Cannes Film Festival Critic’s Week Announces World Premiere of Sole American Film in Competition, “The Opportunist” Los Angeles, CA – 23 April 2013


“The Opportunist”, the sole American film in competition in this year’s Critic’s Week, and the only American short film in competition at the entire Cannes Film Festival will have its World Premiere on May 18th at 2:00pm at Espace Miramar. Subsequent screenings will be held on May 19th at 8:00pm at Espace Miramar and Wednesday, May 22nd at 8:30am at Salle Bunuel.

Written and directed by David Lassiter, “The Opportunist” depicts a night in the life of a social shape-shifter addicted to the visceral thrill of invading the lives of others. The film marks the first collaboration between a team of young, up-and-coming Los Angeles filmmakers: writer/director David Lassiter, producers Alberto Roldán and Cate Smierciak and actor Nick Clifford.

Founded in 1961 by the French Association of Film Critics, “La Semaine de la Critique” (Critics’ Week) is dedicated to showcasing new filmmakers from around the world. It has helped launch the careers of filmmakers such as Guillermo Del Toro, Wong Kar Wai, Kevin Smith, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu , and Miranda July. The films selected for Critics’ Week this year will screen at the Cannes Film Festival from May 16 to May 24.

David Lassiter attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where he earned a degree in film and English literature. He worked as a commercial cinematographer in Los Angeles before transitioning to directing. His first short film, “Like a Good Neighbor,” was accepted to several international film festivals including the St. Louis International Film Festival and Vegas Cine Fest. “The Opportunist” is his second short, his first as a writer and director.

Nick Clifford is an actor from New York City. After graduating from Brown University, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television and film. He is managed by Leanne Coronel at the Coronel Group and Becca Kovacik at the Hofflund Co.

Alberto Roldán is an LA-based filmmaker from Pennsylvania. His documentary, Aquellos, focused on the spoken word scene in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. After leaving Chicago, he directed commercials and music videos in Nashville, where he received an Emmy nomination for a series of anti-bullying ads he did with STARS Nashville. He holds a degree in film and creative writing from Northwestern University.

Cate Smierciak is a filmmaker and artist from Chicago, currently based in Los Angeles after spending the past four years in Berlin. A Northwestern alum (film and art theory & practice), she was also a 2009-10 DAAD Artist Study Grant recipient and enjoyed a one-year residency at the Potsdam Babelsberg Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen. She has worked as a coordinator and collaborator on many international projects, including time spent at K5 International, IFP in New York and UK-based Initialize Films.

For press inquiries and additional information regarding the filmmakers, the film and screening information at Cannes, please contact Cate Smierciak at:

(708) 715-7150 / +33 (0) 977 19 7150 or at cate@bureauofships.com.

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