Feature length comedy goes into production on PEI
Kuperman, a full-length indie comedy movie, goes into production on the Island in late Sept. Written by Jason Rogerson and Harmony Wagner of Charlottetown’s Periscope Pictures, Kuperman was selected by Telefilm Canada for a $120,000 production grant through the Micro-Budget Production Program. This 1.5 million dollar fund was designed to support emerging filmmakers from across Canada seeking to produce their first feature-length films, with an emphasis on the use of digital platforms for distribution and marketing.
Griffin Kuperman is the owner of a struggling comic book store in a small-town that he has never left. With a paralyzing fear of confrontation and travel, he is virtually invisible to the real world and copes by imagining a Superhero who has the guts to say the things he’s too afraid to say. When circumstances arise that could lead to him losing the store and his best friend, Kuperman has to snap out of his fantasy world, face his fears, and become his own hero to save the day.
“Superhero movies are so popular, we thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and feature the comic book enthusiast as the hero of the story,” says director Harmony Wagner. “In addition to the typical film festival scene, we’ll be showing the film at Comic Book Conventions across the continent,” adds producer Jason Rogerson. “We’d love to see Kuperman be the new ‘Anne’ by attracting a whole new demographic to visit the Island to check out our thriving arts and culture scene.”
The Periscope Pictures team sees launching a PEI Film, TV and Digital Media industry as a win-win situation. “We are incorporating existing works of Island artists and musicians into the film, as well as hiring them,” says Rogerson. “We want to promote growth for everyone,” adds Wagner. “We see this as an opportunity to showcase the beauty of this Island to entice visitors, but also to contribute to building an industry that will help young, creative people want to stay here. And to make people laugh!”
Starring Dylan Miller, who runs Lightning Bolt Comics by day, Kuperman will employ a cast and crew of 60 Islanders. Follow www.facebook.com/ kuperman movie and @kupermanmovie on Twitter for production reports, special footage, and news of the premiere in fall 2015.