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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 »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This is brilliant work. I don't understand all the derision. See more (102 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 Demme ... Amanda
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
Edward Brizio .... colorist (as Edo Brizio)
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The lyrical end shot where Joaquin Phoenix walks off into a river took three 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 »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Paper PlanesSee more »

FAQ

Is this a real documentary?
Which people were in on the hoax?
What's the song that plays at the very ending with Joaquin Phoenix in the river?
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134 out of 166 people found the following review useful.
This is brilliant work. I don't understand all the derision., 18 September 2010
Author: jamisen3 from United States

Somehow, I feel like one of the only people who thinks this movie is absolutely genius and incredibly funny. Many leading critics seem to have missed the fact that this is a ruse. Reading in the NYT yesterday that Casey Affleck admitted it was not "reality" probably aided my ability to view the movie the way I did, but I am surprised that so many people have a negative reaction to what Affleck and Phoenix present and couldn't see the bigger picture even before the revelation was made. I am looking forward to J.P's appearance on Letterman next week, when I believe we will learn a lot more about their motivation in its production. In the meantime, however, I think a few things can be said that will not prove to be altogether ignorant on my part.

First, this a movie made by professional actors. This is not Casey Affleck following a Joaquin Phoenix lacking self-awareness around with a camera because they have nothing better to do. It is a deliberate effort to create, and they are both collaborating. That should give everyone a good starting point. It is a real movie with thoughtful development, not the work of pedestrian journalists. With that in mind, it is easy to see just how much fun it would have been to make.

The primary "conflict" in the movie is Joaquin's discomfort with the pressures on him and the risks he is taking in the face of so many expectations to keep producing the kinds of movies that won him accolades. The viewer who thinks the film is true life will believe he is throwing away a great movie career because he is the typical tragic celebrity who has it all, can't recognize it, is under chemical influence, and has no one around who cares enough to intervene. There are far too many clues to let that impression control throughout the film.

When J.P. delivers monologues about how he's putting it all on the line, what we should understand is that the fake J.P. is talking about his hip-hop dream, while the real J.P. is acknowledging the risk he is taking by staying out of glossy big-budget blockbusters he had at his fingertips after Walk the Line. Keep in mind: he had to be this character for almost two whole years in order to make anyone bother to watch the movie. When you stack this kind of dedication up against a stupid movie about the drama behind Facebook, the farce of Jersey Shore, another crime movie set in Boston, and all the other garbage out there, I'm Still Here stands out as cutting-edge performance.

Comparisons are easily made to works of Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Guest. The primary difference is the real-world gambit of Phoenix and the manipulation of the media, expanding the stage of performance beyond the theaters. And the audience isn't spoon-fed the humor. Yeah, they probably ticked off a lot of suited business people who wanted Phoenix to be predictable and stay in bounds, but the very point of the movie was that the Hollywood system is a fenced-in joke of a society and very easy to toy with. Of course, the sad truth is that so many fine performers have indeed self-destructed in similar fashion. Perhaps that is why people are uncomfortable with the movie; because it is plausible. But if J.P. can deceive so many so easily, it is all the more a masterpiece.

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