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

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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 stlawrencefilm.com/ticketing 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 herealonefilm.com.

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 stlawrencefilm.com

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 info@stlawrencefilm.com. 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 stlawrencefilm.com/ticketing. 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 stlawrencefilm.com.

 

Contact: Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, alexandra@stlawrencefilm.com, 315.212.7418

 

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'Here Alone' to Get Early 2017 Worldwide Release

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'Here Alone' to Get Early 2017 Worldwide Release

JUST ANNOUNCED: SLIFF's 2016 Gala film, Here Alone, will be released worldwide early next year. Gala attendees have the opportunity to see the film and meet the filmmakers this Labor Day Weekend, however, as they receive SLIFF's Empire State Filmmaker Award! Tickets go on sale Monday, August 1 

 

EXCLUSIVE: Here Alone, which won the Audience Award at Tribeca earlier this year after world premiering in the fest’s Midnight section, has landed at Vertical Entertainment. The worldwide rights deal for Rod Blackhurst’s post-apocalyptic thriller comes ahead of the pic’s screening this weekend at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. An early 2017 theatrical release is planned.

ICM Partners Signs 'Here Alone' Director Rod Blackhurst

Directed by Blackhurst and written by David Ebeltoft, Here Alone stars Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson and Shane West in a story set after a virus has destroyed civilization, leaving humanity divided into two groups: the uninfected, and those whom the virus has turned into insatiably violent savages. A young woman is forced her deep into the unforgiving wilderness, and she encounters two other survivors who make her confront her past while putting all of their lives at risk.

Here Alone is a quietly haunting thriller that resonates with moviegoers everywhere, as shown by the Audience Award at Tribeca,” said Vertical co-president Rich Goldberg. “We are very proud to work with such talented filmmakers on a global release.”

Noah Lang, Ebeltoft, Blackhurst, Arun Kumar and Josh Murphy produced the pic, which is executive produced by Kevin Iwashina, Marc Bortz, Anthony Gentile, John Gentile, Kanwaldeep Kalsi, Nalit Patel, Paul Ebeltoft, Gail Ebeltoft, Sinan Germirli, Leigh Jones, Ian Keiser, Paul Pathikal, Bradley J. Ross, Brendan Walsh, and Eric Schultz.

The deal was negotiated by Goldberg and Peter Jarowey at Vertical, with Bortz and Iwashina from Preferred Content and attorney George Rush on behalf of the filmmakers.

More at: http://deadline.com/2016/07/here-alone-movie-release-date-vertical-entertainment-deal-1201794242/

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St. Lawrence International Film Festival to Host Gala Fundraiser & Screening

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St. Lawrence International Film Festival to Host Gala Fundraiser & Screening

July 26, 2016

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Contact: Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, alexandra@stlawrencefilm.com, 315.212.7418

 

St. Lawrence International Film Festival to Host Gala Fundraiser & Screening

Filmmakers Behind Indie “Here Alone” to be Honored at Screening During Gala Fundraiser for St. Lawrence International Film Festival on Sept. 3

 

(Canton, NY, USA)—The St. Lawrence International Film Festival will return with a gala fundraiser and exclusive screening on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4.

Hosted by film and television star Mark Valley (“CSI”), the gala fundraiser will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 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. The gala will be held in the Performing Arts Center at The State University of New York at Potsdam.

“After a tremendous inaugural festival last year, which generated over $300,000 in economic activity in the North Country alone, we’re excited to continue our work toward bringing the best films and filmmakers in the world to the North Country,” said St. Lawrence International Film Festival Executive Director Adam Paul. “This year’s gala event allows us to ‘keep the lights on’ as we grow, bring on full-time staff and create a lasting contribution to the region’s cultural and economic development.”

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. 

Originally from Ogdensburg, N.Y., gala host Mark Valley has amassed a diverse body of work collaborating with some of the most iconic writer/producers in Hollywood. He has been a television regular for a decade on series like “Boston Legal,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Harry’s Law,” “Human Target,” “Keen Eddie,” “Body of Proof” and “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” and is now shooting the film “Salty,” a Simon West comedy with Antonio Banderas. Mark is an Army veteran who served in the first Gulf War and is active with several veteran’s advocacy groups, including Volunteers of America, Veterans in Film and Television and the GI Film Festival Advisory Board. He lives in Los Angeles.

“I like watching movies, and I like the North Country, but I choose to support the St Lawrence International Film Festival because it has the potential to illuminate this specific part of the country, its history, geography, values, stories and people,” Valley said. “Bringing international film aficionados, students, artists and filmmakers to our region can only help local business, and spur on the creative potential that is already here. And, I like popcorn." 

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 herealonefilm.com.

“Festivals such as the St. Lawrence International Film Festival are creative champions for both the filmmaker and small-town audiences. They help expose unique narratives and emerging independent voices to a demographic that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to view and interact with these films and their creators. SLIFF continually reminds us why we choose to create, and gives us an opportunity to tell our cinematic tale. Without platforms like SLIFF, varying expressions of film and the dialogue they can create, would remain hidden from an extremely deserving audience,” Ebeltoft said.

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 will go on sale on Monday, Aug. 1, online at stlawrencefilm.com.

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

St. Lawrence University and the Village of Canton are the featured sponsors for the 2016 St. Lawrence International Film Festival gala fundraiser, screening and educational workshop. 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 stlawrencefilm.com.

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Alexandra Jacobs Wilke

Communications Director

St. Lawrence International Film Festival

(315) 212-7418

alexandra@stlawrencefilm.com

www.stlawrencefilm.com |   

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2016 SLIFF PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT COMING JULY 26

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2016 SLIFF PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT COMING JULY 26

St. Lawrence International Film Festival is scheduled to announce its 2016 program Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

To be revealed: this year's Gala film, filmmakers, dates and times.

Stay tuned at www.stlawrencefilm.com and SLIFF's social media channels @stlawrencefilm (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and www.youtube.com/stlawrencefilmfest

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