Jacob’s Arrow

A coming-of-age story about Jake, a naïve, boisterous little boy who makes a discovery that takes him away from playing with building blocks to an attempt at rebuilding his family.

Creative team

Writer/director/co-producer: Marta Borowski
Co-producer: Ryan Hupponen

Filmmaker’s statement

“I met Jake in 2009. My adopted little sister introduced us at a cottage east of the city. He was sweet, energetic, stubborn and fearless. He quickly became my best little 10-year-old friend.

I was fascinated by his spirit and his ability to see the world through rose-coloured glasses – bright, optimistic and full of hope. I saw so much of who I once was in him and couldn’t get enough.

How did I become who I am today? What made me stop believing in fairytales, dreams and happy endings? How do our paths lead us to who we are today, and define our beliefs, dreams, desires?

One day Jake confided in me. He told me he didn’t have a dad but he’d like to know what it would feel like to have one. He had asked his mother, but she would either change the subject or say, ‘Jake, you don’t need a father’.

I’ve met her once. She’s pleasant but weighted; a weathered beauty. The everyday routines and necessity to make ends meet have taken a toll on her soul and joie de vivre. I feel as though she harbors a certain resentment toward Jake. Poor kid, it’s not like he asked to come into this world. I guess she feels as though his existence kyboshed her dreams of becoming an international photojournalist.

The following weekend Jake shared with me a little secret which was immediately sealed with a pinky promise. He leaned in and whispered, ‘I’m going to look for my dad. Maybe he’s not as bad as mother had painted him out to be. Maybe they could be happy together again.’

We discussed this for quite some time. It was very strange as I couldn’t disagree with him. His eyes looked at me with so much hope and I couldn’t bring myself to tell him it was a bad idea. I wanted him to have this experience. I felt like it wasn’t my place to hold him back.

Jake is a fictional character. Though through Jake, I hope we can glimpse into his perspective of what that journey was or would be like, sometimes filled with naïve and irrational thoughts. This at least was the goal with Jacob’s Arrow. The story was inspired by the experience of becoming a Big Sister, through Big Brothers and Big Sisters, to a little 10-year-old girl and my observations of how she sees the world.

I hope this film will at least entertain and bring some [people] back to a place where they really wanted something to work out but it didn’t. People aren’t always who we think they are, in this case literally and figuratively. However, we don’t have to be enslaved to the mistakes of our past.”

About Marta Borowski

Marta Borowski

Marta Borowski is a Toronto-based filmmaker.

As a script supervisor she has worked on over 250 episodes of television and over a dozen feature films and commercials, most notably SyFy’s Alphas and NBC’s Hannibal.

Jacob’s Arrow is her directorial debut.

She has since directed on Family Channel’s Really Me and recently completed the Time Listens video for Snow Ghosts.

She is currently working on a project with poet Chaya Silberstein.

Leave a comment