SOURCE: Less Bland Productions

Less Bland Productions

September 08, 2014 16:39 ET

Canadian Hollywood Documentary Heads South for World Premiere at Florida Documentary Film Festival

Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood Features a Who's Who of Celebrities in Film and TV

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwired - Sep 8, 2014) - Canadian documentary Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood is making its way south of the border to the Sunshine State for its World Premiere September 13th at the 2014 Florida Documentary Festival, which will take place at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. Presented by DocMiami, the non-profit film festival brings the international world of documentary filmmaking to the City of Boca Raton.

What do Alex Trebek, Shannon Tweed, Howie Mandel, Neve Campbell, and David Foster have in common? They are all Hollywood stars, and they are all Canadian. And they are among the A-List celebrities from our neighbors to the North appearing in this feature documentary produced by Less Bland Productions.

Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood is an entertaining look at the long history and major influence Canadians have had on the development of Hollywood and American popular culture right from the early days of film. Featuring exclusive celebrity interviews and classic archival imagery Gone South will present an overview of Canadians in Hollywood: three of the first four Oscar winners for best actress were Canadian; so was Louis B. Mayer, who founded MGM studios; also Mack Sennett, who discovered Charlie Chaplin and created the Keystone Cops; and the first ever studio constructed in Hollywood was, you guessed it, built by a Canadian.

Full of humor with surprising facts and anecdotes Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood is presented in a light-hearted manner, and is as entertaining as it is informative.

Produced and directed by Leslie D. Bland and Ian Ferguson, the documentary is hosted by Tracy Thomas, and features Howie Mandel, David Foster, Alan Thicke, Alex Trebek, Shannon Tweed, Monty Hall, Arthur Hiller, Ted Kotcheff, Neve Campbell, Tommy Chong, Dave Thomas, Will Sasso, Harland Williams, David Shore, and Erin Karpluk.

The World Premiere screening of Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood will take place on Saturday, September 13 at 2:45 p.m. at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. For ticket information, please visit:

For a sneak peek at the theatrical trailer, as well as more than 70 clips of celebrity interviews not found in the documentary, please visit the Gone South website at Supported by the Rogers Documentary and Cable Fund, Gone South will broadcast on Super Channel, Canada's only national English pay television network, in the spring of 2015. 

For more information on the 2014 Florida Documentary Film Festival, schedule of events and ticket information, please visit:

Less Bland Productions is a Canadian Film & Television Production Company with a mandate to produce film, and television projects for domestic and international audiences. This past year it launched an all-female comedy series She Kills Me on APTN, and has a number of scripted projects in development. 

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