The Corner Gas Backers’ Club: Exclusive, Online, Backstage Pass Now Live at CornerGasTheMovie.com
– Several fan-focused initiatives on tap, including a CORNER GAS Sing-A-Long Booth, a CORNER GAS Express to Dog River tour, and Dog River Days, a country fair in Rouleau, Sask., celebrating the 10th Anniversary of CORNER GAS –
REGINA / ROULEAU (July 23, 2014) – Calling all CORNER GAS fans: the Corner Gas Backers’ Club, an exclusive, online, all-access backstage pass, is now live and it’s not too late to become a member. Fans are encouraged to visit cornergasthemovie.com and sign-up to receive special behind-the-scenes updates, photos, and footage leading up to the premiere of the movie this December. The exclusive Backers’ Club also includes videos of the cast reunion prior to the start of production, the making-of-the-movie process, and upcoming red carpet premieres, plus video messages from the cast, guest stars, the director, the producers, and even fellow fans. Originally a Kickstarter reward, The Backers’ Club is now open to the general public for a one-time registration fee of $25 via PayPal.
Along with the Backers’ Club, fans are also invited to sing the CORNER GAS theme song, “Not A Lot Goin’ On”, written by Craig Northey and Jesse Valenzuela, in the soon- to-launch CORNER GAS Sing-A-Long Booth, located in the town of Rouleau, Sask.
The karaoke-style booth, created to look like the Dog River grain elevator, will be setup this month in the CORNER GAS Souvenir Store, and remain through to Labour Day. An edited compilation video of fans singing the song will appear in the special collectors edition DVD and in Cineplex Theatres during the film screening.
In addition, Regina-based tour operator, Eco-Party Adventures, is offering the CORNER GAS Express to Dog River. The tour takes fans behind-the-scenes from the Regina Soundstage, to the streets of Rouleau, Sask. (cleverly disguised as Dog River). Tour highlights include the CORNER GAS Station, The Ruby Café, and a walk along Main Street to visit the exterior locations of the Dog River Hotel Bar, Post Office, Police Station, The Howler, Foo Mart, and Oscar and Emma’s home. The tour wraps at the CORNER GAS Sing-a-long Booth in the Corner Gas Souvenir Store. Tours run July through Labour Day, 2014.
The CORNER GAS celebrations continue with Dog River Days this weekend, a country fair in Rouleau, Sask., honouring the 10th Anniversary of CORNER GAS. From July 25- 27, the town of Rouleau is hosting a three-day country fair in true ‘Dog River’ style with events including a pancake breakfast, chilli cook-off, carnival, farmer’s market, car show, firefighters’ demonstration, and chilli cheese dog and watermelon eating contests. On July 26, Brent Butt, Fred Ewanuick, Craig Northey, director David Storey, and a film crew will be filming fans singing the theme song “Not A Lot Goin’ On” for the final closing credits of the movie.
Corner Gas: The Movie began production in Saskatchewan on June 22, 2014. The 90- minute feature film will be delivered to Canadians as a national event on multiple platforms in November and December. The first-ever release strategy of its kind, the film will open with an exclusive Cineplex Front Row Centre Events theatrical debut across Canada, followed by premieres on The Movie Network, CTV, and The Comedy Network, complemented by a special collector’s edition DVD available for purchase before the holidays.
Corner Gas: The Movie is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Corner Gas The Movie (ON) Inc. and Corner Gas The Movie (SK) Inc. in association with CTV, Telefilm Canada, Cineplex Entertainment, Tourism Saskatchewan, Creative Saskatchewan, the Canada Media Fund, the Bell Fund, Cogeco and Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. CORNER GAS is distributed world-wide by Prairie Pants Distribution Inc.
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About Prairie Pants Distribution
Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. is the world-wide distributor of CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE. Owned by Corner Gas Executive Producers Brent Butt (Sparrow Media), David Storey (Aslan Entertainment) and Virginia Thompson (Vérité Films), Prairie Pants Distribution is responsible for creating, managing and fulfilling the CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE Kickstarter Campaign.
About Vérité Films
Vérité Films Inc. is a boutique production company committed to incubating great ideas and championing creative talent. Founded in 1994 by Producer/Series Creator Virginia Thompson and Writer/Director/Series creator Robert de Lint, the company has established a reputation for producing quality prime-time dramas and comedies, as well as children’s, youth and family programming — with smash hit successes including: CORNER GAS, INSECURITY, RENEGADEPRESS.COM and INCREDIBLE STORY STUDIO. Vérité has created and produced over 250 episodes of critically acclaimed television that has sold worldwide. The company has won or been nominated for 114 national and international awards including an International Emmy, several Gemini Awards and The Prix Jeunesse. Vérité is developing a dynamic slate of hour-long drama series, half-hour comedies and features for Canadian and world markets. For more information, please visit www.veritefilms.ca.
About Sparrow Media
Sparrow Media Co. is comprised of hard-working, no-nonsense, rough-and-tumble go- getters with a knack for hyphenated phrasing. Brent Butt, the creator, head writer, showrunner, executive producer, and sometime director of the top-rated sitcom in Canadian television history, CORNER GAS, is President and Executive Producer of Sparrow Media. Laura Lightbrown of DA VINCI’S INQUEST and INTELLIGENCE is VP, Business Affairs and Executive Producer. Together they co-executive produced with David Storey, the television comedy series HICCUPS; Butt was also creator, writer, and show runner for the series. They recently co-executive produced the feature film NO CLUE, a comedy noir detective tale written by and starring Brent Butt. Carl Bessai was recently awarded Best Director for NO CLUE at the LAComedyFest. More information is available at sparrowmedia.com.
About Aslan Entertainment
David Storey, an award-winning executive producer, director and show developer, is President of Aslan Entertainment Inc., an independent production company creating quality digital, television and feature entertainment. Best known for co-executive producing and directing the runaway hit television series CORNER GAS, he also co- executive produced and directed Brent Butt’s follow-up series HICCUPS. With Pier 21 he co-executive produced the two-part mini-series KEEP YOUR HEAD UP KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY and co-created and directed the Ron James’ series BLACKFLY. He also directed THE SEÁN CULLEN SHOW and the standup comedy series COMICS where he worked with some of Canada’s best and brightest funny men, including Brent Butt, Ron James and Mark Farrell. Storey is the recipient of six Leos, three Geminis, two Canadian Comedy and two Director’s Guild Awards. He is currently in development as Executive Producer on two features, one is a co-production with Vérité Films. More information is available at http://davidstoreydirector.com..