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Web series now becomes a feature film

—Submitted by Cheryl Wagner, Executive Director, Charlottetown Film Festival

Pogey Beach cast membersYes, it is rude, crude, and not for a prude, but hiding under the tsunami of f-bombs, Jeremy Larter’s first feature film Pogey Beach has heart. 

It is a love story. A coming-of-age story. A high–five to the importance of family. But most of all Pogey Beach is a triumph. A triumph of grit and remarkable commitment to ‘get ‘er done’.

Pogey Beach was hatched originally as a short film. But the dream was to make a feature. Drawing on the success of their webseries Just Passing Through Larter and his team at Rear Gear Productions raised enough funds by crowd-funding to gather their dedicated cast and crew on the beach to realize the dream. And drink beer.

Telefilm Canada, recognizing that talent and determination, came to the table with funding for post-production. 

Pogey Beach is full of crass humour and language, but delivered with such a jaunty spirit that somehow it is lifted from the ridiculous to something, not in any way sublime, but certainly entertaining. There are many fun performances which the cast seem to really enjoy providing. Dennis Trainor is always winning and Celia Koughan as the sweet city girl is so luminous on screen it is clear there she has a very bright future.

And so does our Island community of “mighty” storytellers for the screen.

Without support in the past, short films were virtually the only route to take. But Harmony Wagner’s stunning feature Singing To Myself made on a shoestring and a mountain of favours and Adam Perry’s chilling thriller Blessings From The Sea ,a ‘proof-of-concept’ for his feature, join Pogey Beach in heralding this new era of bigger possibilities. Island Media Arts Co-op has rebranded as Film PEI and has a new 3000-square foot space which will soon include a sound stage and upgraded edit suites, thanks to provincial and federal funding. 

Pogey Beach will be the Opening Night feature on October 12 at the 4th Annual Charlottetown Film Festival at City Cinema after making its debut in at FIN, formerly the Atlantic Film Festival.

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