The largest budgeted P.E.I. Feature ever is set to premiere at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival in September.
A Small Fortune, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Adam Perry (Jiggers), comes with a huge, talented cast and crew aboard.
It centers on a struggling Irish Moss farmer and father-to-be who imagines a better future when a bag of lost money washes up near his shore on Prince Edward Island, and the deadly predicament he puts himself in when he hides it from authorities.
First-time feature filmmaker Perry assembles an incredible cast that includes Stephen Oates (Under The Weather, Black Conflux), Liane Balaban (Covert Affairs, The Grand Seduction), Andrea Bang (Kim’s Convenience, Luce) and Joel Thomas Hynes (Little Dog, Orphan Black).
Perry himself is a Greenburg award-winner who stuns with his debut feature here, a powerful and thrilling tale of family and the struggle to put those you love first at any cost.
“This is a masterclass in acting that went on-screen for A Small Fortune, and I’m so proud and fortunate to have worked with these talented individuals,” said director Perry. “They put their all into this film, and it shows in every single frame.”
The film is a co-production between P.E.I. and Newfoundland. Saltwater and Rink Rat Productions, run respectively by Jason Arsenault (Wharf Rats), Jenna MacMillan (Just Passing Through, Wharf Rats), and the latter’s Mary Sexton (Maudie). Also aboard are executive producers from Note From Home, run by famed stage presence, director and producer Duncan McIntosh and David Cyrus MacDonald, member of band Paper Lions.
Cinematographer Jeff Wheaton (Murmur) is aboard, as is editor Justin Oakey (A Fire In Cold Season).
This is the first feature film for the Island-based production company Saltwater Films, and it has been acquired by levelFilm for Canadian distribution. The feature is slated for a 2022 release through the indie distributor.
“The fact that we are making stories shot on and involving P.E.I. is so important. It gives us the ability to showcase the beauty and grit of this place,” said producer Jenna MacMillan. “There is so much talent on our Island; something is really going on here at the moment. And we are looking forward to giving everyone a taste of what our company has on offer during FIN.”
Tickets for A Small Fortune are available online here, and it shows Saturday, Sept. 18 at 9:00 pm at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane, and will be online from September 16, 2021 to September 23, 2021.
The film was produced by Saltwater Films & Rink Rat Productions, and was funded in partnership with Telefilm, Innovation PEI, Superchannel, Newfoundland Film Development Corporation and local private investors.