Hot off the world premiere of his feature directorial debut ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA, French-Canadian filmmaker Ian Lagarde has signed with manager Lee Stobby of Lee Stobby Entertainment, the Tracking Board has learned.
All You Can Eat Buddha earned strong reviews out of Toronto, and the film is set to make its U.S. debut later this week at Fantastic Fest, where Stray Dogs will be shopping the rights. The film follows a mysterious man who begins performing miracles at an all-inclusive resort, leading curious onlookers to believe he may be connected to a higher power.
After majoring in film production at Concordia University in Montreal, Lagarde wrote and directed American Savannah, a feature-length documentary about America’s quirky obsession with lush green lawns. The movie opened The Nature Of Things’ summer season two years in a row, and won a special jury prize at RIDM in 2008.
Lagarde then went on to write and direct six short fiction films that played the international film festival circuit — Voeux Pieux, Board, Solar Wind, (which won him a Best Director prize in 2012), Daybreak (Best Narrative Short Film at Slamdance 2014), Tentacules 8 (Best International Short at a French festival in 2015) and Grimaces,
Lagarde has also worked as a cinematographer on numerous ads, music videos, shorts, features and TV series, including Denis Côté’s Vic+Flo Saw a Bear. He also shot two seasons of Blue Moon (Yves-Christian Fournier) as well as the first season of Fatale Station (Rafaël Ouellet), and he’s gearing up for a return to feature film cinematography with Les Chaouins (Yan Giroux).
Lee Stobby Entertainment has been on a tear of late, setting up client Isaac Adamson’s Black List-topping screenplay Bubbles at Netflix with Taika Waititi directing and Dan Harmon producing. Adamson, who will executive produce alongside Stobby, is also currently writing Helios for Fox 2000 and Chippendales for Bold Films and producers Ben Stiller and David Permut. Meanwhile, LSE client Shay Hatten sold his female-driven action spec Ballerina to Lionsgate, which will develop the project as a potential prequel to the John Wick universe.
Stobby also represents directors Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe), Rodney Ascher (Room 237) and Camille Thoman, whose film Never Here stars Mireille Enos and Sam Shepard and will be released later this year by Vertical Entertainment.
Check out a trailer for Lagarde’s All You Can Eat Buddha below.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief