After a well-received run at VIFF, Canadian indie film "Everything & Everyone" is pleased to be premiering the feature next in Toronto. The film will have a week long engagement at the historic and newly restored Projection Booth Theatre in from December 2nd to December 8th. The touching independent film was so anticipated at the Vancouver International Film Festival, it sold out advance tickets 22 days before its world premiere.
“Everything & Everyone” features an incredibly talented and highly respected cast that includes Leo Award winners Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary, Apollo 18), Gabrielle Rose (The Sweet Hereafter, Mothers and Daughters) and Chad Willett (Cole, Alive). Also featured are Chelah Horsdal (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Lane Edwards (Smallville).
Directed by award winner Tracy D. Smith and written/produced by award-winner Ian Tang, these Canadian talents represent two minority groups (Women and Asian) not often seen in the film industry. “Everything & Everyone” was shot in Maple Ridge, BC in 12 days in March 2011. The film was self-financed with a micro-budget as many donated their time and talent to bring the film to life. Post- production was completed in 3 months after filming, which is considered a phenomenal feat.
“Everything & Everyone” touches on the themes of dementia, bullying, finding your place in the world, self-loathing/self-love, and gay bashing. It masterfully balances both the humour and heartache we find in our every day lives. The film is a true rarity having demonstrated strong appeal and enjoyment for both straight and gay audiences all brought together by a female director and an Asian writer. The mature gay storyline has audiences laughing with them, not at them.
The Vancouver International Film Festival says: “Themes of love, loss, laughter and acceptance all intertwine within this impressive first feature script from Ian Tang. A compelling story and Tracy D. Smith’s skilled, sensitive direction allow the stellar cast to shine as a variety of relationships are explored including a heartbreaking love story between two men and a magical grandma and grandson dynamic...”
Ontario audiences will now have the chance to catch this much-talked about film, which not only features some of the biggest stars in Canada, but an important message for all of us as well.