Headed by producing partners Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss, Film Farm produced Egoyan's Cannes competition entry Adoration as well as de Palma's 2007 Venice title Redacted and Sarah Polley's Oscar-nominated Away From Her. As with Adoration, Egoyan will also produce through his Ego Arts Films shingle.
First up from de Palma will be Print The Legend, a film that continues in the verite vein of Redacted, exploring the process of 'selling' the Iraq war to the US home-front. It follows a story similar to that of US female soldier Jessica Lynch, whose heroic battlefield exploits were later revealed to be concocted by the US military. The budget will be between $5m and $10m. The second project, also untitled, is a political thriller in the $15m-$20m range.
Urdle and Weiss also revealed they have landed a privately-financed development fund, a luxury rarely seen in Canada. While the duo declined to name their benefactors, Urdl said it is a Canadian company with a long history in the film and entertainment business.
Said Urdl, 'This will allow us to jump on projects and pay for them without going through the [public sector investment] application phase.'
Added Weiss, 'It gives us a lot of leeway we never had. And it's a tremendous endorsement from people who are interested in making their money back.'