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Eugene Levy, who co-created ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ with son Dan Levy, arrives on the red carpet at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘Schitt’s Creek’: Where ‘Jews of no religion,’ facing exile, find redemption

Critics who ignore or simply miss the Jewishness of the ‘Schitt’s Creek’ characters fail to appreciate this key aspect of the show’s inclusive reach and appeal to diverse viewers.
Spend money on morale, and focus on story, by far the most important element to filmmaking. Canadian comedy icon Kevin McDonald stars in Michael Stasko’s ‘Boys vs. Girls.’ (Jesse Hebert)

4 ways independent filmmakers can make the most of small budgets for big results

Renting locations, hotel rooms, offices and cast trailers can eat the lion’s share of a budget. We rented an off-season summer camp and won best feature film at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2020.
The cast of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2019 — that year, the show won Best Comedy Program or Series. (Shutterstock)

‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Letterkenny’ are love letters to rural Canada

Shows like ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Letterkenny’ upend how we imagine rural Canada to be. The small-town dynamics represented are wonderful presentations of what it means to be human.

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