Diane McArter Casts A Spell Over Film Craft
Diane McArter, this year’s Film Craft jury president, says fine film has a mysterious alchemy to it that conjures emotions in the beholder. But it should also appear – as if by magic – without the visible hand of the craftspeople behind it.
On the phone from LA, McArter is friendly, engaging and sounding eager to be a part of the upcoming festival. What does she think about the Lions reshuffle? “We all have to continue to evolve,” she says, “and Cannes does too. I think that they’ve met the challenge and I’m excited to be a part of it.” Of her appointment as jury president McArter goes on to say, “I was shocked [when they asked me]… Shocked and humbled. I’ve had the great privilege to work with many talented and creative people, and I’m thrilled to be able to bring a perspective, my own personal experiences and thoughts [to the jury room].”
And that’s where it gets interesting, because McArter’s perspective is unlike many of her predecessors. Of course, like those who have been president before her, McArter is genuinely fascinated by craft and the mastery of the skillsets needed to create a piece of work that matches, and often exceeds, the concept it is visualising. But more than that, McArter is fascinated by what the word craft means and our interpretation of it.
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