WolfCop the movie premieres in western Canadian theatres today and Vancouver indie producer CineCoup already green lit a sequel, with a shoot planned this Fall in Saskatchewan. The film’s release comes almost a year to the day that the Regina team won $1-million in production financing in CineCoup’s inaugural Film Accelerator.
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What is WolfCop? Dirty Harry ….but hairier? Filmmaker Lowell Dean’s Saskatchewan-made movie is about alcoholic cop Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) who blacks out one too many times and wakes up a raging werewolf. Half cop. Half wolf. All WolfCop.
What is the CineCoup Film Accelerator? 90 teams from every region in Canada submitted two-minute trailers and then began weekly filmmaker missions in March 2013 designed to help them package a pitch and build an early fan base with social media tools. Soon after, a trailer with clips from the entrants started a year-long run in 1200 Cineplex theatres nationwide. Over several rounds of fan votes, the 90 whittled down to ten in May 2013, with six of the finalists from Vancouver –Alien Abduction, Bad, Grade Nine, Scam, The Fall and The Mill and the Mountain.
The final five — Vancouver’s Alien Abduction, Bad and Grade Nine, Edmonton’s Uprising and Regina’s WolfCop — pitched to a panel of film industry professionals (including uber-Canadian filmmaker Robert Lantos) at the Banff Media Festival a year ago and WolfCop won the $1-million in production financing and guaranteed theatrical release. And now a sequel.