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Roman Coppola’s STUART FORD
Decentralized Pictures CREATES CANNES
financing app goes BUZZ CASTING
live in Cannes UP POOLMAN
THE Decentralized Pictures WITH TOP-TIER
Foundation (DCP) is on NAMES
May 20 launching its
blockchain-based financing community which can vote for the best AGC Studios, Stuart Ford’s
projects to be produced. The community
receives cryptographic tokens, independent content studio, has
FILMCredits, as a reward.
announced that Ariana DeBose and

application to support indie “After years of hard work, we’re opening Jennifer Jason Leigh have joined the

filmmakers, providing them new our doors to the community and inviting cast of Chris Pine’s Poolman. Pine

opportunities, and aiming to remove independent filmmakers around the will direct and star in the film which
barriers to entry to the industry in world to submit their projects for a
Hollywood. chance to bring their visions to life,” is being fully financed by AGC.

DCP has also announced an award Coppola said. Annette Bening and Danny DeVito

programme with The Gotham Film & As well as sharing $50,000, winning Roman Coppola © DR have previously been announced.
Media Institute to provide $50,000 in filmmakers for the Gotham initiative
finishing funds to select documentary receive mentorship from DCP and The DCP has an existing collaboration with Described as a tribute to Los Angeles,
Steven Soderbergh, whose company is
filmmakers. Gotham. Three runners-up also get offering a $300,000 financing award in with a nod to famous LA noirs like
finishing funds for three or more
Decentralized Pictures was founded by support from DCP and The Gotham, filmmakers of scripted films. Chinatown and The Long
Filmmakers can sign up, submit and
Roman Coppola, Leo Matchett and including introductions to industry review projects at app.decentralized. Goodbye, Poolman is an
American Zoetrope’s vice-president of players. pictures.
production, Michael Musante. “There are many stellar projects that Submissions for the initiatives close on entertaining mystery.
June 20. In Cannes DCP is taking part in
DCP’s mission is to identify and support apply to Gotham Week but are not an event with FF3 and Decrypt. ✦ Pine also co-wrote the script with Ian

indie filmmakers through film-financing selected to participate in the Project Liza Foreman Gotler. He will produce alongside

awards, introductions to production Market, and would benefit enormously Stacey Sher (Respect, Django
companies and talent agencies. from the type of support and exposure
Filmmakers submit proposals on the offered by this programme,” said Jeffrey Unchained, Garden State, Erin

DCP platform for review by the Sharp, executive director of The Gotham. Brockovich, Get Shorty) and Patty

Jenkins (Wonder Woman franchise,

Monster). The film goes into

production in June in Los Angeles.

CANNES  This year is Jérôme Also on board is cinematographer
CONFIDENTIAL Paillard’s last edition of
Marché du Film. What Matthew Jensen, whose credits
John Jencks would you like to say to
him? include Wonder Woman, Wonder
COMPANY I don’t know how you do it  Woman 1984, Fantastic Four,

A  re online markets and Filth, Chronicle, The Mandalorian
festivals here to stay?
and Game of Thrones.
I hope so 
© MARK SHERRATT DeBose’s credits include West Side
O  utside of Cannes what is
your favourite film festival Story, Hamilton, The Prom and
and why?
HBO’s Westworld. It was also
Dinard, it’s Cannes without the
bun fights  recently announced that DeBose will

M   ovie theatres are… host the upcoming Tony Awards.

Your job title? organisation in Cannes A beautiful place to dream Leigh’s film highlights include The
this year?
 Chair W  hat are your immediate Hateful Eight, Backdraft, Short
Forward in all directions post-Marché du Film plans?
Astrological sign? Cuts, Single White Female and
Y  our weirdest Cannes Errr… shoot a film, obvs 
I’ve no sign that the stars are moment? Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
logical H   ow many stamps on your
Being in the urinal adjacent to passport? DeBose is repped by CAA and AC
You were born on… Robin Williams and crying with
laughter More now than pre-Brexit (Grrrr) Management; Leigh is repped by
 A Wednesday 
 How bad has COVID-19 H  ow long did it take you to CAA and Untitled Entertainment; Pine
Your three favourite harmed the industry? answer these questions?
films of the last is repped by CAA, John Carrabino
12 months? Too early to tell  Six minutes
Management and Gendler & Kelly;
Titane (funniest)  If you could meet
Red Rocket (most charming) Vincent Lindon, Bening is repped by CAA and Mark
Dune (film I loved to hate) what would you say
to him? Gochman of Gochman Law Group;
W  hat can we expect
from your company/ Hi, my names John Jencks, what’s DeVito is repped by CAA and Joel
Behr of Behr & Abramson; Jenkins is

repped by CAA; Sher is repped by

CAA and Kevin Marks at Gang, Tyre,

Ramer, & Brown; and Jensen is repped

by WME. ✦ Liza Foreman

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