Two brothers hold an intervention for their alcoholic mother and discover they may be standing in each other’s way more than her addiction.

Creative team

Writer/director: Jonathan Lawrence
Producers: Jonathan Lawrence, Jordan Popowich

Filmmaker’s statement

It is with great honor and esteem that we showcase this project as part of the NSI Online Short Film Festival.

As a team, this project has and continues to be a labour of love. As a director, I had the opportunity to work alongside the most brilliant collaboration of cast and crew whose boundless talents radiate throughout the film.

We want to thank you for this opportunity to be included alongside the infinite cinematic talent that Canada has to offer. We hope you enjoy our exploration of film.

About Jonathan Lawrence

Jonathan Lawrence

As a graduate of the University of Winnipeg honours acting program, Jonathan has appeared in The Distance From Here, Henry V and Monsieur D’Eon is a Woman.

He was also seen in the University of Winnipeg’s 2009 Winnipeg Fringe Festival production of A Doll’s House, and in Commedia with Skyline Theatre during the Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2010.

Jonathan re-visited the University of Winnipeg in 2011 as assistant director of the third-year theatre honours show Machinal.

On the film scene, 2010 marked appearances in his first feature, How To Save A Life, as well as in the pilot episode for sitcom It’s All About The Angle with Karoma Productions.

In 2013 Jonathan appeared in the independent feature Contract Player before stepping into the director’s chair himself, shooting his first feature film When the World was Flat which he also wrote and co-starred. The film has gone on to receive accolades including best of fest and best actor at the Helios Film Festival.

Most recently Jonathan can be seen in BentNeck Films web series The Book Club and Millworth on Shaw TV.

Blackout marks the second film by Jonathan Lawrence.


  1. Crystal Miller-Infanger

    Well done! Intriguing from beginning to end.

  2. Cathe Bond

    Wow this was such a surprise end and so well done..
    I totally escaped into their heartbreak….amazing acting and the close ups let you feel their anguish!
    What a snapshot = a lifetime in 15 minutes = disappointment and hope.

    Well done!

  3. Doris Brooks

    The heartbreak and turmoil that families and friends go through when a loved one is afflicted with the disease of alcoholism comes to life in this eye opening film. Nice work.

  4. Razeah Khabay Pydeee

    This happens to many family on a daily basis…Thank you Jonathan for making this film…I give you credit. Well done. <3

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