WIDC Feature Film SUCK IT UP Tapped for World Premiere at Slamdance Film Festival

WIDC Feature Film SUCK IT UP Tapped for World Premiere at Slamdance Film Festival

Suck It Up: 1 of 5 Films, and only Canadian Film in the “Beyond” Program

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2016 – Toronto, ON; Suck It Up, the second feature film by WIDC alumna director Jordan Canning (We Were Wolves, TIFF’14) will have its World Premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, taking place in Park City from January 20-26, 2017.

The film will be screened in the Beyond program, which showcases bold and daring films from emerging filmmakers working beyond their first features. Suck It Up is one of only five films in the Beyond program, and the only Canadian film in that section.

Suck It Up is a female buddy film about loss, grief and the tenacity of friendship. Ronnie (Grace Glowicki) and Faye (Erin Carter) have been best friends forever. Ronnie’s brother – and Faye’s first love – Garrett has just died of cancer, forcing both women to redefine their lives without him. For Ronnie, this means an epic drinking spree. For Faye, this means taking care of Ronnie.

The film also features Dan Beirne (Fargo Season 2), Michael Rowe (Arrow) and Toby Marks (Hourglass).

Suck It Up was awarded the 2015 Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award (WIDC), and secured a broadcast license from The Movie Network and significant private investments from The Harold Greenberg Fund and the Alberta Media Production Grant.

Filming took place in May 2016 in the Rocky Mountains of Invermere, British Columbia.

About Jordan Canning
Jordan Canning has directed more than a dozen short films that have played at festivals all over the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. Jordan directed all twenty-three episodes of the IPF-supported web series Space Riders: Division Earth for CTV.ca. The show won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series and four Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Director. She recently made her foray into television, directing on Saving Hope (CTV) and This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC). Her first feature, We Were Wolves, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. www.getsetfilms.com

About Erin Carter
Erin studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, the Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory and The Upright Citizens Brigade. Her film acting credits include the short Setup, Punch which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and BONFIRE, which she starred in, wrote, and produced. Carter is represented by Meagan Allison-Hancock of Amanda Rosenthal Talent Agency in Toronto.

About Grace Glowicki
Grace Glowicki is an Actor / Writer / Director / Producer. She won a Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for her role in Her Friend Adam. She was named one of the 2016 TIFF Rising Stars, and was part of the 2015 CFC Actor’s Conservatory. She has starred in numerous films that have played at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Slamdance. She recently performed in Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley’s Telefilm Microbudget Cardinal , and Jordan Canning’s Suck It Up, which she also co-created and Executive Produced. Grace has directed numerous short films and recently premiered QUEEF, which she wrote/directed, at the Heart On Feminist Film Festival. Grace’s last project was acting in Paper Year opposite Eve Hewson (The Knick / Robin Hood)

About Shut Up & Colour Pictures
Production Company Shut Up & Colour Pictures is a Halifax, Nova Scotia based boutique production company. Helmed by Jason Levangie and Marc Tetreault, S&C Pictures has parlayed success in creative commercial production into the development and production of feature films, television and web series. Suck It Up is their second feature film to go to camera. Their first produced feature was the Spanish-language, festival-tested Saudade, which recently sold to STARZ. S&C Pictures is currently developing several feature films including Melting  and Camp Golem.

About Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC)
Founded in 1997 by an initial collaboration among ACTRA, The Banff Centre and Women In Film & Television Vancouver, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) is an internationally respected Canadian professional development offering, specially designed to advance the skills, careers and screen projects of mid-career women directors through intensive workshops, out reach initiatives, and awards. Operated by a national non-profit society, with major support from Telefilm Canada, Harold Greenberg Fund, William F. White Intl., with the participation of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Tattersall Sound & Picture, SIM Digital, Clairmont Camera Film and Digital, Panavision Canada, Deluxe Entertainment Group / Encore Vancouver, Technicolor Toronto, Skylab HQ, White Hart Post, Falling Steps, North Shore Studios, The Bridge Studios, Vancouver Film Studios, The Research House, Descriptive Video Works, Front Row Insurance, MELS,

WIDC is also supported by the financial participation of Actra Fraternal Benefit Society, UBCP/ACTRA, ACTRA Alberta, IATSE 669, Independent Production Fund, Creative BC, BC Arts Council, and TELUS Optik Local, and community collaborators like 1st Weekend Club, Canada Screens, Crazy 8’s, WIFT-Toronto, St John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Female Eye Film Festival, Vancouver International Women In Film Festival, TIFF, Whistler Film Festival. www.widc.ca

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For further information:
Marc Tetreault | tetreault.marc@gmail.com | 902 818 3767
Jordan Canning | jordan@getsetfilms.com | 647 269 5436
Carol Whiteman | carol@widc.ca | 778-809-0747

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About the Author:

Best known as the producer and co-creator of the internationally respected Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC) program, Carol’s passion for creating space for authentic creative voice to thrive has been recognized by two Governor General’s award nominations and multiple awards for promoting women’s equality in Canada’s screen industry including WIFT Toronto’s Crystal Award for Mentorship and WIFT Vancouver’s Woman of the Year. A respected moderator and facilitator, with over twenty years experience, Carol has presented at international conferences and women's film festivals in Canada, New Zealand and Israel. Carol is completing her doctorate in Transformational Change at Simon Fraser University. One of her papers on 'A space for confidence: Exploring WIDC' was published in the book "About Directing" edited by Anna Migliarisi (2014).