Sarah and movie to be at TIFF in Sept

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF40) released their schedule today, and it includes three showings of I Smile Back, as well as a Q&A appearance by Sarah.

The film will have a single showing daily on September 16, 17, and 18
(see below for venues and times).  “In Conversation with Sarah Silverman
will be live the evening of September 15.

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The festival runs from September 10 to September 20, 2015. Ticket packages are on sale now. Individual showing tickets go on sale September 6.

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Rest in peace Beth Ann O’Hara

Our condolences go out to Sarah and her family on the passing of her mother.

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The published obituary:

BEDFORD, NH – Beth Ann O’Hara, 73, wife, mother, grandmother, theater director and artist, passed away Aug. 19, 2015, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born in Waterbury, Conn., on Oct. 6, 1941, a daughter of Herman and Goldie (Trapsky) Halpin. Beth Ann married Donald Silverman in October 1961. Although divorced, she and Donald remained close. She married John O’Hara in June 1987. Around the same time she founded the New Thalian Players where she produced and directed 50 plays over 25 years, culminating in her winning the first Life Time Achievement Award given by the New Hampshire Counsel of the Arts. All shows were performed to sold-out audiences. In addition, she held special performances for local public school children so they could experience live theater. She was known by all as a woman of incredible courage, brilliance, creativity, generosity and passionate liberal values. Beth Ann is survived by a sister and many children, stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as by her former husband and his wife, all of whom she loved deeply and prodigiously. She was preceded in death by the great love of her life, John O’Hara. Memorials may be made to Doctors Without Borders at doctorswithoutborders.org/donate or the American Jewish World Service at ajws.org.

New Hampshire Public Radio’s report on her passing included a passage from Sarah’s speech presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to her mother in 2003: “Loving, nurturing, caring, colorful – she used to wear two different color socks, I’m not sure she was aware of that – supportive, honest, strong and with endless creativity and energy. She gives us the feeling that we fill her heart with love and I think it’s because we fill her heart with love. Mom…we feel the same. You fill our hearts, as well.”

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October fest to honor Sarah

This year’s California Film Institute Mill Valley Film Festival (October 8-18 in San Rafael, CA) will present Sarah the MVFF Spotlight Award for her work in I Smile Back. The movie will be screened at the festival and Sarah will be present for an on-stage Q&A.  Here is today’s Awardswatch article about the announcement.

The California Film Institute, which runs the Mill Valley Film Festival has announced it will fete comedian Sarah Silverman for her breakthrough, tour-de-force performance in I Smile Back. Along with a screening of her film she will participate in an on-stage conversation and receive the MVFF Spotlight Award. The film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year and will also be seen at Toronto in September will be released October 23rd from Broad Green Pictures.

3jbigTwo-time Emmy winner Sarah Silverman is as versatile of a performer as they come. Her repertoire includes everything from film and television, stand-up comedy, to iconic online videos, and she added author to this list when she released a book in 2010, the New York Times Bestseller, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. Silverman debuted an hour-long stand-up special, “We Are Miracles,” on HBO in 2013. She was awarded a 2014 Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special category. The special was also nominated for Outstanding Variety Special, and Silverman recently received a WGA nomination as well. An album of the special was recently released through Sub Pop Records, which earned her a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. Silverman will next be seen in the drama feature, I Smile Back, a film adaption of a novel by Amy Koppelman in which she plays the lead role. The film premiered at Sundance. She also has wrapped production on Ashby opposite Mickey Rourke and Emma Roberts and recently had a recurring role on season 2 of the Golden Globe nominated series “Masters of Sex.”

Silverman grew up in New Hampshire and attended New York University.  In 1993 she joined “Saturday Night Live” as a writer and feature performer and has not stopped working since.

About I Smile Back:

Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next activity. However, just beneath the façade lie depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness and its crumbling effect on those she loves.

At the core of I Smile Back’s power is an indelible performance. Sarah Silverman reinvents herself as a dramatic actress in the career-defining, intensely layered, and heartbreaking role of Laney. Deftly directed by Adam Salky (Dare, 2009 Sundance Film Festival), I Smile Back is at times darkly humorous but also harrowing and unflinching as an authentic, humanizing portrait that offers no easy resolution for a damaged woman struggling to come to terms with herself.

The complete schedule for the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival will be announced and available online at www.MVFF.com on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

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Pics: Sarah’s overall look 8/22/15

Sarah was sauntering on Saturday, August 22, in New York City.

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Tickets: Sarah to be at 8/28/15 benefit

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Tickets are available for the opening event of “Audible Impact,” which is a year long series of “public service, workshops and intimate performances, showcasing musicians and their commitments to social causes.” In addition to Sarah, the kickoff concert will feature appearances or performances by fellow JASH founder Reggie Watts, pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, writer/actress Lena Dunham, and other entertainment celebrities. General admission is $65 and VIP tickets are $150.  The August 28 event, at the Clive Davis Theater of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, will benefit the museum and LGBTQ youth.

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Video: Ashby trailer released

A trailer has been released for Ashby. Sarah (as Nat Wolff’s mother) is in it four times. The movie opens September 25.

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Pics from Ashby

Here are some captures from the trailer for Ashby. The movie opens September 25.

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