FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The 4th Annual Muskoka Independent Film Festival (MIFF), presented by the Rosseau Culture and Arts Project at the Gravenhurst Opera House, celebrates with a presentation of “My Muskoka”, a short music video about the community’s recording of its own original anthem. This past May 27th, nearly two-hundred singers and musicians, novices, and professionals, from Parry Sound, Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and in between, gathered to learn and record an original song written by local playwright and producer Vince Grittani, arranged by Rosalind Mills, and under the direction of Dan McCoy. Set to live footage and still photographs, the video tells the story of the actual recording day while giving a glimpse of real Muskoka. “My Muskoka” opens this year’s festival welcoming filmmakers from Canada and abroad.
From Friday, October 27 and throughout Saturday, October 28, audiences will view a variety of films that are only available at selected festivals. For Canada 150, MIFF presents “The Northern Lens”, featuring films by emerging and established Canadian filmmakers including “Black Donnellys”, an original narrative about the country’s notorious Donnelly family, and “Ashes”, the story of a young man’s challenge of dealing with his own mortality while spreading his parent’s ashes at the lake where they first met one summer. Amongst the Canadian documentaries being presented is “King For A Day”, an exploration of the world of Elvis impersonators, and “Healey’s Hideaway” about the late great guitarist Jeff Healey.
In addition, over the course of the two-day festival, there are films from many countries. Highlights include “To The Moon” a short animation from a young emerging U.K. filmmaker, and “Search Engines”, a feature comedy by American director Russell Brown, about a family attempting to make it through Thanksgiving without cell phones. The film stars mother and daughter, Connie Stevens and Joely Fisher, who many will remember from her role on the sitcom “Ellen”.
The festival begins with a reception from 6 to 7 PM on Friday, followed by the premiere of “My Muskoka” and the evening’s feature presentations, then again on Saturday beginning at 1:00 PM through to 10:00 PM. Adults are $25, students $16 for a one-day pass and $35 & $20 for a two-day pass. Taxes are included. Tickets are available at the Gravenhurst Opera House (705)687-5550 or (888)495-8888 or online at www.GravenhurstOperaHouse.com. For a complete schedule go to www.MuskokaFilmFestival.com