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A Millennial Adventure Set During Rob Ford Scandal – Feb 29, 2020

Damian Lewis as Rob Ford Generated Worldwide Chatter

by Susan Minuk | The Canadian Jewish News | February 28, 2020

The wildly anticipated movie Run This Town follows three millennials struggling to find their place in the world against the backdrop of the Rob Ford scandal that engulfed Toronto in 2013.

This is the directorial debut for writer/director Ricky Tollman, and is produced by Randy Manis and Jonathan Bronfman. The three-year project was filmed in Toronto in 20 days, shooting at landmarks such as Nathan Phillips Square, city chambers and the Thompson Hotel. Tollman says viewers, Toronto ones especially, may be surprised to see the iconic United Bakers Dairy Restaurant on screen.

In the film, Tollman examines the relationship between news, politics and entertainment.

“With the surge in clickbait headlines and 140-character reporting, politics has shifted. What can get the most likes? It’s entertainment,” Tollman said. “I wanted to tell a story about people that took place in the walls of news, which has shifted over the last 10 or 12 years from binding fact check news to opinion and the most eyeballs.”

Bringing actor Damian Lewis to play Ford generated worldwide chatter. “We needed a specific actor that could be that politician. And Damian is charming and funny – but can also play shades of darkness in one moment and then in the next moment you can be laughing with him,” Tollman said. “And you’re not sure you should be laughing!”

Although the film is set during the Ford scandal, it isn’t specifically “The Rob Ford story.”

“He appears in just a handful of scenes – it’s really a jumping off point,” Manis said. “I think that the portrait of Rob is sympathetic in that we definitely see multiple sides of him.”

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Categories Film Festival Run This Town Screenings

Run This Town Screening at Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Feb 24, 2020

Two Chances To See Run This Town During Release

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 24, 2020


Run This Town will be screened at The Kingston Canadian Film Festival (KCFF) this year!

  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
    20 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
    Screening Room
  • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    9:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.)
    The Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts
    390 King Street W, Kingston, ON
    Film Screening Room

The festival will be in full force from March 11-15, 2020, celebrating its 20th anniversary, with a full schedule of films that can be found here. KCFF is the largest festival in the world dedicated exclusively to Canadian film and provides access to Canadian film in traditional and unconventional venues across Kingston’s historic downtown. KCFF is an annual whirlwind of movies and special events that spark curiosity, ignite discussion and provide a fresh experience of Canadian film for both long-time festival goers and first-time enthusiasts alike. You can explore screenings, Q+As, parties, workshops, networking events, live music, stand-up comedy, and exhibitions.

The Closing Night Awards and Reception will be held at the Delta Hotel at 5:30 PM.

For more information about the festival, visit KCFF here
Passes and movie tickets are on sale now, here

Categories Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Awards Nomination Run This Town

Run This Town Nominated for Three Canadian Screen Awards – Feb 18, 2020

Art Direction, Make-Up, Sound Editing

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 18, 2020

Today The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced the nominees for the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards and Run This Town was nominated for three awards: Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Achievement in Make-Up, and Achievement in Sound Editing.  Congratulations to the entire cast and crew!

Canadian Screen Awards Gala Honoring Cinematic Arts
The awards for the categories that Run This Town is nominated for will be held the morning of  Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the Four Seasons Hotel located at 60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, Canada.

Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala
The 8th annual Canadian Screen Awards will be held on Sunday evening, March 29, 2020 at the performing arts venue Meridian Hall in Toronto, Canada to honor achievements in Canadian film, television, and digital media production in 2019.  This ‘Broadcast Gala’ event will be televised on CBC network. Check your local listings.

For more information, please visit The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television website here

Categories Run This Town Trailer Video

Run This Town Official Poster and Trailers – Jan 23, 2020

Innovative Release: Twitter to Exclusively Stream the SXSW Favorite

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | January 23, 2020

The official movie poster and trailer for Run This Town is finally here!

The film is scheduled for theater release on March 6, 2020 in Canada, so check your local listings for more information.

The film will be released day-and-date on March 6, 2020 in the United States, with Quiver Distribution handling all aspects of the digital release.

Moreover, Oscilloscope Laboratories is teaming with Twitter to launch the feature film debut as the exclusive content distribution platform supporting its release.

Twitter users can expect a unique series of integrated promotions for the film, along with a large digital push on the platform.

The release will also take advantage of Twitter’s deep analytics to see where the film is activating the most engagement, providing audience insights ahead of theatrical booking.

The film stars Damian Lewis, Ben Platt, Nina Dobrev, Mena Massoud, Scott Speedman, Gil Bellows, and Jennifer Ehle.

Trailers:

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Categories Events Premiere Run This Town Screenings

Run This Town Set for Napa Valley Film Festival – Sept 13, 2019

Announcing the NVFF19 Feature Films Competition

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 13, 2019

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. We’re thrilled to announce the ninth annual Napa Valley Film Festival’s Narrative and Documentary Feature films in core competition. These sixteen films will vie for the respective titles of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature, as determined by our esteemed jury.

The Napa Valley Film Festival runs from November 13-17, 2019 and takes place at a variety of unique screening venues such as, theaters, wineries, resorts, estates, and vineyard settings throughout the Napa Valley in Napa, California. The festival is a 5-day celebration that blends the art of film, food, and wine together. Shop for general passes here.

The complete program lineup of approximately 80 films, including Studio Spotlights, Verge, Culinary Cinema, Special Presentations, and Narrative and Documentary Shorts will be announced in early October. And now, without further ado, the narrative and documentary films in core competition:

Run This Town, directed by Ricky Tollman

This is the story of the inner workings of a city seen through the eyes of the interns and assistants that run it. A political aide tries to corral his brash, outspoken boss when a young researcher at a newspaper gets word of a scandal that could make or break both of their careers. Starring Ben Platt, Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev, Damian Lewis, Jennifer Ehle, and Scott Speedman. West Coast Premiere.

Click here to purchase tickets to the screening of Run This Town set for Friday, November 15, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time in the Uptown Theater. Tickets are $25.00 USD.

Click here to see what Nina Dobrev has to say about Damian’s performance as Rob Ford.

Read the rest of the original article at Napa Valley Film Festival Organization