Dan Aykroyd, ‘Blues Brothers’ Launching St. Lawrence Film Festival

Dan Aykroyd will help launch the inaugural St. Lawrence International Film Festival on October 22 with a 35th anniversary screening of “The Blues Brothers,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Aykroyd, a native of Canada, has been tapped as the festival’s honored guest. He will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A prior to the screening, which will be held at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, and benefit the RCMP Foundation.

Dan Aykroyd’s contributions to film and television couldn’t be more in line with the boundary-smashing DNA of this festival,” said festival executive director and founder Adam Paul. “We’ve chosen the theme ‘Beyond Borders’ to highlight the kind of unexpected and inspired body of work Mr. Aykroyd has demonstrated throughout his storied career.”

“The Blues Brothers,” directed by John Landis, starred John Belushi and Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues — the characters they developed on “Saturday Night Live.” The screenplay was written by Aykroyd and Landis. The movie was a solid hit for Universal with $115 million in domestic grosses.

The festival will run through October 25, with more than 25 films screening, and will be held on both sides of the border in Ottawa and Brockville in Ontario, as well as in Canton and Potsdam, N.Y.

The festival advisory board includes Sara E. Johnson (exec producer of “Birdman”), Mark Valley (“CSI”), Aaron Woolf (“King Corn”), Drea Clark (programmer for Slamdance and the Los Angeles Film Festival) and Gloria Campbell (managing director of the American Pavilion at Cannes).

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