Big News From Grand Rock
Big News from Grand Rock is the story of Leonard Crane, the editor of a small town newspaper facing bankruptcy. In an attempt to attract advertisers and readership Leonard begins inventing stories based on old movies. The plan pays off until one of the stories attracts the attention of Lucy, an ambitious reporter from the big city. She exposes Leonard’s hoax. But then Leonard discovers that one of his stories may be true. With a great scoop but no one to believe him, Leonard and Lucy must team up to try to save the town, the newspaper and his reputation.
Written & Directed by Daniel Perlmutter. Produced by Michael McNamara and Judy Holm.
Cast: Ennis Esmer, Meredith MacNeill, Kristin Booth, Peter Keleghan, Tammy Isbell, Leah Pinsent, Art Hindle with Aaron Ashmore and Gordon Pinsent
World Premiere: Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival
Awards: 2009 Telefilm Pitch This! contest at TIFF, juried by Ivan Reitman and others.
Canadian Comedy Award - Best Feature Film, Canadian Comedy Award - Best Writing, Canadian Comedy Award - Best Female Performance, LA Comedy Festival - Ennis Esmer Winner for Best Actor
Festivals: Cinefest, Windsor International Film Festival, Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival
“Personally, I applaud Perlmutter and his producers — especially Judy Holm and Michael McNamara — for so bravely conjuring up this quaint and slightly surreal saga about the threat to community newspapers. And for making it so appealing, not just to newspaper junkies but to a wider audience because of the comedy and the romance in the story.” – Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun