Irish Abroad: Darkness on the Edge of Town set for Canadian Premiere

Irish Western drama Darkness on the Edge of Town has been selected for the inaugural St. Lawrence International Film Festival, which takes place in upstate New York and Canada this October 22nd – 25th. Darkness on the Edge of Town is one of only a handful of films selected for the festival’s special series of Marquee Screenings, and will have its Canadian Premiere in Brookville, Ontario.

October also sees the US and Canadian release of Darkness on the Edge of Town, via New York-based distributor Candy Factory Films. The film is one of the flagship titles of Candy Factory’s new genre arm, Electric Candy, and will launch on Time Warner Cable VOD on October 9th, followed by online VOD on October 23rd, in conjunction with the screening at St. Lawrence. Cable VOD will see the film available in millions of homes across the US and Canada, while the online VOD covers established platforms such as iTunes, Amazon and Hulu.

Darkness on the Edge of Town was written and directed by Patrick Ryan, and produced independently by Ryan and Tommy Fitzgerald (who also served as cinematographer) through crowdfunding and self-financing. It stars Emma Eliza Regan, Emma Willis and Brian Gleeson. Ryan, Fitzgerald, Regan and Willis will travel to the US to attend the screening and promote the film’s release. Darkness on the Edge of Town has been on the festival circuit for the past year, playing a number of major international festivals, gathering strong reviews and sold out audiences along the way.

[quote title=Patrick Ryan – Director”]It took a while to get here, but we’re very excited to release the film. On top of that, a US release is something you can only dream about. We were definitely aiming for it, but you aim for a lot of things when you make a film for €20,000 and you usually miss most of them. So we feel pretty lucky and very gratified.[/quote]

The St. Lawrence Film Festival is an annual world-class event established to showcase the best in new and classic films to a worldwide audience in the picturesque St. Lawrence River Valley, on both sides of the US and Canadian border. Prominent actor, writer, director and producer, Adam Paul, serves as the festival’s director and founder.

The festival runs from the 22nd to the 25th October, in various locations around the St. Lawrence River Valley.