Canon announced that filmmaker Kat Candler, best known for Hellion and Black Metal, has signed on to Canon’s “Project Imagination: The Trailer,” a consumer contest helmed by Ron Howard. Howard and actor Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) will choose one winning trailer to inspire a Hollywood short film starring Hutcherson and written and directed by Candler.
Candler’s film Hellion was in the 2014 U.S. dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive honorable mention for the Gamechanger Award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.
“I’m so excited to work with Kat Candler and after watching Hellion, it was clear that she is extremely intuitive and can bring thought-provoking work to the screen,” said Hutcherson. “The best part about the project is that I have no idea how the script will unfold with Kat or what type of part I’ll play. It’s totally up for interpretation.”
“Kat’s films are cinematic and she has a very real approach to capturing life experiences in a way that viewers can relate to,” said Howard. “With everyday moments at the crux of this creative experiment, Kat’s technique and skill will lend themselves in the most authentic ways possible.”
“It is an honor to work with Canon, Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson on this project,” said Candler. “I’m a firm believer that there are many great stories living within each of us and the Project Imagination platform is the perfect opportunity to share and inspire others.”
“Project Imagination: The Trailer” launched in February and is open for submissions through April 29. Based on the concept that anything in life can be a movie, and every movie starts with a trailer, consumers of all skill levels can create and submit trailers of their everyday moments using Canon’s Trailer Editor tool at imagination.usa.canon.com.
For the third iteration of “Project Imagination,” Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle Picture Company are once again producing the film, along with Hutcherson.