Camp Takota, a movie celebrated for its online-only distribution model, will also have a debut on the big screen at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival this weekend.
Next Wave is a festival for youth and young filmmakers that includes screenings, workshops and a 24-hour film challenge that kicked off Saturday, sponsored by RBC. Camp Takota will be shown in Toronto on Feb. 15 — a day after it’s released online.
The much-anticipated comedy is made by and stars celeb YouTubers: filmmakers Chris and Nick Riedell, who run the Brothers Riedell YouTube channel directed the movie.
The film also stars Grace Helbig (It’s Grace) as a suddenly unemployed, suddenly single woman who has to take on a job as a camp counselor and reunite with her old friends. It’s written by Mamrie Hart (You Deserve a Drink) who also co-stars in the movie, along with Hannah Hart (My Drunk Kitchen) whom she is not related to. Together, the vloggers have millions of subscribers between them, which has raised the profile of the much-anticipated film.
While Camp Takota fits squarely with the target demo of the fest, it stands out as its only digital-first feature. Produced by Michael Goldfine of RockStream Studios and distributed by VHX , those who like it can go back home and download it, as well as order a related documentary and loads of merchandise, including camper “care packages.”
Other films screening at the third edition of Next Wave include Palo Alto, Gia Coppola’s directorial debut based on James Franco’s first book of short stories, and brothers Andrew and Adam Gray’s documentary Fly Colt Fly.
Photo credits: Camptakota.com; TIFF Next Wave: Aliya Gollom