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West Prince still preferred location for feature film

Cast and crew setting up a scene on a North Cape beach in 2016 while shooting a proof-of-concept film, A Blessing From the Sea. The production company is still securing the funding needed to shoot a feature film.
Cast and crew setting up a scene on a North Cape beach in 2016 while shooting a proof-of-concept film, A Blessing From the Sea. The production company is still securing the funding needed to shoot a feature film. - Eric McCarthy

A Blessing from the Sea could give way to A Small Fortune

CHARLOTTETOWN

When one mentions “a small fortune,” what he really means is a lot of money.

When writer-producer Adam Perry of Charlottetown refers to “A Small Fortune,” he’s referring to the feature length movie he and his production partners in Saltwater Films hope to shoot in western P.E.I. this year if they get the funding.

They’ve shot a proof of concept short film, A Blessing from the Sea, which is making the rounds on the film festival circuit across North America and beyond.

On Monday Saltwater Films learned their screenplay for A Small Fortune has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Atlantic Film Festival. To be held in April, it is one of North America’s longest-running film festivals.
Next week, fellow production team members, Jason Arsenault and Jenna MacMillan, will be in France for a major festival.

“It’s a big opportunity and it’s nice to be recognized for the work we’ve put in, because it’s been a long time and we work hard at trying to get this project off the ground,” Perry said.

“Festivals are a good networking opportunity to put a face to a name,” he noted.

The proof -of-concept film was shot in the fall of 2016, primarily in West Prince. An Irish Moss harvester finds a boatload of cash. The cast included Lennie MacPherson, Bryde MacLean, Lennie Gallant, Jonathan Torrens and Joel Thomas Hynes.

Perry is hoping many of the cast members will appear in the feature film, but he admits some of those decisions could be left up to broadcasters and distributors.

He remains hopeful the movie will be shot in West Prince. “If we can swing it, that’s the plan,” he said.

A boatload of cash or, more specifically, financing, is still needed to move the movie forward.

“Financing is absolutely the big one. We’ve been, over the past two years, building relationships with broadcasters and distributors, because they’re important partners to bring to the table, as well, when making a feature,” he acknowledged.

“We’re right on track as far as what our plans have been from the get-go,” he said.

While there has been no commitment made at this point, Perry is encouraged the Provincial Government, through Innovation P.E.I. is showing interest in financing home-grown productions. He acknowledges Innovation P.E.I. assisted with the proof-of-concept.

As for the short film, once it has completed its Film Festival run, it will find a home on The Move Network for 18 months.

If filming goes ahead as planned this fall, Perry said A Small Fortune should be ready for the film festival circuit by summer-fall 2019, and theatrical release by 2020.

“It takes a lot of time,” he stressed.

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