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 →
Created by Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik, STRANGE EMPIRE is a thirteen-episode series set in 1869 about three women who hold down a town on the border of Alberta and Montana after all the men are murdered. It can be streamed on CBC Gem in Canada and on Tubi in the US.
Melissa Farman, Cara Gee and Tattiawana Jones
Tattiawana Jones (Isabelle Slotter) is Dr. Amelia Black in THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY, a romantic comedy starring Geraldine Viswanathan as Lucy Gulliver, a lonely young woman who has just gone through a breakup and decides to open up a place called The Broken Hearts Gallery where people are able to abandon things that remind them of their past relationships. The gallery is a hit, and becomes famous among broken-hearted romantics everywhere. Written and directed by Natalie Krinsky, THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY will be released in the US and Canada on 11 September. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Melissa Farman and Aaron Poole
Aaron Poole (Captain John Slotter) will be pierced man in THE EDUCATION OF FREDRICK FITZELL. The title character, Fred Fitzell (Dylan O’Brien), is a normal guy approaching his 30s and the biggest decisions he’s facing are whether he should get a corporate job and let go of his dream of being an artist, or if he should commit to his girlfriend. After a chance encounter with a long forgotten man from his youth, Fred takes a trip into his own past, which literally and metaphorically forces him to choose a direction in life. Directed by Christopher MAcBride, THE EDUCATION OF FREDRICK FITZELL is expected to be released later this year. Continue reading →
Meg Tilly (Lorna Corbett) has written her second romance novel. CLIFF’S EDGE. The book follows Eve Harris as she prepares to house-sit for her neighbour and run her bakery in a quiet village on Solace Island, which is somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Her sister Maggie is away on her honeymoon. (Eve and her sister opened the bakery in Tilly’s first novel.) Her neighbour Luke, it turns out, has already offered the house to his friend, movie star Rhys Thomas, who needs a quiet place to be after completing his latest film. Eve and Rhys find themselves attracted to one another, but they aren’t as alone as they might think. CLIFF’S EDGE can be pre-ordered from most distributors, including Amazon and Google Play Books, and will be released on 21 May.