Roller Town, latest Canadian comedy discovery, premieres at Slamdance

New York, January 19, 2012  –  Duopoly and Northeast Films announced today the US premiere of the outrageous comedy surprise from Canada, Roller Town. True to the comic tradition unique to Canada, Roller Town, directed by Andrew Bush (The Button, a Funny or Die hit) and written by Bush, Mark Little and Scott Vrooman is the brain child of one of the freshest sketch comedy troupes on the comedy scene – PICNICFACE.

Roller Town is screening at the Slamdance Film Festival on Saturday, January 21 at 8 pm and Wednesday, January 25 at 10 am in the Main Screening room at Treasure Mountain Inn. And as the Todd Berger, Slamdance Programmer described it, “Rarely does a comedy ever make me laugh out loud, but once upon a time a movie from a distant land made me crack up so hard that I literally started slapping my knee….Roller Town was that film.”

Roller Town, a first feature for Andrew Bush and Picnicface, is a roller romp which lovingly skewers every dance film you never saw of the 70’s and 80’s. Rude, irreverent, hilarious – Roller Town stars standup comic Mark Little (part of the 2011 Just for Laughs ‘Nerds Show’,) newcomer Kayla Lorrette and the 8-member Picnicface group. Roller Town follows the story of Leo (Mark Little), a small-town roller-skating disco king (who happens to be an orphan with a back story,) as he attempts to win the heart of the out-of-reach rich girl while staving off the hapless bad guys who are determined to kill the town roller rink.  Once again, Canada scores with the funniest, weirdest take on a cultural phenomenon still dear to many – disco!

About Picnicface: Picnicface combines fast-paced, mash-up comedy with contemporary Pythonesque animation and absurd sketch comedy. After posting Powerthirst and The Button –  their short-videos-turned-phenomena on YouTube – Picnicface became an online sensation. Their 30-plus shorts have been watched over 50 million times on various video Internet sites and their brand of humor has been lauded by comedy industry heavy-weights like Will Ferrell. Their new television series (13 x 30’ episodes) debuted this year on CTV’s Comedy Network in Canada to rave reviews. Other members of the troupe include Evany Rosen, Cheryl Hann, Bill Wood, Brian MacQuarrie and Kyle Dooley.

About Duopoly is an independent film, television and multi-platform content company founded in 2002. Recent Duopoly productions include the Gemini Award-winning comedy series Pure Pwnage for Showcase and the original comedy series Papillon, starring Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), currently airing on BiteTV and Hulu. Duopoly is a content partner for Hulu and has launched over 150 episodes of award-winning animation and comedy with the series Odd Job Jack, Chilly Beach, Yam Roll, Pure Pwnage and Papillon on the platform.

About Northeast Films was created by producers Bill Niven and Jay Dahl to develop commercially-driven film and television programming for Canadian and international markets. Their company is based in Halifax, Canada but looks to collaborate with strategic partners across Canada and internationally.  Its current slate includes the television series Picnicface airing on CTV’s Comedy Network and the soon-to-be released horror film There are Monsters.

To view The Button: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/44b3d8f432/the-button

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Mary Powers, MPowers Communications,  mpowers@mpowers.ca