Smith, Wiggins, Follows to star in MacGillivray indie

Douglas Smith (“Big Love”), Laura Slade Wiggins (“Shameless”), Megan Follows (“Anne of Green Gables”) and jazz drummer Jerry Granelli will star in “Hard Drive,” an indie movie written and directed by William D. MacGillivray (“Life Classes”).

Based on the novel “Ditch” by Hal Niedzviecki, “Hard Drive” is a drama about coming of age in a digital millennium. Story follows one young man’s unexpected plunge into adulthood and the uplifting joy of first love.

Pic is produced by Picture Plant with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Film Nova Scotia. Additional financing is provided by the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and private investment. Script development was supported by Telefilm Canada, Film Nova Scotia and Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund. Toronto-based IndieCan Entertainment is the Canadian distributor, with the Yellow Affair handling international pre-sales.

Production is currently under way in Halifax, with producers targeting a 2014 theatrical release.

“‘Hard Drive’ explores the ways in which technology informs our connections to each other, often creating emotional distance where it’s least welcome,” MacGillivray said. “Sometimes the images we capture of people become more important than the people themselves. I want this film to explore that through music, through point-of-view and through stylized camerawork,” he added.

“Putting a film together is a major enterprise. So when production actually begins, there’s a real opportunity to look at how all the parts will create the sum and I’m feeling very excited,” said producer Terry Greenlaw of Picture Plant.

MacGillivray has written and directed several dramatic features and documentaries including “The Man of a Thousand Songs” and the CBC series “Gullage’s.”

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