The Event (film)

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The Event
Poster of The Event (film).jpg
Directed by Thom Fitzgerald
Produced by Bryan Hofbauer
Written by Thom Fitzgerald
Steven Hillyer
Tim Marback
Starring Parker Posey
Don McKellar
Olympia Dukakis
Sarah Polley
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Tom Harting
Edited by Christopher Cooper
Release dates
  • January 19, 2003 (2003-01-19) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • October 3, 2003 (2003-10-03) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English

The Event is a 2003 drama film directed by Thom Fitzgerald. It tells the story of Matt Shapiro (Don McKellar) who has died in Manhattan, resulting in an aborted 9-1-1 call. Attorney Nick DeVivo (Parker Posey) interviews Matt's friends and family to piece together a portrait of Matt's life and finally his death.

The ultra-low-budget film stars an ensemble of respected actors including Olympia Dukakis, Brent Carver, Sarah Polley, Dick Latessa, Joanna P. Adler, Jane Leeves, Rejean Cournoyer, Joan Orenstein, McKellar and Posey. It was written by Steven Hillyer, Tim Marback with director Fitzgerald, and produced by Bryan Hofbauer, Vicki McCarty (exec), Robert Flutie (exec).

The Event premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it received three standing ovations. It was distributed by ThinkFilm in the USA.


  • ACCTV Genie Award (nominated)—Olympia Dukakis, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Atlantic Canadian Award (win)—Thom Fitzgerald, Best Direction
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Atlantic Canadian Award (win)—S. Hillyer, T. Marback, Best Screenplay
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Atlantic Canadian Award (win)—D'Arcy Poultney, Best Art Direction
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Atlantic Canadian Award (win)—Christopher Cooper, Best Editing
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Atlantic Canadian Award (win)—Joan Orenstein, Best Actress
  • ACTRA Awards, ACTRA Maritimes Award Outstanding Male Performance, Rejean Cournoyer
  • Berlin International Film Festival, Teddy Award: Reader Jury of the "Siegessäule" Award, Thom Fitzgerald
  • Golden Trailer Awards (nominated)—Golden Trailer, Best Independent
  • Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival—Audience Award, Best Overall Film
  • L.A. Outfest—Grand Jury Award, Outstanding Actress, Olympia Dukakis
  • Seattle International Film Festival Emerging Master Showcase Award—The Event and The Wild Dogs

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