Principal Photography Begins on 'CHOKESLAM' From Award-Winning Writer/Director Robert Cuffley
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS ON CHOKESLAM
FROM AWARD-WINNING WRITER/DIRECTOR ROBERT CUFFLEY
Wrestler Comedy stars Amanda Crew, Chris Marquette, Michael Eklund and Mick Foley
Vancouver, September 23, 2015 - Award-winning writer/director Robert Cuffley is currently in production of his fourth feature film 'CHOKESLAM' in Regina, Saskatchewan from September 13th to October 7th, 2015. CHOKESLAM was developed through the 2014 Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, a high-level cross-border project and business accelerator for established producers and their feature comedy properties. The film is a co-production with CHAOS A Film Company Inc. and Karma Film.
CHOKESLAM is the story of Corey, a mild-mannered deli clerk (Chris Marquette – Bad Country, Broken Horses) who finally gets a second chance to pursue Sheena, his high school sweetheart (Amanda Crew – Silicon Valley, Charlie St. Cloud), a notorious female professional wrestler, when she returns for their ten-year reunion. CHOKESLAM is the story of bruising your knuckles as you club your way through the barriers of love. It’s also about the perils of dating a wrestler with a bad temper. Just signed to join the cast is Mick Foley, a three-time WWE champion, a hardcore legend, a New York Times best-selling author and member of the WWE Hall of Fame.
“To me it’s all about the two leads. Like Bud Court and Ruth Gordon in Harold and Maude or Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange in Tootsie, it all rests on their shoulders,” says Cuffley. “So having Amanda and Chris on board, along with Michael Eklund, makes me both confident and excited.”
While making several other movies since CHOKESLAM's inception, co-writer Jason Long and Robert Cuffley found that the humour and heart of CHOKESLAM would always pull them back to this script. The idea for the movie came to Cuffley after browsing through his high school yearbook many years after graduating. He found it eerie how everyone’s life has changed so drastically from the brief time bubble of high school.
This led to the creation of Corey and Sheena, the ultimate odd couple who reunite at their ten-year high school reunion. “Their relationship has heart and people will connect with that. Wrestling is spectacle. It’s theatre. We’re showing the drama in front of the curtains and behind them as well.”
Cuffley, an award-winning director and screenwriter, has completed three feature films. His first, co-written with Jason Long, was the multiple-Genie-nominated Turning Paige. His second, Walk All Over Me premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by the Weinstein Company. Most recently, he wrote and directed Ferocious, starring Kim Coates and Amanda Crew. His films have played the Toronto International Film Festival, The Palm Springs International Film Festival and the SXSW Film Festival, among many others.
Cuffley grew up in Calgary, has lived in Vancouver and studied film at S.A.I.T. and the National Screen Institute. A recent alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre, Cuffley is currently developing a pilot for television and a supernatural thriller.
CHOKESLAM was developed through the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, a CFC initiative in association with Just for Laughs and received funding from Creative Sask.
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