OFFA presents Rogues + Heroes

Saturday June 21 at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

OAKVILLE, ON, May 14, 2014 /CNW/ - This unique celebration of the arts is a combined film and art festival that offers a refreshing artistic vision for the town of Oakville. Oakville Festivals of Film and Art is a new community organization that provides award-winning world and Canadian festival premieres that will appeal to dedicated cinephiles and those interested in arts and culture. At the same time, its distinctive approach includes photography and art exhibits that will appeal to the burgeoning artistic community. The festival will be hosted by Oakville-based two-time Emmy Award-winning film and television director Paul Saltzman.

The inaugural festival will occur on Saturday, June 21, 2014, with a full day of programming at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (www.oakvillecentre.ca) beginning at twelve noon. The festival theme this year is Rogues and Heroes, with both films and photographic art focusing on the good and bad in human nature. The indelible link between cinema, photography, and the media will also be a primary focus.

The VIP Art Immersion auction will take place in between film screenings, at Towne Square Galleries, opening at 6p.m. and concluding by 7:45p.m. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there are gifts and prizes to be won. Attendees will also get an exclusive photograph to keep, done specifically for Art Immersion by a participating artist. People must purchase a Platinum ticket to attend this event.

The day begins at twelve noon, with a Double Doc Feature. The first screening is the World Festival Premiere of the Canadian documentary, Sex, Fame, and Murder, which chronicles the quest for fame of alleged killer Luka Rocco Magnotta. It also recounts the international manhunt for Magnotta, a man whose background includes appearances in pornographic films, auditions for reality television shows, and the creation of a highly-visible online presence. The documentary is Canadian, and the filmmakers Naomi and Jon Hiltz will be on hand to answer questions and introduce the film.

Accompanying it will be a screening of the riveting Canadian meta-documentary, Dress Rehearsal for an Execution, directed by Canadian-Iranian writer, filmmaker Bahman Tavoosi. The film chronicles both the re-enactment of a Pulitzer-prize winning photograph taken in 1979 during the Iranian revolution, and also showcases the conflict through often graphic footage and images. It is the only photo in the history of the Pulitzer prizes whose photographer was forced to remained anonymous for almost 27 years. Photographer Jahangir Razmi took a photograph of the execution of political prisoners in Iran, and recently revealed himself, prompting a remake three decades later. The film features an international cast and rare footage of the conflict. Tavoosi will introduce the film and answer questions from the audience.

At 3:30p.m., OFFA is proud to present the Canadian Festival Premiere of the mystery/sci-fi feature I'll Follow You Down, directed by Richie Mehta. After the mysterious disappearance of a young scientist on a business trip, his son and wife struggle to cope, only to discover years later that they might be able to bring him home.  The movie features an all-star cast including Academy Award nominated actor Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), The X-Files star Gillian Anderson, and British actor Rufus Sewell (A Knight's Tale, Dark City). The film was shot in Toronto and Hamilton.

For the Gala Festival Premiere at 8:30p.m., OFFA is proud to present the Canadian Festival Premiere of the hit Swedish blockbuster, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared. The hilarious black comedy, based on the international bestseller by Jonas Jonasson, focuses on the escapades of retired dynamite expert Allan Karlsson. On his 100th birthday, Allan (played by renowned Swedish actor and comedian Robert Gustafsson) escapes his nursing home to resume his exciting past life. Allan is no ordinary centenarian. He has led an adventurous life that we see in flashbacks that take him to exotic locations such as the Himalayas, and he encounters such famous people as Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill. Definitely the Forrest Gump of Swedish films.

The festival will also feature world premieres of animated short films from the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design at Sheridan College, as well as short films from local producers.

Programming Director Wendy Donnan is very excited about this festival: "Oakville is truly a creative and cultural hub, and we are thrilled to bring this festival to this unique community.''

To Purchase Tickets: http://www.oakvillecentre.ca/boxoffice.htm

Or call the box office: 905-815-2021, toll-free:1-888-489-7784.

SOURCE Oakville Festivals of Film and Art

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wendy@offa.ca, or 905-302 9017. www.offa.ca.

OFFA (Oakville Festivals of Film and Art) 
234 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville ON, L6J 1H8