ANGEL ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES FIRST DAY OF PRODUCTION ON BIG MUDDY
Production has begun on theJefferson Moneo-helmed feature film, Big Muddy. An outlaw tale played out as a modern day murder ballad, Big Muddy follows Martha Barlow who must come to terms with her dark past after her teenage son commits a horrible crime. Along the way, she will ward off a crazed racehorse owner, reconcile with her estranged family, and reunite with Andy's dangerous and long forgotten father. Moneo's script took top honours at Columbia Film School this year, and has been winning praise from influential industry players in the US and Canada.
Cast in the role of Martha is Nadia Litz (The Five Senses, Blindness), who is joined by a stellar cast including James Le Gros (Point Break, Enemy of the State), Stephen McHattie(300, Watchmen), David La Haye (Timeline, The Red Violin), Rossif Sutherland(High Life, Copper), Justin Kelly (Maps To The Stars) and Holly Deveaux(Hemlock Grove).
Big Muddy is a co-production between Angel Entertainment Corp (Saskatoon), Coral Aiken of Aiken Heart Productions (Winnipeg/Toronto) and Moneo's Prowler Pictures (Saskatoon). The three last collaborated on Going South, the only Canadian short to be invited to Cannes last year.
The first week of shooting is scheduled in and around Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, followed by three weeks in Assiniboia and the Big Muddy district of southwestern Saskatchewan. Producer Bob Crowe of Angel Entertainment noted that this would likely be the last major production to take advantage of the tax credits in that province, which were cancelled by the government last year. "We were lucky to be 'grandfathered' under the former tax credit regime" Crowe said, noting that future productions had already been moved out of province.
Writer-Director Jefferson Moneo's two previous short films were shot in Saskatchewan, and were exploratory works for this Feature. Both short films were accepted into Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival (2011 and 2013). "Coming back to Saskatchewan to shoot Big Muddy is the culmination of four years of planning and hard work" said Moneo. "It's amazing to have access to facilities like the racetrack at Marquis Downs and the cinematic scenery of Saskatchewan's southwest." As Producer Coral Aiken noted, "The success of our two short films is due in large part to the beautiful landscapes and locations in Saskatchewan, and we are very excited to return to the province with the director's first feature film."
Big Muddy is produced with generous assistance from Telefilm Canada, CAVCO, SFETC, SaskFilm, The Harold Greenberg Fund, and is distributed by Union Pictures of Canada, In