TIFF Write Up

The Toronto International Film Festival has published write-ups of all of this year's films on their website. Check out the nice little synopsis and critique they give Cole here.

A brief snippet:

Cole is an intense and insightful drama from director Carl Bessai and writer Adam Zang. Bessai turns his lens from his typical urban setting to more rural surroundings, and finds both beauty and pathos. Using the town of Lytton as a character itself, Bessai paints an authentic and honest portrait of small-town Canadian life. He also coaxes stirring performances from his cast: de Klerk and McClure anchor the film with their casual intimacy, while Forrester makes a strong debut as the young Rocket. But most searing is the go-for-broke performance by Willett, whose riveting and at times terrifying Bobby embodies the film's tension between hope and despair.


TIFF Update

Vancouver Film School has done a brief profile about Cole and my plans for the Toronto International Film Festival here.

Here is a full synopsis
of all the Canadian films at TIFF from their official website. Just let me say that I am proud, as an American, to be included in the Canadian lineup. No schedule released as of yet.

Also, here is a link to the Province, which has a nice blurb about Cole and a great picture of Verne Troyer (also a fellow Michigander!) with Terry Gilliam.

Things are busier than ever in Rewrite Land. Getting a Northbridge draft ready to send out to the Titlecard guys tomorrow, and shoring up the first draft of my heist spec with fellow (I've used "fellow" twice already in this post-- I need a break from writing) VFS grad Sean Minogue (who also happened to write the brilliant VFS profile).

Time to get back to it...


Cole to Premiere at Toronto

Here we go... Cole has been officially selected to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Woot!

From writing a first draft in the rain in Vancouver, to working on dialogue on a train to Michigan, to finishing up a final polish on the drive home to Seattle... I officially have a written by credit premiering at TIFF. Crazy.

You can read a brief synopsis of the official selections in Variety (Variety!) here, where Cole and Carl Bessai get a nice little mention. You can also read a full selection of the films here.

I will post more as a schedule is published and more news released, but in the meantime you can still watch the Cole trailer here.