Casey Affleck markets Cleveland Steamer doc by sexually harassing

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08.02.10 24 Comments

Matt Dentler over at Indiewire spotted these stencils in Chelsea this morning, featuring the silhouette of Joaquin Phoenix, suggesting that his Cleveland Steamer movie, I’m Still Here, has begun its guerilla marketing campaign.  It opens September 10th, and here’s some of what you can expect:

Snorting cocaine, ordering call girls, having oral sex with a publicist, treating his assistants abusively and rapping badly.  Several buyers said the film overflowed with Hollywood debauchery, including more male frontal nudity than you’d find in some gay porn films and a stomach-turning sequence in which someone feuding with Phoenix defecates on the actor while he’s asleep.

Meanwhile, I’m Still Here director Casey Affleck is running a guerilla marketing campaign of his own by getting sued twice for sexual harassment.  Last week it was Amanda White, one of the documentary’s producers, suing for $2 million.

According to White, Affleck tried to get her to share his hotel room midway through shooting, and when she didn’t go for the idea, he “became hostile and aggressive,” sent her “abusive” text messages, and refused to pay her agreed-upon $50,000 producer fee. White also alleges that Affleck created a hostile work environment by referring to women as “cows,” talking about “his sexual exploits and those of other celebrities that he actually witnessed”, and employing prostitutes — allegedly actresses — “for his personal gratification.” [iVillage]

Today, it’s the cinematographer, suing for the same amount:

…this one filed by Magdalena Gorka, a cinematographer who worked on Affleck’s soon-to-be-released mockumentary about his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix. Gorka’s $2 million-plus suit claims that Affleck got into bed with her during the film shoot, propositioned her, and declined to pay her for work on the project after she rejected him. [Boston]

What’s the world coming to when a group of consenting adults can’t film a guy doing coke and getting pooped on without it ending in a big fight about a “hostile work place?”  I tell you, it’s not the Hollywood I know.  I’d also like to know what exactly Magdalena Gorka’s duties as a “cinematographer” entailed.

“You know that movie where Joaquin Phoenix goes cape shopping and poops himself?”


“I bought the camcorder they shot that on.”


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