World Premiere of CFC Comedy 'PUBLIC SCHOOLED' Screens at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

World Premiere of CFC Comedy 'PUBLIC SCHOOLED' Screens at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

Clement Virgo’s groundbreaking CFC feature 'RUDE' also screening during festival in TIFF Cinematheque Programme

Toronto, August 9, 2017 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is proud to announce CFC Features’ comedy PUBLIC SCHOOLED will have its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF ’17), as part of the Contemporary World Cinema programme. This charming indie with a high-profile cast was produced through CFC Features by Motion 58. Alumni Kyle Rideout and Josh Epstein wrote the original script, with Rideout directing and Epstein producing through their production company, Motion 58, and the film builds on the success of their first feature, festival favourite Eadweard.

PUBLIC SCHOOLED follows a socially inept home schooled dropout (Daniel Doheny) who enrolls in public school to chase after a one-legged dream-girl (Siobhan Williams) while his mom/best friend (Judy Greer) teaches him his teenage rebellion.

Led by critically-acclaimed star Judy Greer (Jurassic World, Antman, War for the Planet of the Apes) and introducing 2017 TIFF Rising Star Daniel Doheny, PUBLIC SCHOOLED also features Russell Peters (Source Code, The Jungle Book), and Grace Park (Hawaii Five-0, Battlestar Galactica) in key supporting roles.

Motion 58 produced PUBLIC SCHOOLED with support from Adam Folk (Bushwick, Cold in July) as co-producer and executive producer Justine Whyte (Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Nurse.Fighter.Boy). Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) is handling world sales (excluding Canada) and working in partnership with XYZ Films in the US.

Rideout and Epstein’s first feature, Eadweard, won audience choice awards at festivals in Cape Cod, Maui, Nashville and Rhode Island. It also received a Canadian Screen Award Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and took in 12 other awards worldwide.

PUBLIC SCHOOLED is the 23rd film to be developed and financed for production by CFC Features. Production support and financing is supported by the CFC and The Movie Network, a division of Bell Media. Development at CFC is supported by the Government of Ontario. CFC Features’ longstanding partnerships with The Movie Network and the Government of Ontario benefit emerging filmmakers from across the nation.

Motion 58 brought the additional support of Telefilm Canada to the table for production financing, and received instrumental support in the script’s development from the 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.

Also, CFC Features’ groundbreaking 1995 drama RUDE will receive an encore screening at TIFF as part of the TIFF Cinematheque programme, a collection of curated gems from the history of Canadian and international cinema. Directed by CFC alumnus Clement Virgo and produced by fellow CFC alumni Damon D’Oliveira and Karen King, RUDE premiered at Cannes as an Official Selection of the Un Certain Regard Programme. It marked the start of D’Oliveira and Virgo’s production company, Conquering Lion Pictures, which went on to create international hit miniseries The Book of Negroes. Last February, CFC awarded Conquering Lion Pictures its fourth annual CFC Award for Creative Excellence and profiled their company here.

CFC displays a strong track record of supporting both features and short films that launch at the Toronto International Film Festival. On average, 50 CFC alumni have projects every year. Stay tuned for our announcement of this year’s alumni films when the full festival schedule is announced.

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