Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood is a hilarious and investigative look at the long history and major influence Canadians have had on the development of American pop culture.
The feature length documentary Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood written by best-selling and award-winning author/ screenwriter/ director/ humourist Ian Ferguson (How To Be a Canadian), will be a hilarious and investigative look at the long history and major influence Canadians have had on the development of American pop culture. It will feature exclusive celebrity interviews and classic archival footage from the very beginnings of Hollywood right through to the present day. Gone South presents an historical overview of the influence of Canadians in Hollywood – for example, three out of the first four Oscar winners for best actress were Canadian, and so was Louis B. Mayer, who founded MGM studios, also Mack Sennett, who discovered Charlie Chaplin, created the Keystone Cops, and essentially invented comedy on film – as well as thematically linked interviews with current Canadians working in Hollywood. The whole point of the documentary will be to present the argument that without the slow and subversive influence of Canada, Hollywood as it is known would not and could not exist. Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood is being distributed by Kinosmith in Canada, and will broadcast first window on Super Channel. The Rogers Documentary Fund and the Rogers Cable Fund are providing financial support, with Peace Point Rights handling international distribution. Development support provided by Super Channel and the Canada Media Fund. US premiere is being hosted by the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles on Canada Day 2014.