PEI Filmmakers Up for Telefilm Microbudget Program
Director (and WIFT-AT member) Harmony Wagner and producer Jason Rogerson’s script, Kuperman, was recently selected by a jury of industry professionals to represent the Island Media Arts Co-op and Prince Edward Island in Telefilm’s Microbudget Feature Film Program. The project now moves on to a national competition, where a Telefilm jury will review the 28 entries from across Canada and select 8-10 films to fund.
“This is a golden opportunity,” says producer Jason Rogerson. “A project of this scope could really bring some attention to the many great filmmakers, actors and technicians here on PEI. It could only lead to bigger things for the PEI film industry as a whole.”
Produced by Periscope Pictures, Kuperman is a feature length, micro-budget comedy about Griffin Kuperman, a smalltown zero who must face his fears, snap out of his fantasty world, and become a hero in order to save his comic book store, his friendship and himself.
“While most of us don’t own comic book stores or live in that world, it’s a story I think a lot of people can relate to,” says director Harmony Wagner. “The comedy is outrageous at times, but the stakes are very real.”
The team is extremely grateful to have the support of the Island Media Arts Co-op and Telefilm Canada as they move forward with their application. If selected, Kuperman will shoot later in 2014.
News from Susan Rodgers
PEI Filmmaker Susan Rodgers now has the first three books of her Drifters series available online and in print! A Song For Josh, Promises, and No Greater Love are set partly on the fictional television series Drifters, shooting in Langley, BC. PEI runaway Jessie Wheeler is an actor and singer who was discovered while busking on the streets of Vancouver. The books are about the friendships one can find on a television series, and Jessie’s mantra ‘There is Always Hope’ gets the cast through some tough times. Available where all ebooks are sold.
Susan is now finishing the edit on her documentary The Healing Place. Next project is a feature drama, fingers crossed!
Filmmaker Jenna MacMillan has been selected for the NSI Online Short Film Festival
In A While, a short film by PEI Filmmaker Jenna MacMillan, has been selected for the NSI Online Short Film Festival. In A While tells the story of twenty-something Paul who is asked to check in on his aging grandfather, Russell. He makes an unexpected discovery.
The NSI Online Short Film Festival is the only year-round, 100% Canadian online film festival. New films are added to the NSI website weekly. All NSI website content can be accessed for free.
Jenna MacMillan says, “In a While is inspired by the relationship of my late grandparents who were married for 56 years. I’m excited that their story will be seen by audiences across Canada.”
Watch In A While and all of the other selected Canadian shorts in February, 2014 here:
Just Passing Through – A PEI-Based Web Series
Prince Edward Island filmmaker and WIFT-AT member, Jenna MacMillan was Associate Producer for the highly acclaimed series Just Passing Through, which was funded by the Independent Production Fund. The 22min/episode, 7 episode series employed many PEI film professionals in 2013 and has garnered over 200,000 views since launching in November. John Doyle, Television critic for the Globe and Mail named the series #6 on his list of Top 10 Canadian shows of 2013. Check out the show here:
PEI SCREENWRITER’S BOOTCAMP
Free five-day introductory and advanced screenwriting workshops.
No application fees!
Your screenwriting career starts here.
The Island Media Arts Coop is looking for creative writers who want to develop skills in writing for the screen-based entertainment industry. The focus at this year’s PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp will be on writing dramatic web series and low and micro budget features.
Louise Lalonde, Project Coordinator, is pleased to announce that Tom Shoebridge, a seven-year veteran of Bootcamp will once again bring his own special brand of professional development that leaves participants ready to tackle their first project. She adds that ” For the more advanced writers, Bill Boyle will be working with individuals, getting their first draft on track, and Jill Golick, award-winning producer of Ruby Sky P.I. is back for a return engagement mentoring writers in developing dramatic series for both the web and television. Louise has been coordinating this event from day one and is happy to report that “we have so many success stories now that it’s impossible to ignore the importance of this workshop series in building careers. “
Once again, a two-day introductory workshop will be on offer for the general public for a minimal fee. Details will be available in the spring.
IMAC is working closely with all of its sponsors, in particular, Telefilm Canada, the Independent Production Fund, Astral Media, Super Channel, and Innovation PEI by offering these workshops to Atlantic Canadians and building our Canadian film and video industry one story at a time.
The deadline for submissions is April 3 and the workshops are being held from May 17 to 21, 2014 at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown, PEI. This year, the organizers are waiving the application fees and removing one more barrier for hopeful writers. For more information, visit www.peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net.
ISLAND GREEN: a bi-coastal screening event presented by Open Cinema and the PEI Certified Organic Producer’s Co-op
ISLAND GREEN is a lyrical documentary produced by the National Film Board and directed by Millefiore Clarkes, that contemplates the future of farming on Prince Edward Island. Island Green is being screened as part of Open Cinema’s first ever Connect the Docs multi-city hybrid screening event. This initiative is newly supported by the Canada Media Fund. This innovative multi-city hybrid cinema event will take place in both Victoria, BC and Charlottetown, PEI at 7pm local time on Wed. Jan. 29th. The screening of the film will be followed by post-screening discussion in both locations, and the two conversations will be connected via Livestream, Twitter and Facebook, providing opportunities for online engagement on the issue, no matter where you are in the world.
Everyone is encouraged to join in the discussion before, during and after the screening on Facebook or on Twitter #opencinema.
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