Growing Old is Mandatory. Growing Up is Optional.
directed by James Genn
Opens in Toronto May 31
Carlton Cinemas – 20 Carlton St.
Old Stock, directed by James Genn, is the 18th feature film produced through CFC Features, and is set to hit theatres May 31, 2013. Following in the successful footsteps of the CFC’s most recent feature, Molly Maxwell, Old Stock will open theatrically in Toronto at the Carlton Cinemas (20 Carlton Street).
Marking the feature directorial debut of James Genn, OLD STOCK follows Stock Burton (Noah Reid, Score: A Hockey Musical), a local legend. A monumental event from his past has frozen him, sent his family into a tailspin and pitted his small town against him. Now he’s simply chosen to drop out of life and ‘retire’, joining his recently separated grandfather, HAROLD, (Jack Daniel Wells, Magnolia) at the Golden Seasons senior’s home, where life is safe, comfortable and worry free with three delicious meals a day. But after two years of crokinole playing, pill-popping and blissful denial of his problems, Stock is forced to return to reality. Outside the safety of Golden Seasons, Stock’s past quickly catches up with him, and he knows he must finally face DAHLIA (Meghan Heffern, The F Word), the person who suffered most from Stock’s past mistake. With the help of PATTI, (Melanie Leishman, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil) a cute girl with a criminal record who recognizes all the good in him, Stock starts to muster the strength he needs to finally make things right. Along the way he must learn to look life in the eye, accept its imperfections, and re-open his heart for a chance to move on.
”This is such a fun film to watch,” said Justine Whyte, director of CFC Features and executive producer for Old Stock. “Noah Reid delivers an outstanding performance in the role of Stock Burton and I’m excited to finally share it with audiences on the big screen.”
The coming of age tale is produced by Geordie Sabbagh (‘08), co-produced by Derek Rappaport, edited by Kye Meechan (‘08), written by Dane Clark (‘08) and directed by Gemini and Genie Award nominee, James Genn (‘03). The film also stars Corinne Conley (Days of Our Lives). Distribution is being handled in Canada and internationally by Entertainment One.
Old Stock screened at several North American festivals including, Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Cinequest Film Festival. The European premiere is slated for later this year at the Zlin Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
The Lord Dufferin retirement home in Orangeville, Ontario played the backdrop for the film, with some of its residents acting as background performers. Considered ‘too racy’ of a story by other retirement homes, The Lord Dufferin was eager to lend a hand by loaning furniture for shoots occurring at other locations – adding an authentic, vintage vibe to the film’s endearing story.
Old Stock features an exciting soundtrack of Canadian artists that include Hey Rosetta!, Royal Wood, Maylee Todd, and The Haunted.
Celebrating 25 years, CFC accelerates the careers of the brightest talent in film, television, screen acting, music and digital media. A charitable organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada’s diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities, industry collaborations and creative partnerships for top creative content leaders. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country’s most creative ideas and voices to the world.
CFC Features is supported by Citytv and Entertainment One; development supported by Government of Ontario; production is supported by Astral’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central; distribution is supported by Entertainment One.