The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) congratulates the SuperGrid team on the film’s theatrical premiere in Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa this Friday, December 14.
SuperGrid was developed through the NSI Features First training program in 2016 by producer Hugh Patterson and writer Todd McCauley. NSI Features First alumna Trinni Franke is also a producer on the film.
“NSI Features First continues to advance films that succeed on the festival circuit, with theatrical audiences, artistically and financially. SuperGrid is a great example of that,” said NSI CEO John Gill. “NSI is proud to have helped Hugh and Todd get SuperGrid to this stage.”
The film opens in an apocalyptic near-future, where mining conglomerates have turned Canada into a wasteland. A young smuggler is forced to convince his older brother to get back on the “grid” and help him deliver mysterious cargo. En route, they must contend with road pirates, rebel gangs, and each other, in this wildly entertaining ode to the post-apocalyptic sci-fi/action movies of the ’80s.
“After such a successful festival run, we’re hopeful that SuperGrid will be a hit with theatrical audiences too,” said Hugh and Todd. “We’re grateful for the support and mentorship we received from NSI while SuperGrid was in development – they provided the stepping stones that helped us get here.”
Production on SuperGrid took place in 2017 in and around Regina, Saskatchewan, where Hugh is based.
The film will also be available to stream on VOD platforms beginning December 18.
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NSI Features First, in association with Telefilm Canada, provides development training for writer/producer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal.
Over 20 feature films developed through the program have been produced since 1997, most recently: Level 16 (2018) from Danishka Esterhazy, Venus (2017) from Eisha Marjara and Joe Balass and Adventures in Public School (2017) from Josh Epstein and Kyle Rideout.
NSI Features First 2018 is funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Provincial Sponsor Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; and Industry Supporters William F. White and Deluxe. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.
NSI Features First 2016 was funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program Partner The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Provincial Sponsors Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Innovation PEI and Creative Saskatchewan; and Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.
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