As the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival quickly approaches, women filmmakers are taking the French Riviera by storm.

Karen Allen

Actress Karen Allen, most known for her work in the Indiana Jones film franchise, has set her sights on Cannes this year with the directorial debut of her first short film, A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. She returns to the festival having been in competition with Paul Newman’s The Glass Menagerie in 1987, and in 2008 with Steven Spielberg for the film that opened the event, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal.  

Allen’s film is based on the short story by groundbreaking Southern American writer Carson McCullers, written when she was 25 years old. Set at a roadside café in the early morning in the spring of 1947, a young boy and an older man meet by chance. The man relates a luminous tale of personal heartbreak and loss, and of his hard won understanding of the nature of love.

2017 marks 100 years since McCullers’ birth and her work as a writer (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, A Member of the Wedding) is being honored across the globe. Earlier this year, Allen screened her film at several McCullers events in the United States and will attend an International Conference at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy on July 15th. The film will screen as part of a world-wide celebration of a writer who has inspired and influenced generations of young writers.

Allen is an award-winning actor/director working in the film, television and theatre world for over 35 years. She has starred in over 45 films including Animal House, The Wanderers, A Small Circle of Friends, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Shoot the Moon, Cruising, Split Image, Starman, Until September, Scrooged, The Glass Menagerie, Malcolm X, King of the Hill, The Perfect Storm, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, White Irish Drinkers, Bad Hurt and most recently, A Year By the Sea based on the memoir by Joan Anderson.

A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. will screen on Thursday, May 25 2017 – 10:00 AM and 5:30 PM, Palais H

Cameo Wood’s first narrative film “Real Artists” starring Tiffany Hines (Bones, 24: Legacy) and Tamlyn Tomita (Berlin Station) is set to make its debut to Cannes’ audiences on Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 PM at Palais H, as part of the 2017 Marché du Film.

Director Cameo Wood and Director of Photography Kimberly Culotta on set. Photo courtesy of Charming Stranger Films.

Based on Ken Liu’s short story of the same title, “Real Artists” is a dark tale set in the near future. Sophia, played by Tiffany Hines, just scored every animator’s dream interview at world famous Semaphore Animation Studios. However, when Creative Director Anne Palladon, played by Tamyln Tomita, reveals that she knows about Sophia’s fan-edit of Semaphore’s hit film “Mythos,” Sophia sees her dreams begin to slip away. Was it Sophia’s rebel ethos and creative instincts that landed her the invitation? Or is everything not quite as it seems at Semaphore? To maintain her artistic integrity, it’s going to take all of Sophia’s instincts and nerve.

Tamlyn Tomita gained international attention in her screen debut in “The Karate Kid, Part II,” and continued to create rich and engrossing characters in feature films, including “Come See The Paradise” opposite Dennis Quaid, the film adaptation of Amy Tan’s bestselling novel
“The Joy Luck Club,”  her distinguished work in “Picture Bride” (Audience Award winner, 1995 Sundance Film Festival), and “Four Rooms” opposite Antonio Banderas.  Most recently, she can be seen on EPIX in the acclaimed series “Berlin Station.”

Tamlyn Tomita and Tiffany Hines

Tiffany Hines is known for her memorable television roles as Birdie Scott in “Beyond The Break,” Michelle Welton on “Bones,”  Didi Miller on “Devious Maids,”  Jaden on “Nikita,” and Kelly Baptiste on “Damien.” She also portrayed Tamar Braxton on “Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart” on the Lifetime Channel. She can currently be seen on FOX’s series “24:Legacy.”

Finally, Seek Films’ “All of Me,” a short film by director Daphne Schmon, will premiere at Cannes Marché du Film 2017. The film, created by an all female team, was selected as one of the “best of Cannes shorts to screen” by Creative Market Group. Director Schmon, along with writer Emily Carlton, producer Jemma Moore and editor Philippa Carson will be in attendance.

“All of Me” is the story of a talented, genderqueer musician named Viv, played by British actress Chereen Buckley. In the story, Viv faces late stage leukemia that threatens the life she’s built. Her best hope is a bone marrow transplant from a member of her estranged family, but reconnecting means confronting a difficult past

“All of Me” marks Dphne Schmon’s narrative directorial debut.  The award-winning director and editor founded Seek Films in 2009 after graduating with honors from Wesleyan University. Her feature directorial debut “Children of the Wind,” garnered seven awards in the festival circuit, including “Best Documentary” and “Best Emerging Filmmaker” at the world’s premiere action sports film festival X-Dance. The film was also nominated for the “CNN Best Documentary Award” at the American Black Film Festival.

“All of Me” will screen on Friday, May 26 at 8:30 PM at Olympia 2 (5 rue d’Antibes, Cannes 06400).

Daphne Schmon

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