Borealis

JONAH FINN (36) plays poker at a seedy back-room overseen by TUBBY FINKLEMAN, who reluctantly grants Jonah one-hundred grand in credit, which Jonah promptly loses. The volatile Tubby takes MARVIN – Jonah's family dog- as collateral, and warns Jonah that if he doesn't pay up by first thing in the morning, he and his daughter- AURORA (15) - are going to get hurt. When Jonah appeals to his girlfriend KYLA for a loan, she dumps him, tired of his lies and his negligent parenting. Oblivious to her family's danger, Aurora undergoes another eye exam at the Winnipeg Optometry Center. Her doctor delivers the prognosis to Jonah in private: she's going completely blind. But Jonah's unable to tell Aurora the truth. Instead, he urges her to come on a road trip to Churchill, Manitoba. There, Jonah once witnessed the most beautiful sight he's ever seen- the Northern Lights. His motivation is two-fold: flee from danger, and assuage his guilt by showing her the amazing Aurora Borealis- before she loses her vision completely. Along the way, with Tubby hot on their trail, Jonah and Aurora finally confront their tragic pasts and their individual vices, in un-anticipation and often comical ways. And when Jonah finally reveals the truth to Aurora about her failing vision, she shares a profound (and controversial) all-night encounter with the mysterious small town hipster- an experience that changes her forever. The next morning, Aurora reunites with Jonah for the final leg of the journey, culminating in an impossibly high-stakes game of blackjack, and a climatic final showdown with Tubby in the dangerously cold waters of Churchill's Hudson Bay.

DIRECTOR – SEAN GARRITY

The press has referred to Sean Garrity's work as "possessing a dark, twisted beauty" (Janet Smith, Georgia Strait) and has compared his work to that of David Cronenberg (Globe and Mail), Atom Egoyan (MacLean's) and even Luis Buñuel (Steve Palopol i, San Jose MetroActive).

His first feature film, INerTia, was awarded "Best First Feature" at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival, and netted him "Best Director" at the 2001 FilmCan Festival. The Globe & Mail named him one of three "Canadian Film makers to Watch" in 2002 and Northern Life announced, "Sean Garrity is the new wave of Canadian cinema."

His second feature film, Lucid, was one of the Top Ten Most Popular Canadian Films at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival, where it also won the CityTV award for best Western Canadian Feature, it was an Audience Award pick at Cinefest, and was an official selection at more than 25 film festivals around the world, including Shanghai, Mannheim, Singapore and Toronto.

His third feature, Zooey & Adam was shot entirely without crew or budget; a one - man film. It was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Pollygrind festival in Las Vegas, and was nominated at the Vancouver International Film Festival for the CanWest award for Best Canadian Feature Film. It enjoyed a successful festival and theatrical release across Canada, and the critical response, so far, has been the best of Sean's career.

Sean's fourth feature My Awkward Sexual Adventure– premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was selected as one of the TIFF Top Ten, it won the People's Choice Award at the 2012 Calgary International Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival, as well as being selected at festivals from Taiwan and Mar Del Plata to Santa Barbara and New York. It was nominated for Best Feature Film by the Director's Guild of Canada, and dominated the Canadian Comedy Award nominations for 2013, getting a nod in almost every category, and netting Sean the Best Feature Direction award. It is being distributed in 24 counties, translated into 15 different languages, and the Lithuanian remake was the third highest grossing movie in that country's history. It premiered in the top ten downloads on American VOD.

His fifth feature, Blood Pressure, one of only six Canadian films selected for the prestigious Busan International Film Festival, where it was singled out as one of Screen International's 10 Hot Films, was also nominated for the coveted Borsos Award at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival, and was an official selection at Beijing, Torino, Sao Paulo and Shanghai. It was nominated by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle for Best Actress, and was tremendously well reviewed, holding over in theatres in Canada for over four months, playing in a total of 23 cities.

In 2006, he was given the Special Jury Prize by the Don Haig jury at Toronto's Hot Docs Film Festival. The cash award is presented to a filmmaker whose work is not only outstanding, but has also bridged the documentary and fiction genres.

Sean first studied film production and theory at Toronto's York University and continued his studies at the Instituto de Arte Cinematografico de Avellaneda in Buenos Aires. After spending years backpacking through Asia and South America, Sean returned to his home town of Winnipeg to begin a career as a filmmaker and musician in 1997.

JONAH – JONAS CHERNICK

Jonas Chernick wrote, produced and starred in the feature comedy My Awkward Sexual Adventure, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was picked up for a US release by Tribeca Film, and where Jonas was promptly signed by The Gersh Agency.

My Awkward Sexual Adventure was subsequently named one of TIFF's Top Ten Films of the year, and went on to win the People's Choice Award at the Calgary International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Whistler Film Festival. Jonas scored a Best Male Performance nomination at the 2013 ACTRA Awards for his role as Jordan A brams. The film was also nominated for six Canadian Comedy Awards, including two for Jonas for Best Screenplay and Best Feature Film, and won for both Best Actress (Emily Hampshire) and Best Director (Sean Garrity). The film had its US premiere at the prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January 2013, leading into a very successful US release by Tribeca. My Awkward Sexual Adventure has been sold to over 30 territories worldwide, and was remade in Lithuania as Nepatyres, which had the third highest – grossing opening weekend in that country's history when released in January 2015.

Jonas co- wrote, co-produced and starred in Lucid, a feature film that premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and won the City TV Award for Best Western Canadian Feature Film at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival. He also collaborated on the screenplay and played the lead role in Inertia, which won the award for Best First Feature Film at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival and for which he picked up the Blizzard Award for Best Leading Actor.

Jonas won a 2008 Gemini Award and was nominated for a 2009 ACTRA Award for his work as "Slade" on the hit CBC drama series The Border. He won a Canadian Screen Award for his work in the lead role of Daniel Addison in CBC's acclaimed 2014 mini-series The Best Laid Plans, and had ongoing roles on the comedy series Living in Your Car (HBO Canada) and Degrassi (Teen Nick/Much Music). Other recent appearances include guest leads on Fargo (FX), Saving Hope (CTV), Covert Affairs (USA), Haven (SyFy/Showcase), Being Erica (Soapnet/CBC), and the films Seven Times Lucky (Sundance Film Festival 2004), The Samaritan, the critically- acclaimed Blood Pressure, and the upcoming comedy How To Plan an Orgy in a Small Town.

AURORA – JOEY KING

Equally comfortable on the big and small screen, Joey was recently seen in the Zach Braff directed indie feature Wish I Was Here opposite Kate Hudson, Braff and Mandy Patinkin. She was nominated for a Gotham Award for her performance. She recently starred in the critically acclaimed FX series Fargo, from executive producers Joel and Ethan Coen, as Colin Hanks' daughter. Fargo received 18 Emmy nominations in 2014, the second most of any television series, and won both the Emmy and Golden Globe Award for Best Mini- Series. Other recently wrapped projects include Roland Emmerich's Stonewall, the James Franco directed Sound and the Fury, with James and Dave Franco, Seth Rogen and Jon Hamm, and Zeroville, also directed by James Franco and starring Franco, Will Ferrell, Megan Fox and Rogen.

Previous film credits include Emmerich's White House Down, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, The Conjuring opposite Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, Family Weekend with Matthew Modine and Kristin Chenoweth, Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful with Mila Kunis, James Franco and Michelle Williams, Crazy, Stupid, Love with Steve Carell and Julianne Moore and Battle Los Angeles opposite Aaron Eckhart.

Joey burst on the scene in the title role of 'Ramona" in Ramona and Beezus opposite Selena Gomez. Voice credits include Horton Hears a Who! (Katie), 'Beaver' in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and 'Jessie' in The Boxcar Children. She recently starred in The Lifetime Original Movie, Outlaw Prophet, the true story of Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist sect who spent more than a year on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List. Joey plays the pivotal role of Elissa Walls, a battered young bride who brings Warren Jeffs to Justice.

Joey's past television work includes Disney's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Entourage, Medium, CSI, Ghost Whisperer, and New Girl.

She will next be seen in Roland Emmerich's highly anticipated sequel to his 1996 smash hit, Independence Day.

TUBBY- KEVIN POLLAK

Kevin Pollak has become an iconic fixture of comedy and dramatic film. His many co-starring roles include his award- winning turn in The Usual Suspects, as well as A Few Good Men, Casino, Avalon, Willow, and the Grumpy Old Men films.

He, of course, started as a stand- up comedian, and after many HBO and Showtime stand up specials, Kevin was named by Comedy Central as one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time.

His feature directorial debut, the documentary Misery Loves Comedy, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it was picked up by Tribeca Films for North America distribution. Shortly thereafter, while enjoying a successful second festival push at Tribeca, the international rights were sold, as well.

Kevin will next co-star with Ricky Gervais, Kelly McDonald and Eric Bana in Special Correspondents, which Ricky wrote and is directing in Toronto.

Also, in fall 2015, Kevin co-stars with Jane Lynch in the new CBS TV comedy series, Angel From Hell.

Last, but certainly not least, he hosts the enormously popular Kevin Pollak's Chat Show, which streams live online and is known as a "Charlie Rose, but fun".

FULL CAST & CREW

Cast:

JONAH
Jonas Chernick
AURORA
Joey King
TUBBY
Kevin Pollak
KYLA
Emily Hampshire
BRICK
Cle Bennett
FERGUS
Jake Epstein
HUNTER
Greg Bryk
LESLIE
Abbey Thickson
DR. SINGER
Rebecca Gibson
CHAD
Garth Merkeley
LARRY
Stephen McIntyre
BARTENDER
Gordon Tanner
Little Girl
Isabella Cotroneo
POPS
Dennis Seenie
CHIEF MACKAY
Rachel Seenie
TEENAGER
Qlirim Tenegja
MARCO
Mike Bell
DEALER
Charles "Chuck" Edwards
WAITRESS
Marina Stephenson Kerr
OLD MAN
Olio Alto

Crew (selected):

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
James Fler
Mark Gingras
Erla Glesby
Andrew Hunt
Phyllis Laing
Michael Paszt
Kevin Pollak
PRODUCERS
Jonas Chernick
Liz Jarvis
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Monique Perro
DIRECTOR
Sean Garrity
WRITER
Jonas Chernick
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Samy Inayeh
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Joe Laurin
1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Ronaldo Nacionales
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Maryam Decter
EDITOR
John Gurdebeke
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* Canadian theatrical release supported in part by Manitoba Film & Music

Petaluma, CA Petaluma International Film Festival Oct. 28-30, 2016
Barrie, ON Barrie Film Festival Oct. 16, 2016
Bay City, MI Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival * Closing Night Film Sept. 22-25, 2016
Gimli, MB Gimli Film Festival * Opening Night Film July 20-24, 2016
Victoria, BC CineCenta July 17 & 18, 2016
Regina, SK RPL Theatre July 8-10, 2016
Edmonton, AB Metro Cinema June 18 & 21, 2016
Shanghai, China Shanghai International Film Festival June 11 - 19, 2016
Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Film Festival * Opening Night Film June 3 - 12, 2016
Vancouver, BC Rio Theatre May 29, 2016
Ottawa, ON Mayfair Theatre Opens May 27, 2016
Guelph, ON The Bookshelf Cinema May 11 - 13, 2016
London, ON Hyland Cinema Opens May 6
Saskatoon, SK Broadway Theatre Opens May 6
Calgary, AB Globe Cinema Opens May 6
Winnipeg, MB Landmark Cinemas 8 Grant Park Opens April 15, 2016
Toronto, ON Magic Lantern Carlton Cinema & Kingsway Theatre Opens April 8, 2016
Toronto, ON Canadian Film Festival March 31 - 2016
Prince George, BC Prince George Film Festival Mar 18 - 20, 2016
Kingston, ON Kingston Canadian Film Festival Feb 26 & 27 - 2016
New Westminster, BC Arts Council of New Westminster New West Cinemas Nov 7 - 2015
Jasper, AB Jasper Film Club Chaba Theatre Nov 5 - 2015
Edmonton International Film Festival Oct 9 - 2015
Calgary International Film Festival Oct 3 & 4 - 2015
Vancouver International Film Festival Sept 28 & 30 - 2015
Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival Sept 20 - 2015
Montreal World Film Festival WORLD PREMIERE Sept 5 & 6 - 2015

Breathtaking!”

Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press

 

A beautiful film.”

Tracy Koga, Shaw TV

 

Beautiful, heartbreaking, and funny.”

Jeremy Morantz, CKUW 95.9 FM

 

A magnificent film.”

Terry MacLeod, CBC

 

Sure to win over audiences looking for a gentle story with solid performances.”

Ben Harrison, Exclaim

EXCLAIM

 

“Small films perform best in their small moments, and Borealis is no exception. King is perfect in the role of Aurora.”

Chris Knight, National Post

NATIONAL POST

 

“The whole cast is amazing. A fabulous movie.”

Val Cole, Daytime Toronto – Rogers TV

ROGERS TV

 

“Funny, surprising and calmly beautiful.”

Daniel Garber, CIUT Radio 89.5 FM Toronto

CIUT RADIO 

 

“Gently lovely. Sean Garrity directs with real heart and King aces her role right down to the final, illuminating scene.”

Marsha Lederman, Globe & Mail

GLOBE & MAIL

 

“Borealis has real soul.”

Norm Wilner, NOW Toronto

NOW TORONTO.

 

“Full of rich comic moments and euphoric revelations. Truly magical onscreen chemistry between Chernick and King.”

Martin Knelman, Toronto Star

TORONTO STAR

 

“Beautiful, unpredictable to the last minute… a great movie!”

Olivia Michalczuk, The Manitoban

THE MANITOBAN

 

“One of the best Canadian movies of the year.”

Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

TORONTO FILM SCENE

 

“Sean Garrity’s best film… a stupendous breakout for the cast.”

Addison Wylie, Wyliewrites.com

WYLIE WRITES

 

“Beautiful, poignant… a great film.”

David Eddie, NewsTalk 1010 Toronto

 

“Truly inspired, beautifully written… Exuberant and captivating performances.”

George Kozera, Mr. Will Wong

MR. WILL WONG

 

“Surprisingly sweet – Four Stars!”

Ulkar Alakbarova, Movies Move Me

MOVIES MOVE ME

 

“A thoroughly engaging trip, entertaining and emotionally affecting, anchored by a pair of excellent performances from Jonas Chernick and Joey King.”

John Corrado, One Movie Our Views

ONE MOVIE OUR VIEWS

 

“A great homegrown film!”

Breakfast TV

BREAKFAST TELEVISION TORONTO

 

“A considerately affecting road trip… Throws the audience a curve ball, and lands a winner.”

CINEMABLOGRAPHER

 

“Miraculous… Terrific performances from a top notch cast… Very Tarantino-esque, but with a Manitoba edge… original and fascinating… wonderfully entertaining!”

Vic Thiessen, On Movies

ON MOVIES

 

“Sweet and charming… Kevin Pollak rocks!”

Diego Crespo, Audiences Everywhere

AUDIENCES EVERYWHERE

 

“A moving father-daughter journey built on strong writing, impressive protagonists, and good acting.”

Xiu Qi Chin, The Peak

THE PEAK

 

“An engaging road movie with charm.”

Jason Anderson, Kingston Film Festival

KINGSTON FILM FESTIVAL

  

“A great new piece of Canadian cinema...”

THE CONCORDIAN

 

“Touching... great acting... Joey King is amazing!”

THE AARON RAND SHOW

 

“Borealis is a road trip movie with plenty of humour and humanity… From beginning to end, you really care about the characters' respective quests - both naturally and emotionally - and hope they are reached with success. So if you would like an entertaining, reaffirming time at the movies, Borealis delivers it with flying colours.”

-Stuart Nulman, The Montreal Times

 “Joey King is really fantastic... a fun movie!”

-GLOBAL NEWS

 

“Simply touched my heart...”

-THE LENA GHIO PARADOX

 

“Poignant... impactful... Joey King does a marvelous job.”

-ORCA SOUND

 

“A great Canadian film stunningly acted by Joey King and Jonas Chernick.”

-ARTS AND OPINION

 

“A terrific cast and a wonderful piece of writing... original and moving... Joey King is an absolute revelation!”

-Jason Whyte

Efilmcritic

 

“Beautiful and affecting... Joey King is brilliant!”

-Marina Antunes

Quiet Earth

 

“Great performances!”

Vancouver Sun

 

“Joey King is excellent!”

-Ken Eisner

The Georgia Straight

 

“Fresh, quirky and truthful... One of the best films I've seen this year!”

-Worthist.com

Worthist

 

“Vastly entertaining... Well worth seeing... Joey King gives a superb performance!”

- Ken Gibson

Stationbreak

 

“A perfect dance of comedy and tragedy... Genuinely charming with an organic originality... King gives a superb performance.”

- Bailey Ramsay

Ubyssey

 

“Wrenching family drama, oddball comedy and just a hint of a crime film... Great performances by Kevin Pollak and Cle Bennett!”

Vue Weekly

 

“A great film... Jonas Chernick is awesome!”

- Bruce Bowie

630 CHED Radio Edmonton

 

“Borealis is very much worth seeking out, particularly for the performances... Chernick shines, King is marvelous, and Pollak delivers the goods!”

- Michael Nazarewycz

Way Too Indie

 

“Definitely worth shining a light upon... Joey King is sensational!”

- Charles Trapunski

Scene Creek

 

“A great road trip... A terrific movie.”

- Todd James

Global TV Edmonton