Sara Canning (Polly Miller in “Been Away“) is Venice in AN AWKWARD BALANCE (original title “Fucking Idiots”), a dark comedy about a married couple (Sarah and Mike, played by Stephan Lobo and Christina Sicoli) who find themselves in considerable financial difficulties and try to solve them by involving a “successful” friend Paul (Ben Cotton) in their S&M tinged personal spending aversion therapy. Paul then suffers a breakdown and confesses to his own financial problems and impending bankruptcy. Then Venice, an outsider, arrives, and adds a new perspective to the mix. Directed by David Milchard and written by Kris Elgstrand, AN AWKWARD BALANCE is expected to be released in Canada later this year.
Canning also stars as Maggie in the short film THE QUIETING. Maggie is a woman in her thirties who, on the eve of her first date with a woman, finds herself dealing with coming out in unexpected ways. Writer/director Ali LIebert told Adrian Mack of The Georgia Straight: “It is my story. It may seem kind of specific — a motherless, late-blooming queer — but I’m hoping the themes reach a wider group of people. I’ve only really been out for five years. There aren’t a lot of stories about people coming out in their 30s or older. The night before my first date with a woman was such a turning point for me, and it was something I felt I wanted to share.” THE QUIETING will screen as part of the 2020 Inside Out Film Festival. (The festival runs from 1-11 October and has gone digital this year.) A trailer is available on Twitter. Continue reading →
Christopher Heyerdahl as the Chapman’s creepy neighbour Edmund in Episode 2.7 of PROJECT BLUE BOOK
Christopher Heyerdahl (Sam) will be Hiram Epps in seven episodes of the Amazon horror series THEM:COVENANT. Set in 1953, the show follows a couple (Lucky and Henry Emory, played by Deborah Ayorinde and Ashley Thomas) who decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white neighbourhood in Los Angeles. Once they arrive, their new home quickly becomes a spot overrun with evil forces both mundane and supernatural. Allison Pill (STAR TREK: PICARD) and Michael J Harney (PROJECT BLUE BOOK) are also in the cast. The show had its first table read last October, but there is no word yet on a release date.
Matreya Scarrwener (Brittney in “No ‘I’ in Team“) stars as Stacey, a troubled teenage girl who downloads an app called ‘Shall We Play?’ (also the name of the film) which enables her to have conversations with the dead (or maybe she only thinks it does). In the beginning, Stacey uses it to converse with dead relatives for emotional support, but the app soon takes over her life completely. SHALL WE PLAY? is director Ann Forry‘s first feature. The film’s website says that it is “Coming Soon”, but, though IMDB suggests it will be released later this month, no specific date has been announced. A trailer is available on YouTube. Continue reading →
Aleks Paunovic (Julius) will be Trevor and Rukiya Bernard (Doc) will be Taylor in the psychological thriller “92”. Set in Japan, the U.S., UK, France, Sweden, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates, the film tells the story of five characters who have joined forces in an effort to shut down a dead tech mogul’s most secret invention, a machine intended to solve all of mankind’s problems, but which could end all life on earth. The thriller was shot in eight different countries with director Rick Dugdale running the show through a virtual command centre. “I’m directing over Zoom,” Dugdale told Dana Gee of the Vancouver Sun. “It feels like we are standing on a film set. We have a cinematographer, we have a production designer, we have the actors and we have the writer and the editor on set as well.” The script by Cam Cannon relies heavily on virtual footage. “92” is expected to be released in the US sometime in July. Continue reading →