IMAC is happy to announce that its recommended project “The Lovely Witches Club” created by Renee Laprise and Patti Larsen has been selected as a finalist for 2016 Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Program! The project’s producer and co-director Renee Laprise was excited to get the news.
“We are just so excited to get started! Patti (Larsen) and I have been working on various incarnations of the Lovely Witches Club since 2009. From an online creative group to the epic Witches Ball Halloween parties in 2009, 2010 and 2015, the Lovely Witches Club has been a creative space for women to express themselves in a variety of ways. To be able to embody the essence of the Lovely Witches Club in fictional stories on the web and in novels is really a dream come true.
We’ll be casting in late June and shooting in August and part of the marketing strategy is to let people follow the process step by step. We have an extensive marketing strategy in mind and it’s being expanded by our marketing expert Annelise Larson who has extensive experience with Telefilm projects. This is going to be a really fun project for us to make and for people to experience as a process and as a final viewing and reading experience. We are starting the process June 27th so go to www.lovelywitchesclub.com to watch the whole thing unfold.
Patti and I really want to thank the IMAC selection committee, the IMAC board, our mentors and Telefilm and the Talent Fund for being awesome and giving us such a wonderful opportunity.”
The Lovely Witches Club is a 7 x 11 minute episode paranormal webseries that follows a young disillusioned filmmaker hired by the so-called “witches” of Prince Edward Island to make a documentary about them only to discover the Island’s magic has been cursed and she’s the only one that can break it.
*** Watch for the novellas written by award winning author Patti Larsen based on the Lovely Witches Club webseries to be released during the series launch in January 2017. ***
Find the official TELEFILM press release HERE.
City Cinema, 1-4 pm, free screening
An afternoon of films showcasing Canadian authored stories that contribute to the understanding of global identities.
IMAC member Pravakar Thapa (PE) will discuss his film during the event.
Films being screened:
Pravakar Thapa – LYANG FYANG (SHORT NEPALI MOVIE)
Tarek Abouamin – 18 Days
Ariel Nasr – Buzkashi Boys (Academy Award Nominee)
This event is in partnership with, Reading Town and PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada.
IMAC and the Charlottetown Film Society invite you all to celebrate National Canadian Film Day with us at City Cinema on April 20th at 9pm.
We will be screening :
“Not My Brother” a short film by Island filmmaker Jenna MacMillan
“The Grand Seduction” a feature film by Don McKellar
This is a free screening but we’ll be taking donations at the door to help IMAC bring more programming to Island filmmakers and film enthusiasts.
For deets on the event click here.
For more info check on NCFD at http://www.canadianfilmday.ca/
WIFT-AT and pUNK FILMS
5 New Features in 5 Months for $5000
Written and Directed by Women
In Atlantic Canada
APRIL 4, 2016 – ANNOUNCING THE 1KWAVE ATLANTIC FILMMAKERS
1KWAVEATLANTIC is a call for brave and bold features from Atlantic Canadian women. The initiative will allow 5 female filmmakers the opportunity to make a feature film under the guidance of industry mentors. WIFT-AT and punk FILMS are now pleased and excited to announce the 5 chosen filmmakers who will write, direct and edit their features in the next 5 months!
“We received strong submissions from women all across Atlantic Canada, making the choice a difficult one. But the jury, made up of Ingrid Veninger, Kimberlee McTaggart, and Martine Blue, narrowed it down to 5 filmmakers that represent a great cross section of film experience, themes, and genres. We are pleased to be joined in this adventure by our sponsors – Warren P.Sonoda, Telefilm Canada, The Harold Greenberg Fund, The NFB, and our generous in-kind sponsor, Brian Power and The Hideout Studios, Kimberlee McTaggart, WIFT-AT
AMANDA BULMAN, NEWFOUNDLAND
The First Five Minutes is a documentary that will follow several amateur comics as they struggle to write their first five minutes of jokes, while facing many obstacles that prevent them from stepping up to the mic.
“I think a lot of people feel barriers when it comes to making art and the chance to be paired with a mentor really helps eliminate a lot of the fear. I can’t wait!”
CATHERINE BUSSIER, NOVA SCOTIA
Taking Care of Life is an experimental documentary film that questions what “taking care of life” means and how to achieve it.
“I am excited and terrified! I feel this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m looking forward to it! I trust that the support of the many mentors will help me go through this fast pace journey. “
KOUMBIE, NOVA SCOTIA
Ariyah and Tristan’s Inevitable BreakUp is a drama that follows a couple as they struggle through the ups and downs of a modern romance and an unplanned pregnancy.
“As daunting as making a feature in five months is, it feels just crazy enough to work. Having the support of the community, WIFT, pUNK FILMS and all of the mentors is the ideal way to make my first feature”
NICOLE STEEVES, NOVA SCOTIA
Head Space is a comedy/drama about Floyd, an agoraphobic with no intention of ever leaving his basement. When summoned for jury duty, He must confront his past, his present and the great big scary unknown that is the outside world.
“ It is going to be a huge challenge but I can’t wait to see what we come up with! I would like to apologize in advance to my friends and family, as I imagine I won’t be seeing much of them in the next 5 months.”
HARMONY WAGNER, PEI
Singing to Yourself is a drama that answers the question – when a young deaf woman decides to forsake the world, what can pull her from her island of silence?
“ I think people get scared to hire women directors when big bucks are on the line. If five women can crank out five features in five months with five thousand dollars, then we’ve done our part to say it’s time to put those fears aside ”
#1KWAVEATLANTIC TIMELINE OVERVIEW:
MARCH 20th – Submission Deadline.
MARCH 30th – Decision Calls and Filmmaker Agreements Signed.
APRIL – Project Writing and Pre-Production.
Production Mentors: Ingrid Veninger, Kimberlee McTaggart, with more to be announced.
MAY - Production. 4 week window to shoot.
JUNE – Picture edit and Preliminary Sound.
JUNE 30th – Submit Picture Locked Films to Fall Festivals.
JULY – Color Grade and 1 Day Sound Mix at Hideout Studios.
AUGUST - Prep Promotional Materials.
Marketing Mentor: Jan Miller.
SEPTEMBER - Screen & Celebrate the 1KWAVE ATLANTIC feature films.
For interviews, please contact Katie Godfrey of WIFT-AT: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I can’t wait to see the five new features made by women in Atlantic Canada – They are going to be fierce!” Ingrid Veninger, pUNK FILMS
Hi everyone – sorry I’m a bit behind on advertising for these!!!
We have 2 sound workshops focused on field recording happening this month. For more info on these just click the links.
Sat, April 9 – Intro to Sound with Luke Leunes
Sat, April 23 – Advanced Sound with Adam Gallant
Both require pre-registration. Message me at email@example.com or call 902-892-3131.
Culture PEI, in partnership with the Island Media Arts Cooperative (IMAC), is requesting proposals from consultants and consulting firms with experience building business strategies for cultural organizations and with specific knowledge of the film and television industry in Canada to create a five year strategic plan for the Island Media Arts Coop.
Please see the attached RFP for more info on content and deadline dates.
We are excited to announce that there will be 2 projects moving forward to the national Telefilm jury for their Micro-Budget Production Program. LOUISE LALONDE’s French language documentary Garolou a.k.a. Lougarou. And Lovely Witches Club an English Language webseries by RENEE LAPRISE and PATTI LARSEN.
Garolou a.k.a. Lougarou - LOUISE LALONDE
SYNOPSIS: In 1973 two francophone musician brothers, Michel and Marc Lalonde, made their way from Ontario to Prince Edward Island, and as many before them, discovered paradise and embraced the hippie lifestyle, touring with a children’s theatre troupe and performing on the local bar scene. Shortly after their arrival, they connected with two Island musicians and formed a French progressive rock band with a unique classical and medieval sound. The cultural and social upheaval Canadians were experiencing in the seventies paved the way for French Canadian music. They went on to make gold records and tour across Canada and as far away as Europe, even opening for Super Tramp and touring with the likes of Zacharie Richard and Joe Cocker. The band members went their separate ways in 1983 and reunited for a brief tour in the early 90’s, releasing a live album. This is their story.
“Louise came to me to talk about how she could apply with a French language film but the closest French language partner was NBFilmCoop. So I talked to Telefilm and was thrilled when they gave us last minute French partner status. Louise has had a busy year having received funding from Canada 150 for her documentary ‘Food for Victory’. Next year we hope other French language filmmakers may apply. We are able to recommend a webseries and a feature film so lots of opportunities! Congratulations Louise and good luck!”
Executive Director, IMAC
Lovely Witches Club - RENEE LAPRISE and PATTI LARSEN
Reese MacDonald, a struggling filmmaker from the big city, is hired by the
witches of Prince Edward Island to document their lives … Oh, and save the Island’s magic.
Check out the trailer at www.lovelywitchesclub.com
“We were delighted with the quality of the submissions,” says IMAC president Nils Ling. “All the teams submitting took the process really seriously. But the LWC presentation had it all – a rock solid creative team, intriguing story, high quality trailer and pitch video, and a far reaching marketing strategy. We are fairly confident this project will be the second Island production to get major Telefilm funding.”
IMAC in partnership with the Advisory Council on the Status of Women will be screening the work of 16 women at 7pm on March 8, 2016 at the Guild in Charlottetown. Tickets are $10 plus service charge and will be going back to the filmmakers as a screening fee.
As a ramp up to this IMAC did interviews with several woman filmmakers – you can see those on our youtube channel!