A local producer is having his film debut on the silver screen.
It was announced at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival industry awards reception Sunday, Sept. 15, that producer Chris Turner has been selected as the recipient of the First Feature Project for Lure.
The project is a collaboration between Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada.
The First Feature Project provides $120,000 in funding to support a writer-producer-director team to produce their first feature film.
“I am honoured to have been chosen for this award. I am looking forward to working with director Jesse Harley to bring Lure from script to screen,” said Mr. Turner. “I am also thankful to have the support of executive producer David MacLeod and line producer Craig Cameron throughout the process. We have a very talented team who are determined to make this film a success.”
Lure is a psychological thriller that follows the story of grad student Rebecca Markowitz. Rebecca is sent to a Nova Scotia prison to interview Eric Daltry, an Internet predator who has been accused of killing three women. As she probes into Daltry’s mind her education and personal life begin to crumble as she struggles with her own hidden demons.
“In our third year of the project it is encouraging to see the success of our past recipients, demonstrating this is an important program for developing Nova Scotia’s creative talent.” said Linda Wood, director, business and legal affairs, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia.
“The first film of this project, Roaming, opened this month at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and the 2012 recipient Bunker 6 debuted Saturday at the Atlantic Film Festival. We are excited for Lure join the list of First Feature Project successes.”
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. This collaboration provides a golden opportunity for us to discover new Canadian talent,” said Anne Frank, interim regional feature film executive, Atlantic Region, Telefilm Canada. “Mr. Turner presented a compelling and highly organized package to our team and we now look forward to seeing the film come to life.”
The First Feature Project was established in 2011.
Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loans, investments, programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.
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