Additional Canadian Showtimes Announced for Alumni Project “Big News from Grand Rock”

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● February 12, 2015 14:00


After months of playing to packed theatres across Canada, additional showtimes have been announced for Big News from Grand Rock, the new comedy from director Daniel Perlmutter. Full screening details are included below.

Big News from Grand Rock is the first feature from alumnus writer/director Daniel Perlmutter. It was produced by alumni Michael McNamara and Judy Holm and was supported through the 2011 Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange (formerly the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab).

Big News from Grand Rock follows Leonard Crane (Ennis Esmer), the editor of the Grand Rock Weekly Ledger, the struggling paper facing bankruptcy in a small no-news town. Searching relentlessly for the killer story to bring back readers, he finds it, not in the real world, but in old movies in a video rental store. The plan pays off as one fabricated story after another brings excitement and readers back to the paper. But inevitably the hoax unravels as big city reporter Lucy (Meredith MacNeill) heads into town to follow-up on one of his more scandalous stories. She exposes Leonard, but they are both shocked when they stumble upon evidence that one of his more outrageous stories may just turn out to be true.

Big News from Grand Rock is being distributed in Canada by Markham Street Films, who are also the producers of the film. Since October 2013, the film has played 31 engagements through The Film Circuit and continues to screen in theatres across Canada:

  • Wednesday, February 18 at 7 p.m.: NVSS, Reel Alternatives Vanderhoof, Vanderoof, British Columbia
  • Sunday, February 22: ON SCREEN @ THE CIRCLE, Alliston, Ontario
  • Wednesday, February 25 at 7 p.m.: The Circle Theatre, Kelowna Film Society, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Friday, February 27, 2015: Big News from Grand Rock opens in the following cities:
    • Toronto, Carlton Cinemas
    • Whitby, Landmark Cinemas 24
    • Kanata (Ottawa), Landmark Cinemas 24
    • Calgary, Landmark Cinemas 16 Country Hills
    • Edmonton, Landmark Cinemas 10 Clareview
    • Vancouver, Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade

Watch the trailer below, and be sure to check out the film when it comes to a theatre near you!

Big News from Grand Rock TRAILER from Markham Street Films on Vimeo.


About Writer/Director Daniel Perlmutter
Daniel Perlmutter is a Toronto-based writer and filmmaker. He is the co-writer and co-producer of Peepers, a dark comedy nominated for five Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Script. His other writing credits include working on the animated series Odd Job Jack and Weird Years, and running the writers’ room for the YTV series Seriously Weird. In 1998, he co-founded Automatic Vaudeville Studios (AVS), a “micro-movie studio” that pushed the envelope in underground cinema and live amusement, creating a diverse array of dozens of short films. Through AVS, Daniel has produced, written and directed many short films, including the parody Dancing With Myself, the BravoFACT What They Ate, the experimental Beware Of Dog and the hour-long film The Recommendations.


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