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Telefilm supports 14 English language projects

Montreal, April 5, 2007 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the financing of 14 English language feature length films from across the country, through the selective and performance component of the national and regional feature film production programs of the Canada Feature Film Fund, as well as through the Low Budget Independent Feature Film Assistance Program and the Theatrical Documentary Pilot Program.

Almost Heaven (Producer: New Dawn Productions Ltd. – Shel Piercy & Cynthia Chapman; Writers: Richard Beattie & Shel Piercy; Director: Shel Piercy; Distributor: Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution) is the story of Mark, a charismatic, alcohol-fuelled director of a television fishing show, struggling to stay sober while forced to work with a temperamental star: his ex-wife! Because the fish won’t bite, Mark poaches a dead fish from a local pub owner Bert (Tom Conti) to stage a catch for the cameras; it all goes horribly wrong and he is lambasted by feisty fish expert Nicki (Kirsty Mitchell).

The Bend (Producer: Melissa Malkin, Jennifer Kierans & Debra Kouri; Writer/Director: Jennifer Kierans; Distributor: Filmoption) revolves around Jason Campbell and his family as they prepare to commemorate the one year anniversary death of his brother Kirk. Kirk’s death has torn the family apart. When Kirk’s girlfriend and best friend show up for the ceremony, Jason attempts to recreate that tragic prom night to find out what went wrong.

Control Alt Delete (Producer: Hard Drive Films Inc. – Stephanie Symns & Lynne Stopkewich; Writer/Director: Cameron Labine) presents the story of Lewis’s internet porn addiction. When it puts an end to his relationship, he throws himself into his work. By day, he’s a wholesome, loveable computer whiz, but by night he aims to set a new world record in “self-love.” Lewis eventually succumbs to his need for sexual gratification with the computer itself.

Down to the Dirt (Producer: Newfound Films Incorporated – Anna Petras; Writer: Justin Simms & Sherry White; Director: Justin Simms) is a film based on the acclaimed first novel by Joel Hynes. Down to the Dirt traces a young man’s comically tragic voyage from loneliness and obsessive love via vandalism, booze, drugs, abortion, lies, dead cats and poetry to ultimate self-acceptance and a positive future.

Eastern Promises (Producers: Serendipity Point Films & Kudos Films – Robert Lantos, Paul Webster, Stephen Garrett, David M. Thompson, Jeffrey Abberley & Julia Blackman; Writer: Steven Knight; Director: David Cronenberg; Distributor: Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution) follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is tied to one of London’s most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family.

Fiercelight: When Spirit Meets Action (Executive Producer: Big Picture Media Corporation – Mark Achbar & Betsy Carson; Producer: Fiercelight Films Inc. – Cherilyn Hawrysh; Co-Producer: National Film Board – Gerry Flahive; Writer/Director: Velcrow Ripper). In today’s world of raging wars, high depression rates and threat of global collapse, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. Fuelled by the belief that another world is possible, Ripper travels to the four corners of the globe searching for remarkable individuals who are awakening the world to the power of spirit meeting action

Finn on the Fly (Producers: Amaze Film + Television, Stephen Onda Productions – Suzanne Berger, Teza Lawrence, Mike Souther, Michael McGowan & Stephen Onda; Writers: Mark Jean, Teza Lawrence, Kellie Benz & Mike Souther; Director: Mark Jean; Distributor: Seville Pictures) is a family comedy about a life-loving, Frisbee-playing dog named Finn and his shy 13 year-old owner Peter. Both their lives are changed when Finn is accidentally transformed into a human when a science experiment goes wrong in Peter’s neighbour’s garage. This is a story about friendship, loyalty and learning to trust your instincts.

Forgotten Women (Producer: Hamilton-Mehta Productions Inc. – David Hamilton & Noemi Weis; Writer/Director: Deepa Mehta & Dilip Mehta) is a feature-length documentary set in India which exposes the destitution, exploitation, and virtual slavery of many of the 33 million Hindu Widows living in India today who are forced by age old traditions to live out their remaining years in institutions where they are isolated from and shunned by society at large.

Global Metal (Producer: Global Banger Productions Inc. – Scot McFadyen, Noah Segal & Sam Dunn; Writer/Directors: Sam Dunn & Scot MacFadyen) focuses on heavy metal fan and anthropologist Sam Dunn who travels across the globe to observe and research the globalization of heavy metal music. His travels span Brazil, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, China, Poland and Iran. Whether it’s Indonesian black metal, Brazilian death metal or Iranian power metal, Sam discovers that metal allows young people to articulate their own form of rebellion.

Portage (Executive Producers – Henry Gerstel, Uwe Feuersenger, Nicholas D. Tabarrok; Producer: Common Films Inc. – Jaty Tam & Matthew Miller; Writer: Sascha Drews; Director: Ezra Krybus, Matthew Miller & Sascha Drews) tells the story of a voyage into the Canadian wilderness gone awry when the trip’s leader accidentally dies and the four remaining teenage girls must find their way back to civilization with a body in tow.

Real Time (Producer: Lucky Andy Productions Inc. – Ari Lantos, Julia Rosenberg & Paula Devonshire; Writer/Director: Randall Cole; Distributor: Maple Pictures Corp.) is a comic drama about a compulsive gambler who is given one hour to live by the man hired to kill him. Moving from funny one moment, to intense and even tragic in others, this film takes place in real time and explores what we do with the real time we have in this world.

Saving Luna (Producer: Mountainside Films Ltd. – Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit; Directors: Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit; Writer: Michael Parfit) When a lone killer whale, Luna, gets separated from his pod in a remote Vancouver Island fjord, he seeks companionship from people. In a magnificent landscape, different groups of people fight over their wildly differing views of who Luna is: to the Natives, he’s the spirit of a chief; to boaters, he’s a lumbering friend; to conservationists Luna is a cause; to scientists Luna is trouble; and to the filmmakers, he’s a lonely, lovable street kid whale.

They Wait (Producer: They Wait Productions Inc. – Andrew Koster; Writers: Travis McDonald, Carl Bessai & Doug Taylor; Director: Ernie Barbarash; Distributor: Films TVA) is an intense psychological thriller about a young mother and her six-year-old son who come face to face with the mysteries of two murders and a great crime against the Chinese community into which they have recently arrived from Shanghai.

Waterlife (Executive Producer: Big Picture Media Corporation- Mark Achbar & Betsy Carson; Producer: Primitive Entertainment Inc. – Kristina McLaughlin, Michael McMahon; Writer/Director: Kevin McMahon) tells the story of how the greatest body of fresh water on Earth – which accounts for roughly 90% of all fresh water available to the US – is slowly transformed as it travels through the thickening machinations of the society lining the coast.

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Telefilm supports 14 English language projects

Montreal, April 5, 2007 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the financing of 14 English language feature length films from across the country, through the selective and performance component of the national and regional feature film production programs of the Canada Feature Film Fund, as well as through the Low Budget Independent Feature Film Assistance Program and the Theatrical Documentary Pilot Program.

Almost Heaven (Producer: New Dawn Productions Ltd. – Shel Piercy & Cynthia Chapman; Writers: Richard Beattie & Shel Piercy; Director: Shel Piercy; Distributor: Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution) is the story of Mark, a charismatic, alcohol-fuelled director of a television fishing show, struggling to stay sober while forced to work with a temperamental star: his ex-wife! Because the fish won’t bite, Mark poaches a dead fish from a local pub owner Bert (Tom Conti) to stage a catch for the cameras; it all goes horribly wrong and he is lambasted by feisty fish expert Nicki (Kirsty Mitchell).

The Bend (Producer: Melissa Malkin, Jennifer Kierans & Debra Kouri; Writer/Director: Jennifer Kierans; Distributor: Filmoption) revolves around Jason Campbell and his family as they prepare to commemorate the one year anniversary death of his brother Kirk. Kirk’s death has torn the family apart. When Kirk’s girlfriend and best friend show up for the ceremony, Jason attempts to recreate that tragic prom night to find out what went wrong.

Control Alt Delete (Producer: Hard Drive Films Inc. – Stephanie Symns & Lynne Stopkewich; Writer/Director: Cameron Labine) presents the story of Lewis’s internet porn addiction. When it puts an end to his relationship, he throws himself into his work. By day, he’s a wholesome, loveable computer whiz, but by night he aims to set a new world record in “self-love.” Lewis eventually succumbs to his need for sexual gratification with the computer itself.

Down to the Dirt (Producer: Newfound Films Incorporated – Anna Petras; Writer: Justin Simms & Sherry White; Director: Justin Simms) is a film based on the acclaimed first novel by Joel Hynes. Down to the Dirt traces a young man’s comically tragic voyage from loneliness and obsessive love via vandalism, booze, drugs, abortion, lies, dead cats and poetry to ultimate self-acceptance and a positive future.

Eastern Promises (Producers: Serendipity Point Films & Kudos Films – Robert Lantos, Paul Webster, Stephen Garrett, David M. Thompson, Jeffrey Abberley & Julia Blackman; Writer: Steven Knight; Director: David Cronenberg; Distributor: Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution) follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is tied to one of London’s most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family.

Fiercelight: When Spirit Meets Action (Executive Producer: Big Picture Media Corporation – Mark Achbar & Betsy Carson; Producer: Fiercelight Films Inc. – Cherilyn Hawrysh; Co-Producer: National Film Board – Gerry Flahive; Writer/Director: Velcrow Ripper). In today’s world of raging wars, high depression rates and threat of global collapse, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. Fuelled by the belief that another world is possible, Ripper travels to the four corners of the globe searching for remarkable individuals who are awakening the world to the power of spirit meeting action

Finn on the Fly (Producers: Amaze Film + Television, Stephen Onda Productions – Suzanne Berger, Teza Lawrence, Mike Souther, Michael McGowan & Stephen Onda; Writers: Mark Jean, Teza Lawrence, Kellie Benz & Mike Souther; Director: Mark Jean; Distributor: Seville Pictures) is a family comedy about a life-loving, Frisbee-playing dog named Finn and his shy 13 year-old owner Peter. Both their lives are changed when Finn is accidentally transformed into a human when a science experiment goes wrong in Peter’s neighbour’s garage. This is a story about friendship, loyalty and learning to trust your instincts.

Forgotten Women (Producer: Hamilton-Mehta Productions Inc. – David Hamilton & Noemi Weis; Writer/Director: Deepa Mehta & Dilip Mehta) is a feature-length documentary set in India which exposes the destitution, exploitation, and virtual slavery of many of the 33 million Hindu Widows living in India today who are forced by age old traditions to live out their remaining years in institutions where they are isolated from and shunned by society at large.

Global Metal (Producer: Global Banger Productions Inc. – Scot McFadyen, Noah Segal & Sam Dunn; Writer/Directors: Sam Dunn & Scot MacFadyen) focuses on heavy metal fan and anthropologist Sam Dunn who travels across the globe to observe and research the globalization of heavy metal music. His travels span Brazil, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, China, Poland and Iran. Whether it’s Indonesian black metal, Brazilian death metal or Iranian power metal, Sam discovers that metal allows young people to articulate their own form of rebellion.

Portage (Executive Producers – Henry Gerstel, Uwe Feuersenger, Nicholas D. Tabarrok; Producer: Common Films Inc. – Jaty Tam & Matthew Miller; Writer: Sascha Drews; Director: Ezra Krybus, Matthew Miller & Sascha Drews) tells the story of a voyage into the Canadian wilderness gone awry when the trip’s leader accidentally dies and the four remaining teenage girls must find their way back to civilization with a body in tow.

Real Time (Producer: Lucky Andy Productions Inc. – Ari Lantos, Julia Rosenberg & Paula Devonshire; Writer/Director: Randall Cole; Distributor: Maple Pictures Corp.) is a comic drama about a compulsive gambler who is given one hour to live by the man hired to kill him. Moving from funny one moment, to intense and even tragic in others, this film takes place in real time and explores what we do with the real time we have in this world.

Saving Luna (Producer: Mountainside Films Ltd. – Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit; Directors: Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit; Writer: Michael Parfit) When a lone killer whale, Luna, gets separated from his pod in a remote Vancouver Island fjord, he seeks companionship from people. In a magnificent landscape, different groups of people fight over their wildly differing views of who Luna is: to the Natives, he’s the spirit of a chief; to boaters, he’s a lumbering friend; to conservationists Luna is a cause; to scientists Luna is trouble; and to the filmmakers, he’s a lonely, lovable street kid whale.

They Wait (Producer: They Wait Productions Inc. – Andrew Koster; Writers: Travis McDonald, Carl Bessai & Doug Taylor; Director: Ernie Barbarash; Distributor: Films TVA) is an intense psychological thriller about a young mother and her six-year-old son who come face to face with the mysteries of two murders and a great crime against the Chinese community into which they have recently arrived from Shanghai.

Waterlife (Executive Producer: Big Picture Media Corporation- Mark Achbar & Betsy Carson; Producer: Primitive Entertainment Inc. – Kristina McLaughlin, Michael McMahon; Writer/Director: Kevin McMahon) tells the story of how the greatest body of fresh water on Earth – which accounts for roughly 90% of all fresh water available to the US – is slowly transformed as it travels through the thickening machinations of the society lining the coast.

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Headline, Industry News

Telefilm supports 14 English language projects

Montreal, April 5, 2007 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the financing of 14 English language feature length films from across the country, through the selective and performance component of the national and regional feature film production programs of the Canada Feature Film Fund, as well as through the Low Budget Independent Feature Film Assistance Program and the Theatrical Documentary Pilot Program.

Almost Heaven (Producer: New Dawn Productions Ltd. – Shel Piercy & Cynthia Chapman; Writers: Richard Beattie & Shel Piercy; Director: Shel Piercy; Distributor: Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution) is the story of Mark, a charismatic, alcohol-fuelled director of a television fishing show, struggling to stay sober while forced to work with a temperamental star: his ex-wife! Because the fish won’t bite, Mark poaches a dead fish from a local pub owner Bert (Tom Conti) to stage a catch for the cameras; it all goes horribly wrong and he is lambasted by feisty fish expert Nicki (Kirsty Mitchell).

The Bend (Producer: Melissa Malkin, Jennifer Kierans & Debra Kouri; Writer/Director: Jennifer Kierans; Distributor: Filmoption) revolves around Jason Campbell and his family as they prepare to commemorate the one year anniversary death of his brother Kirk. Kirk’s death has torn the family apart. When Kirk’s girlfriend and best friend show up for the ceremony, Jason attempts to recreate that tragic prom night to find out what went wrong.

Control Alt Delete (Producer: Hard Drive Films Inc. – Stephanie Symns & Lynne Stopkewich; Writer/Director: Cameron Labine) presents the story of Lewis’s internet porn addiction. When it puts an end to his relationship, he throws himself into his work. By day, he’s a wholesome, loveable computer whiz, but by night he aims to set a new world record in “self-love.” Lewis eventually succumbs to his need for sexual gratification with the computer itself.

Down to the Dirt (Producer: Newfound Films Incorporated – Anna Petras; Writer: Justin Simms & Sherry White; Director: Justin Simms) is a film based on the acclaimed first novel by Joel Hynes. Down to the Dirt traces a young man’s comically tragic voyage from loneliness and obsessive love via vandalism, booze, drugs, abortion, lies, dead cats and poetry to ultimate self-acceptance and a positive future.

Eastern Promises (Producers: Serendipity Point Films & Kudos Films – Robert Lantos, Paul Webster, Stephen Garrett, David M. Thompson, Jeffrey Abberley & Julia Blackman; Writer: Steven Knight; Director: David Cronenberg; Distributor: Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution) follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is tied to one of London’s most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family.

Fiercelight: When Spirit Meets Action (Executive Producer: Big Picture Media Corporation – Mark Achbar & Betsy Carson; Producer: Fiercelight Films Inc. – Cherilyn Hawrysh; Co-Producer: National Film Board – Gerry Flahive; Writer/Director: Velcrow Ripper). In today’s world of raging wars, high depression rates and threat of global collapse, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. Fuelled by the belief that another world is possible, Ripper travels to the four corners of the globe searching for remarkable individuals who are awakening the world to the power of spirit meeting action

Finn on the Fly (Producers: Amaze Film + Television, Stephen Onda Productions – Suzanne Berger, Teza Lawrence, Mike Souther, Michael McGowan & Stephen Onda; Writers: Mark Jean, Teza Lawrence, Kellie Benz & Mike Souther; Director: Mark Jean; Distributor: Seville Pictures) is a family comedy about a life-loving, Frisbee-playing dog named Finn and his shy 13 year-old owner Peter. Both their lives are changed when Finn is accidentally transformed into a human when a science experiment goes wrong in Peter’s neighbour’s garage. This is a story about friendship, loyalty and learning to trust your instincts.

Forgotten Women (Producer: Hamilton-Mehta Productions Inc. – David Hamilton & Noemi Weis; Writer/Director: Deepa Mehta & Dilip Mehta) is a feature-length documentary set in India which exposes the destitution, exploitation, and virtual slavery of many of the 33 million Hindu Widows living in India today who are forced by age old traditions to live out their remaining years in institutions where they are isolated from and shunned by society at large.

Global Metal (Producer: Global Banger Productions Inc. – Scot McFadyen, Noah Segal & Sam Dunn; Writer/Directors: Sam Dunn & Scot MacFadyen) focuses on heavy metal fan and anthropologist Sam Dunn who travels across the globe to observe and research the globalization of heavy metal music. His travels span Brazil, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, China, Poland and Iran. Whether it’s Indonesian black metal, Brazilian death metal or Iranian power metal, Sam discovers that metal allows young people to articulate their own form of rebellion.

Portage (Executive Producers – Henry Gerstel, Uwe Feuersenger, Nicholas D. Tabarrok; Producer: Common Films Inc. – Jaty Tam & Matthew Miller; Writer: Sascha Drews; Director: Ezra Krybus, Matthew Miller & Sascha Drews) tells the story of a voyage into the Canadian wilderness gone awry when the trip’s leader accidentally dies and the four remaining teenage girls must find their way back to civilization with a body in tow.

Real Time (Producer: Lucky Andy Productions Inc. – Ari Lantos, Julia Rosenberg & Paula Devonshire; Writer/Director: Randall Cole; Distributor: Maple Pictures Corp.) is a comic drama about a compulsive gambler who is given one hour to live by the man hired to kill him. Moving from funny one moment, to intense and even tragic in others, this film takes place in real time and explores what we do with the real time we have in this world.

Saving Luna (Producer: Mountainside Films Ltd. – Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit; Directors: Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit; Writer: Michael Parfit) When a lone killer whale, Luna, gets separated from his pod in a remote Vancouver Island fjord, he seeks companionship from people. In a magnificent landscape, different groups of people fight over their wildly differing views of who Luna is: to the Natives, he’s the spirit of a chief; to boaters, he’s a lumbering friend; to conservationists Luna is a cause; to scientists Luna is trouble; and to the filmmakers, he’s a lonely, lovable street kid whale.

They Wait (Producer: They Wait Productions Inc. – Andrew Koster; Writers: Travis McDonald, Carl Bessai & Doug Taylor; Director: Ernie Barbarash; Distributor: Films TVA) is an intense psychological thriller about a young mother and her six-year-old son who come face to face with the mysteries of two murders and a great crime against the Chinese community into which they have recently arrived from Shanghai.

Waterlife (Executive Producer: Big Picture Media Corporation- Mark Achbar & Betsy Carson; Producer: Primitive Entertainment Inc. – Kristina McLaughlin, Michael McMahon; Writer/Director: Kevin McMahon) tells the story of how the greatest body of fresh water on Earth – which accounts for roughly 90% of all fresh water available to the US – is slowly transformed as it travels through the thickening machinations of the society lining the coast.

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