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Rob Paris’ Los Angeles-based Paris Film and Robert Menzies’ Ottawa-based production company Zed Filmworks are partnering with Canadian real estate developer Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films to co-finance and produce a slate of films with production based in Ottawa.
The deal marks a reunion for the trio whose film February — from director Osgood Perkins and starring Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka and Lucy Boyton — will make its world premiere Saturday night at the Toronto Film Festival. Ghossein was the lead investor in the production.
The trio aims to make five films over the first two years. The first project out of the deal will be Trinity, which will be directed by actor-turned-helmer Chris Eigeman. Written by Eigeman, the story tracks the harrowing and life-changing experience of two brilliant young physicists recruited in 1943 from Columbia University to help build the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos.
Paris and Menzies will produce alongside Elana Krausz. Ghossein will executive produce. Producers are currently casting the film and are eyeing a January start.
Nadine DeBarros’ Fortitude International is handling foreign sales, whie UTA Independent Film Group is representing North American rights.
Paris will oversee acquisitions and packaging on the slate of films, while Menzies will oversee all aspects of physical production in the Canadian province.
“The recent experience we had in Ottawa on February was fantastic,” Paris said. “The infrastructure and crews are first rate, so it was a natural progression when the opportunity to build a slate and expand the relationship with Robert and Alphonse presented itself.”
Added Menzies and Ottawa Film Commission chief Bruce Harvey in a joint statement: “With so many productions coming to Canada and overcrowding happening in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, we want producers to know that Ottawa is a viable and attractive alternative for their projects.”
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