Director James Toback and star Alec Baldwin stroll through the backstage of the Cannes Film Festival in search of meetings and events where they can talk with directors, producers and actors and convince them to finance the duo’s next project. Set in one of the world’s most glamorous festivals, the film shows how uneasy many professionals feel about the movie industry. The duo talks to filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Bernardo Bertolucci and Roman Polanski and actors Ryan Gosling and Jessica Chastain, among others. Cannes 2013.
Born in New York, in 1944, he is a well-respected screenwriter who went on to direct his own films and is considered an outcast by many. He has directed, among others, Exposed (1983), The Pick-Up Artist (1987), Two Girls and a Guy (1997, at the time rated NC-17 by the MPAA), When Will I Be Loved (2004) and the documentary Tyson (2008). He was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay to Barry Levinson’s Bugsy (1991).