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A71 Entertainment has acquired the Canadian rights to two feature films premiering at this year’s Whistler Film Festival (WFF) – CHOKESLAM, directed by Robert Cuffley, is having its BC premiere and POPULATION ZERO, directed by Adam Levins and Julian T. Pinder, is having its Canadian premiere at WFF.

Robert Cuffley’s CHOKESLAM is a very unusual romantic comedy/wrestling movie, featuring Amanda Crew as the lifelong object of desire for a nerdy deli clerk that she is about to become reacquainted with on the occasion of their tenth high school reunion. She is dubbed the “Lindsay Lohan of the wrestling world” and she has a temper.

CHOKESLAM is a Chaos film company inc. and Karma Films picture, directed by Robert Cuffley and written by Robert Cuffley and Jason Long, and starring Chris Marquette, Amanda Crew, Niall Matter, with Mick Foley as well as Michael Eklund and Agam Darshi, who are two of WFF’s Stars to Watch. The film is co-produced by Kelly Balon and executive produced by Trevor Wilson, Carolyn McMaster, and Mark Gingras.

A71 has also picked up Adam Levins and Julian T. Pinder’s POPULATION ZERO, a fascinating mock documentary that has legitimately uncovered a loophole in US constitutional law that would allow a person to legally get away with premeditated murder. An investigation into apparent homicides in Yellowstone National Park uncovers the ruse, much to the chagrin and danger of the documentarians.

POPULATION ZERO is a Carousel Pictures Production, directed by Adam Levins and Julian T. Pinder, and written by Jeff Staranchuk. The film is produced by Tyler Levine and executive produced by William Borthwick, Vinnit Borrison, Fred Fuchs, Tyler Levine, Rob McGillivray, Julian T. Pinder, Tom Spriggs, Mark Stevens, Ben Stranahan, Nick Sorbara and Dwayne Staranchuk.

“After the successful acquisition and release of the closing night film NUMB from last year’s festival, we are delighted that A71 is back and already picking up titles from this year’s slate,” said WFF Director of Programming, Paul Gratton. “A71 is one of Canada’s most innovative distributors, and we are delighted that they have come to Whistler to do business.”

“We are excited to acquire these two very entertaining films,” said David Miller, Co-President A71 Entertainment, who is currently attending the Whistler Film Festival. “Both films are audience pleasers, and we appreciate Paul Gratton and his program team for spotlighting them and putting them on A71’s radar.”


A71 also recently acquired Ken Finkleman’s AN AMERICAN DREAM: THE EDUCATION OF WILLIAM BOWMAN, a wicked American political satire aimed at the post-Donald Trump era of American politics, which is also having its Canadian premiere at the festival. This is Gemini-award winning Ken Finkleman taking on American political corruption, the gun lobby, big business influence at the White House and more.

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