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EMAfilms and Filmoption International Announce the Production of SLAXX

Principal photography on SLAXX, a slasher movie co-written and directed by Elza Kephart, will begin this coming February 12 in Montreal, and will wrap on March 10.

Romane Denis has been cast in the lead role, playing Libby. Nominated for an IrisAward as Breakthrough Artistin 2018, Romane is known for her performances in Slut in a Good Way, Les Salopes or The Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin, and Les pays d’en haut. Sehar Bhojani (The Handmaid’s Tale, Sex and Ethnicity) plays Shruti, Brett Donahue (Bad Blood, Radius) and Stephen Bogaert (It, X-Men: Apocalypse) will portray Harold Landsgrove, the owner of the clothing store.

When a mild-mannered idealistic cashier of a trendy clothing store witnesses the grisly deaths of her co-workers at the hands (legs?) of a possessed pair of designer jeans, she must get to the bottom (ass?) of what’s driving SLAXX and try to stop the slaughter.

“I am so excited to shoot SLAXX in 2019! This is an idea co-writer Patricia Gomez Zlatar and I came up with in 2001- (yes that’s right 2001). 18 years later and here we are, fully funded and with a great cast and crew. SLAXX taught me a very important lesson: NEVER GIVE UP!” exclaimed Elza Kephart.

SLAXX was selected for the 2016 Fantasia Frontières Co-Production Market as part of Directed by a Woman pitch session – this is where Anne-Marie met Elza and Patricia. The film is backed by SODEC, Telefilm Canada, tax credits and private financing from Executive Producer Shaked Berenson through his financing and producing outfit Entertainment Squad.

Elza Kephart, Director and Co-Writer, is a graduate of Emerson College and Canadian Film Center’s Director’s Lab. Elza directed her first feature film, Graveyard Alive – A Zombie Nurse in Love, in 2003. The film screened in over 20 festivals around the world, including Fantasia and Fantasporto, and winning the Kodak Cinematography Award at the Slamdance Film Festival. Her second feature, Go in the Wilderness, premiered at Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.

Patricia Gomez Zlatar, Co-Writer and Producer is Elza’s long-time accomplice. She produced her first two feature films Graveyard Alive – Zombie Nurse in Love and Go in the Wilderness. She now produces under her company Head on the Door Productions.

Anne-Marie Gélinas, Producer of Turbo Kid (winner of the 2015 Saturn Award for best foreign film), Radius and Mars and Avril. She is the founder of EMAfilms, a production company celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with the release of two independent films, Lepage au Soleil and Third Wedding.

Shaked Berenson, Executive Producer. SLAXX will be Shaked’s third collaboration with Anne-Marie after Turbo Kid and Radius, both were sold to Netflix after a limited theatrical release. Other cult hit horror-comedies produced by Shaked Berenson include Tales of Halloween and Big Ass Spider!

Shaked Berenson, Executive Producer. SLAXX will be Shaked’s third collaboration with Anne-Marie after Turbo Kid and Radius, both were sold to Netflix after a limited theatrical release. Other cult hit horror-comedies produced by Shaked Berenson include Tales of Halloween and Big Ass Spider!


Social Media

Twitter and Instagram   @SLAXXMovie

Hashtags                        #SLAXXMovie   #EMAfilms

Facebook                       facebook.com/SLAXXMovie/

YouTube                       youtube.com/EMAfilmsQuebec


Short summary for social media:
When a possessed pair of jeans begins to kill the staff of a trendy clothing store, it is up to an idealistic young salesclerk to stop its bloody rampage.

Filmoption International, Canadian Distributor
Established in 1979, Filmoption International acquires and sells a wide range of feature films, documentaries and television programs for both national and international markets.

Entertainment Squad, Financing
Entertainment Squad’s mission is to create and distribute content with strong role models and positive values.