Siobhán Williams (Steph in “Walking After Midnight“) will play Stevie Case, one of the first well-known female gamers, in the USA Network pilot for MASTERS OF DOOM, a series based on the 2004 book by David Kushmer that told the true story of how John Carmack and John Romero escaped the broken homes of their youth and created the 90s video game sensations Doom and Quake. In the pilot, John Romero will be played by Eduardo Franco, and Patrick Gibson will play Carmack. Stevie Case was the first professional gamer signed to the Cyberathlete Professional League, and famously won a Quake deathmatch against Romero in 1997. She is now a regional sales director at Twilio in San Francisco. MASTERS OF DOOM is intended to be the first installment in an anthology series focusing on important moments in the development of the video game industry. Continue reading →
Dani Kind (Mercedes Gardner) will be Lucille in TWO DEATHS OF HENRY BAKER, a modern-day western that stars Gil Bellows as Henry Baker, a famous outlaw who is released from prison after 25 years. Old friends and old ememies, including a bearded vagrant with an old bullet scar, a drunken deputy with half an ear missing, and a burned out street hustler with a vendetta, trail Henry to the Belair Bar and Hotel in (fictional) Grey County somewhere in the US. Once there, Baker plans to reunite with his son who has been protecting the gold he stashed away before being jailed. Among others in the cast are Jess Salgueiro (Jackie in I’LL TAKE YOUR DEAD) and Tony Curran (Datak Tarr on DEFIANCE).
TWO DEATHS OF HENRY BAKER was written by Sebastian Pigott (Charlie in “I Fall To Pieces“), and filmed in and around Ottawa. (The bar scenes were filmed at McCloskey’s in Chesterville, Ontario.) Director Felipe Mucci told Nelson Zandbergen of Nation Valley News that the film will air “for sure” on TNT Latin America, but that North American distribution is “not yet settled”. Continue reading →
Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Waverly) will be the as-yet-unnamed seven-months-pregnant girlfriend of Dara’s ex-husband in LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE. Sarah Sutherland stars as Dara, who returns home after a two year separation from her husband (played by Jared Abrahamson) in hopes of reconnecting with her family. But when she gets there, she finds that her husband is in a new relationship and her daughter doesn’t recognize her. Amanda Brugel (Rita in THE HANDMAID’S TALE) is also in the cast. Written and directed by Jesse Noah Klein, LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE is currently filming in North Bay, Ontario, and should be released early next year.
Provost-Chalkley will also be Sue in SEASON OF LOVE, a light-hearted, queer women’s, romantic comedy with six main characters: Iris (Emily Goss), Mardou (Laur Allen), Lou (Jessica Clark), Kenna (Sandra Mae Frank), Janey (Janelle Marie), and Sue. The six of them deal with their love lives in loosely connected stories set between Christmas and New Years. Janey comes home from college for her cousin Iris’ wedding, and wouldn’t mind reconnecting with her long-time girlfriend Sue. But Sue, a musician who makes her living busking, is preoccupied with trying to find a way to pay her mother’s medical bills. Sue sings beautifully, but suffers from crippling anxiety that prevents her from singing in front of a large audience, so when a private video is leaked and becomes a viral sensation, she finds it difficult to cope. SEASON OF LOVE will be released in the US on 30 November. Continue reading →