#CFF: “THE PRIVILEGED”, “PATCH TOWN” AND “AFTERPARTY” HIGHLIGHT 8TH ANNUAL CANADIAN FILM FEST
The eighth edition of the Canadian Film Fest takes place in Toronto this weekend. The three-day Event taking place at The Royal in Little Italy, will showcase six Feature Films and 14 Short Films, aiming to celebrate, promote and help advance Canadian Filmmaking.
Festival Executive Director Bern Euler says, “It is an honour to present these films for Toronto audiences to enjoy and celebrate all of the talent in our own backyard.”. Canadian Film Fans will have a chance to connect via Meet-and-Greets with Talent and Workshops also will be held. A highlight of the Festival this year is the Super Channel Script Accelerator Contest, awarding $30,000-$50,000 in pre-licensing as a Grand Prize.
Opening the Festival this year is PATCH TOWN, Director Craig Goodwill’s Feature Debut starring none other than recent Canadian Screen Awards Fan’s Choice Winner Zoie Palmer, Julian Richings, Rob Ramsay and a highly-familiar face in Scott Thompson.
Jon is just another mindless laborer on an assembly line, but at no ordinary factory. Day after day he and his fellow drones Harvest Kids from cabbages – kids that will go on to become the beloved toys of little Boys and Girls in the land outside this dreadful factory. But when Jon discovers an awful secret that he and all the indentured workers are actually grown-up and discarded toys, he’ll have to take on a villainous Corporation to reunite with his long-lost Mother, protect his newfound Family, and finally find freedom.
Watch the Trailer for Patchtown below:
Fans of HBO‘s True Blood will delight at a chance to see THE PRIVILEGED starring Series Star Sam Trammell.
Richard Hunter, a promising young Lawyer at a prestigious Firm, has the perfect future mapped out. However, a costly mistake with a powerful client has put it all at risk. In a desperate attempt to save his job, Richard and his Wife Tara spend the weekend at the Cottage of Senior Partner Preston Westwood. The young Couple is quickly seduced by their charismatic Hosts’ lavish lifestyle but it is clear that something ominous lies just below the surface. After a devastating act of violence reveals that they have become pawns in a blood feud between the Westwoods and a local Family, Richard and Tara must decide what they are willing to sacrifice for success: their morals, their marriage, or their lives.
Watch the Trailer for THE PRIVILEGED below:
Rather intriguing is the hilarious-looking PLAY THE FILM.
When the opening night of a new Play goes horribly awry, the actors are forced to frantically improvise the plot onstage. Clashing egos, tested friendships and a series of disastrous misunderstandings combine to create the most offensive, shocking and accidental piece of theater ever to debut in front of a live Audience.
See the Trailer for PLAY THE FILM:
AFTERPARTY closes the Festival this year, a 30-Something’s Coming-of-Age Drama.
On the night of his brother’s wedding, Best Man Charlie (Graham Coffeng) gets the old Gang back together for a fun-filled, post-reception after party at the Newlyweds’ home where he has been staying for several weeks. Unsure of how to proceed with his own troubled marriage, Charlie reunites “the fellas” fifteen years after High School in hopes that revisiting the past will help him find clarity about his plans for the future. What Charlie finds, however, is that while his friends have all taken different paths, they are all faced with similar conundrums that come with being in their thirties.
See the Trailer below for AFTERPARTY:
Tickets cost a super-reasonable $12.50 and can be purchased here!
The Canadian Film Fest runs Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, March 22, 2014.
(Photo credit: Hideaway Pictures)
“THE DISAPPEARED” HEADLINES CANADIAN FILM FEST IN TORONTO
Taking place at The Royal Cinema this year, The Canadian Film Fest runs from Wednesday, March 20 through Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Festival celebrates the promotion and advancement of Canadian Talent and included this year are a Filmmaking Master Class with Warren P. Sonoda (Servitude, Textuality) titled Ten Things They Don’t Teach You in Film School.
Screening Friday night is The Disappeared, which comes into the Festival highly-recommended, centering on a group of six Fishermen who become increasingly desperate, surviving on Lifeboats after losing their Vessel.
Click here to see the schedule for the Canadian Film Fest.
(Photo credit: Two Dories Film Inc.)
INTERVIEW: MALCOLM MCDOWELL
I had the incredible opportunity of a sit-down Chat with Screen Legend Malcolm McDowell, who has entertained audiences for an incredible span of five decades. With a Résumé which has seen extremes with controversial Films like Caligula and Clockwork Orange on on end of it, and on the other end his recognizable voicework in Blockbusters like Kung Fu Panda and Bolt, McDowell has a rare gift that is universal in its appeal. Critics, Moviegoers and Kids adore him.
took a break from filming forthcoming ABC Family
Television Movie Home Alone 5
starring promising Child Actor Christian Martyn
in Winnipeg, to promote Canadian-based Dark House Films
Board Horror, The Unleashed.
The Film screened last night at The Royal
in Little Italy,
with him treating the audience to a quick introduction
Although he isn’t seen on-screen, McDowell
‘s distinctive voice can be heard as he narrates, having
recorded his parts back in Los Angeles via a Phone Patch. Soon he will be teaming again with that Production Company on another title in The Monster Butler,
as the “north of $6-million” Horror is slated to begin production this June in Scotland and McDowell
couldn’t be more thrilled, taking on the Lead Role. The Father of five tells me that often when choosing roles now, he thinks of his own Kids. And soon he’ll be home again with them as Home Alone 5
– which sees him starring as an Art Thief looking to reclaim a painting by a Relative, of a Relative – is due to wrap in a couple weeks.
The Actor has many fond memories of Toronto having filmed many a Movie here in recent years, including Antiviral and also Silent Hill: Revelation 3-D. Although he couldn’t comment on specifics for the latter, he did state “It’s a great scene. I’m not going to tell you too much and spoil it – the Producers are going to kill me – but it’s really fantastic, it’s going to be a great one.”. He adds, “I believe this is my first time being seen in 3-D.”.