Lead by Troma Entertainment’s Lloyd Kaufman, the Occupy Cannes movement will use the Cannes Film Festival to draw attention to the disparity in opportunity between the mega-media conglomerates and independent artists. “Give art back to the people,” exhorts Kaufman. In its acclaimed 2002 documentary “All the Love You Cannes,” Troma discussed and established that the mega media-conglomerates have smothered most of the art world and are not going away. With the Occupy Cannes demonstrations at Cannes and the forthcoming documentary of the same name, Troma is aiming to level the playing field and to inform independent artists as to how they can better co-exist with, work around, and change the mainstream to promote truly independent art in all its forms.
Occupy Cannes will be a provocative, idealistic, and very entertaining documentary to be filmed at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival about the struggle of independent artists who come from around the world to promote their projects. Exploring the Cannes Film Festival from inside out, Occupy Cannes will use Troma’s latest production, Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. One, as its centerpiece as cameras follow the Troma Team at Cannes while they try to sell and promote the film. They will also meet many filmmakers who have come to support Troma and also use what they learn to promote their own projects. Occupy Cannes aims to serve as a wake-up call to media elites who have hijacked Cannes and show that indie artists and major studios can co-exist and work together if they open their minds. Occupy Cannes hopes to “make a difference,” says Kaufman. Follow the Occupy Cannes movement on Tumblr.
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