each one,” says Blanc-Biehn. ”Between the roles I choose and our projects at Blanc/Biehn, it’s important that I tell a compelling, emotional story. I’m excited to talk about these films and looking forward to seeing friends, doing a little business, and sharing our ideas at Cannes.”
Look for more on all of these projects – as well as up-to-the-minute news from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film – right here! For more info in the meantime, visit the official Festival de Cannes website.
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