Magazine article Screen International

Scythia Films, Stellar Citizens Launch Development Fund

Magazine article Screen International

Scythia Films, Stellar Citizens Launch Development Fund

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Mark Vonnegut’s The Eden Express first on the slate.

Scythia Films and Stellar Citizens have partnered on a development fund targeting film and television projects originating in the US, Canada and Europe.

The Toronto-based companies expect to build a slate of five to seven projects over the next 12 months. The fund is bankrolled by a Canadian private investor who already backs Stellar Citizens’ film financing business.

The first project to go is an adaptation of Mark Vonnegut’s The Eden Express: A Memoir Of Insanity. Set in the 1970s, the book chronicles Vonnegut’s experiences on a commune as he begins to struggle with bipolar disorder, receives help from his famous father and author Kurt Vonnegut, and goes on to establish a paediatric practice in the Boston area.

This partnership between Scythia and Stellar was brokered by New York-born producer Ethan Lazar to leverage Scythia’s track record with filmmakers and Stellar’s financing and development acumen. Lazar previously launched Stellar’s financing arm and has been producing with Dan Bekerman at Scythia Films since 2014.

The partners of Stellar Citizens said: “With Scythia we’ve found an exciting partner. …

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