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Michael Seater, Chloe Rose, and Noah Reid had a segment on eTalk that aired on June 7th, where they talked about the release of their movie People Hold On. Below you can watch the segment, watch the videos from eTalk’s Snapchat, and view the pictures that were posted on the eTalk’s Snapchat.



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Michael’s full feature, directorial debut is now available to download across North America! You can download it on iTunes HERE

Also, Michael Seater and Ashley Leggat talked with MTV about People Hold On.

Seven years after Life with Derek ended, Derek (Michael Seater) and Casey (Ashley Leggat) reunited to make a film about growing up and accepting that the people you used to be aren’t necessarily who you are now.

People Hold On is Seater’s feature-film directorial debut, and stars his former TV step-sister, as well as a gaggle of former child actors from his past. “Half the cast was on Radio Free Roscoe [when they were kids],” Seater told MTV News. The cast also includes several Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, Degrassi, and The Zack Files actors who’ve all worked together over the years — which explains why filming this movie was such a personal experience for everyone involved.

Read the whole article over on MTV

BrancSeater posted a behind the scene picture from People Hold On. With it though, they announced that the film will be out across North American by May 31st, 2016!

Pre-Ordering is available on iTunes, where it says it is expected on April 25th in the United States store! You can also order it on Amazon!

#Tbt to shooting in the woods and losing our GD MINDS. 📷: @katieboland13 #PeopleHoldOn (out across N America May 31!)

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On October 9th, Etalk did a brief segment on People Hold On. Michael Seater talked about his first directorial featured film, while Etalk spoke with Paula Brancati (writer, producer, actor) and Ashley Leggat (actor) about the film. They also showed a brief behind-the-scenes look at the post-production.

Watch it below:

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People Hold On is out today in Canada! If you live in Canada, go watch it and support Michael and the amazing cast!

Also, EyeOnCanada’s YouTube page just released an interview that they did with Michael and Paula at the William F. White Party at TIFF last month. They speak of their debut feature People Hold On!

Addison Wylie was able to have an interview with Michael about People Hold On. They spoke mainly of the film-making process process for this film, and Mike also adds what BrancSeater is working on next!

Give it a read below:


I also briefly chatted with Michael Seater about his debut, People Hold On.  As someone who saw potential in his ability to direct, I wanted to know if he intended to make more movies.  I also wanted to pick his brain about the actual filmmaking process – especially the state of the script.

Addison Wylie: First of all, and don’t take this the wrong way, but what does the screenplay for People Hold On look like?  Yourself and actress Paula Brancati wrote the script, but a lot of conversations sound very organic.  Did you welcome improvisation?

Michael Seater: Yes!  That was the plan all along.  We almost always shot with two angles at once so the actors had the freedom to explore, overlap and play.  It allowed for truly authentic performances.

AW: Congratulations on your directorial debut!  This is a really good flick – and, so well directed.  People may know you best from TV’s Life with Derek, but I have a feeling that’ll change down the road.  Have you always had aspirations to direct?

MS: I remember when I was on set of Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, and realized that I wanted to try my hand at directing.  I decided I would watch and learn. It became my own sort of film school. And man, was I lucky to have that access (Brancati) and this opportunity with People Hold On.  But, I’ll never stop acting.  I like the attention too much!

AW: Having plenty of experience as an actor, have you known your cast for a while?  If so, did having prior relationships with your actors help when it came to rehearsing and ultimately shooting your film?

MS: We actually cast first, wrote second.  We initially thought about our friends we grew up with on various sets.  We then brought everyone together and pitched our idea!

AW: Did you find it easy making a movie in tight environments?  Did everyone have enough room to move around in that cabin?

MS: It was TIGHT.  Very small space, lots of people, VERY intimate.

AW: Now that you’ve gotten your filmmaking feet wet, do you have ideas for future films you want to make?  Perhaps another collaboration with Brancati?

MS: Paula and I just rolled cameras on our second feature film, Sadie’s Last Days on Earth!  It’s about a teenage girl with a crippling fear of the world and it stars Munro Chambers (Turbo Kid), Morgan Taylor Campbell, Ricardo Hoyos, and Clark Backo.

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Below is the quick interview Michael Seater and Paula Brancati did with SceneCreek for the promotion of People Hold On, which is coming out in theaters October 9th all over Canada.


Scene Creek: What is the movie about?

Michael Seater: People Hold On, I mean, I think you can…it’s an interesting film in the way that it came about and the way that we shot it. We basically kind of cast the film as we created the characters of the story. We drew on the fact that we had a ton of old friends, as we all grew up as actors and we wanted to draw on who they were as people and shoot it in a way that gave them a freedom to really make it something natural and authentic so we shot it so they would be overlap, we’d try new things, go off-book, and so it’s a really intimate exploration of your lifelong friendships and questioning whether there really is such a thing, and kind of questioning kind of where you are now, compared to where you thought you’d be, and we kind of focus on people in their late-twenties, but I think that that’s pretty universal, regardless of how old you are and death of childhood and all these great things, and all set against the beautiful backdrop of Northern Ontario and Parry Sound with towering pines and smoky granite, it’s a beautiful thing.

Scene Creek: How do you feel showing off the film?

Paula Brancati: It will be wonderful to share publicly something that has been so private for so long. We finished post at the end of November last year, so this will be wonderful. It does have a killer soundtrack, I think it’s the kind of movie that’s more fun to watch, especially the first time, with people. There’s something that bubbles over, and the audiences we have screened it for, just real crackling energy comes across from these characters that I think it’s totally relatable, and people really seem to hop along on the ride and I think I can sense people picking sides and favourites and couples they want to ‘ship and it’s sort of like I feel people being sucked in to this small world that we’ve built and that’s the only thing I can hope for, that people feel like it’s a real group of friends who are really in this situation because yeah, all of us have bits of our selves in these characters but definitely the events are fictional.

The movie does get dark, and it explores themes of the death of childhood and this fear of not being young and reckless and invincible any more.

Scene Creek: Could you describe your process of directing?

Michael Seater: So much of the work is done in prep, in pre-production and the more you can organize in advance, the more room you have to play on the day. If dot your i’s and cross your t’s and show up with a clear plan, you can show up and go “oh, that’s cool, but let’s change it a bit because I know what we need out of this. People Hold On was interesting. So much of it was in the edit, because the performers were given freedom to explore the scenes. Sometimes things were shot in a specific way, in which it was like “now is not one of the ones where we can do whatever we want”, but very often, I would let the actors explore, and encourage it, and they would lead the page and find their way back. So a lot of scenes there’s like scenes that are two minutes long, that in reality were seven minutes long.

Myself and our editor Haya Waseem, who’s incredible, to cut those scenes down, because you just have to tell a story and a seven minute scene could be interesting, but you can’t have a million of them or your movie doesn’t move forward. Working with her, it was amazing how we were able to clip part of a scene into another scene, or this take into that take. Putting together two takes in a typical film is easy, because your actors stick right to book, and you can just skip from one cutting point to another and it’s easy, but with this, they might be doing ten completely different things: I love what she said in Take 3, but I like how she got from this moment to that moment in Take 1, so it was a lot of piecing the puzzle together. I mean, we could that movie seven different ways and it would be an entirely different film so a lot of choices are made in the editing process are “what are the movie that we want to show people?”

Scene Creek: How true to life is the film?

Paula Brancati: The guy who plays Dan in the film, and I play Robin, is my real-life ex. So Al (Mukadam) and I playing exes, you know, it’s not reinventing the wheel by writing something that’s inspired by a past relationship, but I think it’s rare to actually be able to act that out and work through that on camera with your person, so it was like working as now friends, after being exes was so fascinating, and that’s how everybody felt about their roles. Everybody’s playing a very close version of themselves, or a sketch or we’re all really honest about some of the things we find frustrating about ourselves in these characters and a lot of the cast have been friends for years, they have worked together before, Mike and Ashley of course, on Life on Derek.

It’s like growing up in high school in the Toronto actor scene, there’s a such a…it’s sort of like our high school, we kind of built the character bios based on characters that we are interested in, also thinking of actors we’d like to play them. We had rehearsals based on outlines Mike and I wrote, like a detailed outline, and we recorded conversations with them…to their knowledge (laughs). and then we kind of fleshed that out into a script, and explored it and then on the day there was a lot of improv encouraged and some actors really went for that and some more stuck to the script and there was a really great blend of what was portrayed on camera, really, which is I think an honest depiction of how people talk when they’re in their mid-twenties, a lot of processing feelings aloud, there’s a lot of talking in this movie, and I’m not mad at it because I definitely talk a lot with my friends (laughing) about how we’re feeling.

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To promote the release of People Hold On (releasing in Canada on October 9th), all the actors have posted videos saying which characters from the movie they would do, marry, or kill. Michael even joined in on the fun, but from a “God’s prospective,” since he’s the director. Watch his below:

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Watch the everyone else’s videos on the People Hold On Facebook page!