Late Fragment - An Interactive Film

Cannes Craziness + a run-in with Wim Wenders

Lynn holding up the Future of Cinema Poster

So it’s 3:00PM thereabouts. I’m staring at the Croisette teaming with people (the throngs are just starting to gather for the early evening red carpet screening.) I’m on the balcony of what was known as the Noga Hilton, which has been commandeered by the Rome Film Festival. The sun is hot, the wind fresh off the sea, and my latte just right.

I have just come back from a successful demo and taste test of Late Fragment at the Palais de Festival. Late Fragment was part of the Future of Cinema Salon @ Cannes the CFC Media Lab has been running for the past three years with filmfestivals.com and our partners Bruno Chatelin and Malo Girod de l’Ain. (In fact, as you can see from the photo, we used images from Late Fragment as part of our branding for the Salon.)

Overall, I think the demo went well despite the fact that Tina and I had to collaborate on the running of the interactive video system. The venue was a state of the art digital theatre in the Palais, complete with HD projector, and comfy seats. The catch was that we couldn’t hook up my computer to run from the front of the theatre. So all my equipment was in the projection booth. So it was Powerpoint by magical finger-pointing: when I pointed my finger, Tina would click right arrow for the next slide. It actually went well! Not a glitch!

My once in a lifetime Cannes moment happened at 8AM this morning as I was doing tech set up for the panel preceding the Late Fragment demo. (The session was called Future of Cinema Blockbuster Panel.) As I was moderating the panel, I needed to find the right way to kick it off. In my research, I found out that Wim Wenders had shot a documentary in Cannes in 1982 called Chambre 666. He had set up a camera in room 666 at the Hotel Martinez and invited filmmakers to comment on the Future of Cinema. I thought, “hey, what luck! this makes a perfect intro!” So presto, bingo, Stephen Spielberg on Youtube commenting on the state of “the blockbuster” in 1982. As I was showing my Powerpoint to one of our panelists, Marc Halperin, I heard someone say, “hey that’s my film.” Wim Wenders had been sitting in the same theater waiting to do a picture check after we were done. I didn’t see him at all! He was super cool! He spoke with both Marc and me for some time describing that doc and how interesting it was to hear Antonioni predict the coming of HD, home theater systems, audiences “downloading” their own videos, etc.

Now that all our events have launched, I can sit here, drink my latte, watch the crowds below and savor that Cannes moment.

Ana

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