Principal photography has begun on Paul Gross' epic Passchendaele



    BLOG CHRONICLING THE FILMING PROCESS ALSO TO LAUNCH TODAY AT
    WWW.PASSCHENDAELETHEMOVIE.COM

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    UNITED STATES/

    CALGARY, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Rhombus Media, Whizbang Films, and Damberger
Film and Cattle Company jointly announced today that principal photography on
PASSCHENDAELE has begun in Calgary. Starring Paul Gross (Due South, Men With
Brooms, Slings & Arrows) and Caroline Dhavernas (Breach, Hollywoodland),
PASSCHENDAELE follows the fortunes of two people in love, caught in the vortex
of great conflict. It is a story of passion, courage and dedication that will
ignite in our youth an interest in this formative period in our nation's
history. Written and directed by Paul Gross, the film is produced by Niv
Fichman, Rhombus Media, Frank Siracusa, Whizbang Films, and Francis Damberger,
Damberger Film and Cattle Company. Today also marks the launch of the website
and blog that will be updated regularly from the set of the film.
    "The Battle of Passchendaele was one of the great crucibles of the First
World War in which thousands of Canadians took part. My grandfather was one of
them," commented Gross. "His stories about the war have resonated throughout
my life and it's our hope that PASSCHENDAELE will ignite a similar interest
and justifiable pride in the grit and valour of all the Canadians who fought
for their country, contributing to the birth of the nation."
    This $20 million production will be shot entirely in Alberta over the
course of 45 days and has been solely financed by Canadian sources relying on
a combination of private investors, and donors, corporate partners, and public
funds, a unique model for Canadian films. The strength of the cultural and
historical value of PASSCHENDAELE inspired a wide range of funders to attach
themselves to this groundbreaking and universally appealing project that is
certain to attract movie-goers in Canada and around the world. This project
was made possible by the generous support of the Alberta Government which
committed the leading contribution of $5.5 million to the project, combined
with Federal funding from Telefilm Canada and support from the private media
sector through contributions from Movie Central, The Movie Network, The Harold
Greenberg Fund, and Canwest Mediaworks(*). The production has also received
generous support from individual private investors as well as sponsorship from
CIBC.
    The producers are working closely with The Dominion Institute, The
Canadian War Museum and The Museum of Regiments in Calgary to create a
comprehensive educational study guide that will be made available to schools
across the country prior to the film's release. This will compliment the
website that will continue to be enriched and updated from this day forward.

    PASSCHENDAELE, an epic like no other in the history of Canada, is
currently scheduled to launch nationwide on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2008
by Alliance Films.





For further information:

For further information: Penny McDonald, Whizbang Films, (416) 516-5899

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