T is for Turbo was one of my favorite segments from the first ABCs of Death. It reminded me of a condensed version of The FP, only with way more goofy violence and a Euro-slant that made it feel like a Bruno Mattei rip-off of some other, more popular movie. Is there enough there to sustain a full-length film? Someone thinks so and the finished project (Turbo Kid) was good enough to get them into this year’s Sundance. Bully for them!
The above image is the first released by the production. Here’s the press release with all of the pertinent details. I’ve bolded a few items for emphasis.
TURBO KID to Debut at
2015 Sundance Film Festival
MONTREAL – Dec. 5, 2014 – EmaFilms, T&A Films and Epic Pictures Group are pleased to announce that TURBO KID, a Canada-New Zealand co-production, will make its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the Park City at Midnight section. The Festival takes place January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
TURBO KID is a post-apocalyptic, BMX-powered, blood-splattered love story that follows the epic journey of an orphaned outcast reluctant to be a hero in the wasteland of an alternate future.
TURBO KID is written and directed by RKSS: Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell.
“We always envisioned TURBO KID to be like some lost crazy kid’s movie from the 1980s that’s somehow has just been rediscovered,” said RKSS. “We wanted a love story with the exploitation elements we grew up with, a post-apocalyptic scenario, over-the-top gore FX, super turbo explosions and a few BMX tricks for good measure. We were going for a retro inspired aesthetic, not just from an overall visual presentation, but from how the narrative unfolds. We wanted TURBO KID to appeal to a whole new generation of warped kids (and crazy adults).”
RKSS, also known as Roadkill Superstar, has written and directed over twenty short films, many of which have won awards at various festivals abroad, including LE BAGMAN, T IS FOR TURBO and DEMONITRON. TURBO KID is their first film feature collaboration.
The film is produced by EMAfilms’ Anne-Marie Gélinas and Benoit Beaulieu and T&A Films’ Ant Timpson and Tim Riley and is executive produced by Jason Eisener (HOBO WITH A SHOT GUN), Epic Pictures Group’s Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson; Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt and Curious Films’ Matt Noonan.
T&A Films is a partnership between two New Zealanders – producer and distributor Ant Timpson and arts and entertainment lawyer Tim Riley. Their most recent credits include HOUSEBOUND and ABCS OF DEATH 2.
EMAfilms’ Anne-Marie Gélinas and Benoit Beaulieu have partnered on various productions including the multi-nominated A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA, which they co-produced with France and Israel, and Martin Villeneuve’s debut feature MARS & AVRIL. MARS AND AVRIL premiered in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic in 2012. The film was also honored with 4 Genies nominations and 5 Jutra nominations in Canada. Gélinas also served as a Line Producer on REBELLE (WAR WITCH), which received an Academy Award Best Foreign Film nomination in 2013, a Silver Bear Award in Berlinale in 2012 and Best Film and Best Actress at Tribeca in 2012.
TURBO KID is financed by Telefilm Canada, New Zealand Film Commission, the Quebec Provincial Tax Credit Program, the Canadian Tax Credit Program and Alchemy 24 and our collaborators Cinepool, Departement Camera and Curious Films. The film is distributed in Canada by Raven Banner and in Quebec by Filmoption International.
Epic Pictures Group is representing worldwide sales rights outside of Australia, New Zealand and Canada at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Headquartered in Hollywood, Epic Pictures Group is a leading independent studio, specializing in the financing, production and distribution of commercial feature films and 3D animation. Epic Pictures’ past productions include Darren Lynn Bousman’s super-natural thriller 11-11-11, Mike Mendez’s Saturn Award-winner Big Ass Spider!. Epic Pictures has recently collaborated with Milan Todorović on Killer Mermaid and horror-comedy Zombeavers.
In the meantime, check out the short that launched this endeavor. I tried to share the directors’ Vimeo account, but it’s password protected! I get no extra points for trying to be a nice guy, I guess.