I'm Still Here (2010 film)

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I'm Still Here
I'm Still Here poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Casey Affleck
Produced by
Written by
  • Casey Affleck
  • Joaquin Phoenix
Starring
Music by Marty Fogg
Cinematography
  • Casey Affleck
  • Magdalena Gorka
Edited by
Production
company
They Are Going to Kill Us Productions
Flemmy Productions[1]
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date
  • September 6, 2010 (2010-09-06) (Venice Film Festival)
  • September 10, 2010 (2010-09-10) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $568,963[2]

I'm Still Here is a 2010 American mockumentary[3] comedy-drama film directed by Casey Affleck, and written by Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix. The film purports to follow the life of Phoenix, from the announcement of his retirement from acting, through his transition into a career as a hip hop artist.[4] Filming officially began on January 16, 2009 at a Las Vegas nightclub.[5] Throughout the filming period, Phoenix remained in character for public appearances, giving many the impression that he was genuinely pursuing a new career.

The film premiered at the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 6, 2010.[6] It had a limited release in the United States on September 10, 2010 before being expanded to a wide release a week later on September 17,[7] although widely suspected to be a "mockumentary", the fact that the events of the film had been deliberately staged was not disclosed until after the film had been released.[3]

Affleck was sued by two actresses for sexual harassment on the set, and both lawsuits were settled out of court.

Plot[edit]

In 2008, while rehearsing for a charity event, actor Joaquin Phoenix, with Casey Affleck's camera watching, tells people he's quitting to pursue a career in rap music, over the next year, we watch the actor write, rehearse, and perform to an audience. He importunes Sean Combs in hopes he'll produce the record. We see the actor in his home: he parties, smokes, bawls out his two-man entourage, talks philosophy with Affleck, and comments on celebrity.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 6, 2010.[6] It had a limited release in the United States on September 10, 2010 before being expanded to a wide release a week later on September 17,[7] although widely suspected to be a "mockumentary", the fact that the events of the film had been deliberately staged was not disclosed until after the film had been released.[3]

Production[edit]

According to Phoenix, the film arose from his amazement that people believed reality television shows' claims of being unscripted. By claiming to retire from acting, he and his friend and brother-in-law Casey Affleck planned to make a film that "explored celebrity, and explored the relationship between the media and the consumers and the celebrities themselves" through their film.[8]

After surprising Hollywood by abruptly announcing his retirement in late 2008, allegedly in order to focus on his music,[9][10] Phoenix and Affleck began filming the documentary, which followed Phoenix as he began a career making hip-hop music while allegedly managed by rap icon Sean "Diddy" Combs.[11]

Reception[edit]

In May 2010, the film was shown to potential buyers, the Los Angeles Times reported that the film featured "more male frontal nudity than you’d find in some gay porn films and a stomach-turning sequence in which someone feuding with Phoenix defecates on the actor while he’s asleep". Also, the film is said to depict Phoenix "snorting cocaine, ordering call girls, having oral sex with a publicist, treating his assistants abusively and rapping badly." Reportedly film buyers, after seeing it, were still uncertain whether it was a serious documentary or a mockumentary.[12]

Upon its release I'm Still Here had a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[13] Critics were divided on whether to interpret the film as documentary or performance art.[14][15][16] Box Office Mojo reported a worldwide gross of $568,963 as of June 2011.

Spoof[edit]

An article in the Relevant Magazine suggested that the title is a reference to Todd Haynes's I'm Not There. [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flemmy Productions Production Company". ProductionBeast. 
  2. ^ "I'm Still Here (2010) – Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Affleck Says Phoenix Documentary Wasn't Real", New York Times, Sept. 17, 2010
  4. ^ "I'm Still Here". Magnolia Pictures. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (January 16, 2009). "Casey Affleck helming Joaquin Phoenix doc". The Hollywood Reporter. e5 Global Media. Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "La Biennale di Venezia – I'm Still Here". Venice Film Festival. Archived from the original on August 27, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (July 14, 2010). "Magnolia Will Platform Joaquin Phoenix Mockumentary By Casey Affleck Sept. 10". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on August 27, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ Late Show with David Letterman, 22 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Joaquin Phoenix Calls It a Career? – E! Online". Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  10. ^ Warner Bros. Online (2010-09-02). "Joaquin Phoenix: Leaving the Silver Screen? | Extra". Extratv.warnerbros.com. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  11. ^ Casey Affleck (2010-09-02). "Casey Affleck Joaquins the Line With Phoenix Doc". E! Online. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  12. ^ John Horn (2010-09-02). "Joaquin Phoenix documentary: Even buyers aren't sure if it's a prank : Los Angeles Times: 24 Frames". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  13. ^ "I'm Still Here Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  14. ^ Robinson, Tasha. "I'm Still Here | Film | Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  15. ^ Turan, Kenneth (2010-09-10). "Joaquin Phoenix, 'Still Here' (But Not All There?)". NPR. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  16. ^ Campbell, Christopher (2010-09-08). "Review: I'm Still Here – The Moviefone Blog". Cinematical.com. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  17. ^ "I'm Still Here Is the new film about Joaquin Phoenix a hoax or real?". Retrieved 2015-08-15. 

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