Brantford Film Festival- Ontario

03/10/2010 | By

Casey Affleck’s controversial I’m Still Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix, has been announced as the gala film event at the first Brantford Film Festival.

"We’re thrilled we can bring a film like this to Brantford," said festival steering committee member Josh Bean.

The film will be screened Saturday, Oct. 16, as part of the festival’s awards ceremony.

I’m Still Here, which documents actor Phoenix’s odd behaviour in recent years, is rated 14A for strong language, nudity and drug use (parental discretion strongly recommended). It premiered this summer at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 95 Darling St. Tickets are $5 apiece and, like all events at the festival, are available from the Brantford Arts Block at 80 Dalhousie St., The Beat Goes On at 265 King George Rd., or at the door (cash only). Due to limited seating, advance tickets are recommended.

A strong lineup of independent films has been assembled for viewing on Friday night, Oct. 15, and Saturday afternoon at venues throughout the city core.

"We want people to have a real downtown Brantford experience," said Brantford Public Library’s Paula Thomlison, a member of the steering committee.

"All of the venues are within walking distance of each other and include the Brantford Arts Block, St. Andrew’s Church, Laurier Brantford’s Odeon Building and Laurier’s brand new Research and Academic Centre."

LINK: Brantford Expositor