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Borealis Set to Shine On At Cinecenta, July 17 & 18 and on VOD

14 Jul

Borealis Movie PosterPlays at Cinecenta
University of Victoria
Student Union Buiding
3800 Finnerty Rd.

Jul 17 5:00 & 7:00pm
Jul 18 7:00 & 9:00pm

Borealis is an aptly titled movie because part of the story is about the collision course happening between father and daughter. They live in their separate worlds, but when reality is hitting hard — Jonah (Jonas Chernick, Degrassi: The Next Generation) has a huge gambling debt to pay off and Aurora (Joey King, Fargo) is going blind — they need to learn how to depend on each other to get out of hard times. The elder is not going to be able to pay off his debt anytime soon, and when he says to his teenage daughter, let’s run away. is that a good thing to do? In what this film explores is a gentle mix of emotional drama, incidental comedy and a touch of gangbuster fun.

Tubby (Kevin Pollak, The Whole Ten Yards) is the loan shark trying to collect from Jonah, and Brick (Clé Bennett, The Line), his muscle, are chasing after him. When going on the lam is tough in a province where the mob is everywhere, they are not going to get far. All Jonah wants to do is to show Aurora the Northern Lights once before her blindness settles in. The wife/mother died long ago, and he wanted his little angel to appreciate the life she has instead of tossing it away. There’s a lot of thought and sentimental feelings put into this story that was originally developed as a short film. Sean Garrity created Blind which expanded to Borealis.

I got the opportunity to speak to Jonas about this film, and talk to him about how this film came together:

First off, can you please introduce yourself to readers unfamiliar with your work.

I’m primarily an actor, from TV series like The Best Laid Plans, The Border and Fargo to movies like Seven Times Lucky, How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town and Blood Pressure. In between gigs, I write, produce and act in my own films, such as 2006’s Lucid, 2012’s My Awkward Sexual Adventure and 2016’s Borealis, which opens this weekend at Cinecenta in Victoria.

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[Victoria, BC] Tide Lines Sweeps Back into Victoria Nov 17th!

14 Nov

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

TideLinesTide Lines is more than just a documentary about two brothers and a friend setting sail from Vancouver Island to the Polynesian Islands to south of Africa to the Panama and home. It may have started out as a project to look at their journey, complete with a mini-biography about Ryan and Bryson Robertson and Hugh Patterson, but during the making of this film, it evolved to become another type of movie. The three-year journey these individuals undertook showed how they are discovering how different cultures are currently reacting to a global problem: what are the denizens of this planet doing to clean up the beaches that’s littered with trash? Scattered around them and floating within Earth’s many oceans are plastic debris of all sorts, bottles and all kinds of junk. Not everyone knows about the Great Pacific or North Atlantic Garbage Patch that’s just only growing beneath the waters of the five major oceanic gyres.

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Follow the Rising Water known as Yakona, A Documentary

10 Aug

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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Plays at Cinecenta
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
Aug 11 7:00 & 9:15 pm

For other showtimes, please click here.

Not many documentaries can hold a viewer for more than 45 minutes. When one does, they are typically filled with narration to explain the purpose of why it is expanding an individual’s mind to the wonders of the planet Earth, or the universe. Sometimes, in a theatrical presentations like Yakona, the purpose is to captivate and let the viewer decide for themselves what the visual thesis is about. Through sound and image instead of narration (having this track would have been beneficial), a creation and apocalyptic myth are being forged about the San Marcos River (located in Central Texas) as it borne from springs in the aforementioned region to Spring Lake.

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