This year’s Cannes Film Festival starts in just over a week, and as always the main spring event in the global film world exerts its gravitational pull on independent films. New projects are announced, others sell rights in various territories and still others take advantage of the media platform to make any kind of announcement.

This year is no exception. Today’s biggest announcement was probably that AMC Networks had acquired U.S. rights to Walter Salles’ film of Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation touchstone novel On The Road. The film, which is in competition at the festival, stars Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst and Amy Adams. Cinetic Media is handling international sales.

Sushi Girl: Epic Pictures Group is bringing the genre-bending action thriller, Sushi Girl to the Cannes Market. Kern Saxton directs Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Noah Hathaway (The Neverending Story), Tony Todd (Candyman), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), Danny Trejo (Machete), Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill Vol. 1) and others in a story about an ex-con in his first night out of prison. Things don’t go well for him.

Think Of Me: Breakthrough Entertainment in Toronto will bow Think of Me at the Cannes Film Market. Think Of Me stars Lauren Ambrose (SIX FEET UNDER), in the heartbreaking story of a young single mother doing her level best not to fall apart. The cast also includes Dylan Baker and Penelope Ann Miller.

The Same Eyes: Written by Paul Black, The Same Eyes is a German-Canadian-co-production co-produced by Shaftesbury Films and Patrick Cassavetti (Brazil, Mona Lisa, Emma), to be shot in Berlin and in Toronto. It’s being represented at the Cannes Film Marked by Film Base Berlin.