Starring Joel Kinnaman, Tom Holland, Percy Hynes-White, and Rachelle LeFevre, “Backcountry,” marks the feature directorial debut of BAFTA winner Rob Connolly. The emotional psychological thriller wrapped production in March in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
“Kyle Mann wrote the script and will produce the movie, which is being co-produced by Michael Risley. Executive producers are Jeff Sackman and Jonathan Bronfman.
Kinnaman plays Elliot Baker, who seizes the chance to develop a better relationship with his sons when his ex-wife Karen (LeFevre) and her new husband take a vacation and leave the boys with him. What starts as a bonding opportunity turns into a nightmarish adventure when they get stranded in a deserted cabin near the lake as night falls and a snowstorm rages. Bradley (Holland) and Caleb (Hynes-White) quickly learn more about their father and what they truly mean to him in this gripping tale of family and survival.
“I think the characterization of the single father is given a new dimension in this film,” said Mann. “We’re shooting in the wilderness; we’re in snow country which already brings a level of authenticity to the story. And I’m confident that with Rob Connolly, who is such an exciting new talent, directing our amazing cast, the nuances of these complex relationships will come to light.”
“Backcountry” is produced by Drive Productions in association with JoBro Productions and Tajj Media which holds worldwide distribution rights. ”
Quoted article written by Jeff Sneider, March 10, 2015
Once again congratulations to Teen Lust Once for being selected for the Black Carpet Gala Series at the 2014 Calgary International Film Festival!
“When Neil realizes that his parents are planning on offering him to their Satanic cult as a virgin sacrifice, he embarks on a race against time to lose his v-card.
Everyone knows that high school sucks. A perfect minefield of bullies, cliques, acne and homework can rattle even the most self-assured of teenagers, and Neil (Jesse Carere, Skins), is definitely nowhere near that description. Neil’s home life isn’t so great either. After all, his parents are too busy with pals John (Cary Elwes, The Princess Bride) and Mary (Kristin Bauer van Straten, True Blood) from their Satanic cult to pay him much mind. When he learns they intend to offer him as a virgin sacrifice, Neil and his best friend (Daryl Sabara, Spy Kids, Weeds) embark on a race against time to lose Neil’s v-card. Brought to you in part by Jason Stone (co-writer of This Is The End), Teen Lust’s mash of teenage woe and devil-worshipping will have you cackling in delight.”
Show Time: September 25th, 7pm
At Global Cinema in Calgary
After party: State and Main, 601 8th Ave SW. Subject to capacity.
Toronto is a good place to launch movies, and also to hatch companies aiming to become players in the indie space. Capote producer Kyle Mannand Revolution #9 producer and high net worth entrepreneur Michael Risley have done the latter. They’ve formed Drive Productions, a development, production, and financing company that comes to the festival after raising $2 million to buy scripts and books to develop into genre fare. The company is based in L.A. and Vancouver, and they are on the ground here looking to make things happen.
“The quality of the script is paramount, however there has been a dangerous decline in development financing for projects with unforeseen potential,” Mann said. “Drive is looking to invest in innovative pitches, books, and scripts and is seeking to build relationships with distributors and talent agencies in order to help fill the development shortfall in the marketplace.”
The company has so far set up the college campus comedy The Arrangement, the darkly comic TV series Blackcomb, the thriller Beyond The Stars and a WWII thriller called Undaunted. Also in development are the psychological thrillers Backcountryand The Estate. Mann comes to the venture having produced films that includeWrecked and Kill For Me. He has Teen Lust premiering at the festival. Risley also has been a partner in Fuel Industries, a Digital Youth Agency that builds and maintains audiences for brands that include McDonald’s Europe, Nokia, and Mattel.
By Mike Fleming Jr
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Independent Edge’s teen comedy Teen Lust will welcome its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Directed by Blaine Thuier, Produced by Kyle Mann, Teen Lust is the official selection for the Contemporary World Cinema category.
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