(Canton, NY, USA/Ottawa, ON, CANADA-The St. Lawrence International Film Festival, taking place October 22-25, 2015, has announced its inaugural Opening Gala will feature a 35th Anniversary screening of the American musical comedy classic "The Blues Brothers" featuring the film's co-creator and star Dan Aykroyd as the Festival's Honored Guest.
Mr. Aykroyd will introduce the film and participate in a Q &A. The Screening and reception, benefiting the RCMP Foundation, will be held at the Canadian Museum of History in the heart of Canada's beautiful National Capital Region in Gatineau, Quebec directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill the evening of October 22, 2015. A red-carpet arrival will precede the screening. To add to the festivities, Mr. Aykroyd is providing the Gala with his own award-winning Crystal Head Vodka.
"Dan Aykroyd's contributions to film and television couldn't be more in line with the boundary-smashing DNA of this festival," remarked Festival Executive Director and Founder Adam Paul. "We've chosen the theme 'Beyond Borders' to highlight the kind of unexpected and inspired body of work Mr. Aykroyd has demonstrated throughout his storied career. To have the opportunity to celebrate 'The Blues Brothers' anniversary is itself the perfect way to open this new event. To celebrate it with Mr. Aykroyd in attendance and as a benefit for the good work of the RCMP Foundation is a true honor for us."
Strategically located at the center of the St. Lawrence River Valley with events in Ottawa and Brockville, ON and Canton and Potsdam, NY St. Lawrence International Film Festival is a first-of-its-kind celebration of film, with related events on both sides of the international border between the US and Canada.
"The RCMP Foundation is honored to be selected as a the charity partner of choice for the 2015 St. Lawrence International Film Festival. While the St. Lawrence river may be the be border that divides our two great countries, the St. Lawrence International Film Festival will be the cultural bridge connecting us in celebration of excellence in the film industry. We look forward to the Festival and the benefits it will bring to the region and its generous support for our youth programs," states Hope Henderson, President & CEO of the RCMP Foundation.
A limited number of All-Access VIP Badges for the Festival weekend include guaranteed seating for the Opening Gala screening and reception, as well as admission to all Festival screenings, panel discussions, parties and VIP lounge. Badges go on sale today, June 25 through the Festival website http://www.stlawrencefilm.com. All other Festival badges go on sale in September after the announcement of the full lineup of events.
About the St. Lawrence International Film Festival
Founded by Adam Paul, St. Lawrence International Film Festival has assembled an extraordinary team of festival professionals from all over North America to bring the best in film to a fertile new destination: The fourth coast. No other event in the world plays simultaneously in two countries, offering a highly-visible promotional and partnership opportunity featuring 25+ international films, an Opening Gala, a Career Achievement Honor, parties and awards during a 3-day event in the US and Canada. The Festival advisory board is lead by industry notables Sara E. Johnson (Oscar-winning Executive Producer of "Birdman"), Mark Valley ("CSI"), Aaron Woolf ("King Corn"), Drea Clark (Programming Slamdance Film Festival & Los Angeles Film Festival), Gloria Campbell (Managing Director of the American Pavillion at Cannes), Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead (Co-Chair of Performance & Communication arts Dept. at St. Lawrence University), Brian Hauser (Co-Editor of The Journal of Short Film), and Bob Penski (Founder of Penski, Inc).
About The RCMP Foundation
The RCMP Foundation is a registered charitable organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people across Canada. By providing funding to community groups and programs for youth at risk, they assist members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as they give back to the communities in which they work. Many of these communities are faced with socioeconomic problems such as unemployment, poverty, family breakdown, and a lack of available recreational and support services. As a result, the local youth often deal with significant issues such as bullying, gang violence and substance abuse.
From sports and recreation, to drug awareness and internet safety, the RCMP Foundation has donated over $9 million dollars to support more than 800 programs with a focus on helping Canadian youth at risk make positive life choices and steer clear of negative challenges confronting them.
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