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Most Likely To – selected as closing night film at Canadian Filmmakers Festival

Toronto, ON — MOST LIKELY TO is Matt Austin’s directorial debut of a feature length film. Shot in three days on three digital cameras, the film boasts compelling and raw performances by the cast, a kinetic and interesting visual style and a booming soundtrack that features local band Holy F*ck.

It’s been 5 years since former best friends Josh (Jefferson Brown), Lindsay (PJ Lazic), Jordie (Moti Yona) Adam (Matt Lemche) and Ben (Lenny Panzer) graduated from high school. Life has led each of them on different paths, but when Ben comes into a chance opportunity to host a party at his boss’ killer pad, they are all reunited. Bedlam breaks loose when Rich (Marcello Cabezas), an unexpected guest, shows up. As the sun rises, the friends are left to clean up before Ben’s boss returns. No sooner has the group come together when they are torn apart after shocking discoveries are made and they realize that some secrets are better left buried.

Director Austin is thrilled to be a part of the festival and share the premiere with a Toronto audience. "MOST LIKELY TO was a really challenging film for me because we shot it in real time. It’s also really unique as the dialogue in the film is 100% improvised. Each actor was given a screenplay with the plot points and structure, as well as very detailed biographies, but ultimately, they had a lot of creative freedom with the story."

In 2004, Matt wrote, directed and produced Jimmy, his short film debut.  It has been screened internationally, appeared on CBC’s ZED, won an "Awareness Award" from the Seven Minute Film Festival in Canmore, Alberta, and had the prestige of playing at the 2004 Canadian Film Centre Worldwide Short Film Festival. Matt’s last project Credit Role, a short film he co-wrote, produced and performed in, won ‘Best Short Film’ at both the AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL & MICHIGAN FILM FESTIVAL.

Currently, Matt is directing a feature documentary called Don’t You Forget About Me (www.dontyouforgetaboutmethemovie.com) investigating the current state of Hollywood’s teen film genre and how John Hughes’ absence is the reason behind its downfall. Matt was recently chosen by the National Post as one of their ‘Top 30 to Watch’ for 2007. 

Canadian Filmmakers Festival Announces 2007 Film Program

(TORONTO, ONTARIO) – The Canadian Filmmakers Festival, an event devoted entirely to the celebration, promotion, and advancement of Canadian film, marks its fourth year with a premiere-packed, 100% Canadian film program.

Presented by Schweppes, the Festival will showcase a selection of Canadian features and short films, including 11 world premieres, 1 North American premiere, 4 Canadian premieres and 17 Toronto premieres. The Festival will also include a number of special events including panels and networking sessions and will screen 11 feature and 26 short films. Full information about this year’s event, including the complete film schedule is available on the Festival’s website: www.canfilmfest.ca.

2007 Schedule Preview

This year’s opening night film is THE MAD, directed by Johnny Kalangis (Love is Work). THE MAD, staring Billy Zane (Titanic), Maggie Castle (Weirdsville) and Shauna MacDonald (Saint Ralph), is a hilarious and original take on the zombie genre where the old adage "You are what you eat" takes on a whole new meaning.

The programming line-up also includes: RUN ROBOT RUN!, Daniel O’Connor’s sci-fi comedy starring Chris Gibbs as Ken, a man who finds himself replaced by a robot and forced to like it. The film also stars Lara Kelly (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Peter Mooney (Falcon Beach), and Christian Potenza (The Tournament); THE ROAD, a world premiere documentary by Sean Buckley, follows Canadian boxer Syd Vanderpool as he fights his way to Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas for his shot at the Championship; and MOST LIKELY TO, Matt Austin’s (This is Wonderland) feature film directorial debut about five friends whose friendship and morals are tested when a gruesome discovery is made at their party.

Other Festival screenings include director Peter Riddihough’s film, JUMP, a heart-pounding look into the lives of Toronto basejumpers who throw themselves off of the city’s most-recognized buildings; and the remarkable film, THE ZERO SUM, Raphael Assaf’s award-winning drama that follows Leonard, a petty thief (Ewen Bremner – Trainspotting) who befriends his latest mugging victim Leah (Sarah Strange – The L Word), in an attempt to make things right and help get his brother’s novel published.

The opening night gala screening, THE MAD, will take place at Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas (55 Bloor St. W – Manulife Centre, Toronto) at 8:00pm. Opening night tickets can be purchased for $10 plus tax at the theatre. All other films will be shown at Cineplex Odeon Carlton Cinemas (20 Carlton St., Toronto). Single tickets for these screenings are $9.00 plus tax. Tickets will be available at Cineplex Odeon Carlton Cinemas beginning March 19th, 2007.

The Canadian Filmmakers Festival presenting sponsor is Schweppes. Key Sponsors include: Cineplex Odeon, Delta Chelsea, GJP Advertising, MD Media Inc., 70 Mainstreet Inc., Meridian Artists, eye Weekly, Playback, William F. White International Inc., Voodoo Highway, Orange Shorts, Buck Productions, Alpha Channel, Toronto.com, Notch, Soho, Screenplay.com, IFC. Contributing Sponsors include:, Premiere Insurance Underwriting, Jones Brown Inc., Steam Whistle, Andy Pool Hall, Autogrill and Videoscope. The Festival works in association with Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group.