Coincidence by Design is a thriller in development with writer Jefferson Lewis attached.
This is the story of Jack Behan, a successful software designer in his early 30s who desires a love relationship but who has neither the time nor the social skills to establish such a relationship on his own. He spots a potential love-interest, and desperate to meet her, he procures the services of an agency called Coincidence by Design. For a lavish fee, the agency finds the woman, acquires in-depth information about her and ultimately arranges a coincidence for Stephen and the woman to meet. Stephen marries the woman and all appears well until he suspects that the agency has gone to unsavory ends to secure his relationship. As he mounts his own investigation it becomes increasingly evident that neither the agency nor his wife are what or who they claim to be.
Off Course is a suspenseful road movie set in Italy and written by Katrin Bowen.
Robbi is a disillusioned model, working as a dancer in a sleazy nightclub in Riccione, Italy. When she learns her father back in Canada is gravely ill she decides she has to leave and return home to see him one last time before he dies. Realizing that she can’t break her contract from her odious boss, Gianni, she flees from the club with the help of a flamboyant drag queen named Cory. After missing the bus, Robbi runs into a Mercedes, driven by Franco, a charming older gentleman who mistakes her for a prostitute. Unable to get a train ticket to Milan, Franco kindly offers her a ride to the airport, which is on his route anyway. Stuck between a rock and hard place, Robbi reluctantly accepts his offer. But she soon learns that she is in trouble when Franco does not take the exit for Milan but instead heads in the opposite direction.
The screenplay of Any Night is based on the original stage play of the same name, written and performed by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn. It won “Best New Play” at Toronto’s Summerworks, five awards in Toronto Now, was nominated for three Vancouver Jessie Awards, hailed as a “Top Ten Production of the Year” in Vancouver and Toronto, and was published by Playwrights Canada Press. It then received a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run, also starring Daniel and Medina.
A year after her Mom’s death, Anna is still suffering from sleepwalking and night terrors that threaten her life. Her boyfriend Ben takes her to a sleep lab for answers but his controlling pressure makes her leave him to seek solace in a safe basement suite on her own. There, she finds comfort in a new relationship with Patrick, the young man living above her who has also lived through loss. But as their relationship grows, so do her disturbing night terrors, until Anna must come to terms with what is truth, what is dream, and what she’s truly suffering from.
Winnipeg is the story of a desperate man in desperate times. It’s 1977 and HAMMISH has left his East Coast home and headed west to seek his fortune. Times are hard and not wanting to work for a living comes at a price. Hammish’s girlfriend, PAM, is threatening to kick him out unless he comes up with money for rent, food and ‘classy’ home decor. A bungling petty criminal by trade, Hammish, along with his partner in crime, STAN, turn to their crooked drug supplier, CLARENCE, for a loan. This will set off a chain of events that will shake the Winnipeg underworld and financial structure to its frozen core. Hammish and Stan are tasked with kidnapping the pimp brother of a rival gang member, robbing a truck load of illegal cigarettes and holding up a taxi stand; all in one night.
This timely and compelling one-hour documentary by Katrin Bowen and Darren Reiter explores the hopes, dreams and compulsions that lead foreigners to the doorsteps of Canada and the realities of pursuing meaningful and productive lives once they are here.
Heart of Dance
Heart of Dance is a dramatic feature written by Scarlett Bruns and to be directed by Terence H. Winkless.
Seventeen year-old Kealy Charmichael has always danced in the shadow of her younger sister Anna. When Anna is killed in a tragic accident, Kealy tries to fulfil Anna’s dream of being a professional dancer. The stress of the challenge takes its toll as Kealy wonders if she’ll ever be good enough. Kealy’s mother can’t bear to watch her dance and the pain of losing Anna drives a wedge in their relationship. Dance soon becomes an obsession and Kealy could lose everything. But with the love and support of her friends, she finds the strength to break through her sorrow and reclaim her passion.