The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce that two NSI Features First projects are being made. Both projects underwent development training through the NSI Features First course in 2013.
Two 4 One, from writer/director Maureen Bradley and executive producer Glen Wood, along with producer Daniel Hogg (NSI Drama Prize, Movie Central Script to Screen) went to camera on February 10, 2014. The Dark Stranger, from writer/director Chris Trebilcock and producer Glen Wood (again!), along with producer Paula Devonshire (NSI Features First, NSI Totally Televison), began filming this week.
“We are beyond delighted that two of the four projects from 2013 are going into production. NSI Features First has a great track record with 16 films having been produced since the course launched in 1997; however, to have two more projects go ahead is exceptional,” said NSI director of programming Melissa Kajpust. “It’s a testament to the quality of the training delivered through the course, the strength of the teams and the great scripts.”
Two 4 One is a bittersweet romantic comedy about oddball couple Miriam and Adam. They have an ill-advised one-night stand and both wind up pregnant. Written by Maureen Bradley, Two 4 One is her directorial feature film debut. The film is financed through Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget Production Program, the BC Arts Council and crowdfunding.
The Dark Stranger is a psychological thriller about an agoraphobic, young graphic novelist recovering from a traumatic event in her past. Her latest artistic creation may be coming to life, or is she just losing her mind? The Dark Stranger is financed through Telefilm Canada’s Feature Film Fund and the OMDC Film Fund. It will be released theatrically in Canada by Berkshire Axis Media and internationally by Moonstone Entertainment.
“I was exposed to so much relevant, current information through NSI Features First which is really helping me get my film made,” said Maureen Bradley, NSI Features First participant and Two 4 One writer and director. “In particular, the story editing was superb, and I appreciated the sessions with such a variety of film professionals – they were phenomenal.”
NSI Features First participant and producer Glen Wood added, “NSI Features First gave us the momentum we needed to secure financing and make this project happen.”
About NSI Features First
NSI Features First is a development training launch pad for producer/writer teams looking to produce their first or second feature film with strong commercial appeal. Find out more about NSI Features First.
NSI Features First 2013 was funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Program Partners The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Shaw Media; Actors Support Sponsor The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Bursary Sponsor ZoomerMedia.
About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)
Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer, Movie Central Script to Screen and NSI Aboriginal Documentary.
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