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Vsc takes We Were Wolves

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Vsc takes We Were Wolves
Video Services Corp (Vsc) has acquired North American rights to Newfoundland director Jordan Canning’s debut following its world premiere in Toronto. Separately, Cinedigm Corp and Chesler/Perlmutter Productions have struck a multi-year deal.

We Were Wolves follows two estranged brothers who find themselves at the family cottage in the wake of their father’s death.

Peter Mooney and Steve Cochrane star.

Vsc negotiated the deal with Marina Cordoni Entertainment and plans a theatrical and VOD launch in early 2015.

The Cinedigm Corp and Chesler/Perlmutter Productions first-look deal spans multiple films over a number of years and is focused on original, cast-driven, family and faith-friendly features. The deal provides for at least four films per year. Cinedigm has also acquired all Us distribution rights to more than 24 back catalogue titles from the Chesler/Perlmutter library. The Chesler/Perlmutter titles will feed Cinedigm’s Dove Foundation branded family and faith-based channel.
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Jordan Canning, Peter Mooney and Steve Cochrane on Becoming One Big, Happy Family in 'We Were Wolves'

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Jordan Canning isn't new to the Toronto International Film Festival -- her short film "Seconds" won the fest's Rbc Emerging Filmmakers Competition in 2012. But "We Were Wolves" marks the first time the promising Canadian writer/director took a feature to Tiff.

Shot over the course of two weeks at their cinematographer's family cottage in northern Ontario, the indie drama was a labour of love for the small cast and crew, who found themselves handling multiple jobs, everything from craft services to lugging gear around the isolated island they shot on. Peter Mooney ("Rookie Blue") stars as Nick in the film, a responsible young father trying to settle affairs after his dad's death, when his estranged, slacker older brother Danny (co-writer Steve Cochrane) shows up out of the blue with his own ideas on what to do about their father's cottage. Longstanding grudges and years of resentment bubble up over that weekend,
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‘The Chase’ will have viewers expect the unexpected

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The Chase

Written by Philip Yordan

Directed by Arthur Ripley

U.S.A., 1946

*A fair warning to readers: those sensitive to spoilers had best watch the film under review before reading the article. To properly dive into its themes and story, major plot points will be revealed.

Surprises in movies are a great gift the storytellers can offer viewers to wake them from the state of comfort, or boredom depending whom one asks, which sets in when plot points are too familiar and the dramatic beats too predictable. For some it can be a chore to get through just as it may offer the right type of simple escapism for others. Sometimes, however, the ingredients need be shaken and stirred. In an amusing case of coincidence, this week’s column entry, the 1946 film The Chase, arrives only weeks after Steven Soderbergh’s supposed final theatrical feature, Side Effects, opened in theatres.
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DVD Release: Afghan Luke

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DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012

Price: DVD $24.98

Studio: Screen Media

Nick Stahl (l.) and company make their away across the plains of Afghanistan in Afghan Luke.

Nick Stahl (Meskada) stars as a wartime journalist trying to do his job on the battle-torn plains of Afghanistan in the 2011 drama Afghan Luke.

After his expose on a government cover-up in Afghanistan is buried by his editors, a battlefield journalist Luke Benning returns to the scene of the war with his opium-fueled best friend in search of the truth. They embark on a perilous mission that includes gun fights, parties with soldiers, and getting kidnapped – all on the way to discovering that the country is more dangerous than ever.

Directed by Mike Clattenburg and co-starring Ali Liebert (Apollo 13), comic Lewis Black (TV’s The Daily Show) and Steve Cochrane, Afghan Luke is a Canadian production that made its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
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Line-Up of Canadian Films at Tiff 2011

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Yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival, which will take place between September 8 and 18, unveiled the list of Canadian films that will be screened.

Galas

A Dangerous Method Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Sarah Gadon

Starbuck

Director: Ken Scott

Cast: Patrick Huard, Antoine Bertrand and Patrick Labbé

Take This Waltz Director: Sarah Polley Cast: Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman

Canada First

Marécages Director: Guy Édoin Cast: Pascale Bussières, Luc Picard, Gabriel Maillé and François Papineau

Amy George Directors: Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas Cast: Gabriel del Castillo Mullally, Claudia Dey, Don Kerr and Natasha Allan

Nuit #1 Director: Anne Émond Cast: Catherine de Léan and Dimitri Storoge

The Odds Directors: Simon Davidson Cast: Tyler Johnston, Calum Worthy and Julia Maxwell

The Patron Saints Directors: Melanie Shatzky and Brian M. Cassidy

Roméo Onze Director: Ivan Grbovic Cast: Ali Ammar, Joseph Bou Nassar, Eleonore Millier, May Hilal
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Tiff 2011 Canadian Selections Boasts An Incredible Line-Up With Works From Guy Maddin, Bruce McDonald And Vincenzo Natali

There are a lot of Canadian films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival to be excited about, including works from our favourite filmmakers Guy Maddin, Bruce McDonald,Vincenzo Natali and Jean Marc Vallee. Below is the list of films in the Canada First selections as well as other CanCon movies scattered through the main programs.

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival® boasts a strong lineup of Canadian features including new works by acclaimed Canadian filmmakers Carl Bessai, Mike Clattenburg, Michael Dowse, Philippe Falardeau, Guy Maddin, Bruce McDonald, Léa Pool, Jean-Marc Vallée and Ingrid Veninger, and onscreen appearances by Jay Baruchel, Camilla Belle, Anupam Kher, Akshay Kumar, Mia Kirshner, Rob Lowe, Vanessa Paradis, Jason Patric, Alison Pill, Russell Peters, Isabella Rossellini, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Scott Speedman and Nick Stahl.

“This year saw many Canadian filmmakers address a wide range of pressing social issues including the dangers of progress
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Afghan Luke Offers Thrills and Gonzo Journalism in Theatres September 2011

Alliance Films will release the dramatic thriller Afghan Luke into theatres September, 2011. The film involves two journalists sent to the remote country of Afghanistan in search of a story on Canadian snipers gone bad. What they find is a story on hashish production instead. Then, they get too close to their subject and mayhem ensues, as suggested by the film's first poster. Nick Stahl (Mirrors 2), Colin Cunningham ("Falling Skies") and Torrance Coombs ("The Tudors") are some of the principal cast members starring and those who enjoy war torn thrillers can have a closer look at this title when it releases in a limited fashion through Alliance Films late in September.

The synopsis for Afghan Luke is here:

"Disheartened when his story about Canadian snipers who are possibly mutilating corpses of enemy Afghan combatants is buried, Luke quits his job but is even more determined to return to Afghanistan to
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Grown Up Movie Star (2010)

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I don't know what's with Newfoundlanders, but they seem to not only enjoy making coming-of-age stories, but also excel in it. Obviously, Adriana Maggs's Grown Up Movie Star isn't perfect, but it sure has its charms.

Set in Newfoundland, a Canadian province in the Atlantic Ocean, the film is about coming out of the closet as much as it is about the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Ray (Shawn Doyle) is a former NHL player whose career ended after being convicted of drug trafficking. Now, he's back in his childhood town, has no sense of purposes and tries to raise his two daughters - Ruby (Tatiana Maslany) and Rose (Julia Kennedy) - in any possible way. In fact, Shawn's wife (Maggie Meyer) left him in order to make it big in Hollywood.

Ruby, who is the film's heroine, dreams of leaving her small town. At school, she develops a
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[News] Production Over for 'Afghan Luke and The Burgundy of Hash'

  • The Cultural Post
Some news came to The Cultural Post that as of today, production will be over for the Canadian film Afghan Luke and The Burgundy of Hash, an upcoming Canadian dramatic comedy. This means that the film is post-production.

Synopsis:

This dramatic comedy directed by Mike Clattenburg follows Luke (Nick Stahl), a war journalist. Disheartened when his story about Canadian snipers who are possibly mutilating corpses of enemy Afghan combatants is buried, Luke quits his job but is even more determined to return to Afghanistan to get the story. Through the contacts of his offbeat buddy, Luke is offered a job by a stoner magazine to return to Afghanistan and do a 'gonzo' article about the best hashish in the region.

Other informations:

The film was shot in British Columbia, a province of Canada on the West Coast. Obviously, exterior scenes of the film were used in order to give people
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