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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #64. Jerome Sable’s Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Director/Writer: Jerome Sable
Producer(s): Jonas Bell Pasht, Serendipity Point Films’ Ari Lantos
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf

Jerome Sable’s is definitely the least well-known among the wealth of Quebecois film talents breaking out with a film this year, but if you asked anyone who is lucky to have viewed his TIFF/Sundance selected short The Legend of Beaver Dam, you’d know that he is excellent when it comes to the funny bone, showed a lot of poise in his comic timing, has already perfected the merger of two genres that historically never fitted well. His daunting directorial debut described as “Scream meets Glee” goes by the name of Stage Fright and once again see Sable work with his creative sidekick Eli Batalion as the co-film composer. Sable will likely pack his suitcase for a long film festival tour.

Gist: Meat Loaf plays down-on-his luck performing arts camp owner Roger McCall, who hopes to save his business by remounting the show that ended with the murder of his leading lady (Minnie Driver) at the hands of a masked killer who isn’t exactly a fan of musical theatre.

Release Date: The Toronto Int. Film Festival would look foolish if they don’t attempt to grab the film for its Midnight Madness section.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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