From a media release:
TheÂ Canadian Film CentreÂ (CFC) andÂ NetflixÂ are proud to announce the creators and TV series projects selected for the inaugural TV series portion of theÂ CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator, an individually tailored development initiative, which runs from September to November 2020.
The CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator is a three-month accelerator designed to offer advanced project development and workshopping support for the four selected TV series projects. Tailored to their specific creative and business needs, the Accelerator will see these creators and projects benefit from international creative and marketplace expertise and feedback from Netflix executives, as well as a range of additional industryÂ professionals, to help them elevate and amplify their original series on an international level.
MEET THE PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR TV SERIES PROJECTS:
Â Alter Boys
Creator/Writer: Jonathan Lawrence; Producer: Ryan Wilson Cooper
Format/Genre: Half-hour drama
Alter BoysÂ followsÂ a group of young men who are thrust into furtive practices of conversion therapyÂ inÂ an isolated camp veiled by the woods. The new camp directorâ€™s aggressive program leaves the men struggling to navigate one summerâ€™s haunting interplay of hope and ruin.
Jonathan LawrenceÂ is a Winnipeg-based Indigiqueer filmmaker and actor who has produced several award-winning short and feature films and has appeared on both stage and screen.Â Most recently, Jonathan is working to expand his latest short film into a limited drama series.Â Jonathan aims to create evocative work that draws on a distillation of human vulnerability and brokenness amid visceral landscapes and the beauty therein.
Creators/Writers: Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland
Format/Genre: Half-hour comedy/drama
Â #RELATIONSHIPGOALSÂ follows Keisha Winters, a relationship blogger, podcast host and artsy divorced mom, who lives with her supremely capable daughter, Kelly, and her very Jamaican mother, Althea. Together, these women represent three generations of Black girl magic â€“ all under the same roof, and all with strong opinions. About everything. Through the crazy stories that land in Keishaâ€™s inbox, to the guests on her podcast and her own complicated personal life, #RelationshipGoals explores the funny side of friendship, family, life and love.
Jennifer HolnessÂ is an award-winning writer, producer and director. She created the TV seriesÂ Shoot the MessengerÂ and the award-winning mini-seriesÂ GunsÂ for CBC. She has produced numerous docs, includingÂ StatelessÂ (PBS), which won the Hot Docs 2020 Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary. Her dramatic feature,Â Home Again, was nominated for two CSAs and earned her a DGC nomination for Best Directing. Additionally, Jennifer producedÂ Love, Sex and Eating the Bones, which won nine festival awards, including Best Canadian First Feature Film at TIFF 2003. Currently, she is directing the feature documentaryÂ Subjects of DesireÂ and is developing the drama seriesÂ Talk to MeÂ with BellMedia.
Sudz SutherlandÂ is an award-winning writer and director who has directed two award-winning features,Â Home AgainÂ andÂ Love, Sex and Eating the BonesÂ (Best Canadian First Feature Film, TIFF 2003), as well as more than 75 hours of television on shows includingÂ Batwoman,Â The Flash,Â Blindspot,Â Designated Survivor,Â Reign,Â Murdoch Mysteries, and many others. Additionally, SudzÂ co-created the seriesÂ Sheâ€™s the MayorÂ (VisionTV),Â Shoot the MessengerÂ (CBC) andÂ GunsÂ (CBC).Â He has won an International Emmy for his work onÂ The Phantoms, three CSAs for Best Direction and one CSA for Best Writing.Â Sudz is currently developing a drama series entitledÂ Talk to MeÂ with Bell Media, as well as a feature,Â Everything is Everything.
Creator/Writer: Faisal Lutchmedial
Format/Genre: One-hour sci-fi action/drama
The AgelessÂ is a serialized one hour sci-fi action drama that follows an elderly WWII vet, who, once transformed by an age reversal experiment back into his young Nazi fighting prime, sets out to dismantle a fascist cult of the eternally young.
Faisal LutchmedialÂ is a screenwriter who most recently wrote onÂ EndlingsÂ (CBC / Hulu) andÂ RansomÂ (CBS / Global). He was invited to develop his latest feature screenplayÂ The Voices InsideÂ at TIFF Writers Studio in 2019. Faisalâ€™s director credits include the shortÂ Useless Things, which won the Writers Guild of Canada English Script Prize at the Festival Nouveau Cinema Montreal, and the labour rights feature documentaryÂ My Cultural Divide.
Creator/Writer: Pat Mills
Format/Genre: One-hour comedy/drama
Taylor gets â€˜mistakenâ€™ for a girl on the first day of high school. Instead of correcting everyone, Taylor runs with it and learns first-hand what itâ€™s like to be a teenage girl â€“ but is the perception of their gender more accurate than what Taylor is prepared for?
Pat MillsÂ is a Toronto-based writer/director. His first feature,Â Guidance, was hailed as a â€œGrade Aâ€ comedy by the Los Angeles Times and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. His sophomore feature,Â Don’t Talk to Irene, won Best Comedy Screenplay at the Austin Screenplay Competition, and two Canadian Comedy Awards (Best Feature; Best Writing in a Feature), among other festival awards. Pat was named one of MovieMaker Magazineâ€™s 25 Screenwriters to Watch and was University of Torontoâ€™s Universal Studios Screenwriter-in-Residence in 2018/19. He is currently in post on the queer thrillerÂ The RetreatÂ (Alyson Richards Productions/Clique Pictures), and recently directedÂ Queens, a drag queen comedy series for CBC Gem.
The CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator is one component of the larger Netflix/CFC Global Project, which supports Canadaâ€™s traditionally underserved creatives, including Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), women, LGBTQ2S+, Francophone creators (French as a first language), and creators living with disabilities.
The two additional accelerators, the Calling Card and Marketplace Accelerators, are yearlong accelerators, which, to date, have supported more than a dozen projects, ranging from shorts to features and TV series. For more information on specific projects and participants, please visitÂ https://bit.ly/2SwOLkA.