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