pUNK films & The Royal present i am a good person/i am a bad person – a film by Ingrid Veninger – starting June 14 at The Royal

Ingrid Veninger returns to Toronto for a pUNK films presentation of i am a good person/i am a bad person starting June 14th, at The Royal. In addition to i am a good person/i am a bad person, there will be two showings of Veninger’s MODRA (TIFF 2010, Official Selection Canada’s TOP TEN) and ONLY (TIFF 2008) June 16, 17 and 19th.

pUNK films & The Royal present

i am a good person/i am a bad person

TORONTO

THE ROYAL (608 College Street)

STARTING JUNE 14th

Q&A’s with Director and Cast Following Each Screening

WINNER
2011 WINNER: THE JAY SCOTT PRIZE, FOR AN EMERGING ARTIST – TORONTO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
2011 TORONTO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR – ADAM NAYMAN, THE GRID
2011 WINNER: BEST FILM AWARD i am a good person/i am a bad person – TheWIFTS FOUNDATION INT’L

Just off a smash festival tour including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, St. John’s, Sarasota, Whitehorse and New York City, among others — Ingrid Veninger returns to Toronto for a pUNK films presentation of i am a good person/i am a bad person starting June 14th, at The Royal.

In addition to i am a good person/i am a bad person, there will be two showings of Veninger’s MODRA (TIFF 2010, Official Selection Canada’s TOP TEN) and ONLY (TIFF 2008) June 16, 17 and 19th.

During June 7 to 15th in Ottawa, the Canadian Film Institute has a Retrospective taking place: INTIMACIES: THE CINEMA OF INGRID VENINGER.

“Ingrid Veninger’s work as a writer-director often probes the nature and complexities of intimacy: between lovers, families, friends, and, in an important sense, audiences and images. Her cinematic explorations of intimacy, rooted in a playfully subversive use of documentary-based realist aesthetics, are stylish, insightful, and unflinchingly honest assessments of how we treat one another.” Tom McSorley, Executive Director, Canadian Film Institute

Her metaproject – i am a good person/i am a bad person – was inspired by the director’s various film festival adventures and continues Veninger’s bold humanist work by deftly revealing the frailties of a mother and daughter who must confront secrets withheld from one another, and make life-changing decisions, before returning home.

i am a good person/i am a bad person opens with filmmaker and married mother Ruby White (Veninger) dutifully “servicing” her husband before her departure to a film festival in England, where her eighteen-year-old daughter Sara (Veninger’s real-life daughter Hallie Switzer) will tag along as her assistant. Mother-daughter bonding may have been the intent, but Sara’s sullenness and Ruby’s laissez-faire ways drive the two women apart. The trip goes so poorly that Sara decides to fly to Paris instead of travelling to Berlin with her Mom as planned. Sara has some difficult decisions to make regarding her future, while Ruby is fleeing something that will require more time to fathom.

i am a good person/i am a bad person was shot in Toronto, Paris, Berlin and Bradford, England with a crew of 2 and an international cast of 23.

BIOGRAPHIES

INGRID VENINGER  – Writer/Producer/Director/Actor (Ruby White)
Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Ingrid Veninger has worked extensively in film, television and theatre for over 20 years, beginning as a teen actor on the CBC television series, AIRWAVES. In addition to over 50 acting credits working alongside Meryl Streep, Gena Rowlands, Vincent D’Onofrio, Holly Hunter, Clark Johnson, Janeane Garofalo, Stellan Skarsgård and others, she has collaborated with Canada’s most established and emerging filmmakers, including Atom Egoyan, Peter Mettler, Julia Kwan, Anais Granofsky and Charles Officer. A graduate of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre, Ingrid created pUNK FILMS INC. in 2003 to create artist driven features, with a ‘nothing is impossible’ manifesto.

HALLIE SWITZER – Actor (Sara White)
Born in Toronto, Hallie graduated with honors from Rosedale Heights School for the Arts. As singer/songwriter, in 2007, she formed WEE GOLDEN. In 2008, she appeared on camera with a one-line role in ONLY. In 2009, she acted the co-lead role in the award-winning feature MODRA. i am a good person/i am a bad person is her second co-lead role in a feature film. Hallie has recently completed the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King’s College in Halifax and has been accepted to the Cinema Studies Programme at the University of Toronto.

i am a good person/i am a bad person Canada, 2011, English, 82 minutes, HD, Colour, Dolby Digital

MODRA Canada, 2010, English, 80 minutes, HD, Colour, Dolby Digital

ONLY Canada, 2008, English, 75 minutes, HD, Colour, Stereo

THE ROYAL schedule: Q&A’s with Director & Cast following each screening

Thursday June 14 OPENING
9:30pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person

Friday June 15
7:00pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person

9:30pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person

Saturday June 16
4:30pm – ONLY 7pm – MODRA
9:30pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person

SPECIAL TRIPLE BILL DAY. $20 to see all 3 movies!

Sunday June 17
4:30pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person
7pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person
9:30pm – MODRA

Monday June 18
7pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person
9:30pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person

Tuesday June 19
7:00pm – ONLY
9:30pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person

Wednesday June 20
9:30pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person

Thursday June 21
9:30pm – i am a good person/i am a bad person

(for full cast and crew credits please view Presskit: www.punkfilms.ca)