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Passover Prophet Wraps Principal Photography with Art Hindle Playing Prophet Elijah
Canadian Short Screenplay Competition winning script, ELIJAH THE PROPHET, brought to life by crowd-funding completes principal photography before Passover
The script, penned by Zachary and Jesse Herrmann of Brooklyn, New York, beat out over 500 other worldwide entries to take the grand prize for the 2010/11 Canadian Short Screenplay Competition.
‘Elijah the Prophet’ tells the comedic tale of Elijah, the pious, chummy and alcoholic prophet, whose yearly antics have graced Jewish households for ages as part of the Passover celebration. Unfortunately, not everyone understands that drunk driving for him is a divine right, which soon gets him in trouble with the law.
“The script uses the Jewish tradition of Passover to tell a story of lost innocence and the harsh realities of growing up. It does so with a hilarious, irreverent twist that gives it universal appeal," says Producer David Cormican. “It’s the moment when every kid realizes Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy or even the Easter Bunny aren’t real. That’s what drew me to this script”.
"This has easily been the best production I've ever been a part of,” shares director Cooper. “Our cast and crew were incredible and went beyond our wildest expectations at every turn".
The cast includes Gemini winner, Art Hindle (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Brood, Porky’s) in the title role as Elijah the Prophet. Melanie Nicholls-King (Rookie Blue, The Wire) and two-time Emmy Award nominee Tonya Lee Williams (Young & The Restless, Poor Boy’s Game) play Officer Walker and Officer Jackie Calvert, respectively. Gemini nominated funny man, Carlos Diaz (Rent-a-Goalie, Cra$h & Burn), also lent his comedic chops to the short film playing Brian Levy.
Director of Photography for the shoot was Alwyn Kumst (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Highland Gardens).
For more information on the project, visit http://www.IBelieveInElijah.com.
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The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition, administered by Year of the Skunk Productions, and established in 2008, is the premiere script contest for short film screenplays. CSSC is the single-most competitive, prestigious, short screenplay festival in Canada, winner of the 2010 Canadian Weblog Award for Literature and Writing, a champion for screenwriters everywhere and a launching pad for writers’ professional careers.