George Sluzier Honors Miami with Dark Blood’s Debut

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River Phoenix (“Boy”) in Dark Blood

MIFF 2013 will play host to the North American debut of Dark Blood, the final film made by River Phoenix, 20 years after its inception. Dark Blood, was 80% complete when the young actor died of an overdose in 1993. In 1999, original director George Sluizer rescued the film and moved it to the Netherlands after discovering it was set to be destroyed within days to create more storage space. It was another decade before Sluizer began finishing the film.
Dark Bloodis a film of legend, one of Hollywood’s great mysteries,” said MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante. “The tragic loss of River Phoenix’s outstanding talent is still profoundly felt 20 years later. We are proud that George Sluizer has honored Miami as the place to finally share his remarkable collaboration with Phoenix and the other great artists involved with ‘Dark Blood.’”
Stay tuned… MIFF’s complete program lineup set to be revealed on January 29th!


Jaie Laplante

Jaie Laplante is the Miami Film Festival's executive director and director of programming. Learn more about Jaie on Programmers.