Always one of the very best things about TV’s ORPHAN BLACK, actor Kristian Bruun gets a well-deserved showcase of his own in this engaging comedy about life, love and second chances by Toronto’s Shane Belcourt. Bruun takes the lead as Damon, a geologist who’s understandably down in the dumps to be living downstairs from his ex and her hunky new beau. Indeed, things are so lousy here on Earth, it’s no wonder that he’s trying to win a spot on an Elon Musk-style billionaire’s inaugural mission to Mars. But when he meets an oddball musician – played by Cara Gee, who shone just as hard on CBC’s STRANGE EMPIRE – Damon has a new reason to doubt the wisdom of his scheme even if his muse may have troubles that are just as bad as his own. An endearingly quirky follow-up to Belcourt’s award-winning 2007 debut TKARONTO, RED ROVER is a welcome reminder of the surprising pathways that may open up when we feel like we couldn’t be more stuck.
Shane Belcourt is a Métis award-winning and CSA-nominated director, writer, and cinematographer whose work often explores the Aboriginal experience. He grew up in Ottawa the son of a prominent Aboriginal rights leader (Tony Belcourt) in a home of artistic siblings (Christi & Suzanne Belcourt). In 2007, with the release of his debut feature film, TKARONTO, Shane was a TIFF Talent Lab participant, an IFC Mentorship Award Winner, and in 2010 a Filmmaker in Residence at the Winnipeg Film Group. His short films and documentaries have played at imagineNATIVE, Telefilm Canada’s Perspectives Program at Cannes, Whistler Film Festival, Air Canada, CBC, APTN, The Comedy Network, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Museum for the American Indian, TIFF Bell Lightbox Indigenous Cinema Retrospective, and many others. Shane also teaches filmmaking workshops throughout the year with Aboriginal youth and youth at risk through various Aboriginal outreach programs, as well as teaching a directing class at LIFT twice a year in Toronto.