British Columbia rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the wide range of screen based entertainment that is created in the Province by proclaiming Monday, July 27, 2015, as “Screen in BC Day”. The Province also delivered on a promise to open a B.C. Film and Television Office in Los Angeles California to further enhance the B.C. industry’s market presence in the region. This new office will support industry wide marketing activities and facilitate new north-south opportunities for B.C.-based producers. More info: news.gov.bc.ca
Telefilm Canada presents the Canada Cool comedy tour, a curated selection of critically acclaimed and award-winning films coming to U.S. theaters in the fall. The film series presents 10 new comedies not yet in American distribution and two true classics of the genre. The films have been selected by MoMA’s former Senior Curator of Film, Laurence Kardish. The program kicks off on September 18th in New York at the Cinema Village and in Los Angeles at the Crest/Westwood.
The Canada Cool lineup includes the following films:
Kylie Winters, a bullied and self-loathing teen, reluctantly agrees to babysit two children at an isolated country mansion on Halloween night. When a mute boy in a pig mask appears at the door trick-or-treating, Kylie’s night transforms from the mundane into a horrifying and violent cat-and-mouse game, hunted by three deranged butchers through the maze-like estate. Forced to confront her own cowardice, Kylie must go beyond what she ever thought possible if she and the children are to survive until help arrives. – Canadian Indie Film Series
“When she was told that her first feature-length film, Berkshire County, would be screened on the closing night of the Los Angeles horror movie festival Shriekfest, Kingston-raised director Audrey Cummings admitted she was ‘insanely excited,’ but that excitement soon gave way to nausea as she watched the audience file into the theatre and take their seats. And then, something really cool happened, and I could just feel the vibe in the room, and it was a really good vibe,’ recalled Cummings, who spent her high school and university years in Kingston. ‘And I could tell people were enjoying the film. They were laughing in the right places, and they were scared in the right places. And then I was just elated by that moment, and that moment in itself was probably the best day of my entire Berkshire run. I would have walked away from that feeling so happy and great just from that.’ But things would get even better, you might have guessed, as Berkshire County took the top prize at the festival.” – Kingston Whig-Standard
Here’s director Audrey Cummings, Actress Alysa King & Executive Producer/Writer Chris Gamble at the NY Premiere of Berkshire County at the 2014 New York City Horror Film Festival in November 2014.
“Based on thousands of true stories, a newlywed photographer is stalked by a dark man in a brimmed hat who followers her from her nightmares and into reality. Her life in shambles and sanity slipping, she meets a mysterious man claiming to know the shocking secrets of the Hat Man” in director Joshua Fraiman‘s horror/thriller feature film The Man in the Shadows. – Official Website
Fraiman graduated with honours from York University’s Film Production program and completed a post-graduate course at Sheridan College’s Computer Animation program. He was the director of photography of the feature film Night Cries and the 2nd unit director of photography on the television series Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds.