CANNES, FRANCE – May 12, 2009 – The 2009 Cannes International Film Festival will include a benefit to honor the earthquake victims in Abruzzo, Italy consisting of a powerful film presentation with musical performance and cocktail reception. It will take place on May 20, 2009 at 3pm.

Members of the film industry, artists and citizens of the world will gather at the benefit for the world premiere of the film and musical concert “CANTO 6409”, a 22′ film that was created and directed by Dino Viani, an independent filmmaker who participated in festivals around the year, including the Biennale of Venice last year. The film will be accompanied by a live performance by contemporary music composer Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, who collaborated with John Cage between 1986 and 1992 and remains as composer for Merce Cunningham in New York City.

The music was elaborated inside Virtual Reality. The director, Dino Viani, living in the region of the earthquake, was the only film maker to chronicle the rare images of the immediate aftermath of the seismic disaster into an emotionally moving poetic montage. Viani and Pimenta have collaborated before creating both film and music according to the principles of independent artwork as established by the French dramaturge Antonin Artaud in the beginning of the twenty-century and followed by John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Robert Raushenberg among others.

The event is supported by the Holotopia Art and Science Academy in the Amalfi Coast (Italy), by ASA Art and Technology in London (England), and the Walden Zero Project in New York (U.S.) and is organized by MediaFusion in Washington DC (U.S.). All donations will be directly made to the Red Cross of Italy. The Red Cross of Italy has worked at the forefront of the disaster to help the victims of the earthquake dealing with their daily necessities.


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