The Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House will screen Tribeca Film Festival award-winner “The Fixer,” a narrative directed by Ian Olds and produced by CIFF’s Caroline von Kuhn, Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. as the final screening of the successful 2016 CIFF Selects series.

CIFF Selects and the upcoming Camden International Film Festival (Sept. 15 to 18) are now programs of the Points North Institute, a recently established organization forming a creative hub where stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born and the future of nonfiction media is shaped.

“The Fixer” stars Melissa Leo, James Franco and Dominic Rains who, as the title character, was awarded Best Actor at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. “The Fixer” tells the story of an Afghan journalist reporting on a backwoods corner of America. Leaving behind his life as a fixer for Western journalists covering the war in Afghanistan, Osman (Rains) finds himself in a small bohemian town in Northern California working as a crime reporter for the local newspaper. Restless and eager to penetrate the mysteries of his new home, he befriends unstable hot tub craftsman Lindsay (Franco) and an elusive local actress named Sandra (Rachel Brosnahan) while living on the couch of the town sheriff (Leo). When Lindsay goes missing under troubling circumstances and Osman tries to find him, he is drawn deep into the community's dark and difficult-to-fathom peculiarities.

Director/co-writer Olds, who received a Guggenheim Fellowship from his past documentary work to make this narrative, will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. His last documentary “Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi” (Tribeca Film Festival winner, Emmy-nominated) screened in 2014 at the Strand as part of CIFF Selects series; and his first documentary “Occupation: Dreamland was short-listed” for an Academy Award.

“It means so much to share this work in Camden, where I directed my first film, ‘Like the Water,’ in 2011 and now get to support filmmakers’ work year-round through Points North Institute and CIFF,” said Kuhn, Points North Institute managing director. “And we're thrilled to have brilliant documentarian-turned-narrative filmmaker Ian Olds join us for the screening.”

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased day-of-show at the Camden Opera House box office. More information on the screening can be found at; for more information about CIFF Selects, visit

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