This is the famous beach at Cannes…
May 17th, 2013

This is the famous beach at Cannes where Bardot and other starlets once shed their bikinis for the adoring fans and photographers. Such stunts are passé here. Nothing shocks. The annual film festival gathers thousands of people in the industry who have the jaded look of too many action films that died at the box office. Still, shock-free though it is, Cannes is still a real kick and one would be a fool not to sample the huge menu of offerings. Already I have seen superb film, locked hands with one of my idols, Jane Campion, lined up for eternity and been denied a seat at the last minute, secured a prime seat for another screening, and gawked long and hard at the throngs of humanity who have descended to this fair of vanities.

At the moment I am eavesdropping on a deal going down at the next table. They’re speaking English, but I can’t quite make out what kind of film they’re partnering on. The cliches abound, though: “the structure is solid and the script is very tight,” he says. When has anyone said anything  less?

I am planted at the Argentinian booth, waiting my own meeting with a lively distributor of films, eager to hear what she is promoting. This is the nature of the Cannes market, everyone selling or buying something, looking for the best deal or angle. Spanish is rolling off the tongue here, a little microcosm of South America. There are multitudes of microcosms, but we are bound here by the same love or interest in film, to be sure.

Anyhow, I have my own deals to make and hustles to manage and so I’m out of here for this week. A dirty job but…

Dr. Faye Murrin is Dean pro tempore of the School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. She completed her B.Sc. (Hons.) at Memorial University, her M.Sc. at Acadia University, and her Ph.D. at Queen's University. Her research interests have always been focused on fungi, in particular the cell biology of insect pathogenic fungi and, more recently, the ecology of mycorrhizal mushrooms in the boreal forest. Dr. Murrin has served in a number of positions on the Council of the Mycological Society of America and was awarded the title of MSA Fellow for her contributions. She was awarded the Women in Science and Engineering Lifetime Membership Award as founding co-director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Summer Program. Dr. Murrin participates in public lectures and workshops, and is a Director on the board of Newfoundland Foray, Inc.

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