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Lots of high-fives


When you  make a film, says Christian Sparkes, all you can really hope for is a good audience response. Awards and accolades are great, but out of your hands.

Jude (Percy Hynes White, left) and Ricky (Gavin Snow) gaze at the cave in a scene from “Cast No Shadow,” filmed on Bell Island. — Submitted photo

When you do get them — and when you’re placed alongside filmmakers such as David Cronenberg and Xavier Dolan — there’s no denying the feeling is pretty sweet.

“There were a lot of high-fives going around today,” Sparkes told The Telegram Tuesday afternoon, shortly after his first feature-length film, “Cast No Shadow,” was named a multiple award nominee for the Canadian Screen Awards (CSA).

The film garnered nods in the categories of Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Art Direction (for Xavier Georges), Achievement in Music — Original Score (Jeffrey Morrow) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Joel Thomas Hynes).

A coming-of-age story with a twist of fantasy, “Cast No Shadow,” which stars Percy Hynes White, has already earned a pile of recognition: last fall it swept the Atlantic Film Festival, winning no less than six awards. The film will be released in theatres in April.

“We’re over the moon about the Canadian Screen Award nominations,” said producer Allison White. “You work so hard on a film like this and it’s incredible for all involved to be recognized. All we want is to share the film with more people, and the CSAs will certainly help that endeavour.”

Locally connected film, TV and digital projects fared well in this year’s CSA nominations. Annual favourites such as “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and “The Rick Mercer Report” each garnered three nominations, while “Murdoch Mysteries,” which stars local actor/comedian Jonny Harris, earned four.

Bob Cole is nominated again for Best Sports Play-By-Play Announcer for “Hockey Night in Canada,” and Discovery Channel’s “Cold Water Cowboys,” a reality show following six captains and their crews on fishing boats in Newfoundland, is nominated for Best Factual Program or Series.

“Don’t Drive Here” host Andrew Younghusband, music video producer Adam Penney of Heavy Weather and “Out With Dad,” a web series starring Labrador native Darryl Dinn, each earned a nomination, as did Shannon and Sophie Tweed-Simmons’ show “Shannon & Sophie.”

CBC’s “Here and Now” earned a nomination for Best Local Newscast, and writer-turned-filmmaker Kenneth J. Harvey is nominated for Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for “The Slattery Street Crockers,” which aired on NTV for 10 episodes last year. The TV show also starred Percy Hynes White.

“As with any nomination, it helps draw attention to what you are doing, which is, generally, a lonely existence as a writer,” Harvey said. “Hopefully, the nomination will help us make more episodes of ‘The Slattery Street Crockers.’”

Overall, Dolan’s film “Mommy” is leading the Canadian Screen Awards film nominations with 13, followed by Cronenberg’s satirical thriller “Maps to the Stars” with 11.

“Orphan Black,” a big winner at last year’s awards, is the forerunner on the TV side, with 13 nominations.

A short-lived glitch on the awards website Tuesday afternoon saw a winner identified in some of the categories.

The awards, which combine the former Genie and Gemini awards, will be handed out during a week of events starting Feb. 23 and ending with a live gala broadcast from Toronto March 1. For a complete list of nominees, visit fanzone.academy.ca.

 

 

Related links:

‘Cast No Shadow’ hits the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival

Diversity the key to making a living in the arts for ‘Slattery Street Crockers’ star Glenn Downey

 

 

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