​CFC Alumni Keep Busy Over the Holidays

By Catherine Jheon ● December 17, 2016 21:50

While many of us are winding down for the holidays, our talented alumni are gearing up. Take a look at the long list of productions involving our hardworking graduates below.

Shooting is underway near Montreal for the film, Birthmarked, a comedy starring Toni Collette and Matthew Goode as two scientists involved in raising three children contrary to their genetic disposition to prove the power of nature over nature. Marc Tulin wrote the script and Marie-Claude Poulin and Pierre Even are producing. All are graduates of 2011 Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab..

Film poster of a huge vodka bottle with the title Mary Goes Around on the label

Writer/director Molly McGlynn (2015 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Writers’ Lab) has her first feature film, Mary Goes Around, in production. The film follows a substance abuse counsellor with a drinking problem. She retreats to her hometown of Niagara Falls, only to discover that her estranged father has terminal cancer. Matt Code (2015 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producers’ Lab) is producing, and Aeschylus Poulos (2012 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program, CFC Features and mentor) is executive producer.

Writer/director Cory Bowles (2012 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors’ Lab and 2013 Short Dramatic Film Program) is busy with his feature-length version of his short film, Black Cop. The film goes through a day in the life of a black police officer dealing with the stress of a high-profile case of police violence, and also stars Sophia Walker (current resident of CBC Actors Conservatory).

Boy leaning against lockers

CFC Features has had its film in the news a lot lately. Public Schooled follows a socially awkward boy who has been home-schooled his whole life. He abandons his 
mother’s suffocating love by enrolling in public school, thus entering an eye-opening world of
 sex, drugs and social mayhem. Directed by Kyle Rideout (2013 Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange and 2016 CFC Features), the film is based on an original script by Rideout and Josh Epstein (2013 Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, 2016 CFC Features), who is also a producer on the film. It will be wrapping up shooting in Vancouver this December, and stars Judy Greer, Russell Peters and Grace Park. 

Snow-covered landscape with a drunk and two figures in distance

CFC alumnae Ana Valine (2009 Directors Lab) and producer Lori Lozinski (2011 Producer’s Lab) are in post on their psychological thriller, Once There Was a Winter. The film stars Kate Corbett (2010 CFC Actors' Conservatory as a young student who finds herself in over her head in a secluded doublewide trailer.

Producers Trish Dolman (2008 Go West Project Lab) and Paula Devonshire (1998 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program and 1999 Short Dramatic Film Program) are adapting Indian Horse, from Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel. The feature follows Saul Indian Horse, who, at age seven, is taken from his Ojibway family and committed to a Catholic residential school. Despite the abuse he witnesses growing up, Saul develops a talent for hockey, which takes him to the pros. Stephen S. Campanelli (Momentum) directs, from a script by Dennis Foon (On the Farm).

Filmmakers’ Rob Grant and Michael Peterson (both 2013 Directors Lab grads) are partnering on an exciting new experimental documentary feature. Fake Blood focuses on the industry's responsibility for violence in the media.

Laura Perlmutter (Cineplex Entertainment Film Program, producer alumni 2011) is shooting her new film, The Dark, in Parry Sound, with Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith (2012 Short Dramatic Film program) producing. In the film, a murderous, flesh-eating, undead young girl haunts the remote stretch of woods where she was killed decades earlier.

Man and woman with dog still from film Never Steady Never Still Photo Cred: Alana Paterson

Writer/director Kathleen Hepburn (2014 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Writers Lab) is in post with her debut feature film, Never Steady Never Still. It stars Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting, Filth) and Theodore Pellerin (Les Demons, Endorphine) and also features Mary Galloway (Fire Song), Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci’s Inquest) and Lorne Cardinal (Insomnia). The film follows a mother’s struggle to take control of her life in the face of advanced Parkinson’s disease, while her son battles his sexual and emotional identity amid the violence of Alberta’s oil field work camps. It features music by Ben Fox (2015 The Slaight Music Residency) and is being edited by Simone Smith (2014 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Editors Lab).

Poster for Don't Talk to Irene

Writer/director Pat Mills (2012 Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange) is in post for his feature film, Don’t Talk to Irene, with producers Alyson Richards and Mike MacMillan (2012 Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange) and Jessica Adams as production manager (2014 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producers’ Lab). The film stars Oscar-winning actress Gina Davis along with Michelle McLeod, Scott Thompson, Bruce Gray and Anastasia Philips (Skins). Don't Talk to Irene follows Irene (McLeod), a fat and friendless high school student who does community service at the Golden Days retirement home after being suspended from school. With a passion for cheerleading, Irene secretly signs up the senior residents to audition for a dance-themed reality show to prove that you don't need to be physically perfect to be awesome.