Acclaimed Canadian short film and music video director Sara St Onge - her video clients include Gentleman Reg and Final Fantasy - has launched production on her feature debut, a coming of age comedy titled Molly Maxwell
. St Onge's previous two short films - Turkey
- have both screened at the Toronto International Film Festival where both turned heads with their quietly absurd sense of humor, a sense of humor that should put her in good stead in the feature world. You can check both shorts below.
CFC FEATURES ANNOUNCES START OF PRODUCTION OF MOLLY MAXWELL
Toronto, April 12, 2012. - Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce that principal photography has commenced on MOLLY MAXWELL, the 19th feature film production developed and financed under CFC Features. Filming will run from April 13- May 6, 2012 in Toronto. Release is slated for 2013.
A humorous, coming-of-age drama, MOLLY MAXWELL is written and directed by Sara St. Onge (The Funeral, Lobotomobile, Turkey), making her feature film directorial debut. The film stars Lola Tash ("Connor Undercover", "Reviving Ophelia", "Rookie Blue"), CFC Actors Conservatory alumnus Charlie Carrick ('11) ("Sanctuary", "V", "Supernatural"), Krista Bridges ("Durham County", "The Republic of Doyle", 388 Arletta Avenue), Rob Stewart ("Nikita", "The L.A. Complex") Richard Clarkin (Goon, Casino Jack, Land of the Dead) and Brooke Palsson ("Less Than Kind", Keyhole).
MOLLY MAXWELL is the story of a16-year-old Molly, who feels decidedly ordinary in her alternative school world of prodigies, talents, and unique individuals. With family and friends eagerly waiting to see how she distinguishes herself, she finds herself unable to commit to any path for fear she'll let the world down. When her young, handsome, slightly disillusioned English teacher enters the picture and relieves the pressure, Molly is suddenly able to flourish. But when their student-teacher bond becomes more intimate, Molly risks alienating everyone she loves on the road to figuring out just what makes her special.
The creative production team includes Aeschylus Poulos (Inescapable, Blindness), Mark Van de Ven (Carnival of Resistance) and John Nadalin (Turkey, Hide & Seek, The Day the Old Man Knocked) who serve as producers.
"It's very exciting and rewarding to support such a strong group of creative voices, not to mention a true force and talent in director and writer, Sara St. Onge," said executive producer Justine Whyte, Director of CFC Features.
The film will feature cinematography by Leo Award-winning Catherine Lutes ("Picnicface", Turkey, Paul Pontius) production design by Adam William Wilson (Point of Light, Happy Pills), costume design by Sarah Millman (Trigger, Leslie, My Name is Evil, Monkey Warfare) and editing by CFC editor alumnus Stephen Philipson (The Wild Hunt, "Todd and the Book of Pure Evil").
Sara St. Onge is a writer and director who was born in Canada, but spent her formative years in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 with a degree in photography, but never attended film school. Her first short film, The Funeral, had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and has since played at festivals in North America and Europe. Her second short, Lobotomobile, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2008 and her third short, Turkey, premiered at TIFF in 2010.
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