Canadian Comedies to Hit U.S. Theaters This Fall

Megan Raney Aarons
'Being Canadian'

A program, sponsored by Telefilm Canada, will feature two classics: Denys Arcand's 'The Decline of the American Empire' and John Paizs' 'Crime Wave.'

Telefilm Canada is bringing "Canada Cool," a film series of 10 new Canadian comedies and two classic films, to U.S. theaters in the fall.

The films, selected by the Museum of Modern Art’s former senior curator of film Laurence Kardish, will initially be offered in theaters in New York and Los Angeles before expanding to additional U.S. markets.

The two classic films include Denys Arcand’s The Decline of the American Empire and John Paizs Crime Wave. The new films range from Robert Cohen’s documentary Being Canadian, which had its premiere at the recent Hot Docs film festival in Toronto, to Maureen Bradley’s transgender romantic comedy Two 4 One.

"Being aware that Canadian humor has contributed to American film, from Mack Sennett’s Keystone Cops to the shenanigans of Seth Rogen, I was delighted to organize a series of recent Canadian comedies alerting Americans that a new cultural front was imminent," Kardish said. "This initiative highlights clever, lively and mischievous filmmakers from all regions of Canada who believe laughter helps us see more clearly, and whose irreverence both delights and instructs. Half are first features made by men, women and one self-described gender queer, and for variety’s sake, there is a documentary, a mockumentary and a crowd-funded animated feature. The films themselves may be wild or gentle, broad or subtle, but they all share ambitious originality."

Carolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada, said, "Canada Cool aims to create a networked exhibition space for yet undistributed or unreleased Canadian films by building a collaborative programming model that will increase the exhibition and appreciation of Canadian films with an audience that represents a vitally important portion of the film-going public in the U.S."

Distribution, marketing and publicity on the films will be handled by MJ Peckos and Steven Raphael.

The line-up of films follows:

Being Canadian directed by Robert Cohen

Animal Project directed by Ingrid Veninger

Asphalt Watches directed by Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver

Bang Bang Baby directed by Jeffrey St. Jules

Fathers and Guns (De père en flic) directed by Émile Gaudreault

Henri Henri directed by Martin Talbot

Relative Happiness directed by Deanne Foley

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows directed by Kris Elgstrand

Sunflower Hour directed by Aaron Houston

Two 4 One directed by Maureen Bradley

Crime Wave directed by John Paizs

The Decline Of The American Empire (Le Déclin de l’empire américain) directed by Denys Arcand

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