May 14, 2017
Los Angeles Informer
As the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival quickly approaches, women filmmakers are taking the French Riviera by storm.
Actress Karen Allen, most known for her work in the Indiana Jones film franchise, has set her sights on Cannes this year with the directorial debut of her first short film, A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. She returns to the festival having been in competition with Paul Newman’s The Glass Menagerie in 1987, and in 2008 with Steven Spielberg for the film that opened the event, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal.
Allen’s film is based on the short story by groundbreaking Southern American writer Carson McCullers, written when she was 25 years old. Set at a roadside café in the early morning in the spring of 1947, a young boy and an older man meet by chance. The man relates a luminous tale of personal heartbreak and loss, and of his hard won understanding of the nature of love.
2017 marks 100 years since McCullers’ birth and her work as a writer (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, A Member of the Wedding) is being honored across the globe. Earlier this year, Allen screened her film at several McCullers events in the United States and will attend an International Conference at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy on July 15th. The film will screen as part of a world-wide celebration of a writer who has inspired and influenced generations of young writers.
Allen is an award-winning actor/director working in the film, television and theatre world for over 35 years. She has starred in over 45 films including Animal House, The Wanderers, A Small Circle of Friends, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Shoot the Moon, Cruising, Split Image, Starman, Until September, Scrooged, The Glass Menagerie, Malcolm X, King of the Hill, The Perfect Storm, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, White Irish Drinkers, Bad Hurt and most recently, A Year By the Sea based on the memoir by Joan Anderson.
A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. will screen on Thursday, May 25 2017 – 10:00 AM and 5:30 PM, Palais H