100 Films & A Funeral captures a seminal period in modern independent filmmaking as it chronicles the rise and fall of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (PFE), the company that made and distributed over 100 feature films that collected 14 Academy Awards. Some of these hits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Dead Man Walking, The Usual Suspects, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Elizabeth, Trainspotting and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Inspired by PFE CEO Michael Kuhn’s memoir of the same name, McNamara had the advantage of an insider’s first hand knowledge of the history and intimate workings of this upstart European film studio that changed Hollywood. Judy Holm, producer of 100 Films & A Funeral is also the former VP of Distribution for PFE Canada, and was aboard the tumultuous and often heady roller coaster ride that marked the company’s history from 1991 – 1999.
More than a business story, 100 Films & A Funeral is a love letter to the art and magic of the cinema.
The Take is a political thriller that turns the globalization debate on its head. The film follows Argentina's radical new movement of occupied businesses: groups of workers who are claiming the country's bankrupt workplaces and running them without bosses. With The Take, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada's most outspoken journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century. But what shines through in the film is the simple drama of workers lives and their struggles: the demand for dignity and the searing injustice of dignity denied.