Member News

Season Two Of "Space Stretch" Launches

Locally produced preschool yoga series Space Stretch is proud to announce the release of its second season. To celebrate the kick-off, CitySaskatchewan will be showing all ten new episodes throughout the weekend. Grab the kids, and get ready for a marathon of out-of-this-world yoga with Captain Crash Tanga.

Learn more about where to view season two of Space Stretch here.


SMPIA Member Wins ACTRA Award

Congratulations to Dawn Bird for her recent big win. Bird is one of the winners of ACTRA's Diversity Committee Short Film Competition. The competition's winning projects were judged on the quality of script, feasibility of the project and the strength of the message. The projects will be completed by January 2015, and will be used by ACTRA to spread a message to that “Diversity is our Strength”.

Learn more about Bird's win here.


  

WolfCop and Big Muddy at Creative Saskatchewan Screening In London

Two decorate Saskatchewan films were shown October 17 in London.  Angel Entertainment's Big Muddy and Cinecoup winner Wolfcop were both be showcased at screening put on by Creative Saskatchewan. The showing was part of a trade mission to London, to boost awareness of Saskatchewan internationally, and introduce Saskatchewan Creative Producers to a wider audience.

Learn more about the screening here.


Couch Dreams Makes It To Second Week Of ComedyCoup

Saskatchewan is well represented in the top 110 finalists for CBC's ComedyCoup. Two projects from our province have made the cut to move on to the second week of voting. Amoung those pitches is Couch Dreams - directed and produver by SMPIA member, Shayne Metcalfe.

Couch Dreams follows two former childhood friends who have to live together for a year to inherit a million dollars. It's now in the running to be amoung the top 55 contestants in the country for ComedyCoup, a competition where projects faceoff each week. Votes will eventually determine which project will receive the grand prize of $500,000 in production financing to create a half-hour special for CBC prime time.

To learn more or vote for Couch Dreams click here.


Saskatchewan Filmmaker Receives Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Sarah Abbott, an award-winning independent filmmaker and associate professor of film production at the University of Regina has been selected to receive a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her doctoral studies at Royal Roads University. The Vanier CGS are among the most prestigious graduate scholarships in Canada, and are awarded to world-class doctoral students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement. The scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year for three years.

Read more here.


WolfCop Claws On To The Small Screen With T.V. Debut

If you've been waiting to see Lou Garou and the gang from the comfort of your own living room, wait no longer. Starting October 10, the beastly law enforcer will be right at home as one of the films shown during Super Channels 12 Nights Of Terror.

To find out when you can catch WolfCop on Super Channel here.


WolfCop Heading South Of The Border For Horror Film Festival

Saskatchewan's CineCoup darlings are heading to a new screening in the States. Earlier this year, it was announced WolfCop was going to premiere south of the border at Bruce Campbell’s Film Festival. Now, the locally filmed production will be showcased during Colorado’s longest running horror FilmFest. Telluride Film Festival. Every year, the festival attracts the latest & best horror films from all over the world and attendees from all over the country for an intimate gathering of genre film fans in the world-famous mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado.

Learn more about the Festival here.


Saskatchewan Filmpool Launches New Award

The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is very proud to announce the launch of the First Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA).

These awards are intended to celebrate Saskatchewan’s best independent, visionary filmmakers, and to showcase to the entire province our own filmmaking talents and unique Saskatchewan culture.

Learn more about the awards here.

Submission Deadline:  October 31


Groovy! WolfCop To Premier in the U.S. During Bruce Campbell’s Horror FilmFest

The first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival is running August 21-24, 2014 in Rosemont, IL. The Festival will kick off with the U.S. premier of Lowell’s Dean’s WolfCop.

To learn more about the festival, visit here.


"Big Muddy" Heading To TIFF

Saskatchewan-based feature film, "Big Muddy" will be heading to the bright lights of the Toronto International Film Fest. Producers Bob Crowe and Wally Start live in Saskatoon, and operate the production company Angel Entertainment.

Read more about the filmmakers and "Big Muddy" here.


SMPIA Member Wins Best Documentary at New Jersey Filmfest

Saskatoon-based production company, ISEE Motion picture company, has won big south-of-the-border. Filmmaker Shayne Metcalfe’s documentary Bad Seed: A Tale of Mischief, Magic and Medical Marijuana won Best Documentary at the third annual Art All Night Film Festival in Trenton, New Jersey. The film dives into the world of medical marijuana, and has made its way to Hot Docs in Toronto, and the Banff World Media Festival.


Buena Vista Goes to the Dogs - Village is Chosen as Location for Family Feature Film 

November 29, 2012 (Regina, SK) - Trilight Entertainment Inc., is pleased to announce principal photography on Step Dogs, a family-friendly movie being shot primarily on location in the Village of Buena Vista from November 29th to December 21 st. 

"Buena Vista is a strong supporter of the arts and we are excited about having a movie shot here," Buena Vista mayor Steve Hasiak says. "As with all film shoots in this province, there will be a positive economic impact on local gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants and it's also an awesome opportunity to showcase our beautiful community on the big screen." 

The cast features Dylan Schmid (Once Upon a Time, Horns), Eliana Jones (Nikita) and Saskatchewan actor Shannon Jardine (Surveillance, Ferocious) in a story about talking dogs versus man in an ultimate slapstick battle of the wits -and all leashes are off! 

The film reunites the team behind last year's successful Vampire Dog. Producers are Tim Brown (Joker Films), along with Holly Baird and Shayne Putzlocher of Regina-based Trilight Entertainment. Director is Geoff Anderson with Mark Dobrescu as director of photography. 

"There is a healthy demand around the world for family-friendly movies," says Holly Baird, Trilight Entertainment Inc. co-president and co-founder. "We have already pre-sold step Dogs in numerous territories like France and Russia and last year's Vampire Dog has been distributed or broadcast in more than 80 countries around the world." 

The film is one of the last Saskatchewan productions to access the former Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit. 

"It is unfortunate that this happened," says Putzlocher. "Saskatchewan was an ideal film location where we could have easily produced a couple of these types of films a year to supply some of the current worldwide demand for family fare. We are now opening an Alberta office so we can do these films there." 

ABOUT TRILIGHT ENTERTAINMENT 

Trilight Entertainment Inc. is a partnership between film industry veterans Holly Baird and Shayne Putzlocher. The Trilight partners are a creative and innovative team of experience and dedicated production professionals committed to producing indigenous Canadian programming and international commercial product. They have produced three feature films in Saskatchewan since forming in 2009. 

ABOUT JOKER FILMS

Founded in 2008 by Tim Brown, Joker Films is a fully-integrated film financing, sales and production company based in Vancouver, Be. With nearly two decades experience in distribution, Tim established Joker Films to provide expertise in international sales, packaging and financing third party productions and has grown the company's portfolio to include development and production entities. 


Partners In Motion Announces Deal with Warner Home Video

November 6, 2012 - Canadian-based Emmy Award-winning, Partners in Motion andWarner Home Video have recently signed a deal to include the documentary Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option, produced by Partners in Motion, as a special feature on the Blu-ray of Warner Brothers blockbuster movie Argo.  The Blu-ray of Argo is set to release in spring of 2013.

Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option commemorates the famous “Canadian Caper” rescue mission, during which militant students in Tehran, Iran, seized the American Embassy.  Sixty-six Americans were taken prisoner.  Fifty-two were held for 444 days and released.  This documentary focuses on six others who looked to the Canadian Embassy for sanctuary and escape.  Interviews with survivors, politicians, field agents of the C.I.A. and Embassy staff tell the incredible story of what it took to get the six Americans home to freedom.

The dramatic thriller, Argo, is based on the true events from Escape from Iran, chronicling the life-or-death covert operation.  Focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played, Argo dramatizes the unbelievable story of a phony film crew entering Iran to extract six Americans trapped within the country’s borders.  This behind the scenes look at the operation based its story on detail and information that was not declassified for many years after the event.

Production of Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option was made possible with the involvement of History Television, the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, The Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, and SaskFilm.


Minds Eye Entertainment And Georgeville Television Form Unique Alliance For Major Network Programming 

October 9th, 2012 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Award-winning Canadian production company Minds Eye Entertainment has entered an agreement with Georgeville Television (GVTC) that will deliver network television programming for the United States and other jurisdictions around the world.

Minds Eye Entertainment Producer/CEO Kevin Dewalt will produce U.S and International Network Series with Georgeville CEO, and leading independent producer, Marc Rosen on a slate of television series with US Networks that include: C r o s s b o n e s , a period pirate drama, with producers Parkes/MacDonald that will air on NBC in 2013, an as yet untitled pandemic thriller for ABC with Overbrook Entertainment (I AM LEGEND, The Pursuit of Happiness, 7 Pounds) and Studio JMS, the studio of J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Changeling). The companies are also about to announce 2 other series orders – all airing in 2013.

“We continue to strive to make Georgeville a place where talent can bring Big Ideas and accomplish them in innovative new ways. As an independent studio that seeks to maximize the potential of each script produced - and by entering in to strategic relationships with partners around the world - we are empowered to do just that,” said CEO Marc Rosen. “With Minds Eye, we have created an exciting international relationship that will allow us to do some bold things visually and with great scope, and see each series through production and delivery.”

“Minds Eye Entertainment has a long history of producing memorable, commercial and entertaining film and television products around the world,” said CEO Kevin Dewalt. “We will engage our partners and resources for each series and we look forward to working with our colleagues at Georgeville.”

Sierra/Affinity will distribute the first series scheduled to begin filming in March 2013. 

For more information click here.  


Minds Eye Entertainment To Adapt Mega-Blockbuster Book Series - Avalon: Web Of Magic For Big Screen 

September 27, 2012 - Los Angeles,- The award-winning Canadian production company Minds Eye Entertainment has partnered with Red Sky Entertainment and Moving Pictures Media to produce a live-action feature-length film adaptation of fantasy-adventure book series AVALON: WEB OF MAGIC.

AVALON: WEB OF MAGIC is a twelve book young adult fantasy series published by Tor/MacMillan Publishing Group that have sold over 2 million copies to date and was recently adapted for eBooks on multiple eReader platforms by Premier Digital Publishing.

Created by Robert Mandell and written by Rachel Roberts, the book series features four seemingly ordinary teenagers faced with extraordinary events happening in the woods behind their town. Fantastical animals, the last of their kind, have arrived looking for help to save their world from an evil sorceress. The teens must bond with these animals and learn to become protectors of magic.

Combining ecological themes with contemporary teens, the action packed series is a fantasy with universal appeal that transcends cultural barriers and serves as a very real call-to-action for emerging generations; a 21st century twist on coming of age and learning who you really are through the most improbable and amazing route imaginable.

Minds Eye Entertainment plans to produce several feature length films based on the book series.

“Though full of intrigue and sorcery, at its heart AVALON: WEB OF MAGIC is a story of friendship and compassion,” said Minds Eye Entertainment CEO/producer Kevin Dewalt (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd, Lullaby for Pi), “ The movies will be aimed squarely for the teen market but the series will garner fans of all ages if my own reaction to the books is any indication.”

Producer Isabella Battiston, from UK based Moving Pictures Media has joined the production team for the development stage to see through its full potential in making AVALON: WEB OF MAGIC a film with worldwide reach and appeal to audiences across the pond.

Donald Petrie, director of such acclaimed family films as Miss Congeniality, Grumpy Old Men and Richie Rich, will direct in a deal negotiated by Petrie’s agent David Gersh (Gersh LA) and Stephen Saltzman (Loeb and Leob) on behalf of the producing partners.

“Donald Petrie has an amazing ability to connect with his audience,” added Dewalt. “And given his success with previous print adaptations we know AVALON is in very good hands.”

Robert Mandell (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective The Series, Galaxy Rangers, Starla) will write the screenplay.

Development financing partners are Saskfilm, Canadian-based Minds Eye Entertainment and UK-based Moving Pictures Media. 

For more information click here.


Angel Entertainment Launches Factual TV Arm

“By diversifying our programming and creating compelling documentary content, we’ll be reaching even broader audiences around the world and engaging in a new sector of the international marketplace,” said Bob Crowe, a producer with the Saskatoon-based indie, in a statement. 

To read the full article click here


Playback Names Producer David Cormican on 2012 '10 to Watch' List

David has been turning heads producing feature films with Saskatchewan based Minds Eye Entertainment. Some of his most recent titles include: Faces in the Crowd starring Milla Jovovich, The Tall Man starring Jessica Biel and Stephen McHattie.  His upcoming projects include the Captain Canuck remake.

Each year, Playback puts out a call for the industry to recommend its best and brightest up-and-coming talent for the '10 to Watch' list. The 2012 selection was carefully chosen with input from a variety of industry sources and organizations. 

To view the full article by subscription only click here


13 Eerie to screen at Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival 2012

The Minds Eye Entertainment, Don Carmody Productions produced feature film 13 Eeriewill screen at the Sudbury International Film Festival on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

13 Eerie follows six ambitious forensic undergrads pitted against one another on a scientific expedition to a remote island. Unbeknownst to everyone, the site was formally used as illegal biological testing grounds for life-term criminals who were left for dead. Even before the undergrads have started their experiments, the zombie criminal convicts are systematically hunting them down and what started as a fight for an esteemed career, is now a fight for their very lives.

The film is directed by Saskatchewan's Lowell Dean and stars Katharine Isabelle, Michael Shanks, Brendan Fehr, Brendan Fletcher, Nicholas Moran.

For more information on the festival and the screening click here.  


Seeing in the Dark, shot in Regina in 2009, to play at Toronto Independent Film Festival 

Gordon Pengillys short film script, SEEING IN THE DARK, directed by Helen Hatzis and David Cormican will be playing at the Toronto Independent Film Festival in September. Director Helen Hatzis and co-star Amy Matysio will be on hand for the Toronto screening.

For screening details, please visit the official schedule, click here


Sarah Abbott 2012 Sask Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award Nominee

Sarah Abbott is a short-listed nominee for the 2012 Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award for Arts and Learning!  The award recipients will be announced in September 2012. This nomination reflects the far-reaching impact Sarah's productions of “Out In The Cold” and ” This Time Last Winter”, and their related events, have had on her students and in Saskatchewan communities.

The Arts and Learning Award recognizes arts educators for excellence and innovation in teaching.  Nominees are teachers or other individual arts educators who demonstrate their commitment to arts education through innovative approaches to instruction,  involvement in creative partnerships with artists or arts organizations, and/or engagement of students in unique and challenging explorations of contemporary ideas through the arts.

 For more information and a full list of nominees, click here


“Ferocious”  Premieres at the World Film Festival in Montreal

 CHAOS a film company and KarmaFilm’s feature, “Ferocious,” a thriller about a popular television actress who tries to secretly retrieve a sexually incriminating videotape from a seedy nightclub, premieres at the 2012 Montreal World Film Festival.

 “Ferocious” stars Amanda Crew (Jobs, Charlie St. Cloud, Sex Drive) as the obsessed actress and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy, Black Hawk Down) as the nightclub owner. The film also stars Michael Eklund (The Hive, The Divide), Dustin Milligan (90210, Shark Night 3D) and Katie Boland (Daydream Nation, The Master). Robert Cuffley (“Walk All Over Me,”) wrote and directed the feature film.“I’ve been to the World Film Festival before, it’s distinguished, classy and a great place to showcase your movie” notes Cuffley.

“Ferocious” is produced by Carolyn McMaster (“Walk All Over Me”) and Anand Ramayya (“Rufus”). The director of photography is Mark Dobrescu (“2 Human”), music composition is by Mike Shields (“The Nutty Professor”), with Ken Filewych (“Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning”) serving as the film’s editor. Ferocious was filmed in Saskatoon in November/ December 2011. The film will be released theatrically in Canada in 2012.

The project received support from SaskFilm, Alberta Multimedia Development Fund, Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, Superchannel, Telefilm Canada and CAVCO.

Ferocious premieres on August 30th at 21:40 (Cinema Quartier Latin 9), August 31st at 16:50 (Cinema ONF), and September 1st at 14:40 (Cinema ONF) in Montreal, Canada. Director Robert Cuffley, Producer Carolyn McMaster and actress Katie Boland will be in attendance.

For more information, click here


“Discovery” to premier at Canadian Student Film Festival, Montreal

Regina-based filmmaker Iryn Tushabe is pleased to announce that her recently completed student film “Discovery” will have its world premiere at the Canadian Student Film Festival, in Montreal, Quebec, on August 26th, as part of the Montreal World Film Festival.

Tushabe’s graduating film from the University of Regina Media Production and Studies program, “Discovery” stars Regina actors Jodi Sadowsky and Kate Herriot.

In “Discovery”, coming home late, with an lingering unfamiliar perfume, sparks a tearful confrontation for a lesbian couple, but telling the truth — in more ways than one — leads to greater closeness and renewal. The running time is twelve minutes.

“Discovery” was directed by Iryn Tushabe from her original script, with cinematography by Rob Hillstead, and edited by Zaul McLellan.


“Going South” and “Twice Taken” Start Production

Cory MacLean and Jeff Moneo are set to begin shooting their Filmpool supported productions next week! Both members received financial support and equipment rental deferral from the Filmpool's Filmmakers Production Assistance Program in the Spring of 2012. Cory will be shooting "Twice Taken" and Jeff's film "Going South" is also set to roll soon.

"Going South" is the story of Martha Barlow, a prairie wild child looking for a way out. Miles from nowhere, with seemingly no one paying attention, Martha finds herself disaffected an alone. Her horse has just been sold, the local boys don’t interest her, and her home life is a freak show. Her father, Stan, is a heavy drinker who cares more about betting on horses than taking care of his daughter. Much like the female protagonists in Smooth Talk and Bonnie and Clyde, Martha’s been waiting for the opportunity to escape her rural despair. When the mysterious Donovan arrives on her farm unannounced, she finally gets her chance.


Landslide Entertainment Inc. Moves to New Office

Landslide Entertainment Inc., a Regina-based television and digital media production company has moved into a new office. The new address is:
1808 Smith Street, Suite 212
Regina, SK S4P 2N4
Tel: (306) 992-0602
Fax: (306) 992-0603

Feel free to drop by and pay us a visit. Coffee is on us!



Saskatoon produced series bows online August 1

July 31, 2012, Saskatoon - Multi-award-winning series “My Lupine Life” By Louis Pine is set to premiere along with the full moon on August 1, 2012. The series focuses on the life a Louis Pine a teenaged boy who must get ready for what he believes to be his imminent transformation into a werewolf on the full moon.

Fourteen year old Louis Pine is utterly convinced he’s turning werewolf any full moon now thanks to a rare genetic inheritance from his absent father. But Louis’ friends and family think he may be going loopy not lupine. Who’s right?

“My Lupine Life” By Louis Pine which won 5 awards at LA WebFest in Los Angeles, California earlier this year, including awards for Outstanding Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Series, Lead Actor (Aron Tomori), Lead Actress (Julia Sarah Stone), Writing and Special/Visual Effects, will be available to view online starting at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday August 1, 2012.

“My Lupine Life” By Louis Pine was funded by the Independent Production Fund and SaskFilm and the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit.


Screenwriter Selected to Script Canadian Superhero Flick CAPTAIN CANUCK

July 12, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA. Canadian-born Hollywood-based screenwriter Arne Olsen (MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE, COP AND A HALF, REPEATERS) is on board to adapt Richard Comely's iconic Canadian crusader for the big screen. Olsen will script the film adaptation based on the CAPTAIN CANUCK comic book series for Minds Eye Entertainment.

“CAPTAIN CANUCK is not only a Canadian icon but an internationally recognized superhero," said Minds Eye Entertainment CEO Kevin DeWalt. "Arne Olsen is the perfect choice to pen a stand-out action-packed script."

The first issue of CAPTAIN CANUCK hit newsstands in May 1975. Thirty-seven years later, the superhero franchise has endeared fans around the world. To date, more than 2 million copies have been sold and 26 different editions have been printed. IDW Publishing recently published two hard cover collections of the original issues that have since sold out.

The CAPTAIN CANUCK legacy is enduring. Canada Post issued a CAPTAIN CANUCK postage stamp in 1995. CAPTAIN CANUCK was also featured on the cover of TIME magazine. Creator Richard Comely, who will work closely with the screenwriter added: “With Arne Olsen on board we are set to deliver a movie that will delight CAPTAIN CANUCK followers and welcome new fans around the world."

About Minds Eye Entertainment
Established in 1986, Minds Eye Entertainment is one of Canada's most prolific independent production and distribution companies, internationally recognized for its commitment to distinctive film and television product.
Minds Eye Entertainment has grown tremendously over the years producing over 40 feature films and Television series. Minds Eye’s upcoming and previous slate of production titles include the action drama THE TALL MAN starring Jessica Biel (Total Recall, The A Team) in a career defining performance as a small town mother investigating the mysterious disappearance of her child; the thriller FACES IN THE CROWD with Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil  franchise, The Fifth Element) and costarring Julian McMahon (Nip Tuck, Fantastic Four); LULLABY FOR PI starring Forest Whitaker and Rupert Friend; and Stephen King’s DOLAN’S CADILLAC starring Christian Slater.

About Arne Olsen
American Film Institute graduate and PRAXIS mentor, Arne Olsen, has had 12 movies produced including MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS:THE MOVIE for 20TH Century Fox, COP AND A HALF for Universal, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN II for MGM and RED SCORPION for Shapiro/Glickenhaus.  He sold the pitch RAPID FIRE to Universal and the spec horror-comedy DRAKE DIAMOND:EXORCIST FOR HIRE to Warners. He wrote and directed HERE’S TO LIFE, which was nominated for 9 Genies, winning one.  He wrote the pilot ESCAPE FROM ATLANTIS for Starz/Encore as well as an episode of RELIC HUNTER.  In 2011, he was nominated for a best screenplay LEO for the TIFF special presentation, REPEATERS, directed by Carl Bessai.


Epic Adventure Series Hits The Airwaves

July 10, 2012 - Regina SK. AROUND THE NEXT BEND, the remarkable tale of two young adventurers from Regina, SK who braved ten months on the Ganges River, will air on the RAD X network on Sunday, July 15 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

The unscripted 12-part series chronicles the story of Dustin Corkery and Adrian Traquair, as they set out aboard a rubber raft intent on paddling from Delhi, India to Dhaka, Bangladesh. They leave home with few supplies; a camera and the raft they intend to carry them 2,500 kilometres down the Ganges River – their previous paddling experience coming only from a field test of the raft in Wascana Lake, a manmade urban water feature in Regina, SK.

Away from the comforts of the western world, the pair must quickly learn to adapt. Driven to the brink of exhaustion, Dustin and Adrian document their challenging, often heartwarming and always charming adventure through the heart of the Himalayan headwaters.

RAD X (RISK ADVENTURE DANGER) can be found on the following television service providers:
• BELL – Channel 1627
• ROGERS – Channel 541
• TELUS – Channel 645
• SASKTEL MAX – Channel 473
• ACCESS – Channel 544

The Minds Eye Entertainment series was produced and directed by Mark Montague and executive produced by Kevin DeWalt.

For the series preview and schedule, click here 



Sci-Fi Thriller Stranded Begins Shooting in Saskatchewan
Fear is the Infection…

July 9th, 2012 – REGINA, SK. The science fiction thriller STRANDED started filming in the Canada Saskatchewan Production Studio in Regina, SK earlier today. The full length feature film stars Christian Slater and is directed by Academy Award winner Roger Christian.

The story centers on a series of terrifying events that take place aboard the Ark moon base. When a meteor suddenly collides with their base, the astronauts find themselves in immediate danger. The crew quickly learns that spores from the meteorite can replicate cell structure, reproduce and mutate, forcing everyone on board to fight for their lives.

Amy Matysio (Just Friends, Chained), Michael Therriault (Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, Total Recall) and Brendan Fehr (Bones, CSI: Miami) star alongside Christian Slater (True Romance, Interview with the Vampire). Having all starred in previous Minds Eye Entertainment productions, the cast are no strangers to Saskatchewan. Incidentally, this is also a return engagement for director Roger Christian and screenwriter Christian Piers Betley.

“STRANDED is a truly original script that will be brought to life by an incredible cast under the direction of an incomparable director. The audience will not be disappointed,” said producer Kevin DeWalt.

The film is produced by Kevin DeWalt (The Tall Man), Mark Montague (13Eerie) and Isabella Battiston (Shay Cullen: A Life Story). The executive producers are Kevin DeWalt, David Cormican and Becki Hui. Danielle Masters is the associate producer.

The Canadian distribution rights are held by Entertainment One Films Canada with the International rights by Cinemavault and the USA rights by Image Entertainment.

The film is being produced with the financial assistance of Entertainment One Films Canada, Cinemavault and Image Entertainment, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, SaskFilm Feature Film Investment Program; and, the Saskatchewan Film and Video Employment Tax Credit.

About Minds Eye Entertainment
Established in 1986, Minds Eye Entertainment is one of Canada’s most prolific independent production and distribution companies, internally recognized for its commitment to distinctive film and television product and expertise in navigating international treaty co-production and financing. Recent credits include: 13EERIE (Katharine Isabelle, Brendan Fehr), THE TALL MAN (Jessica Biel), FACES IN THE CROWD (Milla Jovovich, Julian McMahon), LULLABY FOR PI (Forest Whitaker, Rupert Friend), Stephen King’s DOLAN’S CADILLAC (Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier) and WALLED IN (Mischa Barton). For more information about Minds Eye Entertainment, click here

About Moving Pictures Media Ltd.
Moving Pictures Media is an international motion picture film and television production company, with business and production offices in both North America and Europe. The company has produced commercially driven programming for domestic and international markets. With a unique approach, they have created original and creative projects such as feature films, powerful documentaries and popular television programs recognized and respected for quality and diversity. For more information, click here


   

Virginia Thompson of Verité Films joins NSI Board of Directors

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of its newest board member Virginia Thompson, president of Verité Films.

“Virginia is a fantastic addition to the NSI board,” said Brad Pelman and Raja Khanna, co-chairs of the NSI Board of Directors.

“She’s a dynamic and well-respected member of the Canadian television industry who will bring a unique energy and perspective to the many new initiatives being developed by NSI.”

Virginia is an award-winning executive producer, producer and TV show creator known for her work on the hit series Corner Gas and most recently served as executive producer and co-creator of InSecurity.  Previously, Virginia was executive producer, producer and co-creator of renegadepress.com and Incredible Story Studio.

A graduate of Ryerson University, she began her career on CBC’s The Journal, moving on to work under her mentor Linda Schuyler on the original Degrassi series for five seasons. Virginia has also worked as a freelance writer/producer for W-FIVE, Canada AM, CTV News and TVOntario.

Virginia has served on the board of directors of the CMPA and mentored aspiring producers, writers and TV show creators at NSI, the Canadian Screen Training Centre, CFC, and WIFT.

“As an NSI Features First alumna, I know first-hand how important training is to our industry,” said Thompson. “Joining the board of NSI is a great honour and a terrific opportunity to help build the next generation of Canadian storytellers.”

Thompson joins distinguished NSI board members Brad Pelman, Marketing & Distribution Expert; Raja Khanna, CEO, GlassBOX Television Inc.; Norm Bolen; Jean LaRose, CEO, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN); Bruce Leslie, Vice President, Marketing, Winnipeg Free Press; Michael A. Levine, Executive Vice-Chairman, The Historica-Dominion Institute and Chairman, Westwood Creative Artists; Marlene Kendall, Associate Director, Audit & Risk Management, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation; Marcia Martin, SVP, Creative Content, Commissioned & In-House Programming, GlassBOX Television Inc.; Bill Roberts, President/CEO, Television Division, ZoomerMedia Limited; Christine Shipton, Vice President, Original Content, Shaw Media; Ron Suter,  EVP & General Sales Manager for Canada, NBC Universal Television Distribution; and Carole Vivier, CEO & Film Commissioner, MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC.

About the National Screen Institute
Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First and the upcoming NSI Aboriginal Documentary course.
NSI also offers national exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at nsi-canada.ca.


 

Twisted Pair Productions Ltd. announces the release of its newest app for iPad tablets

Twister Pair Productions Ltd of Regina, SK announced FOLIOMAKER, its newest app for iPad tablets. FOLIOMAKER provides a sleek and elegant way to present content, making it easy to impress clients, teachers, friends or family and can also display media of all varieties including PDF documents, mp3, wav, png, mov and many more.

Users can further customize presentations with splash intro video or image. Twisted Pair makes it even easier with the intro theme pack that includes 4 intro themes for real estate, business or personal use, to really show off users stuff. FOLIOMAKER allows the user to present their content and only their content. No branding is present at any time and the user can prevent the background editor from ever being seen by using the Autostart and password features.

FOLIOMAKER is available now for Apple's iPad in the App Store here and is available for a limited time at no cost!

Check out the website here

For further information, contact Mike MacNaughton


Citytv Greenlights New Original Saskatchewan Documentary

Citytv announced today the start of production on an all-new, original documentary The Sky is the Limit, showcasing Saskatchewan’s unprecedented economic boom. The Sky is the Limit is the first Citytv production to begin in the province since Rogers Media acquired Saskatchewan Communications Network and launched Citytv Saskatchewan, which officially hit the airwaves July 1. Slated to premiere exclusively on Citytv this September, The Sky is the Limit is produced by Saskatchewan-based Stephen Onda Productions Inc.  

For the full Broadcaster Magazine story, click here


Vérité Films moves headquarters to Toronto as Saskatchewan’s Refundable Tax Credit ends

Regina and Toronto (June 27, 2012) – After 15 years of producing over 250 episodes of award-winning primetime television in Regina, Saskatchewan, including the smash hit comedy series CORNER GAS, Vérité Films will be moving its Regina head office to Toronto effective June 30. The move is due to the elimination of Saskatchewan’s refundable film employment tax credit.

 “Vérité will maintain a satellite office with one production executive in Regina with the hope that things will improve in the province,” says Virginia Thompson, president of Vérité Films. “Regina will always be in our hearts. We’ve raised three kids, built our home and our company here. But there is no longer a viable way to finance our projects in Saskatchewan. Our future is in Toronto now, where our projects can be financed. That said, should a new program be put in place that makes it possible for us to film in Saskatchewan, we would love to bring production back to the province.”

Spanning the 15 years since the refundable tax credit was introduced, Vérité Films created and produced four hit television series for children, youth and family audiences - including CORNER GAS, RENEGADEPRESS.COM, INCREDIBLE STORY STUDIO and INSECURITY - bringing over $100M in production to the province of Saskatchewan. The decision affects on average 600 highly skilled technicians, artists, crew, digital media and support staff hired during times of production. Vérité also ran creative writing and acting programs for young artists, trained production crews and took an active interest in developing the industry. CORNER GAS and its cast and crew helped to raise over $500,000 for a variety of charities in Saskatchewan. The CORNER GAS film set, which is now a gift shop in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, is one of the province’s most popular tourist destinations.  

Vérité Films’ announcement follows that of Regina-based Partners in Motion, an award-winning production company who made a similar announcement this month.

About Vérité Films
Vérité Films was founded by producer Virginia Thompson and writer/director Robert de Lint. The Gemini Award-winning company has developed a reputation for creating and producing TV that resonates with audiences in Canada and around the world.          

Vérité Films opened their head office in Regina in 1997. In 2009, the company opened a second satellite office in Toronto focusing on development. To date, all series television has been filmed in the province of Saskatchewan. With Saskatchewan’s recent decision to eliminate the refundable tax credit, the company will consolidate and move its headquarters and future production to Toronto.

Vérité produced the smash hit narrative comedy series CORNER GAS (107 x 30 minutes) and website for CTV with Brent Butt and David Storey’s 335 Productions. Created by Brent Butt, CORNER GAS was Canada’s #1 rated scripted series from 2004 to 2009. Airing in 26 countries, it was nominated for an International Emmy and won seven Geminis (including Best Series and Best Interactive), nine Canadian Comedy Awards, four Directors Guild Awards and four Writers Guild Awards. Vérité went on to create and produce two seasons of the spy comedy series INSECURITY (23 x 30 minutes) and website for CBC from 2011 to 2012 with Kevin White of Company Name Here Productions. Vérité also created and produced the youth dramatic series and e-zine RENEGADEPRESS.COM (52 x 30 minutes) from 2004 to 2008 for Global and APTN and the hit children’s series INCREDIBLE STORY STUDIO (65 x 30 minutes) from 1997 to 2002 for YTV and Disney International.  Both series aired in over 100 countries, won numerous Gemini Awards and were each nominated for The Prix Jeunesse. Vérité currently has a number of projects in development.

About the refundable tax credit, SFETC (Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit)
Despite the province’s strong economic performance and an industry that has done well for itself over the past decade – hosting two of the country’s biggest television hits CORNER GAS and LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE – the Saskatchewan government has announced that it will terminate its 15-year-old, refundable film tax credit, effective June 30, 2012. The Saskatchewan government has introduced a scaled-down, non-refundable tax credit. The new program is not a workable option for most productions because banks will not recognize it as collateral for production loans and because it is not competitive with any other Canadian province.

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Partners in Motion might be closing its head office in Regina

Partners in Motion, one of Saskatchewan's hottest production companies, is thinking about closing its head office in Regina.

The general manager, Jeff Stecyk, said the company won't be starting any new feature projects in the province. He said Saskatchewan is no longer seen as a good option for the industry after the provincial government got rid of the refundable film tax credit this year.

To read the full CBC story, click here


 

Sask Producers receive funding from Independent Production Fund

The IPF Board of Directors approved funding for 15 scripted drama series (10 English / 5 French) designed and produced for exploitation on the web and is making equity investments of $1.5 M in these projects.  This unique funding program, which was created in 2010 is encouraging experimentation and evaluating potential for high quality, story driven drama for web audiences.

The selection process required the evaluation of 153 applications which were short-listed to 31 web series from both digital media and traditional television production companies from across the country.  An international jury, industry evaluators and the Board evaluated projects based on content, production styles and processes, formats, business and promotion models, audience and revenue potential. The 2012 international jury included Liz Rosenthal and Tishna Molla (Power to the Pixel, UK), Veronica Holmes (ZenithOptimedia, Canada), Paul Ronca (Just For Laughs, Canada), Christy Dena (Universe Creation 101, Australia), Guillaume Aniorté (Tribal Nova, Canada), Julie Laferrière (Cliquez, Canada) and Stéphane Bataillon (Groupe Bayard, France).

The selected projects represent a range of genres including comedy, adventure, thriller, sci-fi and fantasy for different target demographics and distribution platforms. Among the recipients are Leanne Schinkel and Nils Sorensen of Homeside Productions & Wolf Tree Media forMila’s Fountain

Mila's Fountain tells the tale of a chance encounter between the dangerous and immortal water spirit Mila and a mysterious wandering man who has stumbled upon her mystical fountain deep in an ancient forest – an experience that will transform their lives, and the world around them, forever. The series is created by Nils Sorensen and produced by Leanne Schinkel.

For the full story, click here   


Saskatchewan Animation Studio Remains Committed to Province 

18 June, 2012 (Saskatoon, SK) Cheshire Smile Animation Inc., producer of the non-Award winning Saskatchewan Animated Films, A Fairy Tale Christmas (2005) and The Side Show Christmas (2008), as well as the animated Short Films Postcards from the Other Side of the Apocalypse (I, II, & III) and Seelenheil, announces that it is committed to remaining in Saskatchewan for at least the next 18 months.

Cheshire Smile Animation Inc. is committed to producing The Side Show Halloween: Curse of the Scare Factory, here in Saskatchewan as well as British Columbia. The show was fortunate to have qualified for Provincial Tax Credits under the soon to be cancelled Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit.

“Cheshire Smile Animation Inc. is a committed Saskatchewan Animation Production Company.” says founder and executive producer Tim Tyler, “producing internationally distributed non-award winning animation from Saskatchewan is a massive challenge any way you slice it. We could have left Saskatchewan numerous times during the 12 years we have been producing animation here, but we have not. We are preparing to weather this storm and see how our future looks 12 months from now”

Although future productions from Cheshire Smile Animation Inc. will been affected by the cancellation of the SFETC, the company is committed to the continued development and production of original animated content from Saskatchewan, and will work to seek out new production models that take advantage of digital technology to reduce the distance between Saskatchewan and the rest of the Animation World.

“At Cheshire, our business model is not based solely on SFETC eligible activities. It is just one of the three pillars we have built our business on. We are fortunate to also have commercial clients, in addition to real world and intellectual properties that will help carry us through the dark times ahead.”

Cheshire Smile Animation Inc. hopes that it will be able to continue operating here in Saskatchewan and is committed to working with Saskatchewan to make this province a place where international quality children’s animation can originate.

“We felt that at this time, when so many are making commitments to leave, that we stand up and make a commitment to stay – we cannot promising to bring home a pile of awards to this province, but we can promise to keep making great cartoons”

About Cheshire Smile Animation Inc.
Cheshire Smile Animation Inc. is a Saskatchewan based animation studio that was founded in 2000. Cheshire Smile Animation Inc. is passionate about creating animated entertainment and advertising in Saskatchewan. “We put the ‘toon in Saskatoon.”

Our mission is to entertain and inspire children through the creation of seasonal and pre-school branded entertainment properties with classic themes, unique twists, and friendly design.

Cheshire Smile Animation Inc. specializes in animation management and production services for the development and creation of animated content for Broadcast Television and Interactive Media.



Saskatchewan Production Company film to premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival

Chained, co-produced by Rhonda Baker of RBG Productions of Regina and Envision Media Arts of Los Angeles, and directed by Jennifer Lynch, will enjoy it’s world premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.  The production starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren and Julia Ormond was filmed at the Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios in Regina and in Moose Jaw. 

For the full story, click here


 

Saskatoon Director/Writer Raising funds to make film with Angel Entertainment

Jeff Moneo, a current MFA candidate in Columbia University's Graduate Film Program, is fundraising for a short film to follow Big Muddy, which competed at Cannes in 2011.

The new film, Going South, is his thesis film and the result of a year long collaboration with co-writer Emily Ragsdale, and producers Nicole DeMasi and Coral Aiken. In addition to their core production team, they've partnered with Angel Entertainment in Saskatoon to help bring this project to life. 

For more information, click here


Saskatchewan Producer chosen to participate in Trans Atlantic Partners

June 12, 2012 (Halifax, NS) This year’s line-up of film producers from Canada, Europe and the United States are set to participate in Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP), co-presented by Canada’s Strategic Partners, Germany’s Erich Pommer Institut and New York’s Independent Filmmaker Project.

TAP is an innovative, intensive, three-module training program for producers with co-production and co-venture projects in development. The annual initiative kicks off with its first module in Berlin, June 23 to 28, before moving to Halifax and Strategic Partners from September 11-16, followed by New York and No Borders from September 17 to 20.

The impressive line-up for TAP 2012 producer participants includes:
- Canadians: Serge Noel (co-producer, Games of the Heart; producer, Nuages Sur La Ville); Karen Shaw (co-producer, Nigeria’s Climate In Crisis; co-producer, Jack and Jill vs. The World); David Cormican (executive producer, The Tall Man; executive producer, Faces in the Crowd); Cher Hawrysh (producer, Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action; co-producer, Scared Sacred); Judy Holm (producer, Victoria Day, Radio Revolution: The Rise & Fall of the Big 8; producer, 100 Films and a Funeral); Mark Montefiore (producer, Eating Buccaneers; co-producer, Picnicface, TV Series); Chantal Lafleur, (producer, A Cargo To Africa, Sogokuru)
- Europeans: Nicole Carmen-Davis, British (executive producer, Malice in Wonderland, Fifty Dead Men Walking); Marco Gilles, German (co-producer, Bibliothèque Pascal; associate producer, Cheri-Dangerous Liaisons); Fabian Maubach, German (producer, Cracks in the Shell [Die Unsichtbare], The Day I Was Not Born [Das Lied in mir]); Pauli Pentti, Finnish (producer, Survival in Venice); Neil Thompson, British (producer, Clubbed); Ewa Pytka, Polish (producer, Milczenie jest zlotem [Silence is Golden]); Kestutis Drazdauskas, Lithuanian (co-producer, Wide Open Spaces, The Race); Ole Wendorff-Østergaard, Danish (co-producer, Antichrist, The Blessing)
- Americans: Ryan Zacarias (producer, Septien, The Colonel’s Bride); Jenny Schweitzer-Bell (producer, 12 & Holding), Former Head of Production at Vox 3 Films; Jodi Redmond (producer, Fray, Crazy Beats Strong Every Time); Monique Peterson (producer, Mommy Mafia - web series); Katie Mustard (producer, Night Catches Us, Restless City); Susan Lewis (executive producer, Pariah), former development executive, MTV Films; Kisha Cameron Dingle – former executive with New Line Films and runs Focus Features’ Africa First Program; Alex Johnes – (producer, The House I Live In)

“We know this format has proved to be tremendously effective in providing essential training,” commented TAP co-presenter and Strategic Partners Director, Jan Miller. “The Canada-France feature film co-pro, Home Sweet Home went to camera June 4. This international collaboration came about as a direct result of Gearshift Films producer, Borga Dorter (Canada), and Countess Films producer, Douchka Papierski (France), building a relationship through TAP.”

The June module will feature case studies of several successful trans-Atlantic co-productions/co-ventures. Among this year’s films are:
- Foxfire (Canada/France co-production) presented by Haut et Court and The Film Farm, directed by Laurent Cantet, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates
- A Dangerous Method (Germany/Canada/UK co-production) presented by German co-producer Marco Mehlitz, produced by Lago Film, Talking Cure Productions and Recorded Picture Company, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen

ABOUT TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS:
TAP offers one-of-a-kind, in-depth professional development to established film producers. Trainers and resource people are active, leading industry co-production players. Participants receive training on all aspects of co-production, including legal, finance, distribution and exploitation. The program allows producers to gain knowledge and practical advice to move their productions forward.

TAP is supported by the MEDIA Mundus Programme of the European Union, by Telefilm Canada and by VFF – Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten (collection society for film and TV producers). TAP is presented by the Erich Pommer Institut (Germany), the Independent Filmmaker Project (USA), and Strategic Partners.

Erich Pommer Institut (Germany) 
The Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) is one of Europe's leading centres for media law, media economy and media research based in Potsdam, Germany. Each year, EPI organizes and hosts close to 40 seminars, workshops, conferences and panels – both for the German as well as the European media industry.

IFP Independent Filmmaker Project (USA) 
IFP is the U.S.’s oldest and largest non-for-profit advocacy organization for independent filmmakers. IFP represents a network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world, with a mission of ensuring that independent films enrich the universal language of cinema, seeding the global culture with new ideas, kindling awareness and fostering activism.

Strategic Partners (Canada) 
One of the world’s pre-eminent co-production markets, Strategic Partners (SP) is an initiative of the Atlantic Film Festival.  With Telefilm Canada as its Presenting Partner, it is the one-stop shop for feature film, TV and multiplatform fiction producers, broadcasters, sales agents, financiers, distributors and film agencies. SP is the place to discover and develop compelling projects and make investment happen.


BLOOD, LIES AND ALIBIS Season 9 broadcast premiere on investigation Discovery (United States)

 June 4, 2012 (Regina, SK.) Partners in Motion, an international media company, and CS Series Productions IX, Inc. are pleased to announce the broadcast of the ninth season of Blood, Lies and Alibis on the Investigation Discovery (Discovery Communications) Channel in the U.S. premiering on June 4st at 9PM EST.  ID is the fasted growing network in the United States and reaches 73 million households.  The series will also subsequently broadcast in Canada on Investigation Discovery (Bell Media) and throughout UK, Central/Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa on The Crime Investigation Channel /History UK (A & E Networks) and Chello Zone networks.

Blood, Lies and Alibis follows criminal investigators as they uncover the stories behind brutal killings.  With the help of forensic evidence, old fashioned legwork and years of dogged determination, detectives and D.A.’s convict murderers and deliver justice to families mourning their dead.

This season we follow:

Episode #57:  “THE PERVERTED PREACHER” – Anthony Hopkins 
When Arletha Hopkins learns that her husband is abusing her daughter she kicks him out. He exacts revenge by killing her and forcing the girl to help hide the body. No one finds out till years later when she becomes pregnant and the story spills out.

Episode #58:  “FRIENDLY FIRE” – Gary Evans 
Career criminal Gary Evans is suspected to be behind the disappearance of one of his former associates. After an intense manhunt, Evans is apprehended in Vermont and confesses to a life filled with crime and killing, with five murders to his credit.

Episode #9059:  “THE POUGHKEEPSIE KILLER” – Kendall Francois 
Kendall Francois is a john who frequents the Poughkeepsie, NY streets where he lives. For over two years, he picks up and murders eight prostitutes and is only discovered when the would-be ninth victim escapes and reports him to police.

Episode #60:  “A DEADLY DIVORCEE” – Elizabeth Gatenby
Elizabeth Gatenby’s mother is in the process of divorcing unsuspecting husband, Bruce Firman. In an elaborate plan to ensure her mother gets everything, Elizabeth hires her son and another young man to murder Bruce.

Episode #61:  “THE BAD-TEMPERED BOYFRIEND” – Michael Bridges
Erin Chorney is missing for over a year. Police suspect her boyfriend but have no evidence. In an elaborate sting operation, police officers convince Chorney’s killer to tell them how he strangled her to death.

Episode #62:  “THE CAMPUS KILLER” – Jamie Letson
In 1980, Jamie Kellum kills college friend, Katherine Foster, in a fit of jealous rage. Two decades later, Kellum, now Jamie Letson, tells her AA sponsor of her crimes, leading police to make an arrest in a 20 year old case.

Episode #63:  “THE WOEFUL WIDOW” – Stacey Castor
Stacey Castor poisons her first husband with antifreeze and gets away with it. She is only caught after killing her second husband the same way and attempting to murder her daughter and frame her for both deaths.

Episode #64:  “THE KILLER CABBIE” – Paul Durousseau
Police find five bodies of young women, all strangled with a particular slipknot. Eventually they tie Paul Durousseau to the murders through DNA samples, fiber analysis, and phone records from the cab he drove.

Episode #65:  “THE INSIDIOUS IN-LAW” – Greg Markwardt
Greg Markwardt kills his sister-in-law, Kathy Odom, in 1987. He remains free for nearly two decades, but new DNA techniques allow a lamp cord from the scene to be tested, proving his DNA to be a match and forcing his arrest and subsequent conviction.

Episode #66:  “A Deadly Disappearance” – Susan McFarland
In 2002, San Antonio police find Susan McFarland’s abandoned vehicle. Soon after, her husband Richard files a missing persons report. Police find a stolen SUV across from the McFarland home with blood on the back bumper.

Blood, Lies and Alibis / Crime Stories, Saskatchewan’s longest running factual television series, has expanded its library into its ninth season, containing 66 episodes as a series.  Airing in North America, the United Kingdom, Central and Easter Europe, Middle East and Africa, the series reaches over 100 countries and is broadcast in over 30 languages.

The series was created and produced in Saskatchewan utilizing the services of over 3000 highly skilled and imaginative local production crew members and cast of actors.  Crime Stories has contributed more than 10 million dollars to the Saskatchewan economy, most of which was financed with sources from outside of the province and country.  Key creative services - scriptwriting, production, direction, photography, and editing – were expertly handled by residents of Saskatchewan while local companies supplied equipment, craft and food services, accommodations, transportation and personnel.  Blood, Lies and Alibis/Crime Stories season 9 was produced in Saskatchewan as a result of incentives from SaskFilm and the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit. 

Blood, Lies and Alibis/Crime Stories season nine was made possible with the involvement of Investigation Discovery (US and Canada), the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and SaskFilm.

About Partners in Motion:
Partners in Motion is a multi-dimensional entertainment company engaged in the development, production and distribution of comprehensive, award-winning programming seen in more than 150 countries around the world and heard in over 30 languages.  Partners in Motion fully integrates its television programming as part of a complete, interactive multi-media package that includes high-end digital animation, convergent websites, mobisodes, webisodes, and other Internet applications.

About Discovery Communications
Investigation Discovery (ID), America's leading investigation network and the fastest-growing network in television, is the source for fact-based investigative content about culture, history and the human condition. Providing the highest quality investigative programming focused on fascinating stories of human nature from the past to the present to nearly 79 million U.S. households, Investigation Discovery's in-depth documentaries and series challenge viewers on important issues shaping our culture and defining our world.
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 210 countries and territories.


Minds Eye Entertainment Sci-FI Thriller Stranded Starring Christian Slater will shoot in Saskatchewan 

Minds Eye Entertainment to begin production on next feature film STRANDED July 3rd, 2012 in Regina, SK. 

Toronto-based Cinemavault has acquired the international rights to the Minds Eye Entertainment sci-fi thriller, STRANDED, starring CHRISTIAN SLATER. STRANDED follows a mysterious infection that contaminates a space station in the not too distant future. 

The project is produced by Kevin Dewalt (The Tall Man), and Mark Montague (13 Eerie). STRANDED is directed by Academy Award-winner Roger Christian. The feature film project is a Minds Eye Entertainment production. Executive producers are Kevin DeWalt, David Cormican and Becki Hui. 

The ensemble cast starring Christian Slater (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Interview With A Vampire) as Colonel Gerard K. Brauchman, also includes Saskatchewan actress Amy Matysio (Just Friends, InSAYSHAble) as Ava Hopkins. The cast is rounded out with Michael Therriault (The Englishman’s Boy, Lord of the Rings Live Action) and Brendan Fehr (Final Destination, CSI: Miami). 

All four lead actors have previously starred in productions produced and filmed in Saskatchewan. 

Cinemavault launched international sales at the Cannes Film Festival Marketplace.

“It has been difficult raising financing for movies to be shot in Saskatchewan in the shadow of the current uncertainty surrounding the availability of local filming incentives in Saskatchewan past June 30th, 2012,” offers producer Kevin DeWalt on the financing of this production. 

“We’re fortunate for this one (STRANDED), that the wheels were in motion long before this decision came down – unfortunately on a go forward basis, this lack of stability and support from the government is chasing away our investors on future projects shot in Saskatchewan.” 

Production commences July 3rd, 2012 at the Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

ABOUT MINDS EYE ENTERTAINMENT 

Established in 1986, Minds Eye Entertainment is one of Canada's most prolific independent production and distribution companies, internationally recognized for its commitment to distinctive film and television product and expertise navigating international treaty co-production and financing. Recent credits include: THE TALL MAN (Jessica Biel, Stephen McHattie), FACES IN THE CROWD (Milla Jovovich, Julian McMahon), LULLABY FOR PI (Forest Whitaker, Rupert Friend), Stephen King's DOLAN'S CADILLAC (Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier) and WALLED IN (Mischa Barton, Deborah Kara Unger). For more information about Minds Eye Entertainment, please go to www.mindseyepictures.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: 
Kevin DeWalt CEO
Minds Eye Entertainment
306-359-7618 
kdewalt@mindseyepictures.com 


Major-General Lewis MacKenzie filming in Regina

(Regina, SK) Partners in Motion, an Emmy award-winning international media company, is proud to announce the filming of Major-General Lewis MacKenzie as a host for the Canadian version of EDGE OF WAR on June 3rd and 4th in Regina.  The all-new original series, EDGE OF WAR, revisits the string of events that paved the way for the world’s most critical declarations of war - examining each pivotal decision - unfurling with minute-by-minute storytelling.  With the expert commentary provided by Major-General Lewis MacKenzie, EDGE OF WAR transports viewers into the minds of leaders and into the political intrigues and military operations that have shaped the world as we know it. From World War II to Korea, from Argentina to the Middle East, see how those that lead nations bring their countries to the very edge, and learn their motivations in risking it all.  EDGE OF WAR has previously aired on Discovery’s Military Channel in the United States featuring U.S. Army General and Former NATO Commander Wesley K. Clark (Ret.).

As a Host, Major-General MacKenzie provides the experience and knowledge of a 35-year veteran of the Canadian Army who, during that time, served nine years with NATO forces and completed nine peacekeeping tours with the United Nations in six different mission areas.  Upon MacKenzie’s return home in October 1992, he was appointed commander of the army in Ontario until his retirement in 1993.  Following Mackenzie’s retirement he was awarded two Meritorious Service Crosses, which recognizes individuals who have carried out meritorious acts bringing benefit and honour, and the Vimy Award, recognizing Canadians who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defense and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.  MacKenzie has also authored two books; Peacekeeper: Road to Sarajevo and Soldiers Made Me Look Good: A Life in the Shadow of War.

EDGE OF WAR episodes include:

Hitler’s False Flag

Hungry for territory, Adolf Hitler needs to convince the world he is justified in attacking Poland. SS leaders train and equip recruits to act as Polish soldiers, then attack German facilities along the German-Polish border. Making the world believe Poland is the aggressor this action is among the first ‘false flag’ operations in history and sets into motion events that lit the world on fire.

MacArthur’s Great Gamble

Having failed to stop Kim Il Sung’s forces on land, Gen. Douglas MacArthur devises an amphibious assault at Inchon. But Gen. MacArthur needs information, so he dispatches naval officer Lt. Eugene Clark to gather precious intelligence on troops and tides. Lt. Clark recruits local operatives who want the invaders stopped. With Lt. Clark’s critical intelligence, Gen. MacArthur and the U.N. invasion swing into action - hoping to crush the North Koreans.

Castro’s Revolution 

Fidel Castro’s failed attack on Gen. Fulgencio Batista’s Moncada Barracks drives him to Mexico, where he and his army train for a date with Batista’s mighty military. Despite facing almost certain failure, Castro invades, then emerges from the Cuban mountains to crush Battista and win his revolution.

Saddam vs. the Ayatollah 

Bitter enemies Saddam Hussein of Iraq and Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran vie for regional supremacy in a deadly conflict that rises from angry rhetoric over religious slights, ethnic differences, and territorial ambitions. Khomeini uncovers a coup plot amongst the Iranian air force and executes scores of airmen, giving Hussein the opportunity to strike.

Thatcher’s War

With domestic problems looming large, the Argentinian Military Junta invades the Falklands, a rocky British outpost long regarded by Argentinians as their own. The Junta thinks Britain too weak to contest the invasion, but British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher orders a task force to sail 8,000 miles to take the island back at any cost. 

Taking Down Noriega 

In 1989, Panama's leader and former U.S. ally General Manuel Noriega becomes a wanted man. International media reports Panamanian Defense Forces abuse Panama’s politicians and sometimes even the country’s own citizens. When PDF personnel kill an off-duty U.S. Marine just before Christmas, President George H. W. Bush orders a highly organized invasion, Operation Just Cause, to capture the general in charge.

Created in Saskatchewan, Canada, Edge of War features over 380 local residents portraying characters including Adolf Hitler, Douglas MacArthur, Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher and George H.W. Bush along with hundreds of supporting on camera roles.  Utilizing a highly skilled and imaginative local production crew, some of the world’s most famous situations are portrayed with great attention to historic detail and event accuracy in a unique style.

Edge of War directly contributed almost two million dollars to the Saskatchewan economy in a little over ten months, most of which was financed with sources from outside of the Province and country. Key creative services - scriptwriting, production, direction, photography, and editing – were expertly handled by residents of Saskatchewan while local companies supplied equipment, craft and food services, accommodations, transportation and personnel.  Edge of War was produced in Saskatchewan as a result of incentives from SaskFilm and the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit. 

With a global audience of millions of viewers, Edge of War showcases a unique quality and creativity Saskatchewan can be proud of.

This series was made possible with the involvement of Discovery Channel (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia), Discovery’s Military Channel, Saskatchewan Communication Network, the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Canada Media Fund and SaskFilm. 

About Partners in Motion:

Partners in Motion is a multi-dimensional entertainment company engaged in the development, production and distribution of comprehensive, award-winning programming seen in more than 150 countries around the world and heard in over 30 languages.  Partners in Motion fully integrates its television programming as part of a complete, interactive multi-media package that includes high-end digital animation, convergent websites, mobisodes, webisodes, and mobile media.

About Major-General Lewis MacKenzie:

Lewis MacKenzie enlisted and was commissioned to The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada in 1960. Through his 35 years in the Canadian Army, MacKenzie served in West Germany with NATO forces, completed nine peacekeeping tours of duty with the United Nations in six different mission areas and was awarded two Meritorious Service Crosses and the Vimy Award. Through his career MacKenzie also served as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, trained officers at the Combat Training Centre, and in 1991 he was appointed deputy commander of the Canadian Army’s Land Force Central Area.Following his retirement in 1993, Major-General Lewis MacKenzie went on to write two books and is often sought after for commentary on military affairs by media outlets.


Yorkton Film Festival Winners Announced

The Yorkton Film Festival is pleased to announce the winners for the 2012 Golden Sheaf Awards. Thank you to all of our attendees and volunteers for another successful festival.

The Saskatchewan winners are as follows:

Best of Saskatchewan Ruth Shaw Award
To Make a Farm
Director(s): Steven Suderman
Producer(s): Steven Suderman, Robin Schlaht
Production Company: Orangeville Road Pictures Ltd.

Best of the Festival
To Make a Farm
Director(s): Steven Suderman Producer(s): Steve Suderman, Robin SchlahtProduction Company: Orangeville Road Pictures Ltd.

Community Television
Tornado Hunter
Director(s): Saxon DeCocq
Producer(s): Thirza Jones
Production Company: Bamboo Shoots

Documentary Nature/Environment
To Make a Farm
Director(s): Steven Suderman 
Producer(s): Steven Suderman, Robin Schlaht
Production Company: Orangeville Road Pictures Ltd.

Emerging Filmmaker
Blind Spot: What Happened to Canada's Aboriginal Fathers?
Director(s): Geoff Leo
Producer(s): Geoff Leo, Paul Dederick
Production Company: CBC Saskatchewan

Multicultural
It's Good to Be Woodland Cree
Director(s): Not Listed
Producer(s): Paul Dederick, Brett Bradshaw
Production Company: CBC Saskatchewan

For the complete list of winners, click here

Congratulations to all the winners.
--
Blair Yacishyn
Program Manager
Yorkton Film Festival
Info@goldensheafawards.com 


The Tall Man to Make His Presence Known in August

Pascal Laugier's latest flick, The Tall Man, has found a good home for its Stateside release in Image Entertainment, and the horror friendly label is planning on sending the flick to theatres this August. According to Jessica Biel Central, “The news comes after rave reviews from the Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times posted a blurb earlier this month with August releases, and listed ‘The Tall Man’ on August 31st. Now it has been confirmed by Producer, Kevin DeWalt, that the film will indeed hit theaters on August 31st. It has not been confirmed whether or not it is a limited or wide release.”

Read the full article here


VJ Carrie Gates remixes rave culture at Sight & Sound Festival

Multitasking, globetrotting, Saskatoon-based video artist and VJ Carrie Gates explores the outer and inner limits of performance and experience with her quirky projects that include A/V performances, cosplay (short for "costume play") and even “brainwave-controlled audiovisual software pieces.” NIGHTLIFE.CA pinned down the busy lady to have a few words before her performance with Jon Vaughn at the fourth annual Sight & Sound Festival.

To read the article, click here


More Awards for Rusted Pyre!

Congrats to the team behind the Canadian Short Screen Play Competition film "Rusted Pyre" who picked up 4 awards at the Life Fest Film Festival as follows:

Short Film Awards:

  • Best Use of Theme: Rusted Pyre - Director Laurence Cohen       

  • Best Cinematography: Rusted Pyre

  • Best Sound Design: Rusted Pyre

  • Best Story/Writing: Rusted Pyre

About Life Fest Film Festival:

Now in its second year, the Life Fest Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing films that reinforce the intrinsic worth of innocent human life and the profound significance of each life.   The Life Fest Film Festival took place May 5-6, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

www.lifefilmfest.com


Congratulation to Prairie Threat Entertainment on their Leo Award nominations for Dust Up!

The Filmed-in-Saskatchewan TV Series DUST UP is nominated for 3 Leo Awards for Best Documentary Series (Ed Hatton, Shannon Jardine, Cal Shumiatcher, David Paperny, Terry Mialkowsky- Producers),  Best Screenwriting - David Massar, Best Picture Editing - Erin Cumming, Chris Bizzocchi.

For a complete list of nominees and more information, visit:http://www.leoawards.com


inSAYSHAble and AROUND THE NEXT BEND to screen May 8 in Regina

On May 8th, 2012 at 8pm Minds Eye Entertainment will present a special sneak peek screening of the debut travel adventure series AROUND THE NEXT BEND and the new original comedy web series inSAYSHAble, starring Amy Matysio and directed by Jeff Beesley.

We invite you to join us for this exciting night at The Artesian in Regina, SK. Another perfect opportunity to support and view locally produced work before it hits a global platform!  Cast and crew from both series will be in attendance.  This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00. All proceeds to be donated to SMPIA's Redevelopment Committees.  Petitions will be available for signing and a media release will be issued to attract local journalists to the event and profile Saskatchewan's film/television/digital media industry.

More Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/411529482204192/

More inSAYSHAble info: www.insayshableonline.com

Doors and Lounge open at 7:15pm, screenings begin at 8:00pm.  Seating is limited, arriving early is recommended!


Saskatoon's DIG Animation animation studio nominated for business excellence

Reported by Bre McAdam

It's considered a small business, but Saskatoon's DIG Animation is getting some big exposure after being nominated for the Saskatoon Awards for Business Excellence (SABEX).  The studio, which is primarily a corporate and commercial communications production house, opened in 2008, when president Bill Stampe saw a need for animation in Saskatoon.

To read the full article from CJME, click here


Edge of War Examines the Extraordinary Stakes that Surrounded History's Greatest Conflicts

 – Expert Commentary Provided by the Series’ Host, U.S. Army General and Former NATO Commander Wesley K. Clark (Ret.) 

(Regina, SK) – Partners in Motion, an Emmy award-winning international media company, is pleased to announce the broadcast of its new war history series, Edge of War, on Discovery’s The Military Channel. The all-new original series EDGE OF WAR revisits the string of events that paved the way for the world’s most critical declarations of war, examining each pivotal decision’s unfurling with minute-by-minute storytelling. Hosted by retired U.S. Army General Wesley K. Clark, EDGE OF WAR transports viewers into the minds, war rooms, and military operations that shaped the world as we know it. From World War II to Korea, Argentina, and the Middle East, see how leaders brought their countries to the very edge, and learn their motivations in risking it all. 

The next episode of the six-episode first season of EDGE OF WAR, "Taking Down Noriega" Premieres Tuesday, May 7 at 10 PM ET. In 1989, Panama's leader and former U.S. ally General Manuel Noriega became a wanted man. International media reported Panamanian Defense Forces abused Gen. Noriega’s politicians and sometimes even the country’s own citizens. When PDF personnel killed an off-duty U.S. Marine just before Christmas, President George H. W. Bush ordered a highly organized invasion, Operation Just Cause, to capture the general in charge. 

Created in Saskatchewan, Canada, Edge of War features over 380 local residents portraying characters including Adolf Hitler, Douglas MacArthur, Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher and George H.W. Bush along with hundreds of supporting on camera roles. Utilizing a highly skilled and imaginative local production crew, some of the world’s most famous situations are portrayed with great attention to historic detail and event accuracy in a unique style. 

“While Edge of War, which is produced in Canada, makes use of some established documentary techniques, there is clear departure from familiar motifs.” Says Jay Wertz, Writer for Armchair General Magazine/Producer-Director “…the gamble of being different may be just the right approach for a new television series as Edge of War brings flash points of historical conflict to an audience that might not otherwise be introduced to them.” 

Edge of War directly contributed almost two million dollars to the Saskatchewan economy in a little over ten months, most of which was financed with sources from outside of the Province and country. Key creative services - scriptwriting, production, direction, photography, and editing – were expertly handled by residents of Saskatchewan while local companies supplied equipment, craft and food services, accommodations, transportation and personnel. Edge of War was produced in Saskatchewan as a result of incentives from SaskFilm and the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit. 

With a global audience potential in excess of one billion, Edge of War showcases a unique quality and creativity Saskatchewan can be proud of. 
This series was made possible with the involvement of Discovery Channel (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia), Discovery’s Military Channel, Saskatchewan Communication Network, the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Canada Media Fund and SaskFilm. The local version will air on SCN and Historia (French-speaking Canada) in 2012. 

About Partners in Motion: Partners In Motion is a multi-dimensional entertainment company engaged in the development, production and distribution of comprehensive, award-winning programming seen in more than 150 countries around the world and heard in over 30 languages. Partners In Motion fully integrates its television programming as part of a complete, interactive multi-media package that includes high-end digital animation, convergent websites, mobisodes, webisodes, and other Internet applications. 

About General Wesley K. Clark: Gen. Wesley Clark is a 38-year veteran with the U.S. Army who, during that time, rose to the rank of four-star General and NATO Supreme Allied Commander. While with NATO from 1997 to 2000, Gen. Clark commanded Operation Allied Force, the organization’s first major combat action, which saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Upon retiring from the military in 2000, Gen. Clark was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He is also the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military awards, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. Gen. Clark graduated first in his class at West Point and earned degrees in philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Currently, Gen. Clark is a public speaker, frequent commentator on CNN, and chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic advisory and consulting firm. He is the author of two best-selling books, “Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat” and “Winning Modern Wars.” 

About Military Channel: The Military Channel brings viewers compelling, real-world stories of valor, heroism, and strength displayed during significant turning points of history. Currently available in more than 60 million homes, the network takes viewers “behind the lines” to celebrate the personal stories of servicemen and women who defend freedom across the globe. As the only cable network devoted to the armed forces, the Military Channel incorporates the best cutting-edge CGI animation and never-before-seen footage to offer in-depth explorations of military techniques, aviation technology and cutting-edge weaponry. For more information, please visit Military.Discovery.com, facebook.com/Military, or twitter.com/MilitaryChannel. Military Channel is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 210 countries and territories. 

CONTACT: Jeff Stecyk, 306-545-2204 jstecyk@partnersinmotion.com


 

Nipawin Journal: Jardine excited to be part of Hard Core Logo II

By Melissa Mangelsen/Nipawin Journal

Hard Core Logo II is the sequel to the punk-rock faux doc Hard Core Logo, which was directed by Bruce MacDonald. The film is described as a post-modern and wryly self-conscious.

Nipawin born actress, Shannon Jardine, was in Toronto for the release of the movie last week.

http://www.nipawinjournal.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3542887


‘Seeing In The Dark’ DOP Hubick Wins Best Cinematography At Sunset Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA—  The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition, the most prestigious name in short film script contests, has earned one more honour: The CSSC’s 2008 1st place winning script ‘Seeing In The Dark’ director of photography Colin Hubick has won the Best Cinematography Category for Foreign Film at the Sunset Film Festival Los Angeles.

‘Seeing In The Dark’, penned by Calgary native Gordon Pengilly, placed 1st in the 2008 CSSC. It received its world premiere at the Edmonton International Film Festival in 2011. The short film tells the story of a paroled prisoner (played by Cormican) and his first day as a free man who tries to make amends with those who he wronged and those who wronged him. It is a story of longing to finally belong only to find he no longer belongs. The film also stars Regina, SK local Amy Matysio (Single White Spenny).

‘Seeing in the Dark’ co-directed by David Cormican and Helen Hatzis, will screen at the Sunset Film Festival Los Angeles in May 2012 where Hubick will also be on hand to receive his honour. The film was produced by David Cormican. 


Passover Prophet Wraps Principal Photography

TORONTO, ON – Producer David Cormican and Director James Cooper finished filming for their KickStarter financed short film 'Elijah the Prophet' one week before Passover, the Jewish holiday portrayed in the story.

The script, penned by Zachary and Jesse Herrmann of Brooklyn, New York, beat out over 500 other worldwide entries to take the grand prize for the 2010/11 Canadian Short Screenplay Competition.

‘Elijah the Prophet’ tells the comedic tale of Elijah, the pious, chummy and alcoholic prophet, whose yearly antics have graced Jewish households for ages as part of the Passover celebration. Unfortunately, not everyone understands that drunk driving for him is a divine right, which soon gets him in trouble with the law.

“The script uses the Jewish tradition of Passover to tell a story of lost innocence and the harsh realities of growing up. It does so with a hilarious, irreverent twist that gives it universal appeal," says Producer David Cormican. “It’s the moment when every kid realizes Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy or even the Easter Bunny aren’t real. That’s what drew me to this script”.

"This has easily been the best production I've ever been a part of,” shares director Cooper. “Our cast and crew were incredible and went beyond our wildest expectations at every turn".

The cast includes Gemini winner, Art Hindle (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Brood, Porky’s) in the title role as Elijah the Prophet. Melanie Nicholls-King (Rookie Blue, The Wire) and two-time Emmy Award nominee Tonya Lee Williams (Young & The Restless, Poor Boy’s Game) play Officer Walker and Officer Jackie Calvert, respectively. Gemini nominated funny man, Carlos Diaz (Rent-a-Goalie, Cra$h & Burn), also lent his comedic chops to the short film playing Brian Levy.

Director of Photography for the shoot was Alwyn Kumst (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Highland Gardens).

Click here for more information. 


The Other Side receives Production Grant

Congratulations to Angel Entertainment’s Wally Start and Bob Crowe on their new project The Other Side, which was approved for funding in the February 2012 round of the Bell Fund’s production grants.

The Other Side is a documentary series that follows a mentalist of Aboriginal ancestry and his team of paranormal experts in their pursuit to make contact with Canada’s most unsettled spirits.

This website and mobile app give users the opportunity to share their ghostly encounters with the  team of paranormal investigators and the other side.

Click here to read the full press release. 


Saskatoon Talent Debuts in Web Series at Two Los Angeles Festivals

March 29, 2012 (SASKATOON) – Saskatoon talent will debut in web series "MY LUPINE LIFE" BY LOUIS PINE  screening at two festivals in Los Angeles this week.  

Sneak peaks of the Saskatoon web series "MY LUPINE LIFE" BY LOUIS PINE  have been accepted for debut at LA festivals LA WEBFEST and HOLLYWEB, it was announced today. 

"MY LUPINE LIFE" BY LOUIS PINE is a 13 episode online series starring ARON TOMORI as Louis Pine, a high school boy convinced that he is a werewolf on his dad's side. Young Vancouver actress JULIA SARAH STONE also stars as Sydney the vampire-next-door. Louis' best friend Mauricio who thinks that his friend is going crazy is played by emerging SASKATOON talent, NOLAN MOBERLY. 

Sneak-peak episodes of "MY LUPINE LIFE" BY LOUIS PINE will show at HOLLYWEB on March 31 and at LA WEB SERIES FESTIVAL on April 6, 7 and 8.

"MY LUPINE LIFE" BY LOUIS PINE  is a companion series to SETH ON SURVIVAL a popular series, website and iOS game that reached the one million mark last month, that is ONE MILLION VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD at sethonsurvival.com. "MY LUPINE LIFE" BY LOUIS PINE  is a composite story inspired by the tens of thousands of comments and letters sent to Seth from kids around the world.

These popular series are the ongoing creation of internationally acclaimed Saskatoon writer + director + producer + game design team of TORIN STEFANSON from Bankend, SK & TERI ARMITAGE from Prince Albert, SK who are re-teaming with producer ANAND RAMAYYA (Karma Film) from La Ronge, SK. 

"We produced Seth On Survival in Toronto but after a meeting with Producer Anand Ramayya of Karma Film in Los Angeles last year, we decided to make our new series back home in Saskatoon. I grew up in Bankend, Saskatchewan and my family lives here so this is my favourite place to work. Shooting this show in Saskatoon was like a dream come true," says director, producer & iOS game designer Torin Stefanson. "And thanks to the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit (SFETC) and the great local production industry we were able to make it work."

After auditioning young actors from all across Canada, the team picked local Tommy Douglas High School student NOLAN MOBERLY to play one of three key roles.

The production was funded through the INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION FUND, SASKFILM, investment by the PRODUCERS and the SASKATCHEWAN FILM EMPLOYMENT TAX CREDIT.

For further information, contact:

Kelly Balon, Publicist: (306) 880-3363  kelly@karmafilm.ca


Alientrap’s Capsized nominated at the Canadian Video Game Awards

Congratulations to Jesse McGibney and programmer Lee Vermeulen on the nominations for Alientrap’s Capsized.  Nominations include: Best Downloadable Game, Best Game Design, Best Indie Game, Best Visual Arts, Game of the Year. 

Capsized is a fast paced 2D platformer focused on intense action and exploration. As a intrepid space traveler, your ship has crash landed on a mysterious alien planet. You must navigate through the perilous environment and fight off blood-thirsty creatures to save your crewmates and escape with your lives!

Artist Jesse McGibney and programmer Lee Vermeulen create an immersive alien world teeming with bizarre life-forms and strange landscapes presented in a unique hand-drawn art style. Combining control elements of first person shooters and innovative physics based combat, Capsized emphasizes action without giving up the smart problem solving of classic platform games.

Use your jetpack to fly through the alien jungle, and tools such as the Gravity Hook to manipulate your environment to skilfully dodge and defeat attacking enemies. You will be challenged – with platforming, puzzle solving, and deadly skirmishing, often all at the same time!

Click here for more information. 


Wapos Bay Movie Wins International Award

Wapos Bay – Long Goodbyes” wins Best Foreign Animation Film in Hollywood, California 27 March 2012 (Saskatoon, SK) – The 17th Annual International Family Film Festival announced the winners on Sunday, March 25, 2012 and Wapos Bay, the stop motion animated children’s series, won the Best Foreign Animation Award.

“It is an incredible honor to receive such a prestigious award.  It just shows what a Saskatchewan produced television show can achieve with a talented cast and crew!”  Dennis Jackson, Director. 

The movie has enjoyed a successful year, also winning an award from the 2012 Kidscreen Awards in New York for Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie on February 9, 2012.  Wapos Bay the series has received twelve Gemini nominations and won four of them to date.

Wapos Bay is broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada.  The production company is currently in pre-production on a new sci-fi adventure series, Guardians - Evolution.

Wapos Bay is a stop-motion animated television series produced in Saskatoon by Dennis and Melanie Jackson (Dark Thunder Productions), Anand Ramayya (KarmaFilm), and Executive Producer Michael Fukushima (National Film Board of Canada).  Other partners include Canada Media Fund, COGECO Program Development Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, SaskFilm, The Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Creedit, Rogers Cable Network Fund and the National Film Board of Canada, with broadcast partners the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Saskatchewan Communications Network.  Visit www.waposbay.com

For further information or to reach Director, Dennis Jackson or the Producers, Dennis and Melanie Jackson and Anand Ramayya, contact:

Kelly Balon | 306.652.9336 | 306.880.3363 | kelly@karmafilm.ca



Saskatchewan projects recieve funding from Telefilm Canada

Congrats to several projects with Saskatchewan ties that received funding through Telefilm's Canada Feature Film Fund.

Telefilm Canada supports 11 new English-language feature-film projects for a total investment of $9 million

Montreal, March 19, 2012 − Telefilm Canada is supporting the production of 11 English-language feature films through the Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF). A total of $9 million is being invested in the selected projects, which come from the Western, Ontario-Nunavut, Quebec and Atlantic regions.

Projects include:

13 Eerie 
Director: Lowell Dean
Writer: Christian Piers Betley 
Production: Minds Eye Entertainment (principal applicant)
Distribution: Entertainment One

Six ambitious forensic undergrads are pitted against one another on a scientific expedition to a remote island, vying to win an esteemed trainee position with the FBI. Unbeknownst to everyone, the site was formally used as an illegal biological testing grounds for life-term criminals who were left for dead. Behind the mission is Professor Tomkins, who together with FBI agent Veneziano have devised a series of experiments to test the would-be agents to their limits.

Space Milkshake 
Writer/director: Armen Evrensel
Production: Foundation Features Inc. (principal applicant)

Four blue-collar astronauts bring a mysterious device aboard their ship and are stuck together on a sanitation station. All life on Earth having vanished, they find themselves confronting galactic-level crises and try to find out what’s causing one of their officers to behave in a very bizarre manner. Little do they know they are about to come under attack by a mutating rubber duck named Gary, who wants to take over the universe.

Rufus 
Writer/director: David Schultz
Production: Lonely Boy Productions Inc. (principal applicant)

Rufus isn’t sure what he is. Hunted, poked and prodded for the last two hundred years, he knows people are always pegging him as this or that. It’s all about what box you fit into. If there really are vampires, Rufus has never met one. Sure he has some quirks. Who doesn’t? Rufus doesn’t sleep, eat or drink. He doesn’t age or feel the passage of time. He’s a boy and will always remain so. So what if he likes the taste of blood? It’s not like he’s addicted. Rufus can take it or leave it – most of the time.

Telefilm Canada announced its funding decisions for French-language projects supported by the Canada Feature Film Fund on December 22, 2011.  


Sask Filmpool and William F. Whites: Equipment Deferral Grant

The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative and William F. Whites have developed a new opportunity for members seeking equipment use. Through the Filmpool grant application [April 15th, 2012], members may apply for free access to equipment at William F. Whites rental houses across Canada.

Initiated by the philanthropic Andrew Gordon, this unique collaboration will open up access to equipment not normally available at the Filmpool. Up to $2500.00 in rental costs may be deferred for successful applicants.

In the coming weeks, the Filmpool will release a new grant application form for the April 15th, 2012 deadline, where members will be able to optionally apply for this opportunity. The applications will be adjudicated, as normal, by a select jury of peers. In this competitive application, knowledge of the gear requested, acknowledgement of insurance needs, and a list detailing the equipment needed and schedule, will be beneficial to the success of the application.

Applications will be accessible here in the comiing weeks. For more information, please contact:

Berny Hi, Production Coordinator
Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative 
306-757-8818
production@filmpool.ca 


Image Entertainment Acquires Rights to Minds Eye Entertainment’s The Tall Man Starring Jessica Biel

March 13, 2012 (Regina, CANADA) 

THE TALL MAN Set To Screen At SXSW (South By Southwest)Festival This March.

REGINA, SK – Image Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: DISK) has acquired the U.S. rights including theatrical, home entertainment, digital, VOD and broadcast, to the new thriller produced by Minds Eye Entertainment, THE TALL MAN.  The film premiered recently at the Berlin Film Festival and will be shown at this year’s SXSW Festival in March.  A dark and mysterious film about an unidentified child abductor,THE TALL MAN stars Jessica Biel (New Years Eve, The A-Team), Jodelle Ferland (The Cabin in the Woods, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Stephen McHattie (Immortals, 2012), William B. Davis (“The X-Files,” Passengers), Samantha Ferris (Along Came a Spider) and Katherine Ramdeen (The World, The Flesh & The Devil).  Today’s announcement was made by Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer Bill Bromiley and Minds Eye Entertainment’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin DeWalt. 

THE TALL MAN is a chilling thriller that is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats,” commented Bromiley.  “We’re pleased to have picked up this exciting film so soon after its debut and plan to release it theatrically this fall.” 

"It is very gratifying to get a major US deal on any feature film let alone a Canadian content movie like THE TALL MAN,” adds DeWalt. “ I witnessed the screenings at the Berlin Film festival and I guarantee that everyone coming out of the theatre's world wide will be talking about the twists and turns in this movie."

A darkness hovers upon the town of Cold Rock.  Children have gone missing over the years leaving neither a clue, nor a witness.  Superstitious locals talk of “The Tall Man”, a legendary, mysterious dark figure who takes children away never to be seen again.  Julia (Biel) is a nurse living in Cold Rock who doesn’t believe in legends. That is, until one night, she wakes with an eerie feeling only to find her son’s bed empty.  Frantic, she rushes downstairs where she stops dead in her tracks – a huge dark figure stands in the entrance holding her son, David.  Driven by pure instinct, Julia rushes after them willing to do whatever it takes to get her son back.  The chase is on and with it, the quest for answers.  Who is the Tall Man?  And what has become of the children?

THE TALL MAN is written and directed by Pascal Laugier. The film is a France/Canada treaty production produced by Minds Eye Entertainment’s Kevin DeWalt, Radar Films’ Clément Miserez, Forecast Pictures’ Jean-Charles Lévy and Highwire Pictures’ Scott Kennedy. International distribution is being handled by Paris based SND (Societe Nouvelle de Distribution ).

Click here to read the full press release. 


AlienTrap Games interview on Game Spot at GDC

AlienTrap Games has developed a new PC-based game, Apotheon. Click here to watch the Game Spot interview with AlienTrap’s Lee Vermeulen and Jesse McGibs.

Apotheon is a 2D platform action-rpg set on the rich stage of ancient Greek mythology. Hera, the queen of Olympus, has overthrown her husband Zeus, and taken his throne as ruler of the Gods. Bitter and scornful towards the race of mortals, she launches a murderous campaign to scour them from the earth. As humanity’s last champion, you must pass through the land of the dead, infiltrate Mount Olympus, and end the wrath of the Gods. With sword, spear, and shield in hand, you will sneak, conspire, loot, and battle your way through majestic palaces and chthonic depths as you climb towards godhood. Only by stripping the old gods of their powers, and taking control of the elements as your own, can humanity hope to survive the coming oblivion.

Apotheon will have both a sprawling, open-world singleplayer campaign where you climb your way to the top of Mount Olympus, gaining divine power and deadly enemies along the way,  and online multiplayer battles with tactical bronze-age combat (spears and arrows!).

Final platforms and release date are still unknown, but the game will be a PC release first.

Click here for more information on AlienTrap’s website.


Yorkton This Week: Gunderson ready for web debut

By Calvin Daniels

The much talked about local webisode series Gunderson is about to debut its first Internet-cast in April.

“We’ll be hosting launch parties both in Regina (April 5th) and Yorkton (April 7th), so we invite fans to come out to that,” said producer Daniel Redenbach. “Tyson and I will be in attendance, as well as other cast and crew. We’ll be screening some of the episodes for the first time ever, and some exclusive footage. But most importantly they can join us online! We’re very active on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, so they can come comment, send us a message, share it with their friends... we involve and respond to everyone we can. We post all kinds of stuff- pictures, stories, news, even special videos like “Shit People From Yorkton Say.” Glen Gunderson is on Facebook as well... though sometimes there is no controlling what that kid will say.”

The full article can be read at www.yorktonthisweek.com


CSSC short film WILL to premiere at Wide Angle Media Festival in Vancouver

Congrats to member David Cormican who's latest CSSC short film WILL, will enjoy its world premiere at the Wide Angle Media Festival in BC on MARCH 23rd, 2012!

Logline: Will (David Cormican), a paranoid and confused Canadian soldier of German descent becomes trapped in an impact crater during WWI, realizing he will not survive the ordeal, he commits to killing a similarly trapped neighboring German soldier named Karl (Michael Hyder).

For more informaton visit: http://wideanglemedia.ca/films/will


Minds Eye Entertainment Film "The Tall Man" named as one of  Most Anticipated Films of SXSW 2012

While Sundance still gets the headlines, the last few years have seen the film strand of South By Southwest, the Austin, Texas cultural conference, become just as vital to the movie world as Robert Redford's baby. The Tall Man plays March 12th and 15th at the Alamo Lamar, as well as March13th at the Violet Crown in Austin, Texas. 

The film is set in the small town of Cold Rock, which has been plagued for decades by a spate of mysterious child abductions, attributed by locals  to the mysterious Tall Man. When her son disappears, a nurse must attempt to get to the bottom of the legend.

The film will mark the English-language debut of French filmmaker Pascal Laugier (Martyrs, 2008). 

Read the full IndieWire.com release here.


Local webseries Gunderson covered on "Webseries today" blog

GUNDERSON, a new comedy web series, will premiere online on April 8th. The 10-episode series documents a summer for loser Glen Gunderson in Yorkton, Saskatchewan at odds with his mayor candidate father.

Gunderson stars Tyson Off (Welcome To Yorkton), James Whittingham (James & Kevin Show, Just for Laughs), Keon Francis(Bionic Bannock Boys), Duncan Fisher (Super Hybrid), Ashton Francis (Skit Skit) and newcomers Angel Genereux and Laura Steponchev.

The series was created and written by Daniel Redenbach and Tyson Off, and produced and directed by Redenbach.

Boasting a hilarious cast, a deadly roster of Canadian rock and punk bands on the soundtrack, rap music videos, and its' own unique and crass brand of humor, GUNDERSON is a comedy for the web unlike any other you've seen. For fans of Trailer Park Boys, Eastbound & Down, Fubar and Corner Gas, we'd like to welcome you to Yorkton, Saskatchewan. It's gonna be wicked rank.

Watch the trailer on the "web series Today" blog


Minds Eye's 13 Eerie Official Trailer

The official trailer for 13 Eerie has been released! Directed by local filmmaker Lowell Dean, the film follows six forensic undergrads, competing against one another on a scientific expedition to a remote island, vying to win an esteemed trainee position with the FBI.  Unbeknownst to them, the site was formerly used as an illegal biological testing ground for life-term criminals who were then left for dead. The arrival of the students disturbs the resting place, unleashing a pack of zombie criminal convicts who systematically hunt them down, one by one.

Click here to check out coverage from Dread Central!


Seth on Survival and Your Lupine Life Official Selections for Hollyweb 2012

Congratulations to Torin Stefanson and Teri Armitage on their webseries, Seth on Survival, and Your Lupine Life being named official selections at the Hollyweb Web Series Festival 2012!  Seth on Survival is a horror comedy about Seth, a young man who teaches his viewers how to survive paranormal threats, such as vampires, leprechauns, zombies, and cyborgs. Your Lupine Life is a tween action/adventure series following Louis Pine, who is convinced that he’s turning  werewolf during full moons.

Click here for more information about the Hollyweb Web Series Festival 2012. 

Click here to read a sit-down interview with Torin Stefanson about Seth on Survival. 
For more information on Your Lupine Life, click here.


Shiverware Interactive's Rainboard

Local company Shiverware Interactive has been getting alot of attention lately with their Rainboard. The Rainboard is a DIY dynamic isomorphic keyboard. It can interface the Musix iOS app in order to change layouts and adjust settings. As well, it can be played on its own after a layout is set. Click here to see a Rainboard demonstration.

For more information about the Rainboard click here


Rusted Pyre to Open Fort Myers

Rusted Pyre will open the Fory Myers Film Festival in Fort Myers, Florida. The Festival runs from March 21- 25, 2012. Produced by David Cormican, Rusted Pyre follows Ginny (Samantha Somer Wilson) and Sally (Brooke Palsson) as they venture out in the middle of Winter a ways out of town to endure a rite of passage in a secluded, abandoned old car. The two share a ghost story that turns in to a power struggle before it takes a terrifyingly twist as the story becomes a new ghost story. “Mean Girls” meets “Ginger Snaps” in this compact horror flick.

Rusted Pyre will make an early morning premiere on CBC on March 18, 2012.  Congrats to the team!


More Media Coverage for Rufus!

Article: Dundurn goes Hollywood
by David Giles, Global Saskatoon, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 :

Dundurn, about 20 minutes south of Saskatoon, has gone Hollywood after filming started on the movie “Rufus” at the end of January. The movie tells the story of a lonely teenage vampire who discovers what it means to be human and falls in love with the girl next door. “[It’s] a fresh spin on the vampire film that deals with real teen and human issues,” said producer Anand Ramayya of Saskatoon based Karmafilm. Rufus is directed by David Schultz, who describes the film as “a haunting examination of the secrets we all keep and the accumulative toll they take on our daily lives.” 

To read the full article, click here

You can also click here to watch the Global Saskatoon interview with Rufus cast member Kim Coates. 


SKiOS: Saskatchewan iOS Group Starting Up

The Saskatchewan iOS group is intended for people who are iPad/iPhone developers, those who are interested in learning more about iOS, as well as people who simply want to network as a community. The SKiOS is hoping to build a iOS/mobile platform developers list, in order to allow Saskatchewan companies to find local developers.

Click here to check out the website/newsletter. Click here to join the facebook group. 


SMPIA Member selected for Telefilm's Canadian Video Game Showcase

SMPIA is excited to announce that member Lee Vermeulen of Saskatoon’s Alientrap Games will be part of the Telefilm's Canadian Videogame Showcase at the Game Developer's Conference (GDC) in San Francisco March 5-9th, 2012.

Lee was selected as one of 20 export-ready independent Canadian game development companies to travel as part of a delegation aimed at the promotion of Canadian talent in the interactive digital media industry.  This is the first time that a Saskatchewan company has been selected to participate in this Telefilm program.

“It will be a great opportunity for us to showcase our past projects to the public and look for business partners with our new project.” Lee Vermeulen, Alientrap Games

"This program will be fabulous exposure for Lee.  Not only will he be able to connect with national and international colleagues and funders, and he will also be shining a spotlight on the incredible digital media talent we have in Saskatchewan.   We are so proud to have him representing Saskatchewan in this showcase." Nova Alberts, SMPIA

The Canadian Videogame Showcase at the Game Developers Conference is an initiative of Telefilm Canada in collaboration with the Canada Media Fund. http://www.telefilm.ca/en/festivals-and-markets/markets/game-developers-conference-2012

For more information, contact:

Lee Vermuelen
Alientrap Games
Phone: 306-230-5303
Email: vermeulen@alientrap.org
http://www.alientrap.org/ 

About The Game Developer's Conference
Held in San Francisco from March 5 to 9, 2012, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest industry-only event dedicated to the advancement of interactive entertainment. In 2011, the GDC attracted over 19,000 game industry professionals including 150 companies from Canada. http://www.gdconf.com/ 

About Telefilm
Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian products that appeal to domestic and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund’s programs.  www.telefilm.gc.ca 

Together, the Government of Canada and its partners are supporting Canada’s leading game development industry at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco with prestigious meeting space, a networking event and a matchmaking program


Lights, Camera, Dundurn: Vampire film shoots in small town

BY STEPHANIE MCKAY, THE STARPHOENIX

In a small Saskatchewan town, past empty storefronts and Big Mur's Tavern, people mill about the local legion hall on an impossibly warm February day.

There is a still in the air that has nothing to do with the Saskatchewan landscape. All is quiet on the set of Rufus, a new feature film being shot in Dundurn, as the cast films its last few scenes before lunch.

To read the full article, click here.

For further information, contact:
Kelly Balon, Publicist (306) 880-3363 kelly@karmafilm.ca


Saskatchewan web-based comedy series to premiere April 8th

First trailer for web-series set in Yorkton garners anticipation and 2500 views

(Feb 13, 2012 – Regina/Yorkton) Gunderson is an exciting new comedy stylized specifically for the Internet, telling the dramatic story of loser Glen Gunderson at odds with his Mayor-candidate father in the city of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The story is told in a variety of formats, including improvisational documentary footage, webcam diaries, cinematic drama/action scenes, and rap music videos. The result, we hope, is just as hilarious and entertaining as it is profane and irreverent.

Daniel Redenbach, filmmaker and assistant director from Regina teamed with Yorkton’s own YouTube-favorite Tyson Off, creating and writing the series together. Daniel directed, produced, and shot the series, while Tyson starred as the title character- a role that had him acting 130 scenes over a hectic 11-day schedule. Gunderson was created on a shoestring budget with a small, dedicated crew.

The series spans 10 episodes that run 6-8 minutes each. The episodes can be downloaded and shared for free across the Internet, streamed to any computer and mobile platform, including iPhone, iPad and Android. Daniel and Tyson will be thanking fans that donate $10 or more with additional content only available to them.

Gunderson showcases a talented Saskatchewan cast including James Whittingham (James & Kevin Show, Just For Laughs), Duncan Fisher (Super Hybrid, Globe Theatre’s Peter Pan), Ashton Francis (Saskatoon’s Skit Skit), Keon Francis (APTN’s Bionic Bannock Boys) and newcomers Angel Genereux and Laura Steponchev.

Gunderson also features a variety of Yorkton talent: Paper Bag Players’ Tami Hall and David Walker, and some colorful local flavor including Nicole Ruttig as a sexy cougar that changes Gunderson’s life forever. Yorkton’s youthful and crass slang is also highlighted: “It’s gonna be wicked rank” reads the show’s tagline.

Gunderson’s rock and roll aesthetic is complimented by a roster of Saskatchewan’s best alternative, rock, and punk bands including Kleins96, Molten Lava, Shooting Guns, Volcanoless in Canada, The Rabid Whole and more.

It’s no coincidence that the show takes place in Yorkton, as Daniel and Tyson grew up in the small Saskatchewan city together last decade. The show is about that strange relationship one has with the town they grew up in, their family, and the community around them. Its both a crude love letter to the city, as well as a stage for all the trouble a delinquent like Glen Gunderson can get into when there is simply nothing better to do.

Gunderson was funded with the assistance of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, and a number of local Yorkton community sponsors including NAU Group, Wheatland Water, Cab Clothing, Yorkton Toyota, Key Chevrolet, Capital KIA, Big Zee’s Pizza and Skin City Tattoos.

View the Trailer! (contains strong language & mature content) http://youtu.be/mh9W1WAQeYc

Connect with us! www.gunderson.tv
on Facebook: Gunderson
on Twitter: @gundersonTVon YouTube: GundersonTV
Daniel Redenbach, Producer – Regina, (306) 351-9309, danielredenbach@gmail.com


Congrats to the Wapos Bay team on winning the Kidscreen award for Best TV Movie!

Read more at: http://kidscreen.com/2012/02/09/and-the-2012-kidscreen-awards-go-to/

Minds Eye Entertainment Film to Premiere at SXSW

Article from the LA Times Blog: Jessica Biel, Nazis top SXSW midnight movies lineup

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced its midnight features and short film slate Wednesday, a horror and sci fi-heavy list of films that includes Jessica Biel going up against a child abductor in "The Tall Man," a gory anthology from directors including Ti West and Joe Swanberg called "V/H/S" and a comedy about Nazis on the moon starring Udo Kier called "Iron Sky."

Read the full article from the LA Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2012/02/sxsw-announces-midnighters-and-shorts.html


Principal Photography begins on RUFUS

UK teen actor Rory Saper leads cast in David Schultz’ third feature film

February 8, 2012 (SASKATOON) – A lonely supernatural teenager discovers what it means to be human in director David Schultz’ third original feature film, RUFUS, that began principal photography last week in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. Produced by Saskatoon’s Anand Ramayya (KarmaFilm) and Calgary’s Bruce Harvey (Illusions Entertainment), the production introduces London’s emerging star Rory Saper as Rufus, the eternal teenager seeking peace and belonging in the small mid-western town of Conrad.

Saper is surrounded by a cast of veteran and emerging Canadian talent including David James Elliott (JAG, CSI: NY) as Sheriff Hugh Wade, Richard Harmon (Judas Kiss, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) as the town bully “Clay”, Merritt Patterson (Percy Jackson) as “Tracy”, the uninhibited love interest next door, and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy, Resident Evil) as Bristol Anderson executive “Aaron Van Dusen” who claims Rufus is the property of the pharmaceutical giant. Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) stars as “Jennifer” the grieving mother of a lost son who takes Rufus in as her own.

“Rufus is a haunting examination of the secrets we all keep and the accumulative toll they take on our daily lives,” director Dave Schultz comments. “Our story is an intimate study of the desires and demons that haunt our souls.” Producer Anand Ramayya calls Rufus “a fresh spin on the vampire film that deals with real teen and human issues.” “It’s always a pleasure to work on a film you believe in creatively,” says producer Bruce Harvey, “and an even greater pleasure when you can do it with friends.” Director of photography, Craig Wrobleski (Heartland, 45 RPM) comments on the town of Dundurn as “perfectly suited for the fictional town of Conrad in “Rufus”. I'm looking forward to capturing the area and the beautiful Saskatchewan light."

Rufus shoots in Dundurn January 30th to February 28th and will be theatrically distributed in Canada by Entertainment One. The project has received production financing from Telefilm Canada, SaskFilm & Video Development Corporation, Shaw Rocket Fund, Rogers Telefund, the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit Program, the Alberta Multimedia Development Fund, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and developed with the participation of Telefilm, Saskfilm and the Harold Greenberg Fund. Presold to The Movie Network, Movie Central and Saskatchewan Communications Network “Rufus” will air on Canadian Television following its theatrical release.

For further information, contact:
Kelly Balon, Publicist (306) 880-3363 kelly@karmafilm.ca 


Pink Magazine Highlights Women in Saskatchewan Film

Women in Film are featured in latest issue of Pink magazine – including our own board members Holly Baird and Rhonda Baker!

http://www.getcompass.ca/pinkmag.html


SaskFilm featured in the Location Guide Blog

Filming on location in Saskatchewan with SaskFilm’s Tobi Lampard

10 Feb 2012 by Murray Ashton

Read the article here.

you can check out the SaskFilm Locations blog at http://sasklocations.wordpress.com/  The latest entry features Partners in Motion’s Edge of War factual series.

If you have location photos or ideas that you would like to share for possible use in future locations blog entries, please feel free to contact Tobi Lampard at tobi@saskfilm.com


New Interactive Tablet Brochures Available from Melcher Media & Design 

Regina-based Melcher Media & Design has launched a new tool for all businesses and promotional ventures to refresh the classic brochure and bring it into the next generation. 

Essentially Melcher has captured a structured yet animated and interactive marketing message and begun to enable their clients to showcase an innovative side to their presentations and advertisements.  Its an interactive touch screen or mouse click application that can be loaded to tablets (including iPad, Samsung, Acer as well as others)

Insightwest Research, one of Melcher Media’s clients, has had an Interactive Brochure developed to provide a tour to their clients and stakeholders of the specific messaging and information they feel is most impactful to new and / or returning viewers.  A demonstration of this customer application can be seen at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DCvyJ8XUCs  You can also see other tablet brochures on their YouTube channel as well.

Melcher Media & Design is very excited about adding this tool to more of its exiting and future customer base as it the Saskatchewan firm believes that the Interactive Brochure will be very effective in sales presentations, publishing reports, socializing corporate information and adding an extra “touch” of innovation and quality to proposals.


Saskatoon's Noodlecake Studios Recognized with Another Honor 

Saskatoon's Noodlecake Studios has recieved another honor for their Super Stickman Golf game.   They have been named  Best Multiplayer Game from the 2011 Best App Ever Awards from the 148apps network.  

Check it out here! http://www.bestappever.com/awards/2011/winner/mpgm


Twisted Pair Productions works on Oscar nominated project

Leaderpost Article: Regina pair part of Oscar-nominated film

By Emma Graney, Leader-Post

REGINA — Two sound effect artists with ties to Regina were excited enough to be offered the opportunity to work on a National Film Board animated short a year and a half ago.

That excitement level went through the roof after the film was nominated for an Oscar earlier this week.

Read the full article here.

Full list of nominees available at: http://oscar.go.com/nominees


Angel Entertainment makes deal at Sundance

Hollywood Reporter Article: Sundance 2012: Julie Dash to Direct Canadian Indie 'Tupelo 77' by Etan Vlessing

The director of the Angela Bassett-starrer "The Rosa Parks Story" will helm the Canuck indie film from Angel Entertainment in summer 2012.

Julie Dash (The Rosa Parks Story) is to direct the indie feature Tupelo 77  from Canadian indie producer Angel Entertainment.  Written by Rich Mancuso, the theatrical drama portrays a group of woman of varied ages and races who frequent a roadside diner in small-town Mississippi in the hot summer of 1977, just as Elvis Presley tragically died.

Read the full article here. 


Rogers Media to Acquire SCN and Launch Citytv Saskatchewan

– Acquisition provides expanded national platform for Citytv’s local, original and acquired programming
– Heavy investment in production includes launch of HD signal and commitment to local independent producers

TORONTO (January 17, 2012) – Rogers Media Inc. today announced its intent to acquire a 100 per cent stake in Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN) and launch Citytv Saskatchewan. The investment allows Citytv to expand its footprint in key markets and provide a national platform for its programming, while simultaneously supporting SCN’s historical role of offering educational programming.

The deal is currently pending regulatory approval, with a decision expected in Spring 2012. This announcement follows the previous Rogers Media program supply agreement with SCN that was announced in December 2011.

“Acquiring SCN was motivated by our desire to expand our national reach for Citytv content, allowing us to more effectively compete with other national broadcasters,” said Scott Moore, President, Broadcast, Rogers Media. “Rogers Media will provide ownership stability and financial resources needed to maintain and grow this service for Saskatchewan residents.”

Maintaining all of SCN’s educational broadcast obligations, Citytv Saskatchewan will continue to air commercial-free educational content during the 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. time block. Throughout the remainder of the day, the network will air local, original and acquired Citytv programming, such as CityLine, Modern Family, The Neighbors Dog, 15 Minutes of Fame, 2 Broke Girls, and the upcoming Canada’s Got Talent.

Rogers Media is a strong supporter of independent producers and giving local citizens and artists a voice. Having a direct presence in Saskatchewan will allow Citytv to develop relationships and work more closely with local producers to source projects for a national audience.

The Saskatchewan production community will derive significant benefits from the acquisition through CPE and PNI commitments and a tangible benefits package directed exclusively to independent producers in Saskatchewan.

In addition, Rogers Media will provide capital investment for production upgrades, including offering a high definition signal for Citytv Saskatchewan and updating traffic equipment.
Citytv Saskatchewan will operate out of Regina with the current management team and employees, with support from the extended Citytv and Rogers Media family.

About Rogers Media Inc. Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc., (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), operates Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. and Rogers Publishing Ltd. Rogers Broadcasting has 55 AM and FM radio stations across Canada. Television properties include five Citytv stations, five OMNI multicultural television stations, Sportsnet (consisting of four regional channels and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE), and The Shopping Channel, a televised and internet shopping service. Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer magazines, such as Maclean's, Chatelaine, Flare, L'actualité, and Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications. All media properties are integrated with their own popular websites. Rogers Media Inc. owns Rogers Centre stadium, a year-round sports and entertainment facility, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.

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Media Contacts: Michelle Lomack, Citytv, michelle.lomack@rci.rogers.com; w-416-764-3190, c-416-819-2783

www.scn.ca


MJ Times Herald Article: Echolands to return to Moose Jaw with three short films

By Austin Davis

Saskatchewan filmmakers have an opportunity to feel like Hollywood shot-callers on Jan. 21.

Echolands Creative Group is presenting three short films by filmmakers within the province at the Mae Wilson Theatre.  The screening is called Echolands Does Moose Jaw II: Three Deadly Short Films by Saskatchewan Filmmakers. 

Read the full article here


Star Phoenix Article featuring member CollegeMobile: Office Gives A Helping Hand To Startups

By Scott Larson, The StarPhoenix January 17, 2012

You can have the best idea in the world, but it's not worth much if you can't get it to market.

Glen Schuler and his staff at the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) at the University of Saskatchewan are trying to make sure every good idea or technology coming out of the campus has a chance to get to the marketplace.

"We accelerate the commercialization of university research and knowledge," said Schuler, ILO's managing director.

The ILO, established in 2004, is helping shepherd new technologies either by licensing the technology to existing companies or creating technology-based startup companies.

Read the full article here.


Noodlecake Studios releases Lunar Racer Game

Review by Touch Arcade

The first batch of new game releases in 2012 last week was relatively quiet, but Lunar Racer [99¢] from NoodleCake Studios (the makers of Super Stickman Golf have got things off to a positive start by releasing a new lo-gravity racing game with plenty of jumps, heaps of flips and a couple of weapons.

Read the full review at: http://toucharcade.com/2012/01/11/lunar-racer-review/

 


 

Zoot Pictures gets 2012 History Makers Award Nomination!

The international juries have announced the list of nominees for the 2012 History Makers Awards. Presented on Thursday, January 26, 2012 during History Makers International 2012, the awards will recognize the very best in History, Current Affairs, and non-Fiction programming from around the world, across digital and TV platforms. 

Included amongst the 2012 History Makers Awards nominees are:

Remote Control War    
Zoot Pictures
For broadcaster: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC-TV) 
Country: Canada

For more information visit: http://www.historymakersintl.com/2012-history-makers-awards-nominees.php

Citytv and SCN Sign Affiliate Agreement 

TORONTO AND REGINA (December 20, 2011) – In an aggressive pursuit to increase its presence in key markets across Canada, Citytv has signed an affiliate agreement with Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN), the two networks announced today.

Beginning January 2, Citytv programming will air from 3 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. CST every day, at which time the network will officially be called ‘Citytv on SCN’.  Throughout the remainder of the day, the station will be referred to as ‘SCN’, and will continue to air educational and children’s programming, commercial free.

“Early on, we identified Saskatchewan as one of the key markets in which we sought to expand our footprint.  This deal allows us to deliver our world-class programming to the entire province and extend the popular Citytv brand,” said Scott Moore, President of Broadcasting, Rogers Media.  “Having a dedicated Citytv presence in Saskatchewan gives viewers a more consistent and reliable viewing experience.  It also offers the people of Saskatchewan great Canadian programming, which cannot be found on U.S. networks.”

From 3 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. CST, the Citytv on SCN lineup will follow Citytv’s national programming grid, and includes such hits as Terra Nova, New Girl, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Alcatraz, Canada’s No. 1 daytime program,CityLine, and Citytv’s blockbuster original series Canada’s Got Talent, which debuts in March.  In addition, local Saskatchewan programming will air post 3 p.m. on Citytv on SCN in mid-2012 leading into the prime Fall television season, and will feature such hit favourites as The Neighbors Dog, 15 Minutes of Fame, and documentaries.

There will not be any changes to SCN’s current educational, children’s and local programming from 6 a.m. to 2:59 p.m. CST, while its commitment to local production also remains intact.

“We’ve always had great respect for Rogers and we’re delighted to be associated with them,” said Bruce Claassen, CEO and Owner, SCN.   “Their involvement adds a further level of depth to what SCN can be, and that is to be a major broadcaster in Saskatchewan.”

SCN will continue to operate out of Regina with the current management team and employees.

“We are very pleased to be affiliated with Rogers and Citytv,” said Joanne McDonald, General Manager, SCN.  “Citytv has an outstanding schedule.  Add that to our world-class local production and educational content, and we have a channel that offers viewers the best programming in the province.”

About SCN
SCN is Saskatchewan’s provincial educational broadcaster. Owned and operated by the Bluepoint Investment Corporation, SCN offers a blend of educational, informative, and entertaining programming with a dedicated children’s, educational and local programming non-commercial schedule from 6:00am-3:00pm.  SCN is committed to Saskatchewan production by investing in content and bringing those stories to our audience. SCN is available throughout Saskatchewan on cable and satellite, as well as across Canada on satellite. More information about SCN can be found on the network’s website at www.SCN.ca.

About Citytv
Citytv™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and CityLine; as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment programming. Citytv is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on Citytv stations and programming, visit www.citytv.com

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Media Contacts: 
Michelle Lomack, Citytv, michelle.lomack@rci.rogers.com; w-416-764-3190, c-416-819-2783

Joanne McDonald, SCN, joanne.mcdonald@scn.ca; w-306-779-2726 x232, c-306-570-6709


Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund Supports 29 Script Development Projects including Sask project

Toronto, January 4, 2012- Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund's English-Language Program (Fund) is pleased to announce its latest round of funding for 29 new and ongoing projects through its Script Development Program. 

Including Saskatchewan's:

Glitch
Karma Film Inc. & Divani Films
Srinivas Krishna & Peter Lauterman

Chosen from 133 applications, the most recent selection includes new projects from some of Canada's most illustrious filmmakers including Vincenzo Natali's Nobody and Sarah Polley's adaptation of Alias Grace and Paris, to be directed by Paul Haggis. Nobody is Vincenzo Natali's adaptation of Shundo Ohkawa's Japanese film of the same name. It is a high concept thriller being produced by Copperheart Entertainment. Alias Grace, the Giller prize-winning novel by Margaret Atwood, is being adapted by Sarah Polley. The novel is based on a true story about a notorious Canadian 19th century murder. Paris is Academy Award-winning director Paul Haggis' politically motivated drama, written by Dawn Kuisma.Fellow Oscar-winning producer Bobby Moresco is also attached to the project, along with Christine Tyson.

Highly anticipated projects from second feature filmmakers include Peter Stebbings' Empire of Dirt and The Lion's Share from Nathan Morlando and Allison Black. As a follow up to his directorial debut in Defendor, Peter Stebbings latest project is Empire of Dirt. This First Nations story about families rebuilding is being written by Shannon Masters, and produced by Jennifer Podemski. Edwin Boyd creators Nathan Morlando and Allison Black are back after having recently won Best First Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival®. Their latest project, The Lion's Share is the story of two men from opposite sides of the world and the law fighting for their families in the face of economic disaster. 

Making a screenwriting debut is Giller prize-winning novelist Joseph Boyden with the adaptation ofRed. It is based on a graphic novel by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas that fuses Aboriginal tales and Japanese-style comic art. While this is Joseph Boyden's first screenplay, he is a best-selling, critically acclaimed novelist known for stories such as Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce.

The Trailer Park Boys are back with the mockumetary Race Dicks. Stars Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith play themselves as they compete with drivers from around the world in the Newfoundland Targa. While this crew differs from the boys we've come to know from the long running, hit TV series, their typical misadventures ensue. 

We're also proud to announce our continuing support of many ongoing projects, including The Outlander and Sailor Girl. Both The Outlander and Sailor Girl have been supported in the second to final draft stage.

“This was a very competitive round of development, with a number of exceptional projects from some of the greatest filmmakers in Canada,” said John Galway, President of Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund's English-Language Program. “Despite that, we were able to support a wide range of projects that accurately represents the diversified portfolio we pride ourselves on.”

The Script Development Program was created to assist in the development of quality Canadian feature film scripts. The program receives a yearly contribution of $1.3 million from Astral's The Movie Network. The script development applications are reviewed each quarter by the English-Language Committee of Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund, which includes Suzette Couture, Damon D'Oliveira, Melanie Friesen, John Galway, Bryn Matthews, Jane Tattersall and Kevin Wright.

Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund is a member of the Astral family. Founded in 1961, Astral is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and digital media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.

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For more information, please contact Allison Lawrence at 416-956-5431 or alawrence@astral.com.


FEROCIOUS Wraps Principal Photography in Saskatoon

December 21, 2011 (SASKATOON) – Writer/ Director Robert Cuffley’s thriller “Ferocious”, produced by Saskatoon’s Anand Ramayya (KarmaFilm) and Calgary’s Carolyn McMaster (CHAOS a film company), wrapped on principal photography on Wednesday December 14th. 

Ferocious stars Amanda Crew (“Sex Drive, Charlie St. Cloud”) as Leigh Parrish, a likeable, small-town girl, now famous actress, that takes increasingly drastic steps to protect her fame.  The all Canadian cast also includes Kim Coates (“Resident Evil: Afterlife”, “Sons of Anarchy”) as the intimidating and ruthless “Sal”, Michael Eklund (“The Divide”, “Watchmen”) as the sullen, heartbroken bar manager “Eric”, Katie Boland (“Day Dream Nation”, “Adoration”) as “Tess” a plucky, celebrity obsessed wannabe actress, and Dustin Milligan (“Shark Night 3D”, “Sisters and Brothers”) as Leigh Parrish’s slick and protective manager. 

Filming took place at various locations in Saskatoon.  The project has received support from SaskFilm, the Alberta Multimedia Development Fund, Telefilm Canada, Superchannel, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

For further information, contact:

Carolyn McMaster          
CHAOS a film company inc. 
+1 (403) 402-9414      
cmcmaster@chaosafilmcompany.com

Kelly Balon                          
Karma Film Inc. 
+1 (306) 880-3363                             
kelly@karmafilm.ca


Wapos Bay is all about family

The award-winning animated series comes to an end after a half decade of entertaining families

By Charles Hamilton, The StarPhoenix December 1, 2011

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Amanda Crew Top-Lining 'Ferocious' Thriller in Canada

1/22/2011 by Etan Vlessing

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Homecoming for actors filming Ferocious in Saskatoon

By Jenn Sharp, Bridges December 7, 2011

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Kick Started; Canadian Filmmakers Greenlight 'Elijah The Prophet' Using Crowd-Funding Website

Canadian Short Screenplay Competition winning script brought to life by crowd-funding.

TORONTO, ON – Producer David Cormican and Director James Cooper have successfully crowd-funded approximately $21,000.00 through online website Kickstarter for their short film 'Elijah the Prophet'.

The film, set to be shot in the Spring of 2012, has raised approximately $21,000.00 in just 45 days through the Kickstarter campaign. 'Elijah' Producer, David Cormican offers "It's pretty incredible the power of crowd funding. And now we know we have 132 super fans and financial backers who are looking forward to the antics of Elijah the Prophet-- Not to mention the hundreds of folks who have been a part of our online army of social networkers. I'm extremely pleased with the show of support for Canadian Indie Film through this medium."

The 132 Kickstarter campaign contributors will be provided with a variety of unique rewards, ranging from original music from indie recording artist Olds Sleeper, limited edition artwork, Elijah bobble-heads and engraved flasks, to festival premiere tickets and digital copies of the completed short film.

The script, penned by Zachary and Jesse Herrmann of Brooklyn, New York, beat out over 500 other worldwide entries to take the grand prize for the 2010/11 Canadian Short Screenplay Competition last May during the Yorkton Film Festival.

'Elijah the Prophet' tells the comedic story of Elijah, the pious, chummy and alcoholic prophet, whose yearly antics have graced Jewish households for ages as part of the Passover celebration. Unfortunately, not everyone understands that drunk driving for him is a divine right, which soon gets him in trouble with the law.

"The script uses the Jewish tradition of Passover to tell a story of lost innocence and the harsh realities of growing up. It does so with a hilarious, irreverent twist that gives it universal appeal," said Cormican. "It's the moment when every kid realizes Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy or even the Easter Bunny aren't real. That's what drew me to this script".

The cast includes Gemini and Leo award nominee Brian Markinson (Charlie Wilson's War, Shooter, Caprica) in the title role as Elijah the Prophet. Melanie Nicholls-King (Rookie Blue, The Wire) and two-time Emmy Award nominee Tonya Lee Williams (Young & The Restless, Poor Boy's Game, She's The Mayor) play Officer Murphy and Cst. Jackie, respectively. Gemini nominated funny man, Carlos Diaz (Rent-a-Goalie, Cra$h & Burn), also lends his comedic chops to the short playing Brian.

Behind the camera, Cormican and Cooper have assembled an experienced team that includes: Genie and Gemini nominee, Director of Photography Alwyn Kumst (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Highland Gardens); indie music and recording artist, Olds Sleeper, as Composer; and veteran Sound Editor and two-time Genie nominee, Alan Hardiman (Relic Hunter, Kids in the Hall).

"Kickstarter offers us a unique ability to raise awareness for the film before we go to camera, which is something a lot of shorts have trouble doing", said Director James Cooper. "I cannot express the stress I felt when I clicked the "Launch Project" button 45 days ago, but the level of support and goodwill we've received as a result of the campaign has outweighed even our most optimistic projections."

Cormican's executive producer credits include feature film work on the Milla Jovavich starrer, 'Faces in the Crowd', the Jessica Biel thriller, 'The Tall Man' and the currently in production zombie slasher '13 Eerie' starring Katherine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps).

Cormican's last two produced short films from the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition, 'Minus Lara' and 'Rusted Pyre', have most recently been co-awarded the distinction of "Best in Canada" by the 2011 Reel Rave International Film Festival. 'Rusted Pyre', which first bowed in Cannes as part of Telefilm Canada's "Not Short on Talent" programme has also screened as an official selection of the CFC's Worldwide Short Film Festival, Calgary, Edmonton, Atlantic and Tulsa International Film Festivals. The short was also named one of the top 100 films of 2011 by the Young Cuts Film Festival. 'Minus Lara', a Bravo!FACT funded short film, has also received 'best of' honours at the Yorkton Film Festival and screened recently as an official selection of the Edmonton International Film Festival.

'Elijah the Prophet' will be the first produced screenplay for both Jesse & Zachary Herrmann as writers.


National Broadcast Premiere of Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes

After a film festival run that included the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Chicago International Children's Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, LA Skins Festival in Los Angeles and Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes has its national broadcast premiere tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 3) on APTN.

APTN is also celebrating the life of Gordon Tootoosis this weekend, airing several of the shows and films the legendary actor appeared in, and the Wapos Bay movie premiere is part of the weekend. Fans can tune in on Saturday, Dec. 3 (8 p.m. ET on APTN HD and APTN East, 8 p.m. MT on APTN West, 8 p.m. CT on APTN North).

And just announced this week, Wapos Bay has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2012 Kidscreen Awards for Best Kids One-Off, Special or TV Movie, as well as the special categories: Viewers Choice and Creative Talent. Check out the official announcement in the Nov. 29 issue of Kidscreen Daily. Also watch for a feature coming out in the January 2011 issue of Kidscreen magazine. The final winners will be announced at a high-profile presentation event at Kidscreen Summit on Feb. 9.

"Wapos Bay has enjoyed six seasons of broadcast as an animated series. It has been a very positive experience for young aboriginal people to have themselves represented in television, as one audience member stated in the Q&A following the [world premiere at imagineNATIVE]. A child being able to self-identify with characters in the media is very important in identitying development and helps reaffirm self-worth. Many parents expressed their gratitude to the creators, cast and crew of the series."
- Tyler Hagan, Arts Correspondent, CBC

"Long Goodbyes was charming, funny & oozed a loving warmth. Would definitely see again!"
- Emily Claire Afan, Writer / Contributor, Village Gamer and Orange Paperclip

"Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes is a family friendly film that uses a creative and enhanced form of stop motion animation to tell the story of two kids whose father has accepted a political position that will mean relocating to the big city - and their ever more complicated attempts to prolong and pospone their farewells. While it has all of the hallmarks of the kind of well meaning children's TV programming that the characters and storyline originally come from, including a 'good citizen' message, the clever script also features a few jokes just for the parents. The animation is seamless and slickly produced, with elaborately constructed sets."
- Anya Wassenberg, Writer / Reviewer, Arts & Culture Blog


Principal Photography begins on FEROCIOUS

Amanda Crew stars along side Saskatoon's own Kim Coates & Michael Eklund in the feature length thriller

November 21, 2011 (SASKATOON) - Cameras began rolling today in Saskatoon on Calgary-based CHAOS a film company and Saskatoon based KarmaFilm's feature "FEROCIOUS" – a thriller about a popular television actress who tries to secretly retrieve a sexually incriminating videotape from a seedy nightclub.

"FEROCIOUS" stars multiple award winners Amanda Crew ("Sex Drive, Charlie St. Cloud") as the charming and determined actress "Leigh" and Kim Coates ("Resident Evil: Afterlife", "Sons of Anarchy") as the intimidating and ruthless "Sal". In addition, the feature stars Michael Eklund ("The Divide", "Watchmen") as the sullen, heartbroken bar manager "Eric" and Katie Boland ("Day Dream Nation", "Adoration") as "Tess" a plucky, celebrity obsessed wannabe actress.

CHAOS a film company's Robert Cuffley ("Walk All Over Me") is directing his original screenplay.

The producers of "FEROCIOUS," CHAOS a film company's Carolyn McMaster and Karma Film's Anand Ramayya, are very pleased to be in production in Saskatoon. "This is a very ambitious film and has taken a long time to develop and get before the camera, but we couldn't be happier with the cast and crew that we've assembled".

The majority of the filming will take place in and around Saskatoon, through to December 14th.

McMaster ("Walk All Over Me") and Ramayya ("45 RPM") are the film's producers. The director of photography is Mark Dobrescu ("13 Eerie"), music composition is by Mike Shields ("100 Days in the Jungle"), with Ken Filewych ("Walk All Over Me") serving as the film's editor.

"FEROCIOUS" is produced by CHAOS a film company inc., and Karma Film Inc. The feature will be released theatrically in Canada.

The project has received support from SaskFilm, the Alberta Multimedia Development Fund, Telefilm Canada, Superchannel, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.


Another Feature Film Rolling in Saskatchewan

SPACE MILKSHAKE BEGAN PRODUCTION YESTERDAY

November 15, 2011 (Regina, SK) SaskFilm, the province's film commission and funding agency, is pleased to announce principal photography on Space Milkshake.

Written and directed by Armen Evrensel, the sci-fi comedy will film in the Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios in Regina from November 14th to December 3rd. The film stars Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings), Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), Amanda Tapping (Stargate, Sanctuary) and Robin Dunne (Sanctuary).

"Saskatchewan has a solid reputation as a production centre of excellence," says Susanne Bell, SaskFilm CEO and Film Commissioner. "We boast exceptional incentives and infrastructure, not to mention extraordinary production experience and Space Milkshake is another great example of a production coming to the province because of those qualities in addition to its producers' past experience working here."

The film is produced by Rob Merilees (Just Friends, Stone of Destiny) of Vancouver-based Foundation Features, Holly Baird and Shayne Putzlocher (Vampire Dog, Hard Core Logo 2) of Regina-based Trilight Entertainment and Robin Dunne. Executive producers are Tim Brown, Amanda Tapping, Billy Boyd and Kristin Kreuk.

"It's great to be back in Saskatchewan," says Merilees. "The crews are fantastic and the facilities are top notch."

The story follows four blue collar astronauts who are stuck together on a Sanitation Station after they bring a mysterious device aboard their ship and all life on Earth disappears. Discovering what happened to civilization is only the first of many galactic-level crises the astronauts will have to face as they are about to come under attack by a mutating rubber duck named Gary, who wants to open a portal to his evil dimension and take over the Universe.

Space Milkshake is produced with the financial assistance of Telefilm Canada, the SaskFilm Equity Investment Program, the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, The Movie Network, Movie Central and SPACE. Joker Films is handling all sales.


Congratulations SMPIA Members College Mobile and noodlecake on their Digi Awards Nominations

Mainstream Media, Mobile Start-ups on The List of Digital Elite and Award Nominees

Canada's best and most successful digital media products and services, companies and people, are on 'The List'.

The Digi Awards (formerly the CNMAs) has unveiled its selections in 31 digital media categories, from best in mobile and gaming to web series and tablets.

Finalists of The List have also been selected as the 2011 nominees for this year's Digi Awards; it includes long-stablished mainstream media companies like the CBC and NFB, to new mobile and digital signage companies like TripWow and ScreenScape.

After a decade as the Canadian New Media Awards, the Digi Awards was launched as a new kind of awards program, honouring the best of Canadian digital media while also acknowledging the breadth and scale of the works created and developed here.

"The List is our way of recognizing the top tier of the entire Canadian digital ecosystem in a single place, and will serve as a crucial online resource for anyone in this country and around the world looking to get a sense of who's making waves in Canada," said Mark Greenspan, Executive Director of nextMEDIA.

The nationwide competition culminates in a gala ceremony, to be hosted by Jeremy Hotz December 6 in the grand ballroom at The Carlu in Toronto.

Now in its 11th year, the Digi Awards are a part of nextMEDIA Toronto, a conference and forum on the convergence of all forms of digital media, taking place December 5 and 6, also at The Carlu.

The List is posted online at http://www.thedigiawards.com/the-list.php

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Wapos Bay movie to premiere at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE TO TUNE IN THROUGH LIVE STREAMING

Oct. 20, 2011 – Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes, based on the Gemini award-winning TV series, will have its world premiere at the prestigious imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto at its Closing Night Gala presented by Global Toronto. Produced by Wapos Bay Productions Inc. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, the movie was selected for the closing night of the Festival's 12th edition and will screen on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W).

Fans from around the world will also have the opportunity to be part of the premiere via the Closing Night Technical Partner IsumaTV and a free live streaming at www.isuma.tv/nfb. Creator / producers Dennis & Melanie Jackson, actors Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil, Moccasin Flats) and Eric Jackson will be available for the Q & A following the screening, moderated by imagineNATIVE executive director Jason Ryle who will be taking questions from the floor and via Skype for the online viewers.

"It is humbling to have our Wapos Bay finale movie screened at imagineNATIVE because it is one of the premiere indigenous film festivals in the world," said Dennis Jackson. "It is always an honour to be recognized by your peers whether those are other indigenous people, animators, filmmakers or friends. This screening will be a unique experience because fans can log in online and they don't necessarily have to be here in Toronto to watch the premiere."

The night will feature a special tribute to Wapos Bay cast member, the late Gordon Tootoosis (North of 60, Legends of the Fall). Announcements of the future of Wapos Bay will also be made on the night, including the launch of several online exclusive: a Mario kart racer - style video game, eBooks and episode downloads.

Tickets for the world premiere / imagineNATIVE are available in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox or Phoenix Concert Theatre, by calling the TIFF Box Office at 416-599-8433, or online at www.imaginenative.org.

The national broadcast premiere for Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes is Saturday, Dec. 3 on APTN (8 p.m. ET on APTN HD and APTN East, 8 p.m. MT on APTN West, 8 p.m. CT on APTN North).

The movie has also been selected to screen at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival (Oct. 29), American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco (Nov. 5), LA Skins Festival in Los Angeles (Nov. 16-20) and Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival in Sydney, Australia.

 


 

Production Underway on Zombie Film 13 Eerie

(October 6, 2011 ­ REGINA, SK) An epic battle of the undead is underway in the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan.  Production on the feature length zombie flick 13 EERIE began earlier this week in Moose Jaw, Canada.
 
Six ambitious forensic undergrads are marooned on a remote island during a university field project. Unbeknownst to the group, the site was formerly used as an illegal biological testing ground for life-term criminals left for dead. But they aren't. They're undead.
 
The living cast includes Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) in the role of Megan, Michael Shanks (Stargate, Burn Notice, Smallville) in the role of Professor Tomkins, Brendan Fletcher (The Pacific, Freddy vs Jason) cast as Josh and Nick Moran (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) plays Larry.
 
Brendan Fehr (Bones, CSI: Miami) puts his CSI forensic skills to use as Daniel ­an undergraduate criminal sciences student.
 
While the zombies themselves are a tightly guarded secret, producers will admit the film applies a unique interpretation to the traditional zombie genre. 
 
"While you may have seen a zombie movie before, you haven't seen zombies quite like this," said producer Kevin Dewalt.
 
"Audiences will want to avoid dimly lit pathways on their way home from the theatre after seeing 13 Eerie. This isn't your everyday reanimated corpse," added producer Don Carmody.
 
The film is an Ontario/Saskatchewan interprovincial co-production produced by Don Carmody Productions and Minds Eye Entertainment.
 
Kevin Dewalt (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), Don Carmody (Chicago, Silent Hill, Resident Evil) and Mark Montague (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd) are producing. Roger Christian (Bandido, Underworld) is an executive producer.
 
The film is the feature length debut for director Lowell Dean, a self-professed zombie aficionado and was written by Christian Piers Betley, whose thriller Dark Hearts is currently in post-production.
 
For more information:
Richelle Bourgoin, Publicist
T: 306.530.4012
E: rbourgoin@sasktel.net

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