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Ida Makes a Movie

Ida Makes a Movie (1979) is the short film that inspired the Degrassi franchise: The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi High, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. It was directed by Kit Hood and Linda Schuyler and was written by Amy Jo Cooper. The story was adapted from the children's picture book Ida Makes a Movie, written by Kay Chorao.

Plot

The National Film Board of Canada is sponsoring a movie festival. Ida Lucas is a nine year old girl who decides to make a movie about the environment (ie garbage), and enter it into the festival. The judges, thinking the film is about war, accept Ida's film into the festival finals.

Credited cast

  • Zoe Newman - Ida Lucas
  • Dawn Harrison - Catherine "Cookie" Peters
  • Allan Melusi - Fred Lucas

Production notes

  • Linda Schuyler's friend Bruce Mackey let his house be used as a location; his dog Rayn appears in the film.

Spin-offs

Ida Makes A Movie inspired directors Kit Hood and Linda Schuyler to create The Kids Of Degrassi Street and then Degrassi Junior High etc. Today it has turned into a major franchise that has spread to numerous countries. Season 8 of Degrassi: The Next Generation will air on Canada's CTV in October 2008.

Bibliography

  • Chorao, Kay (1974). Ida Makes a Movie. New York City: Seabury Press.

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