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Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund Announces Support for Script Development Projects

Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund’s English-Language Program is pleased to announce its latest round of funding for 29 new and ongoing projects through its Script Development Program.

Chosen from 135 applications, the most recent selection includes five projects at the Polish and Packaging phase including All the Wrong Reasons, Anthem of a Teenage Prophet, The Book of Negroes, The Flying Troutmans and Truck Stop. From first time feature film writer/director Gia Milani is All the Wrong Reasons, which recentlywon a top award for the script at Slamdance.Gia is co-producing alongside Tony Whalen, and Phyllis Laing is the executive producer. The film is about the choices made in the aftermath of a severe traumatic stress. Anthem of a Teenage Prophet is a project that the Fund has supported in various stages of development. It is based on the novel by Joanne Proulx. The Book of Negroes is based on the award-winning novel by Lawrence Hill. The film will be written and directed by Clement Virgo. The Flying Troutmans is also an adaptation which was co-written by the author Miriam Toews, alongside Semi Chellas. Also supported at the Polish and Packaging phase was Truck Stop, to bedirected by Laurie Lynd. It is the story of a teenage truck stop prostitute who is sent to foster care in a small, Northern Ontario town, turning her foster family and classmates upside down.

“It a very exciting time for us as some of these projects, which we’ve been involved with throughout development, near production,” says John Galway, the Fund’s English-Language Program President. “This support will be instrumental in helping these projects secure cast and crew, scout locations and in helping them to create a final, polished version of the script.”

Projects approved this quarter include:


Story Optioning

Ava Lee
Strada Films Inc.
Esta Spalding

City of Champions
Gokart Pictures

Consecrated Ground
Emotion Pictures Inc.
Thom FitzGerald

A Good Girl
Opolo Pictures Inc.
Jonathan Williams

The Last Crossing
Mind’s Eye Development Inc.
Rob King

Reunion Pictures Development
Riel Stone

Treatment to First Draft

Idiot Wind
Corey Marr Productions
Joseph Kay

Farpoint Films
Collin Friesen

Suki Films
Mark Krupa

First to Second Draft

Buffalo Gal Pictures Inc.
Jonas Chernick

StromHaus Productions Ltd.
Carolyn Saunders

A Good Girl
Opolo Pictures Inc.
Jonathan Williams

Ice Kings
Resonance Films
Cameron Labine

Jumbo’s Clown Room
Hellhound Productions
Alison Murray and Alex Pugsley

The Last Letter
The Film Farm
Esta Spalding

Lucky 13
Buck Productions
Jonathan Sobol

Reunion Pictures Development
Riel Stone

The Runner
1078459 Ontario Inc.
Malcolm Clarke

Saucer Men
Tell Tale Productions
Ian Johnston

Second to Final Draft

Action Figures
Strident Films
Ken Hegan

Cold Blooded Snakes
Darius Films
Stephen Kunc

Oberon Films Inc.
Simon Reynolds

Jacob Green
Independent Edge Films
Michael Greenspan and Christopher Dodd

Foundation Features
Rachel Talalay

Polish and Packaging

All the Wrong Reasons
Shore Road Pictures
Gia Milani

Anthem of a Teenage Prophet
Les Films Hand Picked Inc.
Screenwriter: Richard Bell

The Book of Negroes
Conquering Lion Pictures Inc.
Clement Virgo

The Flying Troutmans
Four Seasons Productions Inc.
Semi Chellas and Miriam Toews

Truck Stop
Sixth Avenue Enterprises Ltd.
Bonnie Fairweather

The Script Development Program was created to assist in the development of quality Canadian feature film scripts. The program receives a yearly contribution of $1.3 million from Astral’s The Movie Network. The script development applications are reviewed each quarter by the English-Language Committee of Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund, which includes Suzette Couture, Damon D’Oliveira, Melanie Friesen, John Galway, Bryn Matthews, Jane Tattersall and Kevin Wright.