Media Advisory - Odeon Films' award-winning RADIANT CITY explores issues surrounding suburban sprawl in Canada

    New feature documentary looks at the social, economical and
    environmental impact of the nation's booming suburbs.

    "A funny, astute and more than slightly unsettling portrait of the drive-
    through life."
    Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - RADIANT CITY, a new documentary feature from
filmmaker Gary Burns and CBC Radio journalist Jim Brown, explores life in
Canada's booming suburban municipalities. Opening in theatres on March 30th,
the film questions the impact and sustainability of the population surge just
outside the country's major metropolitan centres. According to recently
released results from the 2006 Census, Canadians are being lured to the
suburbs by larger homes and more affordable living, but at what cost?
    Sprawl is eating the planet. Across the continent the landscape is being
leveled, blasted clean of distinctive features and overlaid with a zombie-like
monoculture. Politicians call it growth. Developers call it business. The Moss
family, the subjects of RADIANT CITY, calls it home. As suburban communities
are examined and criticized by a chorus of experts, including James Howard
Kunstler (author, The Geography of Nowhere), Joseph Heath (associate professor
in the Department of Philosophy at U of T, co-writer of the bestseller, The
Rebel Sell), urban planner Beverly Sandalack and Ken Greenberg (former
Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto), filmmakers
Burns and Brown peer into the windows and lives of those who call suburbia
home. Rummaging through a toy box of cultural references, from Jane Jacobs to
The Sopranos, they create a provocative reflection on why we live the way we
do. Venturing into territory both familiar and foreign, they turn the
documentary genre inside out, crafting a vivid account of life in the Late
Suburban Age.
    RADIANT CITY was an official selection at the Toronto International Film
Festival(R), Calgary International Film Festival and Vancouver International
Film Festival (VIFF) in 2006. It was awarded a Special Jury Prize at VIFF and
was named one of the year's best films as part of the Canada's Top Ten list.
    For more information on RADIANT CITY, visit To
request an interview with filmmakers Gary Burns and Jim Brown, contact Barb
Matheson at
    RADIANT CITY is distributed in Canada by Odeon Films, a division of
Alliance Atlantis(*) Motion Picture Distribution. The film was produced by Burns
Film Ltd. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada.

    (*) "Alliance Atlantis" with the stylized "A" design is licensed from
Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc., an indirect partner of Motion Picture
Distribution LP, not a general partner.

For further information:

For further information: Barb Matheson, Odeon Films,, (416) 934-6956

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