CFC Features and Motion 58 Announce the Pre-Production of Public Schooled starring Judy Greer
CFC Features and Motion 58 Announce the Pre-Production of Public Schooled Starring Judy Greer
Toronto, October 20, 2016 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and Vancouver-based film production company Motion 58 are pleased to announce that popular film and television actor Judy Greer will star in their upcoming feature film, Public Schooled. This film is the latest to be selected for production and financing support by the prestigious CFC Features program, with further casting to be unveiled and principal photography to begin this November.
Public Schooled will star Judy Greer (Jurassic World, Arrested Development) as the mother of socially awkward Liam, a boy who has been home-schooled his whole life. When Liam falls in love with a popular one-legged girl, he abandons his mother's suffocating love and enrolls in public school, entering a world of sex, drugs and social studies.
“Being a self-diagnosed control freak,” Greer noted, “I was moved by the character’s struggle to let go of the reigns. I love the idea that no matter how much we try to shelter our kids, at some point they need to be free to discover themselves by themselves.” Greer has appeared in more than 80 roles, including memorable performances in films like Alexander Payne’s The Descendants and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children, as well as television series like Archer, Married and Arrested Development. A continent-wide search for Liam also has begun.
Co-written by Motion 58 founders Josh Epstein and Kyle Rideout (both of Eadweard), Public Schooled will be directed by Rideout and produced by Epstein. Executive producer is Justine Whyte (Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Nurse.Fighter.Boy) and co-producer, Adam Folk (Cold in July, Welcome to New York). Rideout and Epstein’s first feature, Eadweard, won audience choice awards at festivals in Cape Cod, Maui, Nashville and Rhode Island, a Canadian Screen Award Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and 12 other awards worldwide. Translated into four languages, it has been distributed in numerous countries, with an upcoming U.S. release by Gravitas Ventures.
CFC Features invests in and collaborates with the most promising filmmakers across Canada to bring their stories to the big screen, and has produced 22 critically and commercially successful films. Development at CFC Features is supported by the Government of Ontario, with production support and financing from The Movie Network, a division of Bell Media.
Motion 58 brings the additional support of Telefilm Canada for production financing, and received instrumental support in the script’s development from the CFC’s Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, a CFC marketplace initiative in collaboration with Just For Laughs, National Screen Institute’s Features First program, Independent Filmmaker Project’s (IFP) No Borders program, Corus Entertainment Inc. and Whistler Film Festival’s Feature Project Lab.
The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable organization whose mission is to invest in and inspire the next generation of world-class Canadian content creators and entrepreneurs in the screen-based entertainment industry. A significant economic and cultural driver in Canada and beyond, CFC delivers a range of multi-disciplinary programs and initiatives in film, television, music, screen acting, and digital media, which provides industry collaborations, strategic partnerships, and business and marketplace opportunities for talent and participants. For more information, visit cfccreates.com.
Motion 58 is a Vancouver-based production company that focuses on creating original content for film and television. They enjoy a first look deal with Lark Productions (Motive). Rideout and Epstein are represented by The Jennifer Hollyer Agency. For more information, visit motion58.com.
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