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Exclusive: The Black List, the Toronto Film Festival and producer Martin Katz have set York University Mfa student Kyle Francis as their inaugural Independent Screenwriting Fellow. Francis, an Alberta native who was chosen for his script Blood Creek, was brought to Toronto as part of the honor. His Blood Creek is the story of a master thief who retreats to rural Canada to launder his illicit fortune and befriends a teenage survivalist who he must protect from the maniac who pursues him.
Said Katz, who runs Prospero Pictures and has mentored Francis during the fest: “We created this fellowship to help discover new talent, and Kyle Francis is a terrific new talent we’re thrilled to have discovered. I’m excited to bring Kyle’s uniquely twisted comic voice to Tiff through the fellowship we have created with the Black List.” Francis describes himself a lifelong movie nerd and it »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Pula, Croatia — The President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, opened the Pula Film Festival Saturday in the Pula Arena, the Roman amphitheater that serves as the fest’s main screening venue.
The opening ceremony, which aired live on local TV, was followed by the world premiere of “Happy Endings,” a crime drama with a dark comedic edge about two unemployed middle-aged women who decide to open a massage palor. Pic is the feature directing debut of Darko Suvak, who has previously worked in the U.S. as a director of photography on films such as Joel Schumacher’s “Blood Creek.”
The film plays as part of a 12-strong Croatian Feature Film Competition, which also includes documentary “Velvet Terrorists,” which played in Berlin’s Forum section, and black comedy “Monument to Michael Jackson,” which world premiered in the East of the West section at Karlovy Vary.
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- Leo Barraclough
This upcoming month, there are two interesting genre titles playing on Fearnet that you should take note of; 'Eden Lake' and 'Dahmer.' Why? Because they both represent early movies for actors that have proved to be outstanding performers in the arts long before they honed their craft. In the case of 'Eden Lake,' the film is fronted by Michael Fassbender, long before he played Magneto in the 'X-Men' films, stole the show in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' & played the android David from 'Prometheus' with such cold, calculated perfection. Also, you can catch 'Dahmer,' the bio pic from director David Jacobson, which stars Jeremy Renner in one of his first cinematic lead roles. Now he's an Avenger in the Marvel Universe! So it got me thinking about other examples of successful stars you may have totally forgotten were in genre films. »
- Rob Galluzzo
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