Writer-director KariSkogland has begun principal photography on her feature The Stone Angel with Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn in the lead.

Based on the novel by thelate Margaret Laurence -- a staple of modern Canadian literature - thefilm will be distributed in Canada by Odeon Films with world sales through IACFilm/Sequence Film. Backers include Telefilm Canada, Manitoba Film & Soundand The Harold Greenberg Fund in association with The Movie Network and MovieCentral.

Adapted by Skogland, the storyfollows the central character Hagar Shipley back into her memory as she sortsthrough a lifetime of hardship. Other cast members include Dylan Baker (Happiness), Cole Hauser (The Break-Up), Kevin Zegers (Transamerica), Ellen Page (Hard Candy), Sheila McCarthy (I've Heard The MermaidsSinging) and Christine Horne as theyoung Hagar.

Skogland is coproducingthrough her Toronto-based production company Skogland Films along with LizJarvis of Winnipeg-based Buffalo Gal Pictures. Executive producers are PhyllisLaing, Bryan Gliserman, Michael Ryan, Guy Collins, Michael McMillan and SeatonMcLean.

Shooting continues untilSeptember 20 in various Manitoba locations including Winnipeg, and the Manitobatowns of Ladywood, Otterburne, Balmoral, Emerson, and Hartney. Rob Gray isproduction designer and Bobby Bukowski is director of photography.