Congratulations also go out to writer/director Michelle Latimer and producer Kerry Swanson who developed The Underground through NSI Drama Prize in 2013. NSI grads Danis Goulet (NSI Drama Prize) and Paula Devonshire (NSI Totally Television, NSI Features First) are executive producers on The Underground.
“My own NSI Features First film, Inertia, premiered at TIFF when I went through the course years ago, so I know first-hand the excitement of premiering an NSI-developed project at TIFF,” said Brendon Sawatzky, NSI’s director of programming. “I’m so happy for our grads and for this success – TIFF will give them a great opportunity to showcase their work and develop their careers further.”
Bang Bang Baby is a 1960s-style musical about Stepphy (Jane Levy) who lives in the sleepy town of Lonely Arms with her alcoholic father, played by Peter Stormare. Stepphy’s dream of escaping to a better life on the stage and screen seems to be coming true when rock star Bobby Shore’s (Justin Chatwin) car breaks down in Lonely Arms.
The Underground, based on the novel Cockroach by Canadian writer Rawi Hage, is the story of Araz, an Iranian refugee who experiences the disillusionment of North American life by imagining himself as a cockroach, the only living creature that will survive after humanity perishes in the apocalypse.
As well, check out the feature and short films by our graduates at TIFF. Congratulations to:
- Big Muddy – writer/director/producer Jefferson Moneo (NSI Drama Prize) and executive producers Wally Start (NSI Global Marketing) and Bob Crowe (NSI Global Marketing, NSI Totally Television)
- Guidance – writer/director Pat Mills (NSI Drama Prize, NSI Totally Television, NSI Features First, Movie Central Script to Screen) and executive producer/producer Alyson Richards (NSI Drama Prize, NSI Features First)
- We Were Wolves – director/co-writer/producer Jordan Canning (NSI Drama Prize)
- Backcountry – producer Thomas Michael (Movie Central Script to Screen)
- Heartbeat – producer Jay Dahl (NSI Drama Prize, NSI Totally Television)
- Hector and the Search for Happiness – producer Trish Dolman (NSI Features First)
- Songs She Wrote About People She Knows – producer Amy Belling (NSI Features First)
- Teen Lust – executive producer Kyle Bornais (NSI Features First)
- Wet Bum – producer Paula Devonshire (NSI Totally Television, NSI Features First)
- Hole – producer Laura Perlmutter (NSI Drama Prize)
- Indigo – director Amanda Strong (currently in NSI Aboriginal Documentary)
- The Barnhouse | La Grange – producer Christine Falco (NSI Drama Prize)
- Godhead – executive producer Maureen Bradley (NSI Features First)
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