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".
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