February 6th, 2012 18:58 EST
Moon Point, Directed by Sean Cisterna: Who Says Canadians Don`t Like Indie Films?
Who says Canadians don`t like indie films?
INDIECAN`s first release, Moon Point, directed by Sean Cisterna, opened this past weekend at AMC Y&D, to cheering fans, who helped make it one of the top 6 highest grossing films, out of 19, at the popular theatre venue. All to say, that Moon Point has now been brought back for a second week.
"I`ve been saying all along that Canadian indie films matter," says jubilant INDIECAN distributor Avi Federgreen, " and in reality its been proven that Canadian films matter by the response to Moon Point this past weekend."
Moon Point, directed by Sean Cisterna, is the story of Darryl Strozka, a socially awkward and ambitionless 23-year old who seems destined to live forever with his mother. As his cocky cousin Lars` wedding approaches, Darryl decides that the best way to prove to his family that he is not quite as worthless as they think he is, is to track down his elementary school crush, now an obscure B-movie actress shooting a horror film in Moon Point, and bring her to the wedding.
Darryl enlists his best friend, known affectionately as Femur, and travels hundreds of miles in a wagon hooked onto the back of Femur`s electric wheelchair. But naturally as tends to happen on such a quest, things don`t turn out quite as planned. Along the way, Darryl and his friends get shot at, track a banana to an AA meeting, and are the victims of theft by a karaoke competitor. For a while, it all seems hopeless. But in the end, things work out surprisingly well for our heroes and they come to find that in Moon Point, just like everywhere else, even losers deserve a little love.
Cisterna`s feature is written by Robert Lazar, produced by Cisterna and Christian Potenza, and executive produced by Avi Federgreen. The film also includes an assortment of popular Canadian actors in cameo roles, such as Art Hindle, Jayne Eastwood, Linda Kash, Laurie Elliott, Jessica Holmes, and James Hartnett, just to name a few.
Moon Point played the festival circuit with great success, showing at the Anchorage International Film Festival, at Cinefest in Sudbury, Edmonton International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, and the Film North Festival, where Moon Point won the People`s Choice Award. Moon Point is the first film to be distributed by INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT, a new distribution company introduced in November by veteran film producer Avi Federgreen.
INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT:INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT will focus on Canadian independent, low-budget (less than $1.25 million) films. As a distributor, Avi Federgreen plans to follow the same principle that earned him his reputation as a filmmaker; bringing Canadians films they want to watch. Aside from the traditional distribution route, INDIECAN will also lean heavily on digital delivery. INDIECAN will help films find more opportunities with audiences through TV, Netflix, iTunes, websites, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. INDIECAN`s vision is to not only support Canadian production but to encourage the viewing of Canadian films by Canadian audiences. As Federgreen says "Seeing Canadian films should be a regular occurrence and not a one-time event. We owe it to our industry, our culture, and our country."
Sincere thanks to Astral`s Harold Greenberg Fund for their financial support towards the theatrical release of Moon Point.
Nick McKinlay (Darryl)
Paula Brancati (Kristin)
Kyle Mac (Femur)
Kristen Gutoskie (Sarah Cherry)
Special Cameo Appearances by:
Christian Potenza, Jayne Eastwood, Linda Kash, Jessica Holmes, and Art Hindle