Kristin Lehman (Marilyn McGrath-Dufresne) has an as yet unspecified role in MIDNIGHT MASS, a horror/mystery set in an isolated island community, after the arrival of a charismatic and mysterious young priest seems to precipitate strange and wonderful (?) events. Annabeth Gish (X-FILES) and Hamish Linklater (THE CRAZY ONES) are also in the cast. “Midnight Mass” is also the title of the first novel written by one of the characters (Maddie played by Kate Siegel) in series creator Mike Flanagan‘s 2016 film HUSH. The same book also makes an appearance in another Flanagan film, GERALD’S GAME. (On the book’s back cover, it is suggested that the island’s name might be Crocket, and that one of the characters is named Riley.) Flanagan will direct all seven episodes of MIDNIGHT MASS, which has yet to begin production.
Katherine Kirkpatrick (Bake Sale Carol in “Two Graves“) is Zariah in PEACE BY CHOCOLATE, a film based on the true experiences of Tareq Hadhad and his family, whose chocolate factory in Damascus (the second-largest in the Middle East) was destroyed in 2012 during the Syrian civil war. The family emigrated to Canada in 2016 and rebuilt their business in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Director Jonathan Keijser told CBC News: “The essential dramatic storyline is about a charming young Syrian man who is struggling to settle in this new small-town life, ultimately having to choose between following his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor or keeping his father’s chocolate legacy alive.” Exteriors were filmed in Antigonish, interiors in Montreal, with production wrapping last February. PEACE BY CHOCOLATE will be on the festival circuit this fall, and is expected to be in Canadian (and possiblly US) theatres by the end of the year.
Jessica Lee (Lab Technician in “The Feast“) stars as Captain Bancroft in STARSHIP PATROL, a sci-fi action comedy directed by Adam Canuck Zimmerman, and produced during the Covid 19 quarantine. In the year 2137, Earth and Mars trade their greenhouse emissions for oxygen with two neighbouring star systems (populated by the Abante and the Oppulentus). The Starship Patrol ship November, captained by Bancroft, monitors the shipping lanes, and its record is perfect until three hundred humans are captured on its watch. Now the crew of the November must track down the missing earthlings, or all of Earth will be held responsible. A staged reading of the film (below), self-taped in more than fifteen cities around the world, was released last Canada Day.