2015 Atlantic Film Festival – East Coast In Focus

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35thAFF_PosterPosted: August 5, 2015

(Halifax, NS) – The 35th annual Atlantic Film Festival proudly launches its program of Atlantic Canadian film selections, including the much-anticipated Atlantic Gala, to be presented over eight days in Halifax, September 17-24.

"The promotion and support of the best and brightest working here in Atlantic Canada is more important than ever," said Jason Beaudry, Program Director. "We couldn’t be more excited about the 2015 Atlantic program. These films are made with our own stories in our own voices, and as a whole they are a celebration of who we are and where we live."

This year’s Bell Aliant Blue Carpet Atlantic Gala features the Atlantic Canada premiere of Closet Monster, a spectacular first feature from breakout Newfoundland talent, Stephen Dunn. Written and directed by Dunn, Closet Monster screens at Park Lane Cinemas on Friday, Sept. 18, with a celebration to follow at the Argyle Grill and Bar. This coming-of-age drama tells the story of Oscar Madly, a teenager desperate to escape his hometown, broken family and ghosts of a traumatic childhood. A talking hamster, imagination, and the prospect of love help him confront his surreal demons and discover himself.

CLOSET MONSTER by filmmaker Stephen Dunn

Closet Monster is produced by Rhombus Media and features incredible performances from Connor Jessup (Blackbird, Falling Skies), Aaron Abrams (Hannibal), Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Grand Seduction), and Joanne Kelly (Hostages). The film is distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures.

“We’re proud to sponsor the Atlantic Film Festival again this year,” said Dan McKeen, Vice Chair and Senior Vice President, Residential Services, Bell Aliant. “The Atlantic Film Festival has grown to become one of the premier film festivals in the country. We have unique talent in Atlantic Canada and great stories to tell, so the Atlantic Film Festival is a great fit for us, especially since Community One celebrates our region, its culture and its people.”

COMMUNITY ONEBell Aliant’s Community One will offer Atlantic Canadians full coverage of this year’s festival.

Each year, Community One webcasts more than 28,000 hours of community content such as local events and live music. It also offers 29 unique shows featuring colourful regional programming created to celebrate local current affairs, lifestyle, technology, pop culture and more. Community One is available On Demand on FibreOP TV HD, and online at communityone.bellaliant.ca .

This year’s Atlantic Essential program, presented by Bell Aliant Community One, will provide high profile premiere screenings of two films produced in Atlantic Canada. A Canadian Premiere, Donna Davies’ Fanarchy explores the rise of fan culture and ways in which modern fandom is becoming a legitimate creative force that threatens the stagnancy of the traditional Hollywood System.

Fanarchy by filmmaker Donna Davies

The World Premiere of Undone – the debut feature of music video maestro, Director X – tells the story of Mattie Slaughter, a hot NHL prospect from the Black community of North Preston, whose dreams are jeopardized by family strife and the corrosive racism at his high school.

Undone by filmmaker Director X

Bell Aliant Community One also continues its support of the Atlantic Features Program this year, spotlighting diverse feature-length films from across Atlantic Canada. Harmony Wagner’s Prince Edward Island-made feature, Kooperman, is a smart, character-driven comedy bro-mance. Bretten Hannam’s North Mountain is an ambitious First Nations, LGBT action/thriller. Danny Thebeau’s Owl River Runners is a comedic coming of age story set in small town New Brunswick. Caley MacLennan’s Noon Gun takes a hard look at race relations in Halifax’s North End. Documentarian Kent Martin’s Wayne’s Deer presents a portrait of a man who has spent a lifetime studying deer and fighting for their place in our world. Rounding out the program, Iain MacLeod’s Your Money or Your Wife is an uproarious rendition of a home invasion gone very, very wrong… or maybe just right. All six films in the Atlantic Features program will see their World Premiere at the 35th Atlantic Film Festival.

reel east coast series on cbc hosted by allan hawcoIn 2015, the Atlantic Film Festival teamed with Founding Partner CBC to produce a primetime TV series called Reel East Coast. The series, hosted by Newfoundland icon Allan Hawco, presents four hour-long episodes of the best in Atlantic Canadian short films. After an extremely positive and warm reception to the the series broadcast, the Atlantic Film Festival will incorporate this new brand within the Festival environment to encourage attendees and the general public to take a look.

The Reel East Coast Showcase Gala, presented by CBC, features nine short films on Sunday, Sept. 20th. The evening will feature works by an impressive cast of Atlantic Canadian filmmakers, including: Ron McDougall (Alien Love Story); Megan Wennberg (First Weekend); Corinne Dunphy (Chase the Ace); Tamara Segura (Before the War); Joshua Young (Una forma de partir / A Way to Go); Mark O’Brien (Wanderer); Jenna MacMillan (Not My Brother); Stephanie Clattenburg (A Suicide at the Gun Range); and Nathan Boone (Arty).

In addition to the Reel East Coast Showcase Gala, the 35th Atlantic Film Festival will present six short film programs showcasing the best and brightest of Atlantic Canada’s emerging filmmakers, including a short program for filmmakers new to the Festival titled NextGen Shorts. From drama and comedy to documentary, the Reel East Coast Showcase is sure to be one of the most popular propositions of the festival.

The Atlantic Broadcast Program returns for its second year showcasing the vitality of the region’s television production industry. The 2015 Atlantic Broadcast Program will feature new works from Jackie Torrens (My Week on Welfare); Rama Rau-Swaroop (No Place to Hide: The Rehteah Parsons Story); Lisa Heyden (Scars of Shame); Meredith Ralston (Selling Sex); Cory Bowles, Juanita Peters and Jerrett Shaw (Studio Black!); and Katherine Knight and Marcia Connolly (Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island).

East Coast Filmmakers present at the 2015 AFF launch Aug 5

"If there is one thing that really stands out about this year’s Atlantic Program it is the incredible diversity in this outstanding selection of films,” said Wayne Carter, Executive Director. “Whether it is in front or behind the camera these are stories being told by talented craftspeople that exemplify the broad range of cultural voices and experiences that live in Atlantic Canada.”

A complete list of the Atlantic Canadian program with film selections, filmmakers and schedule of screenings can be found online at: atlanticfilm.com.

Tickets to the Bell Aliant Blue Carpet Atlantic Gala, as well as all Atlantic Canadian film programming, are available exclusively at the Atlantic Film Festival Online Box Office at atlanticfilm.com, beginning today, Wednesday, August 5 at 3 p.m.

The Atlantic Film Festival welcomes over one thousand film industry members each year. The festival offers producers, directors, artists, musicians, composers, buyers and filmmakers the opportunity to come together and experience movies, music, keynotes, panel discussions and networking.

The 35th Atlantic Film Festival will offer a Festival Experience Pass. This pass allows access to all regular films, the Opening Night Gala Film and Party, all other gala films, special presentations, the Script Development Program as well as the Closing Night Gala Film and Party. The Festival Experience Pass is currently available for $300.00 (including tax). Online sales for the Festival Experience Pass and the Festival Film Pass are available exclusively at the Atlantic Film Festival Online Box Office at atlanticfilm.com, beginning today, Wednesday, August 5 at 3 p.m.

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