Gone South doc lines up Canuck talent

Alex Trebek, Alan Thicke (pictured) and Neve Campbell are some of the notable names to be featured in the doc from Victoria's Less Bland Productions about how Canadians have shaped and influenced American pop culture.

The cameras will roll next month on Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood, a doc from Less Bland Productions about the influence Canadians have had on Tinseltown pop culture.

And the filmmakers have secured celebs and notable names, including Alex Trebek, Adam Beach, Shannon Tweed, Alan Thicke, Neve Campbell and Arthur Hiller to appear in the film, which will feature interviews, archival footage and anecdotes about Canadians in Hollywood.

Examples? MGM Studios Louis B. Mayer was Canadian, as was Mack Sennett, who created the fictional, incompetent Keystone Cops of silent film comedies, and is credited with discovering Charlie Chaplin.

Gone South producers inked a deal for a broadcast licence with Super Channel last November for the film, which received financial backing from the Rogers Documentary Fund and Rogers Cable Fund and has an approximately half-a-million dollar budget.

The documentary, based on the upcoming book of the same name by Ferguson, will be distributed in Canada by KinoSmith and internationally by Peace Point Rights.

Gone South:  How Canada Invented Hollywood is produced and directed by Leslie D. Bland and Ferguson of Victoria’s Less Bland Productions.