Featuring: Sheila McCarthy, Katie Boland, Grace Glowicki, Noah Reid
Runtime: 84 minutes
To be announced!
One of the great treasures of Canadian stage and screen, Sheila McCarthy may be best known for starring in lighter-hearted fare like TV’s LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE and I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING. Yet this debut feature by the Toronto team of Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley gives her the chance to display her acting prowess in a darker, tougher role. McCarthy stars as Valerie Walker, a haunted woman who has returned home after serving years in prison for a drunk-driving accident that killed a neighbour. Though her daughters (played by Katie Boland and Grace Glowicki) hope that the family can make a new start, the secrets of the past inevitably force their way into the present. Diving deep into Moore and Shipley’s sharply written screenplay, McCarthy deftly reveals the many layers of a complex character.
“Canadian newcomers Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley strike gold with veteran Sheila McCarthy in the lead role of Cardinals. McCarthy is masterful as the damningly self-convicted Valerie.” — Lydia Ogwang, CinemaScope
Grayson Moore was born in Kitchener, Ontario. He studied film production at Ryerson University. He wrote the short films Bridges and Dorsal, as well as the recently completed virtual-reality narrative short Deerbrook. His directorial debut was his thesis film, Running Season, which premiered at TIFF in 2014, was selected at Slamdance, and won ‘Best Canadian Short’ at the Whistler Film Festival. Grayson also co-directed and wrote Boxing which premiered at TIFF in 2015. He’s currently adapting the novel The Extinction Club for Lumanity Productions (Born to Be Blue, Stockholm). Cardinals is his first feature film.
Aidan Shipley is a Toronto-based actor/director from Stratford, Ontario. Upon graduating from Ryerson University’s film program in 2014, his thesis film, Dorsal, was awarded the A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film by the National Screen Institute and was recently acquired by the CBC. He went on to co-write/direct the short film Boxing, which premiered at TIFF in 2015 where it was highlighted with eight other short films to be a part of the TIFF Short Cuts Remix Program. He is currently producing the feature documentary, A Girl Named C.