Friday, June 6, 2008

Cannes Preview

The Cannes Film Festival. It was a great experience to say the least. The preview of the Inferno documentary was received with enthusiasm and I got great feedback, particularly from a Canadian/American distributor, the kind of people that really matter. There were some celebrities that drove from Switzerland and Italy just to support me. Those were Lalo Cibelli, who interprets Virgil in the Divine Comedy live opera and Giulio De Bernardi, who owns The Divine Comedy spiritual bar chain. Also, Yeniffer Behrens from LA was there knocking on my brain. We had an after movie great party at an amazing villa called the Mint Festival House run by a lovely couple from England. It was not cheap but worthy and memorable, well all in Cannes is that way anyway.

It was great to have met Sean Penn and Quentin Tarantino, particularly Quentin. Yes, I had heard that he's crazy, but I must say that not only agree but also add that he's a very nice man. I wonder if being fun and loud makes anyone crazy. It was interesting to see what people think of others, and to realize, at the same time, that short descriptions must be taken with a grain of salt.

Now, I must continue working to finally present the world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in Italy next August/September. It has to be premiered in Italy!

Ah, yes, I walked the red carpet along Milla Jovovich and Giovanna Mezzogiorno. I made a short video and some people took pictures of me which I will soon share with you. As soon as I get them all in. I'm attaching one though, it is called "the kiss", after the red walk and everybody was gone.

Filming in Hollywood

Filming in Hollywood was a gratifying experience. It was done at a studio in Universal City in March, 2008.

Everybody showed up on time or earlier, and studio owner, Mr. Don Peake, was very kind to myself and all my guests.

I filmed everybody using a green screen as background, which gives the editor the flexibility to later add any kind of images to accompany the speakers' narration.

What a day!