80 students take on new feature indie film

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By Urbi Khan

A new Canadian indie film written and directed by Ryerson students called The Benz—an adventure-comedy—is being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.

The cast of The Benz includes 80 students, 40 of which are Ryerson students. The all Canadian production and is spearheaded by Ryerson students—including film director, Zachary Silverstein and screenwriter, Sam Godfrey. The cast also includes Ryerson natives, Matthew Woods as Co-director/cinematographer and Aaron Labbe as the Sound Engineer.

The Benz follows the journey of three brothers after their father’s death. The three steal his beloved vintage Benz to protect it from being reclaimed, and embark on an outrageous road trip across Northern Ontario, in the process—while being chased by the owner of the leasing company.

The Kickstarter campaign launched on Oct. 5. As of Tuesday, Oct. 18, the campaign has reached 67 per cent of its $15,000 goal, raising over $10,000 with 70 backers.

The goal is to circulate the film in major film festival circuits, such as the Toronto International Film Festival.


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