August 20, 2007 - Principal Photography has begun on Paul Gross’ Epic Passchendaele. Blog Chronicling the Filming Process Also To Launch Today at www.passchendaelethemovie.com
Calgary – August 20th, 2007 – Rhombus Media, Whizbang Films, and Damberger Film and Cattle Company jointly announced today that principal photography on PASSCHENDAELE has begun in Calgary. Starring Paul Gross (Due South, Men With Brooms, Slings & Arrows) and Caroline Dhavernas (Breach, Hollywoodland), PASSCHENDAELE follows the fortunes of two people in love, caught in the vortex of great conflict. It is a story of passion, courage and dedication that will ignite in our youth an interest in this formative period in our nation’s history. Written and directed by Paul Gross, the film is produced by Niv Fichman, Rhombus Media, Frank Siracusa,Whizbang Films, and Francis Damberger, Damberger Film and Cattle Company. Today also marks the launch of the website and blog that will be updated regularly from the set of the film.
“The Battle of Passchendaele was one of the great crucibles of the First World War in which thousands of Canadians took part. My grandfather was one of them,” commented Gross. “His stories about the war have resonated throughout my life and it’s our hope that PASSCHENDAELE will ignite a similar interest and justifiable pride in the grit and valour of all the Canadians who fought for their country, contributing to the birth of the nation.”
This $20 million production will be shot entirely in Alberta over the course of 45 days and has been solely financed by Canadian sources relying on a combination of private investors and donors, corporate partners, and public funds, a unique model for Canadian films. The strength of the cultural and historical value of PASSCHENDAELE inspired a wide range of funders to attach themselves to this groundbreaking and universally appealing project that is certain to attract movie-goers in Canada and around the world.This project was made possible by the generous support of the Alberta Government which committed the leading contribution of $5.5 million to the project, combined withFederal funding from Telefilm Canada and support from the private media sector through contributions from Movie Central, The Movie Network, The Harold Greenberg Fund, and Canwest Mediaworks*. The production has also received generous support from individual private investors as well as sponsorship from CIBC.
The producers are working closely with The Dominion Institute to lead on an educational campaign and produce a comprehensive educational guide that will be mailed to schools across the country prior to the film's release. This will complement the website that will continue to be enriched and updated from this day forward. Other educational partners include The Canadian War Museum and The Museum of Regiments in Calgary. PASSCHENDAELE, an epic like no other in the history of Canada, is currently scheduled to launch nationwide on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2008 by Alliance Films.
For further information, please contact:
Penny, Media Contacts
Whizbang Films Inc.
Ph: 416 516 5899