SubProd was delighted to be a part of two Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) Industry Day panels last week. Before moderating a panel on Content Creation we also rounded out a terrific panel on Financing and Digital Marketing that provoked some great conversation. Many thanks to GRFF organizers to reaching out to us and making it happen, we look forward to see what’s in store next year!
September 2017 saw the France Premiere of First Round Down at the Festival Canadien du Dieppe in Dieppe, France. With Jason Butler in attendance, First Round Down, took home the ‘City of Dieppe’ Award (as voted on by the Dieppe City Council) and was a fan favourite for both of it’s screenings. A truly great introduction to French hospitality!
It was our absolute pleasure to talk with Tom Power on the nationally syndicated and critically acclaimed ‘q on CBC’. Getting into the nitty gritty of how the lead character in First Round Down was steeped in our personal experiences and what it takes to get a film to the finish line. Listen to the full interview HERE.
CTV Film Critic, Richard Crouse, discusses First Round Down for the opening weekend calling it a “whole lotta fun” and “working class Tarantino”.
An absolute slice of Canadiana…that nontheless speaks to an international audience”
Movie critic Jason Gorber was on hand for the US Premiere of First Round Down at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Florida. Here’s what he had to say about it on CTV “Weekend at the Movies”.
The Watchlist (CHCH) visited the set of First Round Down, getting an exclusive behind-the-scenes with the Butler Brothers, Dylan Bruce and Rachel Wilson. Originally aired on February 4, 2016.
eTalk visits the set of First Round Down and talks with stars Dylan Bruce, Rachel Wilson and John Kapelos along with Writer/Directors, the Butler Brothers. Originally aired on November 17, 2015.
It was a whirlwind opening for First Round Down with sell outs on both Friday and Saturday night during the May 5th weekend. When the beers were done and the tickets counted, the Butler Brothers latest brew landed in the Top 5 for Canadian films for the week of May 5-11, according to Playback Magazine, finishing #2 in ‘per theater average’ before extending the theatrical run a second stellar week for this “grubby popcorn flick” (Richard Crouse).
Stay tuned for the First Round Down #BladesNBullets tour continuing to a town near you and keep your stick on the ice!
We’re delighted to announce that principal photography on our latest feature, First Round Down, has wrapped. It was a whirlwind of a summer that culminated in a three week shoot this fall that far exceeded our expectations in terms of bringing the vision to life. From the actors, crew, and locations, each and every part of the First Round Down machine ran harder, faster and better than ever imagined! The exceptional cast led by Dylan Bruce pushed themselves in every sense on set and the results are fantastic!
Thanks again to everyone involved with special shout outs to our fearless Producing partner in crime, Marina Cordoni, and Director of Photography extraordinaire, Michael Jari Davidson, who made First Round Down a living, breathing entity!
See you in the New Year with something new and exciting to feast your eyes on!!
Alright, alright, alright! The Butler Brothers popped their SXSW cherry earlier this year and it was everything they imagined. The films, the panels, the parties, the people and the city were all as advertised and well worth the 32hr drive down from Hogtown. But the highlight was not actually a part of the SXSW extravaganza, instead it was whipped up by dynamite host and owner/operator of the Austin Bike Farm, Owen Weber, and it was awesome! It was a ‘Dazed and Confused’ tour of all the locations still around since filming in 1993. Bouncing around from the Centennial Liquor Store to the Emporium parking lot and around back to where O’Bannion gets paint dumped on him while cruising the streets like it was 1976 in the back of his ’64 Chevy pickup sealed the deal and made the Top Notch Burgers we washed it all down with even tastier.
If you haven’t been to SXSW or Austin, do it. And be sure to visit our bud at the Bike Farm and tell him the Butler Bros sent you.