‘Adventures in Public School’ Honoured as One of Canada’s Top 10 Features of 2017

ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL Honoured as One of Canada’s Top 10 Features of 2017

Formerly known as ‘Public Schooled,’ this award-winning comedy has received enthusiastic festival support

Toronto, December 6, 2017 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and Vancouver-based film production company Motion 58 are proud to announce that their charming indie comedy feature, ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL (formerly Public Schooled), will be celebrated as “the best in Canadian Cinema” at the 17th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.

Running from January 12 to 21, 2018 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, the festival, which celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema, is a retrospective highlighting the top 10 Canadian features, shorts and student shorts of 2017. ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL has been selected to kick off the 2017 Festival as the opening night film with a screening on Friday, January 12 at 8:30 p.m., and will play again on Saturday, January 13 at 12 p.m. It will also participate in a cross-Canada tour, screening at TIFF’s partner locations: Montreal PHI Centre on Friday, January 12; Vancouver’s The Cinematheque on Saturday, January 20; Edmonton’s Metro Cinema on Friday, January 26; Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque on Saturday, February 10; with the screening date at Regina’s RPL Film Theatre to be announced.

The announcement comes on the heels of ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL’s strong showing on the festival circuit, where it had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and went on to play the Atlantic, Calgary and Vancouver International Film Festivals and win Best Comedy Feature Film at the 2017 Edmonton International Film Festival. TIFF programmer Steve Gravestock heralded the film as “one of the best Canadian romantic comedies in recent memory,” The Hollywood Reporter claimed that “the writing and direction put a bright spin on high-school antics, and the ace cast makes the grade,” and NOW Magazine gave it a NNNN rating, naming it “an unexpected treat.”

ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL, written by Kyle Rideout (director) and Josh Epstein (producer) and produced through CFC Features and Rideout and Epstein’s production company Motion 58, follows a socially inept home school dropout (Daniel Doheny) who enrols 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.

World sales (excluding Canada) are handled by Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD), working in partnership with XYZ Films in the U.S. California-based Gravitas Ventures recently picked up the film for multiple territories, including the U.S., Australia and South Africa. Gravitas will release ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL theatrically in the U.S. in early 2018, and Kaleidoscope Entertainment will release the film in the U.K.

ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL is the 23rd film to be developed and financed for production by CFC Features. Production and financing was 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 in the additional support of Telefilm Canada 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; the National Screen Institute’s Features First program; the Independent Filmmaker Project’s (IFP) No Borders program; Corus Entertainment Inc. and Whistler Film Festival's Feature Project Lab. Visit CFC Features or Motion 58 for more information.

For more information on Canada's Top Ten and to purchase tickets, please visit: tiff.net/canadas-top-ten


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About CFC

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 Motion 58 is a Vancouver-based production/distribution company that focuses on creating original content for film and television. Their first film, Eadweard, garnered 47 award wins and nominations, including 5 Audience Choice Awards and a CSA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. It has been distributed around the world. Rideout and Epstein are represented by The Jennifer Hollyer Agency. For more information, visit motion58.com.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Cory Angeletti-Szasz
Manager, Communications, CFC
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Josh Epstein
Producer / Motion 58