Pasvolsky finds funds for ‘Deck’

Coming-of-age pic features three boys who meet their hero

SYDNEY — Director-writer Steven Pasvolsky, whose short “Inja” was nominated for an Oscar, has secured funding for his debut feature “Deck Dogz.”

Coming-of-age saga of three teenage boys who embark on a journey to meet their hero, a skating champion, received backing Monday from the Film Finance Corp.

Project, to be produced by the experienced team of Bill and Jennifer Bennett, is also backed by Universal Home Video in Oz (which means UIP will release theatrically here), foreign sales agent Arclight Films and local pay channel the Movie Network.

The FFC also committed funds for “More Than Scarlet,” the first feature from short filmmaker Cate Shortland. Story of an adolescent girl’s discovery of the difference between sex and love, it will be exec produced by vet Jan Chapman (“Lantana,” “The Piano”). Also aboard are sales agent Fortissimo, local distrib Hopscotch, multicultural broadcaster SBS and pay TV web Showtime.

Another project supported by the FFC is “Small Town Hero,” a pilot/telepic about volunteer firefighters to be directed by Rowan Woods (“The Boys”) and produced by Southern Star’s John Edwards for pubcaster ABC.

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