Toronto – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to present the first-ever Special Presentation of CFC Features’ high-octane drama 22 CHASER as part of the fifth annual National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto.
A Q&A with director Rafal Sokolowski and select cast will follow the screening.
22 CHASER follows a desperate tow truck driver who risks everything to become king of the road and piece together his broken family. It is the feature directorial debut from Rafal Sokolowski (Three Mothers, Seventh Day) and is based on a screenplay by Jeremy Boxen (Imposters, Orphan Black, Killjoys). The film stars Brian J. Smith (Sense8, Red Faction: Origins, SGU Stargate Universe), Raoul Trujillo (Sicario, Cowboys and Aliens), Tiio Horn (What Would Sal Do?, Hemlock Grove, Defiance), Aaron Ashmore (Killjoys, Regression), and John Kapelos (The Breakfast Club). The film is produced by Don Carmody (Shadowhunters, Resident Evil franchise, Chicago), Daniel Bekerman (The Witch, Bang Bang Baby) and Aeschylus Poulos (Mary Goes Round, Sleeping Giant); co-produced by Brendan Carmody (13 Eerie, Home Again); and executive produced by Justine Whyte (Cube, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Adventures in Public School).
“National Canadian Film Day presents a fantastic opportunity to get Canadians engaged in and to appreciate our homegrown content and talent,” said Justine Whyte, Executive Director, 22 CHASER and Director & Executive Producer, CFC Features. “22 CHASER has been under the wings of the CFC for a very long time and it’s one of the most complex films we have supported to date – we are overjoyed to finally share it with audiences, especially on a day that is dedicated to celebrating Canadian film!”
22 CHASERwas produced through the Canadian Film Centre’s CFC Features program. Development at CFC Features is supported by the Government of Ontario, and production support and financing are supported by the CFC and The Movie Network, a division of Bell Media.
The producers secured additional production financing from Telefilm Canada and The Ontario Media Development Corporation. 22 CHASER was recently picked up for distribution in Canada by levelFILM and will be released theatrically this summer. The film is represented by XYZ in the U.S. and Red Sea Media in the international market.
Tickets for the Special Presentation of 22 CHASER will become available to the public free of charge as of 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 until the screening is sold out. CLICK HERE to claim your ticket. Please note: passes received through this promotion do not guarantee a seat at the theatre. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, except for special guests. The theatre is overbooked to ensure capacity. Arrive early to secure your seat.
Additionally, the Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is presenting a screening of CFC Features’ 1995 quirky horror-comedy BLOOD & DONUTS, CFC alumna Holly Dale’s directorial debut, on National Canadian Film Day (April 18, 2018) at 9:45 p.m. at Globe Cinema in Calgary as part of its spotlight on female filmmakers. Acclaimed cinematographer Paul Sarossy will join a Q&A following the film. Find more information and secure your free ticket HERE. Similarly, Media Commons, Robarts Library will present a free screening of BLOOD & DONUTS in Toronto on April 18, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Media Commons, 3rd Floor Robarts Library. Learn more HERE.
CFC is also pleased that a number of CFC alumni films are included in this year’s NCFD Spotlight Films, celebrating the accomplishments of women in Canadian film, including:
- Away From Her (written and directed by alumna Sarah Polley)
- The Breadwinner (written by alumna Anita Doron and produced by alumni Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen)
- Crackie (written and directed by alumna Sherry White, starring alumnus Joel Thomas Hynes)
- Double Happiness (written and directed by alumna Mina Shum)
- Empire of Dirt (directed by alumnus Peter Stebbings, written by alumna Shannon Masters, produced by and starring alumna Jennifer Podemski)
- Ginger Snaps (directed by alumnus John Fawcett, written by alumna Karen Walton, produced by alumnus Steven Hoban)
- The Lesser Blessed (written and directed by Anita Doron)
- Long Time Running (co-written and co-directed by alumnus Nicholas de Pencier)
- Manufactured Landscapes (produced by Nicholas de Pencier)
- Maudie (written by Sherry White)
- Meditation Park (written and directed by Mina Shum, produced by alumni Raymond Massey and Stephen Hegyes, featuring alumnus Don McKellar)
- Modra (written and directed by alumna Ingrid Veninger)
- Picture Day (produced by alumni Lauren Grant, Peter Harvey and Aeschylus Poulos)
- Stories We Tell (written and directed by Sarah Polley, produced by alumna Anita Lee)
- The Sun at Midnight (written, directed and produced by alumna Kirsten Carthew, starring alumna Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs)
- Window Horses (written and directed by alumna Ann Marie Fleming)
- The World Before Her (written, directed and produced by alumna Nisha Pahuja)
For more information on NCFD, visit canadianfilmday.ca.
Learn more about CFC Features HERE.
National Canadian Film Day
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