'Summerhood' tops Nova Scotia fest

TORONTO — The Atlantic Film Festival, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, announced its slate of 254 features and shorts on Wednesday as well as its closing gala — the Canuck preem of hometown helmer Jacob Medjuck’s “Summerhood.”

The summer-camp comedy, narrated by John Cusack, was mostly filmed at Camp Kadimah where Medjuck, a former stand-up comedian and animator, spent 16 summers. The film was funded by camp alum, several of whom work in the movie biz.

“Summerhood” is a co-production between Portara Pictures and Make Out Films, both Nova Scotia companies. Medjuck also wrote and produced.

AFF opens with the previously announced “Blindness,” by helmer Fernando Meirelles. The Canadian co-production opened the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Fest includes 70 films from the Atlantic region, as well as five first features. The event runs Sept. 11-22.

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