Press Release (ePRNews.com) - OAKVILLE, Ontario - Apr 12, 2016 - NORTH FILM CO. is planting its roots in the Oakville ON for their first short feature film being shot in the Town where they have relocated their new home office to. They will be filming their 30-minute short, The Meaning Of Life, April 10th-14th with a Gemini award-winning cast and crew including Canadian Pop Sensation and Juno nominee Tyler Shaw, who is making his acting debut. Fans will recognize Shaw from his recent hits which are enjoying frequent rotation on Pop and Top 40 radio stations across North America: Wicked, By My Side, Kiss Goodnight, House of Cards and It Happens All The Time.
Based on a true story, The Meaning of Life follows the tale of a talented, starving musician FINN FABER (played by Shaw) who gets a temporary job as a therapeutic clown at a hospital, entertaining sick children. The hospital assigns him to meet 9 year-old Sophia Hill (played by Sadie Munroe) every Wednesday. He soon learns that being assigned to Sophia is more than a coincidence.
The 30-minute short will be submitted to the TIFF and Sundance Film festivals this year. Of note is the 25 year old wunderkind director Cat Hostick who with her partner/D.O.P. Russ De Jong founded North Film Co. in 2015 and have produced over 15 projects this past year. The Meaning Of Life is being shot exclusively in Oakville at the now-closed and stripped down Oakville Trafalgar Hospital with a cast and crew of 40 people.
Oakville Regional Councillor and CEO of Film.ca Cinemas Jeff Knoll was instrumental in wooing the production to Oakville. “We chose to shoot in Oakville because it has a lot of character, unique spaces and highly skilled talent.” says Director Hostick, “Jeff Knoll was a major source of support and enthusiasm for bringing our film production company here, and we hope to help build its reputation as a great location to shoot feature films.”
The Meaning of Life Cast
Pilot Pete Tyler Shaw *Juno Nominated Singer
Sophia Hill Sadie Munroe
Sophia’s Dad Sergio Di Zio *Gemini Award Winner/Lead, Flashpoint
Pilot Pete’s Dad Dan Lett *Gemini Award Winner
Sophia’s Mom Krista Morin *From Oscar-winning film Spotlight
Pilot Pete’s Mom Jean Yoon *Gemini Award Winner
Sandy Cat Hostick
Nurse Sherry Cara Ricketts *From Book of Negros
Jake Jake Raymond
Brian Sampson Rhys Trenhaile
Media are invited to attend filming. For behind the scenes interviews and interactions, location information and to schedule interviews, please contact:
Rania Walker, Publicist and PR Rep
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About The Meaning Of Life
The Meaning of Life is a 30-minute short film being shot exclusively in Oakville ON with an award winning cast and crew. Starring Canadian Singer Tyler Shaw, Sadie Munroe, Sergio Di Zio, Dan Lett, Krista Morin, Yean Yoon, Cat Hostick, Cara Ricketts, Jake Raymond and Rhys Trenhaile. Based on a true story, the movie follows the life of Finn Faber is starving musician who landsa job a temporary job at the hospital as a therapeutic clown character named Pilot Pete. Pilot Pete/Finn plays the guitar and sings to kids as a form of therapy and to keep them happy, distracted and entertained. Little 9 year-old Sophia is sick with Lymphatic Leukemia and it’s weighing her down, especially with her upcoming surgery which will determine whether she will live or not. Sophie ignores Finn, turning into herself until Finn starts up a conversation about a Tree of Life picture her father painted and hangs in her hospital room, after which she starts to open up. Every Wednesday they engage in a conversation about life, teaching each other positive life lessons. Through these sessions, they develop a very special relationship, and Finn quickly learns that in life you never know who has your back and who wants to just hold you back. Everyone comes into your life for a reason.
About North Film Co.
North Film Co. Ltd. is an Oakville-based production company founded by producing team Russ De Jong and Cat Hostick. Passionate and exceedingly creative, their team of professionals work to fulfill your production needs and push the limits of technical production to create signature shots. North Film Co. is a one-stop shop, offering complete development from the creative process and design, pre-production, and post-production services including editing and colouring. They own and utilize all the latest and greatest equipment to produce wide-release feature films, music videos, shorts, corporate videos and commercials. North Film Co.’s collective experience includes but is not limited to clients such as: The Toronto Raptors, Disney, Rogers, McDonalds, Coors Light, Johnson & Johnson, Tropicana, Bill Gates, Toronto Humane Society, Casino Rama, Warner Brothers, Sony, Pizza Pizza, Facebook, Blackberry, etc. www.northfilmco.com @RussDeJong @CatHostick Source :
North Film Co.