Naomi Snieckus (Talent Agent in “Fae Day“) is Maria in the comedy WORK IT, which stars Sabrina Carpenter as Quinn Ackerman, a high school senior who learns that her admission to the college of her choice hangs on her performance at a dance competition. The problem is, she can’t dance, and is rejected by the school’s dance team. Her response is to assemble her own motley group of dancers to compete against the team that rejected her. Written by Alison Peck and directed by Laura Terruso, WORK IT will be on Netflix on 7 August. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Snieckus also hosts the FIRECRACKER DEPARTMENT PODCAST. In the latest episode (below), she interviews writer, producer, and director Kay Cannon (creator of the Netflix series GIRLBOSS). Currently, Cannon is writing and directing a reimagining of CINDERELLA.
Clark Backo (Shae in “I See a Darkness“) stars as Lily Green in the made-for-TV romance LOVE AT LOOK LODGE. Lily, who dreams of being a successful hotel event coordinator, is given the chance to do just that by helping a guest (Noah, played by Jonathan Keltz) plan his sister’s wedding. Lily soon realizes that Noah, a workaholic, has no real interest in the project, and is planning the wedding out of a sense of duty. Determined to make the event a success, Lily spends more and more time with Noah, encouraging him to live in the moment and be more supportive of his sister’s big day. In the process, the two begin to develop feelings for one another. A trailer is available on YouTube. LOVE AT LOOK LODGE should be released in Canada later this year. Continue reading →
Tommie-Amber Pirie (Ollie in “A Skinner, Darkly“) stars as Renee in Pat Mills’ thriller THE RETREAT. Renee and Valerie (Sarah Allen) plan to get married. They spend a weekend at a remote cabin to sort out some relationship difficulties, but soon after arriving discover that they are being hunted by a group of militant serial killers. Aaron Ashmore (John Jaqobis), Patrick Garrow (Turin), and Gavin Fox (Gared) are also in the cast. Alyson Richards, who wrote the screenplay, told Tim Dams of Variety: “As a queer woman, I was getting really frustrated that in so many genre films, the queer female characters are often revealed to be the psychotic killer or are killed. I really wanted to write a script where the gay characters didn’t turn on each other but instead turned to each other to survive.” THE RETREAT completed filming in Ontario last winter. No release date has been announced. Continue reading →