Description: Fact and fiction collide after Jessie Wilson agrees to tutor young Tommy Faber in science and math. When the housebound Tommy insists he hasn’t left the dusty mansion of famed crime novelist Veronica Guest in more than sixty years, Jessie knows she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Tommy is convinced he’s a work of fiction, a make believe boy magically conjured from the pages of a short story first published in 1952. With the help of Tommy’s reclusive uncle, the elusive dime novel detective Jasper Diamond, Jessie discovers the mystery behind Tommy’s self-imposed exile.
You can hide from the world but not for long.
NORTHERN BANNER RELEASING
a Buffalo Gal Pictures
Interstate 80 Entertainment
produced with the participation of
THE SHAW ROCKET FUND
MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC
a DAVE SCHULTZ film
RORY J. SAPER
with SHEILA McCARTHY
and ERIC McCORMACK
Carmen Kotyk, CDC
Mary Jo Slater, CSA
Director of Photography
Thom Best, CSC
Andrew Thomas Hunt
Written and Directed by
Maddie Phillips as Jessie
Maddie Phillips has had a stellar year with a principal role in Hit the Road and recurring roles in TV series Ghost Wars and Project MC2.
Maddie was born and raised in Vancouver, BC until she moved to Perth in Western Australia at the age of ten to spend time with her Australian family. She graduated from high school in 2012 at Penrhos College, having studied theater while also earning a high distinction award from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). Maddie was confident that acting was still what she wanted to pursue and so moved back to her home town ‘Hollywood North’. She doesn’t know when her love of acting began, but likes to compare it to her love of chocolate: “I don’t know when I started loving chocolate, I just always have, I always will, and I’ll never turn it down when it’s offered to me.”
Ryan Grantham as Tommy
From an early age Ryan Grantham loved to entertain family and friends and create characters from his imagination. He quickly became a fixture in commercials, television and film after obtaining an agent.
Selected credits include The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus under the direction of Terry Gilliam and opposite Colin Farrell. He worked with Diane Lane in Jumper, Brian Cox in Secret of the Nutcracker, and Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins in Supernatural.
Ryan’s starring role as Redwood in Becoming Redwood earned him a UBCP/ACTRA Best Newcomer nomination in 2013 and a Leo Award nomination in 2012 for Best Lead in a Feature Film. Other awards include a 2012 VSFF win for Best Male Actor Short Film and a 2009 Leo Award nomination for Best Performance in a Short Drama.
All those Ryan has worked with on set praise his talent and professionalism. He loves telling a story through the characters he creates and often performs his own stunts. Ryan is currently attending university. When not acting, Ryan loves to train in martial arts, ski, mountain bike, hike, and spend time with friends and family.
Sheila McCarthy as Veronica
In her four decade career Sheila McCarthy has won every major Canadian acting award. Recent feature film roles include Cardinals, a 2017 TIFF selection, and The Wanting. She also has a recurring role in TV series, The Detail.
Sheila’s film credits include I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (Genie Award for Best Actress, Charles Chaplin Award in Vevey, Switzerland and People’s Choice Award at Cannes Film Festival in 1987), and Lotus Eaters(Genie Award for Best Actress in 1994). Other recent films include Milton’s Secret, Brace for Impact, Ice Girls, Algonquin, No Stranger Than Love, Antiviral, Breakfast with Scot, The Stone Angel, Die Hard 2, The Day After Tomorrow, Being Julia, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Rare Birds and Stepping Out.
Sheila played a leading role on Little Mosque on the Prairie as well as Emily of New Moon, for which she won the Gemini Award for Best Actress twice. She has guest starred on countless episodics including Orphan Black, Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries and Rookie Blue. She was featured on the hit ABC series Picket Fences as well as Street Legal, This Is Wonderland, Sesame Street (Gemini Award for Best Featured Actress in 2000) and A Nest of Singing Birds.
A popular fixture on Canadian stages, Sheila’s most recent theatre credits include Therefore Choose Life (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), The Arsonists (Canadian Stage), Lost In Yonkers (Howard Green Jewish Theatre), the world premiere of Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out (Neptune Theatre) and Love, Loss & What I Wore (Panasonic Theatre). A veteran of The Stratford Festival, Sheila headlined productions of Anything Goes, School for Scandal, The Imaginary Invalid, Guys & Dolls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Three Penny Opera. She is a two-time Dora Mavor Moore Award winner for her work in Really Rosie (YPT) and Little Shop of Horrors (Crest Theatre).
Sheila is an accomplished writer, producer, choreographer and director. She has trained at the University of Victoria and with the National Ballet School, as well as in NYC with Uta Hagen at HB Studio. She has taught at The National Theatre School, Humber College, at Stratford Shakespeare’s Summer School, and has also mentored Stratford apprentices. Sheila has a number of scripts in development both for the stage and the screen.
Eric McCormack as Jasper
Eric McCormack was born and raised in Toronto and spent ten years in Canadian theatre (five seasons with the Stratford Festival) and television (Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years). On Broadway, he starred as The Music Man, and opposite James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury in the Tony-nominated The Best Man.
His lengthy television resume includes The Andromeda Strain (A&E), Trust Me (TNT), Who Is Clark Rockefeller? (Lifetime) and The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS). Eight seasons as Will Truman on NBC’s Emmy-winning Will & Grace earned him a SAG Award, five Golden Globe nominations, and the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
He recently completed three seasons as a producer, director and the star of TNT’s Perception. He is also the lead in the series, Travelers. Upcoming feature films include Negative and The Architect, opposite Parker Posey.
Rory Saper as Steven
Rory Saper shot the eponymous lead in Dave Schultz’s feature film Rufus for which he was awarded the Indie Icon Award. He went straight into film on the feature Tarzan directed by David Yates in which he plays the young version of Alex Skarsgard’s lead. Earlier this year he shot the screen adaptation of the Royal Court’s The Pass alongside Russell Tovey and Nico Mirallegro produced by Duncan Kenworthy. He is currently in production on a series, Find Me in Paris, due for release in 2018.
Karl Thordarson as Nelson
Karl Thordarson is a Winnipeg-based actor who has performed in numerous local productions both in film and on stage. Favourite screen credits include work on The Pinkertons as a bareknuckle boxing romantic interest to the series’ lead, in The Gordie Howe Movie as an Avco Cup winning member of the Houston Aeros, and playing opposite Samuel L Jackson as his object of torture in Reasonable Doubt. Karl is also a member of two Winnipeg theatre companies, Theatre by the River, whose mandate is to produce artistically provocative and socially relevant theatre, as well as a company formed with his wife Daina and their two children, a KDSZ show, focusing on theatre for young audiences. Karl looks forward to further artistic endeavours on stage and screen in his hometown.
Darcy Fehr as Roger
Darcy Fehr is a Winnipeg actor and filmmaker. He made his onscreen acting debut in Guy Maddin’s The Cock Crew (1997) and has performed in over 60 productions in film, television and live theatre since. Recent television and film credits include Juliana and the Medicine Fish (2016) and Before Anything You Say (2016).
Beginning his career as a stage actor, Darcy returned to the theatre in the past few years playing Rupert Cadell in a stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (2013), and receiving critical praise for his performance as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2014). In 2012 he was nominated for the ACTRA MB Best Male Actor award for his work in Passionflower and in 2014, he won the ACTRA MB Best Male Actor award for his performance in Euphoria.
Darcy has worked numerous times with renowned Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, in films including The Saddest Music in the World (2003), with the most notable being his portrayals of the acclaimed filmmaker in Maddin’s own Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands (2003) and My Winnipeg (2007). He most recently appeared in Maddin’s critically acclaimed feature film The Forbidden Room (2015).
In addition to his acting career, Darcy runs and teaches at The Acting Studio, an acting school for film in Winnipeg.
Nancy Sorel as Linda
Two time Canadian Comedy Award winner and Canadian Screen Award Nominee Nancy Sorel is currently best known for her roles as Clara Fine on the HBO Canada comedy hit Less Than Kind, and Dr. Charlotte Slater in the Sony picture Heaven Is For Real opposite Greg Kinnear.
Beginning her career on the New York stage after receiving a Theatre degree from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, the daytime drama world quickly became home. It was on television series such as All My Children (Taffy), One Life To Live (Coco Lane) and the NBC Soap Generations (Monique McCallum) that Nancy paid her dues. Following her daytime years, Nancy enjoyed over two decades performing in hundreds of lead and guest starring appearances in prime time television movies, sitcoms, feature films and TV dramas, including David Schultz’s 2012 Sci-fi/Horror film Rufus. She can also be currently seen in The Pinkertons, portraying Marm McGoldrick, the 1800’s New York City mobster.
Nancy currently resides in Winnipeg with her husband, their two children and their corgis. She continues to perform on screen in both Canada and the US.
Montana Lehmann as Bridget
Montana Lehmann is very pleased to appear in her first full-length feature film, Considering Love and Other Magic. She has been part of numerous theatre productions in the past such as A Christmas Story (RMTC) and Sunday in the Park with George (Master playwrights festival). Montana can also been seen in The Middles (Prairie Kid Productions).
Marina Stephenson Kerr as Dr. Pippen
Marina Stephenson Kerr has recently wrapped The Land of Rock and Gold in the frozen north of Saskatchewan. She was nominated for two ACTRA awards last year for her work in My Awkward Sexual Adventure and The Case Against Casey Anthony. She can also be seen in The Big White, Capote, The Pinkertons, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Less Than Kind and Maneater. Marina has appeared on stages all across Canada for over 30 years. She is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and resides in Winnipeg.
Interstate 80 Entertainment Inc.
Interstate 80 Entertainment Inc. is an Alberta based production company with more than 20 years of experience working in the Canadian television and motion picture Industry. Project highlights include the four-part television documentary series Chrome Dreams, North America’s love affair with the automobile, the six part documentary series, Rebels – A Journey Underground, hosted by Kiefer Sutherland, and the two-hour documentary special The Longest Road, co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada.
Dramatic projects include the feature films Rufus (2012) starring Son’s of Anarchy Kim Coats, JAG’s David James Elliott, and Perception’s Kelly Rowan, and Jet Boy (2002) starring Dylan Walsh, Kelly Rowan, and Branden Nadon. Projects developed by Interstate 80 include the feature film 45 RPM (2008) starring Michael Madsen, Amanda Plummer and Kim Coates.
Awards and festivals include The Northampton International Film Festival, The Newport International Film Festival, The Milan International Film Festival, San Antonio, the Las Vegas Film Festival’s Indi-Icon Award, The Alberta Governor General Award, Yorkton’s Golden Sheaf, AMPIA’s Rosie (2013) for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Cinematography, Festival International du Film sur l’Art, Huston International Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Cinemagic Belfast, Vancouver International Film Festival, CIFF, and Cinefest Sudbury.
Interstate 80 Entertainment Inc. is an AMPIA producer member specializing in homegrown, Canadian conceived and created motion pictures.
Buffalo Gal Pictures Inc.
Buffalo Gal Pictures is an independent film and television production company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Buffalo Gal team has developed and produced many challenging and diverse projects by creating collaborative relationships with creative talent and building successful co-production partnerships. For more information, go to buffalogalpictures.com.
Dave Schultz, Writer/Director/Producer
Dave Schultz is a Canadian born writer/director/producer. His feature film directing credits include the cult classic JET BOY, the period drama 45 RPM, and the coming of age vampire adventure RUFUS. Schultz specializes in the writing and directing of youth orientated drama. His latest offering CONSIDERING LOVE AND OTHER MAGIC is scheduled for theatrical release in 2017. Schultz’s writing credits include the Nicolas Cage sci-fi THE HUMANITY BUREAU as well as screenplay adaptations for New York Times bestselling authors Joy Fielding and Daniel Kalla. Documentary credits include the six part television series REBELS – A JOURNEY UNDERGROUND, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, and the History Television special THE LONGEST ROAD, co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada. Dave Schultz lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Phyllis Laing, Executive Producer
President Phyllis Laing established Buffalo Gal Pictures in 1994, using her keen sense of business, creative vision and knowledge of the film industry to steadily drive the company to become an industry leader.
Her experience in the industry includes over 60 feature film and television projects. Recent credits include Guy Maddin’s latest feature The Forbidden Room (2015), which screened at Sundance and Berlin; Aloft (2014), nominated for the Golden Bear Award in Berlin; All the Wrong Reasons (2013), which won the Grolsch Filmworks New Discovery Award; and the Canadian Screen Award nominated feature Mad Ship (2012).
On the TV side, in addition to being at the helm for The Pinkertons, Phyllis executive produced celebrated Canadian TV series Less Than Kind for its complete run of four seasons. The series received 17 Canadian Screen Award nominations. She served as executive producer on the four seasons of Cashing In for APTN, and for sketch comedy series Sunnyside for CityTV.
Under Phyllis’ leadership, Buffalo Gal Pictures is providing visual special effects through its ownership share of OpusVFX and is creating 3D animated programs via Tangent Animation Studios.
Phyllis’ business acumen has been honoured three times by the Women’s Business Owners of Manitoba. She received the Women Entrepreneur of the Year award twice – in 2013 and 1994 – as well as the Impact on Local Economy award in 2002.
Committed to continued development of the film and television industries, Phyllis served for many years as Chair of the On Screen Manitoba Board of Directors, in addition to her seat as a Producer board member. She is currently a member of the Gimli Film Festival Board of Directors.
Devan Towers, Executive Producer
Devan Towers received her call to the Manitoba Bar in 1994, and until September 2013, was in private practice with Taylor McCaffrey, LLP in Winnipeg. She was a partner for the last seven years of her practice, providing services to clients from the film, music and publishing industries, including producers, artists, writers, distributors and lending institutions.
In 2004 she took a sojourn from private practice for two years and worked with Original Pictures Inc. as Executive Producer on A Bear Named Winnie, an international co-production, and spent 2005 as Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Original Pictures where she assisted in setting up development and production systems, specifically providing services for the Global/ABC Family series Falcon Beach. Devan left Taylor McCaffrey, LLP in 2013 to work with Buffalo Gal Pictures Inc. as its Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. She is the Executive Producer on a 22 one-hour episode series entitled The Pinkertons and a treaty animation feature film currently entitled Ozzy.
Joanne Levy, Producer
Joanne Levy is a producer, executive and consultant with extensive experience in the broadcast and production industries. Her company works in association with Buffalo Gal Pictures, one of the most active production companies in Manitoba. She pursues the creation of programs for distribution platforms in all formats and genres.
Joanne has been a TV journalist, independent producer and senior broadcast executive. As a broadcaster she commissioned hundreds of hours of original, independently produced Canadian programs in all genres that have collected numerous awards.
Joanne’s recent production credits include Friends and Other Magic (a digital media game associated with Considering Love and Other Magic), Soul Sisters: The Catholic Women Religious of Manitoba (documentary), The Pinkertons (digital media supporting TV drama series in 2015), Emma’s Wings (mobile app in 2013), co-producer on Arctic Mosque, a one-hour documentary for CBC and APTN (2013), the one-hour documentary Mardi Gras: Feast before Fast for Vision TV (2011), and A Cruel Wind Blows, feature documentary for Al Jazeera, NHK, SCN, HiFiHDTV (2009).
Jeff Beesley, Producer
With a bold body of work in both feature films and network television, Jeff Beesley has received much acclaim for his unique style and vision, and is considered one of Canada’s most exciting talents. His productions have garnered praise from festival screenings and have won numerous awards.
Jeff has directed the two most successful and critically-acclaimed Canadian television series in Little Mosque on the Prairie and Corner Gas. Jeff has the rare distinction of directing primetime television series simultaneously airing on each of Canada’s major television networks with Corner Gas (CTV), Little Mosque on the Prairie (CBC) and renegadepress.com (Global Television).
Rhonda Baker, Supervising Producer
With 25 years’ experience in the film and television industry Rhonda Baker has honed her skills producing, line producing and supervising on feature films, a reality series and half-hour and one-hour television series that were filmed in Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Vancouver, Moscow and London, England.
Over the past couple of years Rhonda has line produced Aloft, a Canada-Spain treaty production starring Jennifer Connelly, Gilliam Murphy and Melanie Laurent and directed by Academy Award nominated Claudia Llosa; Bravetown, a feature starring Josh Duhamel, Laura Dern and Maria Bellow; as well as A Warden’s Ransom, Hyena Road and Considering Love and Other Magic. Before relocating to Winnipeg Rhonda produced The Messengers with Sam Raimin, which opened #1 at the box office in North America, directed by Danny & Oxide Pang; Tideland with Jeremy Thomas and Gabriella Martinelli, and directed by world renowned Terry Gilliam.
Series filming with Buffalo Gals has seen the completion of 22 x one-hour episodes of The Pinkertons filmed entirely in Manitoba and airing on 211 stations across the US, followed by the first season of 13 x half-hour sketch comedy series Sunnyside, produced by Counterfeit Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures, created by the comedic team of Dan Redican and Gary Pearson. Most recently Rhonda completed 8 x one-hour action series Insomnia shot on location in Moscow, Russia with Buffalo Gal Pictures, Infinity Production and Welldone Production.
Rhonda has worked on projects with budgets that range from $1 million to $25 million with producers, directors, and cast from around the world.
Thom Best, Director of Photography
Thom Best is a Canadian cinematographer whose credits include TV series The Pinkertons for first-run syndication in the US and CHCH in Canada, Working the Engels for NBC, Played for CTV, Being Erica for CBC, Billable Hours for Showcase, and Queer as Folk for Showtime. He shot pilots for Leilah and Jen and Mr. D, and several MOWs including Showtime’s Run the Wild Fields, which was nominated for four Emmy Awards in 2001. Thom’s feature film credits include Finn on the Fly, The Magic Flute, Men With Brooms, and Ginger Snaps, for which he received nomination for Best Achievement in Cinematography at the 2002 Genie Awards.
Kathy McCoy, Production Designer
Kathy McCoy is a Canadian production designer and art director who works in both film and TV. A graduate of Alberta College of Art and Design she began her career in graphic design and advertising. Following a stint at CBC she refocused her career to work in film and TV.
Production design credits include the award-winning period mini-series The Englishman’s Boy starring Bob Hoskins, the feature thriller Faces in the Crowd starring Mila Jovovich, and the much loved Canadian classic Corner Gas The Movie. Art direction credits include western feature Forsaken starring Keifer and Donald Sutherland, Tallman starring Jessica Beal, and Lullaby for PI starring Rupert Friend, Clémence Poésy and Forest Whitaker.
The opportunity to work as a designer and art director has been creatively and personally rewarding for Kathy. Every production provides its own challenges and complexities but allows her to use her love of design and problem solving to create many different worlds and environments. Kathy thinks that designing and building these worlds with so many other creative people has got to be one of the best careers imaginable.
Heather Neale, Costume Designer
Heather Neale is a Winnipeg-based Costume Designer who specializes in contemporary and period design. Heather graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Clothing and Textiles, and worked as a Fashion Merchandiser before entering the film industry in 1999. Heather instantly fell in love with creating characters through costume after designing her first independent project, which was set in the 1970’s. Heather has been focused on her film career ever since, and has designed for some of Canada’s most talented filmmakers, including Guy Maddin, Michael Dowse, and Jacob Tierney. In 2013 she was recognized by the Canadian Screen Awards for her work on Todd & The Book of Pure Evil (Season 2), and was also nominated for a Genie Award in 2012 for Keyhole.
Heather’s recent projects include Aloft (Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Melanie Laurent), Bravetown (Laura Dern, Josh Duhamel, Lucas Till), and 22 episodes of The Pinkerton’s (Angus McFadyen, Jacob Blair). She currently divides her time between Manitoba and Arizona, and looks forward to working on future creative projects.
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