Making Movies, Co-op Style

A group of some of the best and brightest film stars in Canada have come together to form a movie co-op production company. “In lieu of their (on average) $250,000-to-$1-million-per-picture salaries, these Canadian actors are going to work free of charge on the upcoming comedy, Mozart Loves Me, written and directed by George Bloomfield. And in exchange, they and the other stakeholders in the Movie Co-op will own a share of the production and any potential payout. Why, you may ask, would these successful people stick their necks out in a decidedly high-risk venture? Because they say they believe feature filmmaking – at least in English Canada – is broken and urgently in need of fixing.”