Hot Docs ’13: Indiecan inks deal for “Oil Sands Karaoke”

The feature documentary, directed by Charles Wilkinson, looks at five Northern Alberta oil patch workers vying to win a karaoke contest, and had its world premiere at Hot Docs last week.
April 30, 2013

Indiecan Entertainment has acquired the Canadian distribution rights to Oil Sands Karaoke, a feature length doc directed by Charles Wilkinson (Peace Out).

Oil Sands Karaoke, produced by Tina Schliessler and Wilkinson, follows five oil patch workers working in Northern Alberta’s often controversial oil sands industry, as they vie to win a karaoke contest in their spare time. The doc, which had its world premiere at Hot Docs on April 26, explores their karaoke singing motivations and the harsh work and long hours working in the oil patch.

“We’re super surprised by the reaction we’re getting to Oil Sands Karaoke. Audiences are singing along and cheering. But by the time we get to the Q&A, people are realizing there’s a lot more depth to the story than just irresistible music,” said Schliessler and Wilkinson in a joint statement.

The news comes after Indiecan yesterday picked up rights for another Hot Docs title, The Ghosts in Our Machine.

Oil Sands Karaoke is produced by Shore Films in association with commissioning broadcaster Knowledge Network in British Columbia, with financing from the Canada Media Fund and federal tax credits. Wilkinson and Schiessler also handled cinematography, picture and sound editing for the film.

Oil Sands Karaoke screens again during Hot Docs on May 4.

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