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I'm Still Here -- Where has the bearded man been since his bizarre appearance on Letterman? The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated actor Casey Affleck, I'M STILL HERE is a striking portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of internationally acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, I'M STILL HERE follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop musician. Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, and always riveting, the film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.
I'm Still Here -- A documentary on Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper.
I'm Still Here -- Joaquin Phoenix meets with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Casey Affleck (written by) and
Joaquin Phoenix (written by)
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Release Date:
16 September 2010 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's done with Hollywood
Plot:
Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
To be, or not to be . . . See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Joaquin Phoenix ... Joaquin Phoenix

Antony Langdon ... Anton
Carey Perloff ... Play Director
Larry McHale ... Larry McHale

Casey Affleck ... Casey Affleck

Jack Nicholson ... Jack Nicholson

Billy Crystal ... Billy Crystal

Danny Glover ... Danny Glover

Bruce Willis ... Bruce Willis

Robin Wright ... Robin Wright
Johnny Moreno ... Victor - Danny DeVito's stand-in (as Johnny Marino)

Danny DeVito ... Danny DeVito

Jerry Penacoli ... Jerry
Susan Patricola ... Susan

Patrick Whitesell ... Patrick
Nicole Acacio ... Nicole

Matthew Maher ... Matt

Amanda Scheer-Demme ... Amanda (as Amanda Demme)
Josie ... Josie
Carline ... Capricorn Clark (voice)

Yasiin Bey ... Mos Def (as Mos Def)
Christine Spines ... Christine
David Grutman ... David Grutman

Sean Combs ... Sean Combs

Jamie Foxx ... Jamie Foxx

Ben Stiller ... Ben Stiller
Norm Block ... Norm
Mike Snedegar ... Lavo Event Host

Edward James Olmos ... Edward James Olmos

David Letterman ... David Letterman

Natalie Portman ... Natalie Portman

Eddie Rouse ... Miami Heckler
Jamison Reeves ... Miami Heckler
Elliot Gaynon ... Hollywood Eddie
Tim Affleck ... Joaquin's Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Grant ... Hugh Grant
Peter Coffin ... Announcer / Joaquin (uncredited)

Nathan Lane ... Nathan Lane (uncredited)

Jay Leno ... Jay Leno (uncredited)

Conan O'Brien ... Conan O'Brien (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barack Obama ... Obama (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ashley Olsen ... Ashley Olsen (uncredited)

Sean Penn ... Sean Penn (uncredited)

Regis Philbin ... Regis Philbin (uncredited)

Kelly Ripa ... Kelly Ripa (uncredited)

Cenk Uygur ... Cenk (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Casey Affleck 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Casey Affleck (written by) and
Joaquin Phoenix (written by)

Produced by
Nicole Acacio .... associate producer
Casey Affleck .... producer
Serena Rios Flores .... field producer: Hawaii (as Serena Rios-Flores)
Larry McHale .... associate producer
Joaquin Phoenix .... producer
Justin Springer .... associate producer
Amanda White .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marty Fogg 
 
Cinematography by
Casey Affleck 
Magdalena Górka 
 
Film Editing by
Casey Affleck 
Dody Dorn 
 
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... sound effects editor
Reagan Bond .... sound mixer
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor
Sze-Wun Li .... sound effects editor
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
Russell White .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Aguirre .... camera operator
Christopher Blauvelt .... camera operator (as Chris Blauvelt)
Mai Iskander .... additional cinematographer
Justin Mitchell .... camera operator
Andrew Mueller .... camera operator
Sarah Remetch .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Edo Brizio .... colorist
Peggy Eghbalian .... additional editor
Kayla Emter .... first assistant editor
Elliot Gaynon .... editorial assistant
Hak Lonh .... additional editor
Robb Sullivan .... additional editor
Jeff U'ren .... colorist/online conform
Valerie Flueger Veras .... post production supervisor (as Valerie Flueger)
 
Music Department
Jill Meyers .... music consultant
Brian Sapp .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Zoe Bower .... post facilities manager
Lisa Callif .... legal counsel (as Lisa 'It's Ok' Callif)
Tana David .... post facilities coordinator
Johnny Moreno .... stand-in: Danny DeVito
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator
Bill Whirity .... web advertising
 
Thanks
Lou Adler .... special thanks
Gabe Aguillar .... special thanks
Jorge Augusto .... special thanks
Warren Beatty .... special thanks
Annette Bening .... special thanks
Capricorn Clark .... special thanks
Sean Combs .... very special thanks
Damitri .... special thanks
Demmegod .... special thanks
Shepard Fairey .... special thanks
Manoel Felciano .... special thanks (as Manoel 'The Vulture' Feliciano)
David Fincher .... special thanks
Dan Frattali .... special thanks
Nick Gillie .... special thanks
James Gray .... special thanks
Brad Grey .... special thanks
Tom Hanks .... special thanks
Kenneth Lonergan .... special thanks
Matt Maher .... special thanks
Liz Mahoney .... special thanks
Michael Muller .... special thanks
Paul Newman .... special thanks
Summer Phoenix .... special thanks (as Summer Affleck)
Alison Pill .... special thanks
Natalie Portman .... special thanks
Bonnie Raitt .... special thanks
Brett Ratner .... special thanks
Julia Roberts .... special thanks
Matt Roberts .... special thanks
Harris Savides .... special thanks
Jeffrey Soffer .... special thanks
Gerry Speca .... special thanks
Ben Stiller .... very special thanks
Gus Van Sant .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I'm Still Here: The Lost Years of Joaquin Phoenix" - USA (long title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual material, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some drug use and crude content
Runtime:
108 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46265)
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Trivia:
The defecation scene required approximately 35 takes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Phoenix first meets Diddy in the hotel, he knocks on the door on the right side of the hall, then the camera switches and Diddy is opening the door on the left side of the hall. It can't just be a change in camera angle since the door is the last one on the hall.See more »
Quotes:
Edward James Olmos:That's you, drops of water and you're on top of the mountain of success. But one day you start sliding down the mountain and you think wait a minute; I'm a mountain top water drop. I don't belong in this valley, this river, this low dark ocean with all these drops of water...See more »
Soundtrack:
I Walk the LineSee more »

FAQ

Is this a real documentary?
Where can I view the David Letterman interview?
Which people were in on the hoax?
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61 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
To be, or not to be . . ., 9 September 2010
Author: jdesando from United States

"Joaquin, I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight." David Letterman

As a piece of performance art, I'm Still Here is as good a mockumentary about celebrity insanity as you will ever get, except, of course, for This is Spinal Tap, which is the real deal of satire. Director Casey Affleck follows his brother-in-law for more than a year after Phoenix's decision to retire from his successful acting career and become a hip-hop artist.

The iconic, Nick-Nolte-like image of Phoenix with a beard and sunglasses, a sort of Blues Brother and Smith Brother all in one, is both hilarious and sad, depending on whether you believe the story of his retirement or see it as a smart marketing campaign for this film and his career. His expertly scoring blow and constantly smoking weed have an authentic air about them although a good actor could simulate. His abuse of his many paid assistants is accurate for a star but almost unbelievable for such a talented one (Walk the Line, Revolution Road). The poor quality of the sound and image makes it a Blair-Witch kin or a device to evoke realism.

I am a disbeliever because although Phoenix convinces me he is sincere about retirement, the actual lack of talent he has, evidenced more than once in the film, leads me to think it's a finely-wrought hoax. No actor as smart as Phoenix could ever judge himself talented, especially as he forms a relationship with Sean Combs, one of the great rappers of our time and in the film a shrewd judge of Phoenix's sophomoric attempts. Phoenix's gig with Letterman, see quote at beginning, could have been a part of the hoax. Throwing up after a performance looked real enough.

Phoenix could make himself into a minor rap artist if he wanted—witness his successful learning to play guitar and sing as Johnny Cash—yet it seems he prefers not to learn well just so he can fail and return into acting, where the dollars will follow.

The title is instructive—does it mean the acting Phoenix is still here, or does it suggest his whole persona—musician and actor—is here. I don't know the answer; I just know my film critic side thinks it sees a con.

If it is all true, Joaquin Phoenix will have time to get back to his real talent, acting. If not, he'll spend time mending a reputation he has willfully wrecked.

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