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Who are you and what do you © DR Who are you and what do you do?
do? © THE BEVERLY HILLS PHOTOGRAPHER INC.I am the CFO of Arclight Films, the
Bonjour from Alexandra Cocean, the Alexandra Cocean award-winning feature-film production Brian Beckmann
executive vice president of international and distribution company helmed by
sales at Voltage Pictures, the leading her. These titles sit alongside our Gary Hamilton. I oversee all legal, and featuring the music of Dolly Parton;
privately held, film and television extensive, cast-driven catalogue that financial and accounting functions for and the dark-comedy Big Gold Brick
production, financing and sales entity, provides our distribution partners Arclight Films including its production starring Andy Garcia, Emory Cohen,
based in Los Angeles, headed by CEO with the kind of diverse, highly- operations and its 300+ sales library of Megan Fox and Golden Globe winner
Nicolas Chartier and President and commercial options for all movie- feature films. Oscar Isaac.
COO Jonathan Deckter. Along with going demographics that they’ve come Arclight Films is celebrating its 20-year We will be screening a number of films in
the sales team, we are attending in to expect from the Voltage team. anniversary in 2022, which is no small the Cannes market and are very much
person this edition of Marché du Film, feat! When the company was launched in looking forward to seeing our
and we’re looking forward to sharing How have you felt about not 2002, we were more involved on the sales international buyers in person!
our exciting slate with everyone in attending Cannes for a few side. But we soon realised that the
person, for the first time in a long time! years. Did you attend the business was changing, and we had to How have you felt about not
Festival in 2021? look more seriously into production with attending Cannes for a few years.
Best Cannes memories? Last Cannes I attended in person was a clear vision to create films that Did you attend the Festival in
My best memories are the times spent in 2019 — I have missed it terribly, distributors wanted. We are now 2021?
with distributor friends from all over like everyone else in our industry. producing three to four films a year, with We’ve been able to successfully navigate
the world who share our passion for There’s an excitement in the air in a focus on developing interesting feature the virtual markets during the pandemic
film. It’s really incredible to be part of a Cannes that is unmatched, and I think films — our international buyers are and have been as busy as ever! We also
business that unites colleagues from all everyone agrees with that. New films, looking for big movies that deliver with launched several films — Queen Bees
over the world with the common goal of great friends, exciting activations and marquee cast and production value. And enjoyed a healthy run at the height of the
sharing remarkable films with all in one of the most beautiful places it’s not just an A-list lead, the buyers are pandemic thanks to our partners at
worldwide audiences. Nothing beats in the world. looking for the entire ensemble to be Gravitas, and Neon did an excellent job
being part of this special industry! bankable names. with Possessor in the U.S. However, there’s
Running into movies stars in Cannes is Best and worst Cannes film? We’re always going to make films that nothing like being in Cannes! We have
another memory that brings up a smile First favourite that comes to mind is have an international perspective like definitely missed our friends and partners
for me. Almodovar’s La piel que habito, the Hotel Mumbai starring Dev Patel and and have a lot of catching up to do
audience was electrified. It’s such a Escape from Pretoria starring Daniel during the market. The first festival that
Worst Cannes memories? wonderful feeling sharing the emotion Radcliffe. In their heart, these are thrillers we’ve attended since the start of the
There was one year when it rained for with an auditorium full of people. As but they both tell something about the pandemic was SXSW in March — our
seven or eight days straight, and for worst film…I believe that every world that most people don’t know. film Seriously Red had its world premiere
everyone was losing their wits, and film in Cannes is special, it’s not easy in the Narrative Feature Competition at
missing their meetings! It was a really to get there — all filmmakers deserve Best Cannes memories? SXSW. There was so much buzz and
bad stroke of luck to be stuck inside, praise. ✦ Falling in love. energy at the festival and people were
looking out at one of the most beautiful genuinely excited to be there. I feel there
places in the world from the window. Liza Foreman Worst Cannes memories? is even more anticipation for Cannes and
Falling in love. everyone I know is thrilled to be back.
Cannes slate and goals?
Voltage Pictures has become the leading Cannes slate and goals? Best and worst Cannes films?
company in the independent YA space, Arclight Films was able to successfully Best: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood;
which is a red-hot market, and we’re navigate the pandemic and finance and Worst: Everything from Werner Herzog.
really excited to bring ever more peak shoot several high-profile films in It’s like he’s pissing on my brain. ✦ L. F.
YA content to the Croisette this year. Australia during COVID, including two
We’re going to present the first footage films that are currently in post
of prolific YA director Roger Kumble’s production — the fantasy-adventure film
(Cruel Intentions, After We Collided) The Portable Door starring Academy
adaption of the New York Times Award winner Christoph Waltz and Sam
bestselling novel Beautiful Disaster, Neill, produced with the Henson
starring Dylan Sprouse, Virginia Company, and the thriller Poker Face,
Gardner, Austin North and Libe Barer, directed by Academy Award winner
and introduce buyers to the sexy YA Russell Crowe who also stars alongside
thriller Game of Love starring social Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky and
media mega-star Bella Thorne and rapper RZA.
Italian popstar Benjamin Mascolo. It’s Our current titles also include: the new
been incredible to watch the success of thriller The Locksmith, also in post,
these films, which have extensive, built- starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth
in audiences thanks to their incredibly and Ving Rhames; the SXSW
popular leads. Bella alone has some 25 competition title Seriously Red starring
million+ followers on Instagram, who and produced by Rose Byrne’s
are always eager for new content from production company Dollhouse Pictures

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