This year, that milestone just might be having a film shot in Sudbury featured at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the largest film festival in the U.S.
The film premiered at a Midnight Madness screening on Jan. 25 at Sundance and an early review from Screen Daily plays up the film's deft directing and writing, hallucinogenic cinematography and strong performances.
The pre-party for Antibirth attracted a good crowd, who were treated to a performance from rapper Nas. The screening itself attracted people like actor Maya Rudolph, comedian Nick Kroll and actor Jason Ritter.
For David Anselmo, CEO of Sudbury's Hideaway Pictures and Northern Ontario Film Studios, one of the producers of the film, having a local film at Sundance validates the skill and talent of Greater Sudbury's film sector.
"It was a great experience to represent Northern Ontario and Canada at this major international festival," he said today in a message to Northern Life. "Very proud of the whole team involved, especially all the northern talent that contributed to the project.
"It shows how talented we really are."
He said the premier of Antibirth attracted several A-listers and everyone seemed to enjoy the film.
The horror film is director Danny Perez's debut feature. It's a tale of illegal drugs, strange pregnancies and weird experiments. Screen Daily reviewer Kim Newman called it "intentionally ramshackle and hallucinatory ... highly crafted and unsettling."
"A seam of good character acting runs through the outrageous horror, and the promising Perez works hard to ground the flights of fancy in credible low-life excesses," Newman said.
Look for a Sudbury screening of Antibirth in the near future.
Production detailsProduction Companies: Traverse Media, Hideaway Pictures, Culmination Productions, Green-Light International, Timshel Pictures, WeatherVane Productions
International Sales: GreenLight International
Producers: David Anselmo, Justin Kelly, Natasha Lyonne, Roger M. Mayer, Cole Payne
Executive Producers: Tommy Ardolino, Lee Broda, Tim Burke, Tom Butterfield, Jeff Elliott, Anders Erden, Jeremy Loethen, Ben McConley, Chad Moore, Jeff Rice, Gregory P. Shockro, Jason Van Eman, Rob Weston
Co-Producer: Veronica Radaelli
Screenplay: Danny Perez
Cinematography: Rudolf Blahacek
Editor: Aden Bahadori
Production Designer: Peter Mihaichuk
Main Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly, Mark Webber