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December 4, 2017 | Playback

Seven Canadian shorts added to Sundance lineup

Charlie Tyrell’s My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes and Michelle Latimer’s Nuuca made the cut, as well as a trio of NFB projects. Seven Canadian short films have been added to the lineup for Sundance Film Festival, including Charlie Tyrell’s My​ ​Dead​ ​Dad’s​ ​Porno​ ​Tapes​ and Diane Obomsawin’s I Like Girls. My​ ​Dead​ ​Dad’s​ ​Porno​ ​Tapes, […]

December 4, 2017 | Press Release

CANADIAN SHORT MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES TO DEBUT AT THE 2018 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

CANADIAN SHORT MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES TO DEBUT AT THE 2018 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL From Rising Toronto Director Charlie Tyrell Narrated by Wet Hot American Summer’s David Wain TORONTO (December 4, 2017) – It was today announced that My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, a short documentary directed by rising Toronto filmmaker Charlie Tyrell, has […]

November 14, 2017 | The Globe and Mail

Click, click, click: Three hot Canadian web series that require your attention

Watched online Filth City is clearly anchored in the arena of Fubar and Trailer Park Boys humour – on the surface dumb as a plank but alive with real mischief under that surface.

November 9, 2017 | The Eye Opener

Emmy-nominated Rye grads created a film about a crack-smoking mayor

Becoming award-winning and Emmy-nominated producers wasn’t part of their childhood dream. Matt King and Andrew Ferguson both went into different paths after graduating high school—King took human resources at University of Western Ontario, and Ferguson went to University of Guelph for theatre. But there was one thing that sparked an interest in both of them–television […]

October 16, 2017 | Ryersonian

Ryerson grads’ production company to première show about a crack-smoking mayor

LaRue Entertainment, a production company founded by two Ryerson alumni, will debut their new digital series on YouTube called Filth City on Nov. 5. The date also marks the four-year anniversary of Rob Ford’s admitting to smoking crack.

October 12, 2017 | Playback

In Brief: Tangent, LaRue, Reel One

LaRue Entertainment sets Canadian release date for Filth City LaRue Entertainment’s 12-part digital project Filth City (pictured) is set to premiere on YouTube in Canada on Nov. 5. The first five episodes will launch all at once, with remaining seven episodes rolling out daily. Written and directed by Andy King, the comedy/crime drama was recently […]

September 27, 2017 | Variety

Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Receive International Emmy Nominations

Short-Form Series : “The Amazing Gayl Pile”, LaRue Entertainment, Canada

September 27, 2017 | Playback

Banger, LaRue, Aetios, DCTV nab Int’l Emmy noms

DCTV, Banger Films, LaRue Entertainment and Aetios Productions are among 44 nominees for this year’s International Emmy Awards.

August 31, 2017 | Playback

Cameras rolling on more Gayl Pile

Production is underway on season four (10 x 10 minutes) of LaRue Entertainment’s The Amazing Gayl Pile.

August 10, 2017 | Playback

Studio+ acquires LaRue Entertainment’s Filth City

The deal sees the dark crime thriller heading to eight territories across Europe and South America, including France, Brazil and Italy.

August 8, 2017 | C21 Media

Studio+ moves to Filth City

Vivendi Group’s SVoD app Studio+ has acquired a dark political/crime comedy inspired by true events from Toronto-based LaRue Entertainment.

July 19, 2017 | Playback

Amazon acquires three seasons of Gayl Pile

Match made in heaven? The e-commerce giant picked up the series about a home shopping channel host for its U.K., German and Japanese Prime Video service. In a fitting pairing, home-shopping giant Amazon has acquired the streaming rights to LaRue Entertainment’s The Amazing Gayl Pile for its Prime Video platform in the U.K., Japan and […]

July 18, 2017 | C21 Media

Amazon adds The Amazing Gayl Pile

Amazon in the UK, Germany and Japan has picked up a digital series from Toronto-based LaRue Entertainment. The Amazing Gayl Pile follows a man who attempts to conquer the world of home shopping and was co-created by Brooks Gray and Morgan Waters. The show is available in Canada on CBC and in the US via […]

July 18, 2017 | TBI Vision

Amazon buys The Amazing Gayl Pile

LaRue Entertainment’s The Amazing Gayl Pile is now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK, Germany and Japan. The Amazing Gayl Pile, which began life as a web series on Sarah Silverman’s online channel Jash, is billed as “one man’s misguided quest to conquer the world of home shopping”. Pile (Morgan Waters) ekes […]

July 16, 2017 | The Gazette

Western alumnus Matt King gets honest about life post-grad

Want an honest take on what chasing your dream job after university is like? Listen to what Matt King, president and producer of LaRue Entertainment, has to say. The Western University grad is based out of Toronto and has produced music videos alongside Feist and Kevin Drew as well as award-winning comedy series including The […]

March 24, 2017 | The Toronto Star

Less sweetness, more savagery in film version of Rob Ford story

Actor Pat Thornton does what the Toronto police could never do. He nails Rob Ford, providing a chaotic and quite perfect impersonation of the late mayor of Toronto.

March 24, 2017 | Toronto Life

How true to life is Filth City, the Rob Ford–inspired film? We found out

Filth City, a controversial crime comedy premiering this Saturday at the Canadian Film Festival, chronicles the misadventures of Mayor Tom Hogg (Pat Thornton), the corrupt, drug-addled boss of the fictional city of York.

March 22, 2017 | Playback

The Amazing Gayl Pile wins the SVOD pitch game

How LaRue Entertainment built an audience for its oddball comedy before bringing NBCUniversal and CBC into the mix.

March 22, 2017 | CBC

Filth City takes inspiration from Rob Ford to tell a story about power

“Everyone’s congratulating me on getting threatened,” Andy King says, with a laugh. The reason behind King and comedian Pat Thornton’s onslaught of online threats is because of their latest film, Filth City.

March 21, 2017 | One Movie, Our Views

Previewing the 2017 Canadian Film Fest

Things will close on Saturday night with the premiere of the already hyped “Rob Ford movie” Filth City, which sold out right away.

March 20, 2017 | Now Magazine

The Canadian Film Festival levels up and embraces Filth

You’ve likely heard a little about Filth City (Saturday, 8 pm) already; as soon as it was announced as part of the festival lineup, Doug Ford started whining on local television about how Andy King’s satire – conceived and produced as a 12-part web series but repackaged as a two-hour feature – mocks his late […]

March 17, 2017 | Now Magazine

We’re screening the Rob Ford movie Filth City – for free

Hot on the heels of a sold-out screening at Canadian Film Fest, we’re showing the controversial film at The Royal

March 10, 2017 | Playback

LaRue, Felix & Paul win gold at CSAs

LaRue Entertainment’s The Amazing Gayl Pile was the big winner at the Academy of Canadian Television and Cinema’s digital and immersive storytelling gala, picking up prizes for Best Original Series produced for Digital Media – Fiction and the Best Direction in a Series Produced for Digital Media.

March 10, 2017 | Yahoo

CBC web series score wins as Canadian Screen Awards celebrate all things digital

Morgan Waters, its star, called the double-win “kinda cool.” “I feel like all the time spent in the editing room and smoking pot and laughing at our own stuff now results in this,” he said. “We were already having fun and now this is kind of, it’s a nice bonus.”

March 9, 2017 | VICE

We Talked to the Director Whose New Movie Has Left Rob Ford’s Family Furious

‘Filth City’ filmmaker Andy King talks about Toronto’s strange times, being called a “scumbag” by Doug Ford, and the everlasting legacy of the late mayor.

March 9, 2017 | Big 101.1

Rob Ford inspired film ‘Filth City’ features crack-smoking mayor: Co-writer Danny Polishchuk talks with BIG Mornings

Comedian, Actor and co-Writer Danny Polishchuk joined BIG Mornings with Kris & guest co-host Pete Smith to talk about his film ‘Filth City’ which is loosely based on the Rob Ford crack-video scandal.  It’s created headlines recently after Doug Ford on CP24 said the ‘makers of Filth City shouldn’t cross the street when he is driving […]

March 8, 2017 | Global News

‘Filth City’ movie inspired by ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s crack scandal

A movie titled Filth City, closing out this year’s Canadian Film Fest, looks to be inspired by the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his crack scandal. The movie poster for the film shows a Rob Ford lookalike named Mayor Hogg, played by Kingston, Ont.-born actor Pat Thornton, smoking a pipe under a banner which reads “The crime rate […]

March 8, 2017 | CP24

Ford says maker of ‘Filth City’ shouldn’t cross the street when he is driving down road

Former city councillor Doug Ford made a veiled threat at the makers of a new film that’s loosely based on the late Rob Ford’s crack video scandal on Wednesday, suggesting that they shouldn’t cross the street when he is driving down the road.

March 8, 2017 | Yahoo News

Doug Ford slams ‘scumbags’ behind movie inspired by Rob Ford’s crack scandal

The Canadian-made film Filth City is supposed to be a dramatic re-telling of the former mayor’s highly-publicized crack cocaine scandal and the media circus that surrounded it. The movie is set to be released on March 25, three days after the one year anniversary of Rob Ford’s death, and not everyone seems ready to take a walk down memory lane with […]

March 8, 2017 | The Hamilton Spectator

“Scumbags:” Doug Ford calls movie based on Rob Ford scandals ‘hurtful’

Former city councillor Doug Ford said the movie loosely based on the life of his late brother Rob Ford is “hurtful” and called the people behind the film “scumbags.” Speaking to Newstalk 1010’s Rush with Ryan Doyle and Jay Michaels program Tuesday, Ford called the film Filth City “a joke.” “It’s not even accurate, even […]

March 8, 2017 | 102.1 The Edge

‘Filth City’ Is Inspired By The Late Rob Ford’s Crack Video Controversy

The trailer for a new movie called “Filth City” was released March 1st and its generated quite the conversation in the GTA.

March 8, 2017 | 103.1 Fresh Radio

‘Filth City’ movie inspired by ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s crack scandal

A movie titled Filth City, closing out this year’s Canadian Film Fest, looks to be inspired by the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his crack scandal.

March 8, 2017 | The Morning Show

Filth City: The Rob Ford Movie

A new movie based on the Rob Ford crack scandal is set to premier on March 25. But is the film in bad taste?

March 7, 2017 | 24 Hour Toronto

Movie inspired by Rob Ford crack video

Rob Ford probably would have laughed his head off. But not everybody is laughing. The movie poster for the movie, Filth City, shows a Rob Ford look-a-like, named Mayor Hogg, smoking a pipe under a banner which says: “The crime rate is high, so is the mayor.”

March 7, 2017 | Canoe

Movie ‘Filth City’ inspired by Rob Ford crack video

Rob Ford probably would have laughed his head off. But not everybody is laughing. Inspired by the former mayor’s crack scandal, it’s a new Canadian-produced movie, which will premier March 25 at the Scotiabank Theatre. The movie trailer boasts it was “inspired by true” events and has a classic line: “There’s a video of the mayor […]

March 7, 2017 | The Toronto Star

Doug Ford calls movie based on Rob Ford scandals ‘hurtful’

The trailer for “Filth City” a movie about “Tom Hogg,” the drug-addicted mayor of the fictional city of York, is out now. The film is set to premiere in Toronto later this month.

March 7, 2017 | City News

Movie based on Rob Ford’s crack scandal made by ‘scumbags’ says Doug Ford

Doug Ford is the calling the makers of an outlandish dark comedy about his late brother’s crack video scandal “scumbags.”

March 7, 2017 | Newstalk 1010

WATCH: DOUG FORD CALLS DARK COMEDY BASED ON HIS BROTHER, “DISGUSTING”

Doug Ford isn’t mincing words. He calls the makers of a movie, loosely based on his late brother, “scumbags.” The dark comedy, Filth City, is set to debut on the closing night of Canadian Film Fest on March 25th.

March 7, 2017 | ET Canada

New Movie Satirizes Late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Crack-Smoking Scandal

An out-of-control mayor will stop at nothing to extricate himself from scandal when when video surfaces that shows him smoking crack. Not only was that the real-life story that played out with former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, it’s also the plot of an upcoming movie called “Filth City”.

March 7, 2017 | 680 News

Movie based on Rob Ford’s crack scandal made by ‘scumbags’ says Doug Ford

Doug Ford is the calling the makers of an outlandish dark comedy about his late brother’s crack video scandal “scumbags.” In an interview with CityNews on Tuesday night, Ford also called the timing of the film’s release — just days after the first anniversary of Rob Ford’s death — “tasteless.”

March 7, 2017 | blogTO

Someone made a movie based on the Rob Ford crack scandal

The putatively dark comedy directed by Andy King shows a power hungry mayor wrapped in controversy who will stop at nothing to make sure the video of him smoking crack doesn’t get into the wrong hands. Based on the trailer, the movie looks entirely outlandish, but we’ll reserve judgment until it’s actually been screened.

March 7, 2017 | Daily Hive

There’s now a major motion picture inspired by the Rob Ford crack scandal

While we may never know the whole story, this soon to be released dark comedy crime story from filmmaker Andy King will certainly resonate with residents in The 6ix.

March 7, 2017 | Winnipeg Sun

Movie inspired by Rob Ford crack video

Rob Ford probably would have laughed his head off. But not everybody is laughing.

March 2, 2017 | Indiewire

Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Special Presentations, AFI FEST Dates 2017 Festival and More

The festival will close with Andy King’s dark comedy crime story “Filth City,” which stars Melinda Shankar, Melanie Nicholls-King, and Siobhan Murphy.

February 27, 2017 | Canadian Film Fest

Canadian Film Fest Announces The 2017 Line Up

The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) today announced the line up for the 2017 festival along with news that it is expanding from four days to five…The festival will close with Andy King’s dark comedy crime story FILTH CITY that stars Melinda Shankar, Melanie Nicholls-King, and Siobhan Murphy. This year’s CFF will showcase a total of […]

February 27, 2017 | Vimooz

Slamdance Grand Jury Winner DIM THE FLUORESCENTS to Be Released in Canada

Dim The Fluorescents, the feature film debut of director Daniel Warth and producer Josh Clavir, and winner of the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize will be released in Canada by Films We Like.  The film will have a cross-Canada fall theatrical release, followed by a wide digital release targeting SVOD, streaming and airline […]

February 8, 2017 | Film Forward

Dim the Fluorescents | Slamdance 2017

Sharp yet ultimately poignant, Dim the Fluorescents won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the recent Slamdance Film Festival.

February 3, 2017 | CBC

How these Canadian filmmakers found hope and community in the mountains of Utah

This year, four Canadian filmmakers — Daniel Warth (Dim The Fluorescents, which won Slamdance’s top prize), Joyce Wong (Wexford Plaza), Adrian Murray (Withdrawn) and Jordan Canning (Suck It Up) — followed in the footsteps of the likes of Christopher Nolan, Lynn Shelton and Benh Zeitlin by having their early work screen at the fest.

February 1, 2017 | Tubefilter

‘The Bay,’ ‘The Amazing Gayl Pile’ Lead Nominees At 8th Indie Series Awards

Each year, the Indie Series Awards honor exemplary digital content creators who have succeeded despite working with limited budgets and committing to independent productions. The nominees for the 8th annual Indie Series Awards have been announced, with soap opera The Bay and oddball comedy The Amazing Gayl Pile leading the way. The Amazing Gayl Pile, which began […]

February 1, 2017 | Broadway World

8th Annual Indie Series Awards Nominees Revealed

The Amazing Gayl Pile led all comedies with 13 nominations. The series is joined in the Best Web Series – Comedy field by #Adulting, Break: The Musical, Fame Dogs, Grip and Electric, High Road, Keith Broke His Leg and The Pioneers. The Bay and The Amazing Gayl Pile each broke the previous record of 13 […]

February 1, 2017 | Indie Series Awards

Nominations Announced for 8th Annual Indie Series Awards

The Amazing Gayl Pile led all comedies with 13 nominations. The series is joined in the Best Web Series – Comedy field by #Adulting, Break: The Musical, Fame Dogs, Grip and Electric, High Road, Keith Broke His Leg and The Pioneers. The Bay and The Amazing Gayl Pile each broke the previous record of 13 […]

January 30, 2017 | The Film Stage

Dim the Fluorescents Slamdance 2017 Review

Winner of Slamdance’s Grand Jury Prize, Dim the Fluorescents is the kind of dynamic, entertaining debut feature that hopefully puts its cast and crew on the map. Taking place in the city of Toronto – which is currently going through its own indie cinema renaissance – director Daniel Warth and co-writer Miles Barstead have put together […]

January 27, 2017 | No Film School

‘Dim the Fluorescents’: The Corporate Training Seminar That Became a Slamdance Grand Jury Prizewinner

A struggling actress and an aspiring playwright reach for the sublime while performing workplace scenarios in this Slamdance 2017 Dramatic Grand Jury Prizewinner.

January 26, 2017 | Screen Magazine

Slamdance 2017 Winners

The Sparky Prize for Best Narrative Feature went to DIM THE FLUORESCENTS; directed by Daniel Warth, and written by Warth and Miles Barstead. “It’s empathetic, weird and insanely funny.” said Slamdance jurors. “This film delivers its crazy script with guts & panache. It’s a delight–beautifully executed and smart as a whip.”

January 27, 2017 | Playback

Canadians win at Slamdance

Toronto-based Daniel Warth won the Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival for his debut feature Dim the Fluorescents.

January 27, 2017 | Vancouver Sun

Crowdfunded Toronto film ‘Dim the Fluorescents’ wins prize at Slamdance film fest

Toronto director Daniel Warth’s crowdfunded comedy “Dim the Fluorescents” has won a top Sparky Award at the Slamdance Film Festival.

January 27, 2017 | Metro News

Crowdfunded Toronto film ‘Dim the Fluorescents’ wins prize at Slamdance film fest

Toronto director Daniel Warth’s crowdfunded comedy “Dim the Fluorescents” has won a top Sparky Award at the Slamdance Film Festival. Warth’s debut feature film, which made its world premiere at the fest, took the grand jury prize for narrative feature.

January 22, 2017 | Screen Anarchy

Slamdance 2017 Review: DIM THE FLUORESCENTS, Work is Theater

In the tradition of films that pull back the curtain on the inner workings of showbiz, writer/director Daniel Warth’s Dim The Fluorescents shows us the ins and outs of… corporate training seminars. It’s not the most exciting place to be, surely, but thankfully this movie has a bit more to say.

January 24, 2017 | Indie Wire

‘Dim the Fluorescents’ Exclusive Clip: Slamdance Comedy Offers a Wacky Lesson in Workplace Safety

Turns out, the entertainment industry is a tough one to break into — sorry for blowing your mind right now — but Canadian filmmaker Daniel Warth takes that tired old chestnut and turns it into something very fresh and funny with his Slamdance premiere “Dim the Fluorescents.”

January 26, 2017 | Variety

‘Dim the Fluorescents,’ ‘Strad Style’ Win Slamdance Awards (EXCLUSIVE)

Daniel Warth’s “Dim the Fluorescents” and Stefan Avalos’ documentary “Strad Style” have won the Sparky Awards for grand jury prizes at the 23rd Slamdance Film Festival.

January 17, 2017 | CBC

Orphan Black, Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience up for Canadian Screen Awards

The National Film Board of Canada, Vice Media, content studio Secret Location and digital production company LaRue Entertainment are among the leading creators in the digital categories.

November 29, 2016 | The Toronto Star

Slamdance Film Festival chooses 3 Canadian movies for feature competition

The Slamdance Film Festival has chosen three Canadian features to compete for prizes and honours at its 23rd edition Jan. 20-26 in Park City, Utah.

October 24, 2016 | TBI Vision

Newbie distributor Limonero snags Seeso series

Newly-created distributor Limonero Films has come back from its first MIPCOM with a deal for UK rights to The Amazing Gayl Pile.

October 14, 2016 | Playback

Deals: CBC, eOne, LaRue, Portfolio, Quebecor

Toronto’s LaRue Entertainment has secured a raft of deals for its short documentary I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!! … Company toppers Matt King and Andrew Ferguson will also be shopping the rights to the feature film and digital series Filth City at MIPCOM, alongside the first three seasons of The Amazing Gayl […]

October 14, 2016 | Playback

Cancon consultations roll through T.O.

Matt King, producer at LaRue Entertainment, also told Playback Daily one of the major talking points in his group was the need to invest more dollars, both domestically and internationally, in marketing Cancon.

September 30, 2016 | Playback

Deals: marblemedia, Seville, Quebecor, Blue Ant

With MIPCOM less than a month away, Blue Ant Media’s distribution arm, Blue Ant International, has announced the acquisition of 90 hours of unscripted content, including Canadian-produced series from Muse Entertainment, LaRue Entertainment and CMJ Productions II.

September 27, 2016 | Playback

Blue Ant acquires 90 hours of unscripted content

Blue Ant International, has announced the acquisition of 90 hours of unscripted content, including Canadian-produced series from Muse Entertainment, LaRue Entertainment and CMJ Productions II

August 25, 2016 | Splitsider

Witness the Majesty of Home Shopping in the Full Episode of Seeso Original ‘The Amazing Gayl Pile’

Dreams. Everyone has them. And that everyone includes Gayl Pile, host of the little-watched Ladies’ Power Hour on Home Shopping TV. Sure, right now he’s a depressed and underpaid pitchman for horrible beauty products. But like we said, he has dreams. Big dreams. He’s going to become the greatest television personality of all time.

August 5, 2016 | Flavorwire

This Week’s Top 5 TV Picks

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up?

July 27, 2016 | Star Tribune

Top TV picks for July 27: ‘The Amazing Gayl Pile’,…

Home shopper At some point, one of the comics being showcased on NBC’s streaming service Seeso is going to break big. Could it be Morgan Waters? The Canadian comedian gives it a shot with “The Amazing Gayl Pile,” playing a man driven to become TV’s No. 1 pitchman.

July 21, 2016 | Tubefilter

NBC’s Seeso Brings Back Oddball Comedy ‘The Amazing Gayl Pile’ (Exclusive Clip)

Since its launch at the beginning of 2016, NBCUniversal’s Seeso has put together a compelling lineup of original programming.

MAY 2, 2016 | Splitsider

Seeso Reveals Premiere Dates for Shows from Wyatt Cenac, Dan Harmon, and More

Seeso just announced a round of summer premiere dates for new shows, including…“The Amazing Gayl Pile” (10 episodes each) – Season 2 & 3 Premieres July 28

April 12, 2016 | the concordian

Ten big stories in a small package

In She Stoops to Conquer by Zack Russell, a struggling actress dons a mask for a talent show, and keeps it to go clubbing. There, she meets her doppelganger, and engages in a strange dance. Her identity begins meshing with the character she portrays, and the audience is left wondering who is really calling the […]

March 31, 2016 | The Fader

reys’ “Blown Out” Video Will Get You Thinking About Mental Health

Toronto punk band Greys have something to say. With guitar- and feedback-heavy arrangements and some shouting, Greys express their empathy through hard-hitting tunes like the ones on their upcoming record Outer Heaven, out April 22 on Carpark (in the U.S.) and Buzz Records (in CA).

March 14, 2016 | Broadcaster

Indie Producers Win Big at CSA

LaRue Entertainment’s She Stoops to Conquer won for best live action short.

February 21, 2016 | Broadway World

Seeso Invents a ‘Ha-Liday’ Fights Winter Blahs with Free 24-Hour Streamathon

Seeso, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprise’s new ad-free streaming comedy channel, has declared today, February 21 the “Day of Ha” – During “Day Of Ha,” viewers also will have the opportunity to catch the entire [first two seasons of] “The Amazing Gayl Pile,” for free.

February 9, 2016 |

Canadian shorts added to SXSW lineup

Sol Friedman’s Sundance-winner Bacon & God’s Wrath and Zack Russell’s She Stoops To Conquer are among the Canadian titles added to South by South West Festival’s shorts programs.

January 19, 2016 | ET Canada

2016 Canadian Screen Awards Nominees Announced

This year’s nominees for the Canadian Screen Awards have just been revealed, honouring the year’s best in Canadian film, TV and digital media. Best Live Action Short Drama – She Stoops To Conquer – Zack Russell

January 5th, 2016 | Playback

Bell Media names producer lab participants

LaRue Entertainment’s Matt King and Corvid Pictures’ Sarah Timmins are among the five participants in Bell Media’s third annual Executive Producer Accelerator Lab.

October 26, 2015 | She does the City

CBC – TRUE DATING STORIES

True Dating Stories: real people tell their funniest, wildest and most embarrassing dating stories that are recreated by local actors and comedians.

October 6, 2015 | CHCH

Hamilton is a favourite among filmmakers

The latest production to come to the Hammer is “Filth City”. Digital Canaries is the production company behind the film. The story is about a corrupt mayor who is swept up in a controversy than includes him smoking crack… Sound familiar? Writers Andy King and Danny Polishchuck say it’s a loose satire of the Rob […]

September 28, 2015 | CBC

Film crew out thousands after city double books Gage Park

[Andrew] Ferguson’s production company is shooting the majority of a new movie called Filth City in Hamilton, which is a fictional account of a crack-smoking mayor in a major metropolitan city.

September 9, 2015 | Now Toronto

Short Cuts 2015: Canadian Content

Zack Russell’s remarkable She Stoops To Conquer, which stars co-writer Kayla Lorette as a disguised cabaret performer who meets her doppelganger (Julian Richings) in a club, and just sort of goes with it.

September 9, 2015 | Daily Xtra

TIFF 2015 gay guide

This film takes its title from an Oliver Goldsmith play about an upper class woman who poses as a maid to win the affections of a wealthy young gentleman. But theatre director Zack Russell’s first film has seemingly nothing to do with the Anglo-Irish writer’s 18th century comedy. Inspired by Toronto comedian and star Kayla […]

September 8, 2015 | Way Too Indie

Short Cuts: 26 Amazing Shorts Playing at TIFF 2015

Julian Richings is one of Canada’s bottomless resources in Canadian film, and a classic definition of a great character actor. So it’s nice to see his distinct look and memorable presence used so well in She Stoops to Conquer, Zack Russell’s strange and beguiling short.

September 16, 2015 | Buzzfeed

22 CBC Shows Every Canadian Needs in Their Life

When it comes to dating, truth is stranger than fiction. [True Dating Stories] features real people who share their wildest and most embarrassing dating stories that will make you cringe and lol.

September 21, 2015 | Playback

Filth City Descends on Hamilton

Production is underway in Hamilton on Filth City, a dark comedy/crime drama produced by LaRue Entertainment in association with Super Channel. A half-hour making-of documentary, titled Blood, Net & Tears will be produced simultaneously with Filth City.

October 14, 2015 | Broken Frontier

I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!! – Debuting Today on Vimeo, Charlie Tyrell’s Short Doc Chronicles Reid Fleming’s Journey into Development Hell

There’s never been anything normal about Reid Fleming, the self-proclaimed world’s toughest milkman. From the time of his inception, David Boswell’s caustic, perpetually enraged working-class antihero has defied the odds, building a fierce cult following among fans and fellow creators.

June 3, 2015 | Variety

Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Kimmel in Lineup For Palm Springs ShortFest

The Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market announced its lineup Thursday, screening June 16-22 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.

June 4, 2015 | The Star

If Louis C.K. can do it, why not local comedians?

Comedians Andy King … and Danny Polishchuk wrote and star in Filth City, a gritty, dark and funny short film they created on their own for about $500 … Polishchuk … and King … have created is a nicely acted, tightly scripted short film called Filth City: Drug Squad, which would not look out of place on any […]

June 3, 2015 | Variety

Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Kimmel in lineup for Palm Springs Shortfest

The Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market announced its lineup Thursday, screening June 16-22 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. Titles include Ed Asner, Jonathan Demme, Matt Groening and Kevin Pollak in the documentary short “I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!”

April 29, 2015 | Vancouver is Awesome

The World’s Toughest Milkman DESTROYS the cover of the Georgia Straight!

This issue is [the Georgia Straight’s] 2,471st and on the cover this week is the DOXA Documentary Film Festival: Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman, crashes Vancouver; plus, films on Greenpeace, drones, and a fake Elvis.

April 4, 2015 | Steve Castellano

I Thought I Told You To Shut Up

I’ve just seen I Thought I Told You To Shut Up and it’s delightful, funny, sad, and packed full of cameos from a surprising number of extremely famous people who are all huge fans of David Boswell, many of whom attempted, in some capacity, to help a feature-length live-action Reid Fleming film make it to the big screen.

April 3, 2015 | Palm Beach Post

Palm Beach International Film Festival announces 2015 winners

Best Short Film: “I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!!,” directed by Charlie Tyrell. PBIFF says: “In the late ’70s David Boswell created Reid Fleming, the World’s Toughest Milkman, a comic book anti-hero and counter culture icon.

March 18, 2015 | Bell Media

Bell Media Congratulates Six Documentaries Announced for Annual Hot Docs Festival

Bell Media is pleased to announce that … two short films funded by BravoFACT, have been confirmed as official selections for the 22nd annual Hot Docs Festival … Includes Charlie Tyrell’s I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!!

March 3, 2015 | Culture Vulture

Five Shorts from SXSW 2015

David Boswell … achieved cult success with his indie comic “Reid Fleming, The World’s Toughest Milkman” in the 1970s, garnering influential A-list fans like SCTV’s Dave Thomas and “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening. Unfortunately, one Hollywood executive was not amused, blocking a big-screen adaptation of the project (while also retaining the rights to the property), leaving […]

March 2, 2015 | Playback

Inside the CSA’s best web series category

[The Amazing Gayl Pile]: A dive into the “dark world” of home shopping via the life of home shopping salesman Gayl Pile. [Objective is to] create a cinematic and dark comedy series blending melodrama with “reality” elements

October 16, 2015 | Playback

Deals: LaRue, HBO Canada CraveTV, DHX Media

The Amazing Gayl Pile, a 10 x 15-minute scripted series from LaRue Entertainment, has been picked up by NBCUniversal’s new comedy streaming service SeeSo.  The series, which stars and is executive produced by Morgan Waters and Brooks Gray, tells the story of a man’s journey to conquer the world of home shopping.

October 15, 2015 | Hollywood Reporter

NBCUniversal to Launch Comedy Streaming Service Seeso

[The Amazing Gayl Pile]: A scripted series about one man’s misguided quest to conquer the world of home shopping. Starring and executive produced by Morgan Waters and Brooks Gray.

July 9, 2014 | Splitsider

This Week in Web Videos: ‘The Amazing Gayl Pile’

When creators need real, they usually mine the improv set. Few have the cojones to stake their project’s success on a bunch of randos solicited on Craigslist, but The Amazing Gayl Pile creators Morgan Waters (Gayl Pile) and Brooks Gray are cut from a different cloth.

April 16, 2014 | Slate

Exclusive: Watch the Premiere of JASH’s Hilarious New Show The Amazing Gayl Pile

We couldn’t begin to spoil the show’s warped twists and turns, but Waters stars as the titular Gayl Pile, who shills hair extensions and leopard-print sleep masks as the effete host of Ladies Power Hour…In short, the show is a sort of Lynchian stew of the absolutely mundane and the totally horrific.

March 20, 2014 | Tubefilter

Jash Gets Weird(er) With ‘The Amazing Gayl Pile’

The Amazing Gayl Pile is produced by Toronto-based studio LaRue Entertainment. It centers on its titular character, who works as a salesman for a home shopping network.

March 24, 2014 | Playback

JASH picks up The Amazing Gayl Pile

Canadian web series The Amazing Gayl Pile has secured distribution through U.S.-based YouTube channel JASH and will premiere this April.

August 15, 2014 | Daily Xtra

Giving legendary face in She Stoops to Conquer

Julian Richings just has one of those faces. Maybe you recognize him as Hard Core Logo’s Bucky Haight or as the embodiment of death on Supernatural, but chances are you just know the veteran Canadian character actor as “that guy who’s in everything.”

September 12, 2015 | Toronto Film Scene

TIFF 2015 Review: She Stoops to Conquer

A woman (Kayla Lorette) performs as a drag king, dressed like an older man, but her performance doesn’t quite connect with her audience. She heads out to a bar where she spots a man (Julian Richings) who looks exactly like her. The two head back to the man’s house for an evening together. When the […]

September 9, 2015 | Wylie Writes

TIFF 2015: ‘She Stoops to Conquer’

TIFF’s short film programmes have always featured creative work made by gifted people. This year, Peterborough born filmmaker Zack Russell is one of those people.

September 11, 2015 | The Arts Guild

TIFF 2015: A Few Reasons To Put Your Focus on Short Films

TIFF is back, and with it a bucket load of films. TIFF is known for its spectacular programming line-up, each film with its own unique storytelling ability. However, to me, short films have always been my primary interest. Not because they are short, but the various things that short films accomplish that major feature films simply […]

June 5 2014 | Pitchfork

Kevin Drew and Feist Get Dance Lessons From Zach Galifianakis in Drew’s “You in Your Were” Video

Every music video could do with a bit of dancing, right? But as anyone who’s watched “Making the Band” knows, fancy footwork is tough business. So Broken Social Scene‘s Kevin Drew recruited an expert to assist in his video for the Feist-featuring Darlings cut “You in Your Were”.

June 5, 2014 | Roling Stone

Zach Galifianakis Choreographs Kevin Drew in ‘You in Your Were’

Zach Galifianakis knows there’s only one way to score a hit record these days: Make a music video with lots and lots of dancing.

June 5, 2014 | Stereogum

Kevin Drew – “You In Your Were” Video

For a certain sort of indie-rock fan — specifically people who were in college when Broken Social Scene’s You Forgot It In People came out, people like me — the sight of Kevin Drew and Leslie Feist playfully singing together in an empty ballroom is enough to make your entire week.