Stephen Traynor becomes Film Farm partner

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Veteran line producer Stephen Traynor has made it official: He’s joining The Film Farm as a full-fledged partner with co-founders Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss.

Traynor’s credits include Atom Egoyan’s Adoration and Chloe, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children and Heaven on Earth and Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies.

He will attend this week’s Producers Lab Toronto event at TIFF as part of The Film Farm while developing Last Letter From Your Lover, based on the British novel by Jojo Moyes and adapted by Canadian screenwriter Esta Spalding.

“Part of the film is shot in London or a European city. That’s not something we can do ourselves, so we need to find an appropriate partner to shoot in Europe,” he told Playback Daily.

Traynor has just completed a production stint on Foxfire, Laurent Cantet’s English-language drama that was structured as a Canada-France co-production.

And he will next share producer credits on Queen of the Night with director Atom Egoyan, Urdl and Weiss.

“We have worked closely with Stephen on several projects,” Urdl said in her own statement.

“We value his expertise, his creativity and his keen eye for projects and talent,” she added.

Urdl and Weiss founded The Film Farm in 1997, and have become major producers of arthouse films, including Sarah Polley’s Away From Her.

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