CFC Selects Two Titles for Production Support and Financing

CFC Features is pleased to announce that it has reached a key goal, in supporting the production of two projects outside of Ontario, firmly establishing that the program can support projects not only in development, but in production across Canada. Selected for production support & financing are Vancouver-based CRUEL & UNUSUAL and Montreal-based RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS.

CRUEL & UNUSUAL, written and to be directed by Merlin Dervisevic and to be produced by Matthew Cervi, is scheduled to begin shooting in the Greater Vancouver Area later this year.CRUEL & UNUSUAL is a film about a man condemned to relive a crime he believes he didn't commit. As he navigates his way amid a strange new world, his perception is tested in his search to find the truth.

Based in Vancouver, filmmaker Merlin Dervisevic cut his teeth on his award- winning short films, The Window, Lemonade and Over Easy. In 1998, he attended the Canadian Film Centre where he wrote and directed Exhuming Tyler. The film won recognition in the “Critic's Picks” of The Montreal Gazette, best film runner-up at the USA Film Festival, nominations for best drama at Yorkton, best writer and best director at the Leo Awards and was part of a special presentation curated by Norman Jewison at the Havana Film Festival. Merlin's recent projects include the screenplays Tuesday's Girth, and Core Strength for Idiots and he is attached to direct Three Fine Boys and Love & Science. He has also directed episodes of the Comedy Network series, The Unprofessionals and the applauded CBC series, Our Hero. Most recently, Merlin wrote and produced a pilot for the CBC and CFC Pilot Programme. Involuntary Muscles was critically acclaimed and plans are in place to develop it as feature film.

A graduate of USC Film School and the Canadian Film Centre, Matthew Cervi has worked for a number of film companies including a Valhalla Motion Pictures (Terminator, The Hulk), Lighthouse Productions (The Sting, Taxi Driver, Mimic), Peace Arch Entertainment (The Immortal, Dead Mean's Gun, First Wave) and Avrio Filmworks (Mindstorm, Sub Zero, Chaos) before starting his own production company Mad Samurai Productions. Mad Samurai Productions is producing a number of film projects including NO MAN'S LAND with producer Mark Andrews of Mugshot Films and writer/director Michael Miner (RoboCop,Lawnmower Man II, Anaconda II), THE LIVING SKIES with co-producer's Adam Dolman and Alex Beshe of Monsoon Pictures, ROADSIDE with director John L'Ecuyer, THROWING THUMBS with UK producers Gina Carter and Stephen Fry of Sprout Pictures (24 Hour Party People, Snow Cake, The Kingdom) and finally THE COLONY with producer Paul Barkin of Alcina Pictures (The Con Artist, Amreeka, The Tracey Fragments) and Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin of Item 7 (C.R.A.Z.Y., Café de Flore). The Colony, a $16 million post apocalyptic action/thriller, is currently in post-production in Montreal and stars Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Zegers, and Bill Paxton.

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS, written and to be directed byJeff Barnaby and to be produced by John Christou and Aisling Chin-Yee, has been selected for production financing and support through CFC Features. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in Quebec later this year.

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS is a raucous coming of age story about Aila, a young Mi'gmaq girl embroiled in the family drug trade who is coping with the suicide of her mother and the recent release of her imprisoned father. When the sadistic Indian Agent who runs the local residential school robs Aila, she rallies her friends and plots her revenge.

Jeff Barnaby was born on a Mi'gmaq reserve in Listujug, Quebec. His filmmaking paints a stark and scathing portrait of post-colonial aboriginal life and culture. His short films include the Genie Nominated FILE UNDER MISCELLANEOUS, the TIFF Top Ten and Jutra Nominee THE COLONY and the Sundance Official Selection FROM CHERRY ENGLISH. RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS is his debut feature film.

John Christou has produced multiple films over the past 10 years, including UP THE YANGTZE, THE COLONY, FILE UNDER MISCELLANEOUS, and SORRY, RABBI. In 2008 John founded Prospector Films, and has previously worked at EyeSteelFilm.

Aisling Chin-Yee is a producer/director and is a partner in Prospector Films. Aisling has produced SORRY, RABBI, the viral documentary THE COLOUR OF BEAUTY, and THREE MOTHERS. She is currently producing the feature documentary LAST WOMAN STANDING and previously worked at the NFB.

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS was awarded the Creative Promise Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

CFC Features is a comprehensive, development and production focused mentorship program for up and coming Canadian feature filmmakers. Established by the CFC in 1992, and acting as Executive Producer, CFC Features is dedicated to overseeing and providing 100% of the financing and mentorship needed for the successful development, production and marketing of dramatic feature films. Boasting an impressive 45 films developed, and 19 features produced, CFC Features has afforded more than 100 writers, producers and directors from across Canada, the opportunity to hone their skills and prove their creative talents.