Featuring: Jacqueline Byers, Michael Xavier, Joris Jarsky
Runtime: 82 minutes
The disappearance of a university student is the mystery that drives the events in this gripping dramatic thriller, the handiwork of three of Canadian cinema’s most exceptional emerging directors. Jordan Canning, Renuka Jeyapalan and Kris Booth all apply bold and distinctive approaches to the trio of interlinked stories in Ramona Barckert’s script about the efforts to discover the fate of Cara Cook (Queen’s Drama grad, Jacqueline Byers) by her distraught parents Torri (Marie Cook) and Rich (Richard Clarkin), as well as Jonathan Briggs (Michael Xavier), a cop with a personal connection to the case. Their search for Cara yields surprises and twists that are as startling for the characters as they are for viewers.
Jordan Canning is a Canadian film director and writer. She has directed over a dozen short films which have screened and at festivals all over the world including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. In 2015, Canning was awarded the Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award for her second feature film, Suck It Up (2017), which premiered at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. In 2016, Canning made her foray into television, directing on Saving Hope and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, where she became the first female director on the show. In 2017 she directed nine episodes of television on the series The Detail, Burden of Truth and Baroness Von Sketch Show.
Renuka Jeyapalan is a Toronto-based filmmaker and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her short film Big Girl premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival where it was awarded the ShortCuts Canada Best Short Film Award. Since then, Big Girl has screened at over thirty-five film festivals around the world—including the Berlin International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival—and was nominated for a 2007 Genie Award for Best Live-Action Short Film. In 2010, Renuka was awarded the Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award by Women in Film and Television-Toronto and was mentored by director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen). Renuka recently wrote and directed the short film Arranged for TMN, Movie Central, and the Harold Greenberg Fund and is currently developing her first feature film, How to go to a Wedding Alone with Gearshift Films. Renuka has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto.
Kris Booth’s many short films have screened in film festivals all over the world (including Tribeca, Palm Springs, Sprockets (TIFFkids), Giffoni, Iran International, Montreal) winning numerous awards. His award winning feature, “At Home By Myself… With You” (2009) screened in festivals across Canada, and took Kris to Cannes as one of Telefilm’s selections for the 2010 Marché du Film. The film is distributed by Mongrel Media. Since 2011 Kris has been keeping busy working in television.