By John H. Foote
In another potentially crippling blow to a gasping film industry, the Cannes Film Festival has been postponed due to the struggles around the world with COVID-19.
The announcement states the organizers hope they can hold the festival later in the year, June or July perhaps, but this will undoubtedly have an impact on programming for the major fall festivals in New York, Telluride, Toronto and Venice.
Cannes is often a showcase for major premieres of films from around the world and independent films seeking distribution.
John H. Foote is a well-recognized Canadian film critic/historian who has been an active critic for 30 years. His deep love for the movies began at a very young age. He began his career as co-host of the popular TV show Reel to Real where he remained for nine years. While on TV he began dabbling in education, eventually ascending to Director of the Toronto Film School, where he also taught film history. After leaving the college to care for his wife, he returned to teaching at Humber College where he taught both Film History and Method Acting Theory. John has written two books: “Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker” and the upcoming “Spielberg – American Film Visionary”. He is currently working on two books, one about the films of the seventies and another on the films of Martin Scorsese. Through his career he has worked in TV, radio, print and the web. John has interviewed everyone in the industry (more than 300 interviews) except Jack Nicholson, he says sadly. Highlights include Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep Robert Duvall, Jane Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow.