Castlewood Productions has just completed YOU’RE SOAKING IN IT, a riveting look at advertising in the age of algorithms – how the seismic shift from quaint to quantifiable impacts the private lives of literally everyone on earth. Writer/Director Scott Harper tells us that when it comes to advertising in the digital age, you’re soaking in it, whether you know it or not. Sorry Madge. Executive producer Andrew Burnstein says audiences will be shocked, “If you think you know about big data, think again. This film will open you’re eyes to what even industry insiders call ‘the wild west’ of advertising, a whole new, deeper level of personal profiling and targeting, all aimed at knowing you better than you know yourself.” Is it good, bad, invasive, convenient – or, simply the price we pay for free internet? The film was commissioned and co-conceived by Bruce Cowley at Documentary Channel.
Congratulations to Castlewood Productions alumnist James Vandewater for being nominated for two 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, both for the feature film SLEEPING GIANT. The film was a hit at Cannes 2015, then at TIFF.40, and now is up for a handful of Canadian Screen Awards. It is nominated for Best Motion Picture (for which James is named as a Producer), for Best Editor (James Vandewater), and for Best Director (Andrew Cividino). The film was also recently featured by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as part of their ‘CANADA’S TOP TEN FILM FESTIVAL’ this January and will be playing in major cities across Canada until May 2016. The annual awards show celebrating the best in film, television, and digital media will be broadcast Sunday March 13, 2016 on CBC Television.