Hilary Jardine (Susan) will be Patty Beron, founder of the online community sfgirl.com, in VALLEY OF THE BOOM, a six part miniseries about the ’90s tech boom that will examine the culture of innovation and debauchery that led to the dotcom bubble. According to showrunner Matthew Carnahan, documentary elements will be used to help tell the true inside story. Carnahan told Deadline.com: “We wanted to make something as the people and the tech that came out of The Valley during this period, so this is a wild, hybridized, rule-breaking look at a truly remarkable time and place.” VALLEY OF THE BOOM will premiere on The National Geographic Channel on 1 November.
Jardine is also Hilary in PRODIGALS, a film which stars David Alpay as Wesley, a law school dropout called upon to assist in a friend’s trial. He returns to his hometown where an ex-girlfriend (Sara Canning) and other troubles from his past await him. Directed by Michelle Ouellet, PRODIGALS will be in Canadian theatres beginning 8 June at Imagine Cinemas in Toronto. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Sarah Desjardins (Catherine in “Fear Her“) is Jenna Hope (Henrietta’s step-sister) in IMPULSE, a drama based on the third novel in the Jumper series by Steven Gould. The main character, 16-year-old Henrietta (Maddie Hasson), discovers she has the ability to teleport when her date (Tanner Stine) tries to rape her. (She has a seizure and finds herself inexplicably in another location.) When she teleports, she inadvertently crushes her attacker, leaving him a paraplegic.
Desjardins described the series to Charles Trapunski of Brief Take: “The best way to describe it in relation to Jumper and Steven Gould’s novels is that it’s based in the world of Jumper, like we’re in the realm. We don’t have any characters that are straight from the book, but we are definitely in the world of Jumper. The reason why we ended up making the show is that Doug Liman, who directed [the 2008 movie] Jumper, loved the concept of it and it didn’t turn out exactly the way he wanted it to in the end.” Six of the ten episodes are directed by women, and YouTube has a Trailer. The first three episodes are free on YouTube Red
Christie Burke (Emma in “Help Out“) will be Becca, older sister of Angela, in the sci-fi/horror feature ASCENSION. Still mourning the death of her mother, Angela (Ana Mulvoy Ten), who has had some behavioral issues, tries her best to keep harmony in her home. She takes care of her younger sister Chloe (Farrah Mackenzie) and tries to keep the peace with the difficult, goth Becca (who is furious that their father pulled them out of school and hired a grad student to home school them). When Becca starts behaving oddly, only Angela can see that she is possessed by an alien being, and that Chloe is in grave danger. Directed by Ross Wachsman, ASCENSION was filmed last year in the Los Angeles area, and should be on the festival circuit by May, 2019.
STILL/BORN, in which Burke stars as Mary, a woman who gives birth to twins, one alive, one dead, and comes to believe her surviving son is under attack from mysterious, supernatural forces, is now available on Amazon Video and on iTunes.
Dax Ebaben wrote about the film for Bloody Disgusting: “On its surface, Still/Born is a simple supernatural film combined with a descent-into-madness style narrative. Underneath, this film dives headfirst into issues that many other films just won’t touch or doesn’t examine closely enough. The story really centers around Mary and her difficulty in dealing with loss and grief at a time when most mothers are happily setting into their new roles. There may or may not be an entity trying to devour baby Adam, but the real horror is in Mary’s dealing with her postpartum psychosis.”
Pippa Mackie (Peggy in “Stay Away“) is Bronwyn in the romantic comedy #ROXY, a retelling of Cyrano starring Jake Short as Cyrus Nollen, a teen computer genius at Bergerac High. He’s smart, sensitive, funny, and madly in love with his friend Roxy (Sarah Fisher), but is painfully shy because of his large nose. Unfortunately Roxy tells Cyrus that she’s interested in the new kid in his Biology class. #ROXY was filmed at Bellerose Composite High School in St. Albert, Alberta (near Edmonton), and will be released in the US on 1 August.
Mackie was Leap in the 2017 production of “The Society of the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius“, a play by two-time Governor-General’s Award winner Colleen Murphy (which ran from 22 November – 3 December at Rumble Theatre in Vancouver). The production has been nominated for eight Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards including Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble and Outstanding Production. Winners will be announced on 16 July. (Tickets to the awards ceremony at Bard on the Beach’s BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park are now on sale.)