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
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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