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"...The following day, Los Angeles-based director David Lassiter, actor Nick Clifford and two producing partners gathered in a spot not far away at the Grand.
The Silver Lake quartet, who had also turned to Kickstarter to raise money, had come to Cannes with their short film "The Opportunist," an L.A.-set character drama about a charming con man that also world-premiered on Saturday, this time in the Critics' Week section.
When they received a response from the festival, they were so convinced they wouldn't get in that they misread the French message as a rejection letter.
It's rare for Americans to land in Critics' Week. It's even rarer for just-trying-to-get-a-break directors in their 20s..."