WolfCop to take a bite out of Cannes

Justin Crann
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Movie will sell at Marche du Film

Hugh Patterson didn't expect WolfCop to be a big hit when he started working on it.

Leo Fafard is on the prowl as Lou Garou — the WolfCop.

"I thought it would do well overseas, in places like Japan, but not at this level. I thought people might see it on video, and it might turn into a miniature cult classic or something," Patterson told the Times-Herald. "But I never thought it would be up front and centre. That's for sure."

The made-in-Saskatchewan production — and CineCoup Film Accelerator winner — was shot in Regina and Moose Jaw, and now it is headed to Cannes in May.

Though the film will not be competing, its producers will be courting some international buyers in the Marche du Film.

The news is the highlight of a busy few weeks of promotion, Patterson said, including the launch of the film's cinematic trailer.

Patterson said response to the trailer and the film has been warm, and his team has been "getting lots of calls from people and lots of people are hitting us up on all of our social media."

"There've been lots of hits and lots of press and it was picked up by some pretty big blogs, so I guess that helps," he added. 

Among the sites that have picked the film up and promoted it are io9.com and Entertainment Weekly, the latter being "a big hit that really popped our viewership."

"It's pretty surreal. It's kind of nice when all of the hard work pays off," said Patterson.

Some of that hard work included a stop at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo last weekend.

"We were so busy, just trying to reach out to as many people in Calgary as we could," Patterson said. "Now we get back and we see the film has kind of gone around the world.

"It's pretty unbelievable. Who knows, we might have to get a WolfCop 2 going here, you know? Right up to WolfCop 7," he quipped.

The first WolfCop will open for Canadian audiences at Cineplex theatres on June 6.

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Organizations: Times-Herald, Entertainment Weekly

Geographic location: Cannes, Marche, Japan Saskatchewan Regina Moose Jaw Calgary

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