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Tickets Now on Sale for St. Lawrence International Film Festival Gala Fundraiser

Tickets Now Available for SLIFF Gala Fundraiser, Featuring Exclusive Screening of ‘Here Alone,’ on Sept. 3


(Canton, NY, USA)—Tickets are now on sale for a gala fundraiser and exclusive screening to benefit the St. Lawrence International Film Festival.

The special benefit event will be offered on Labor Day Weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 3, starting at 7 p.m., in SUNY Potsdam’s Performing Arts Center.

Hosted by film and television star Mark Valley (“CSI”), the gala fundraiser will kick off with an exclusive screening of a new feature film (“Here Alone”) and audience Q&A with the filmmakers, followed by a reception featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Gala admission includes one ticket for the exclusive screening of "Here Alone," with onstage conversation with the filmmakers, followed by a cocktail reception with live music and hors d'oeuvres.

Tickets are $50 each, and are available now at or by calling (844) 753-4567. All proceeds will benefit the St. Lawrence International Film Festival.

SLIFF is hosting the benefit event to raise funds and thank supporters, as the group prepares for its second full festival, to be held in 2017.

“We are excited to thank our supporters and continue our mission to bring to the best independent cinema in the world to the St. Lawrence Valley with this year’s gala fundraiser,” said St. Lawrence International Film Festival Executive Director Adam Paul. “Our featured film, the award-winning ‘Here Alone,’ wholly produced in upstate New York, exemplifies the dedication and passion required to make a great film. To have their filmmaking team share their work with us this year—as their stars are decidedly on the rise—is exactly what the festival is all about.”

For the gala screening and Q&A, the festival is proud to welcome the filmmakers behind “Here Alone,” a feature-length post-apocalyptic thriller filmed and set in upstate New York, which won the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award earlier this year. 

“Here Alone” stars Lucy Walters, Adam David Thompson, Gina Piersanti and Shane West. Entertainment Weekly called it “a taut, lean, unfussy film about a lone woman surviving in the wild woods of upstate New York … [who] happens to be on the run from virus-infected zombies.”

At the gala event, Director Rod Blackhurst, a native of Herkimer, N.Y., will be honored with SLIFF’s 2016 Empire State Filmmaker Award, along with Writer David Ebeltoft and Producer Noah Lang. To learn more about the award-winning film, visit

Following the gala, on Sunday, Sept. 4, the filmmakers will participate in a filmmaking workshop free to all students of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley. This informational event will also be open to the public for a nominal fee.

Gala fundraiser tickets are $50 each. Tickets are now available for sale, as of Monday, Aug. 1, online at

Returning St. Lawrence International Film Festival customers who pre-purchased passes will receive free tickets to the fundraiser, by calling (844) 753-4567 (extension 2) or by emailing Members of the SLIFF Directors Alliance will receive two tickets per membership, and may also register for the gala using the same contact information above.

Can't make the Gala but wish to make a donation? Want to do even more to support the arts by making an additional gift to support the festival? Donations may also be made online at All donations of any amount are tax-deductible.

Gala sponsors include Community Bank, N.A., SeaComm Federal Credit Union, St. Lawrence University and the Village of Canton. Mountain Lake PBS is an official media sponsor.

About the St. Lawrence International Film Festival:

Founded in 2015 to celebrate the best films and filmmakers in the world, while attracting new visitors to the beauty of the St. Lawrence River Valley region in the U.S. and Canada, the St. Lawrence International Film Festival continues to contribute to the cultural and economic development of this very special place. This year’s exclusive gala will support the festival’s ambitious goal of creating a year-round institution that feeds the annual festival—one that educates and inspires filmmakers of all stripes, and enriches the community in which it resides. For more information, visit


Contact: Alexandra Jacobs Wilke,, 315.212.7418