CFC names Feature Comedy Exchange participants

Four teams and projects, including Bruce McDonald's Red Light Green Light, have been chosen to participate in the program.

guillame paumier - flickr creative commonsThe CFC, Telefilm and Just For Laughs have announced the four groups and projects to participate in the 2016 Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, including projects from Schitt’s Creek story editor Collin Friesen and filmmaker Bruce McDonald (PontypoolHellions).

The part-time program aims to help participants develop, package and market their projects via counsel and mentorship from Canadian and American industry veterans. The four projects selected for this year’s program are Red Light Green Light, Girl/Woman, I Believe in You and Sorry For Your Loss.

Bruce Mcdonald’s Red Light Green Light is a story of two people brought together on the night of transit strike in Berlin. Producer Mike MacMillan and Patrick Whistler are also attached to the project.

Girl/Woman is the story of a debt-ridden college senior who begins to date rich men in exchange for cash. The project is to be directed by Toronto writer/director Carly Stone and produced by Backcountry writer/producer Kyle Mann.

I Believe in You, from Montreal-based filmmaker Lana Adcock, and producers Aisling Chin-Yee and Prospector Films founder John Christou, tells the story of a new graduate Lucy who gets a job as the assistant to a stand-up comedian. As their relationship grows, Lucy’s opinions begin to infiltrate the comic’s act and his popularity soars due to his rare insight into women’s issues.

Writer/director Friesen’s Sorry For Your Loss is about a man who learns he must scatter his estranged father’s ashes on the field of his favourite sports team. The team also features Toronto-based film and TV producer Tony Wosk.

Previous projects developed through the Exchange include Robert Cuffley’s Chokeslam, which is currently in post-production, and Pat Mills Don’t Talk to Irene, which is scheduled to go to camera this spring.