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Presented by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation
Rafting across a floodplain in the Canadian Rockies, a small-town teen must learn to let go of his childhood sweetheart when she reveals she’s leaving for university. Based on the short story Floodplain by D. W. Wilson.
Produced with a grant awarded by bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), a division of Bell Media Inc.
Writer: Daniel Hogg
Director: Jeremy Lutter
About the creative team
Measuring in at a height of six feet seven inches, Jeremy (above right) understands the benefit of standing out in a crowd.
He studied creative writing in his hometown at the University of Victoria. Since graduating, his work has been seen on The Movie Network, MuchMusic, MTV, CBC, Bravo!, TV Italy, Air Canada and at festivals around the world.
Jeremy pitched the MPPIA Short Film Award at the 2010 Whistler Film Festival and won funding and in-kind services to make a short film called Joanna Makes a Friend. That film was a huge success and went on to screen at over 20 film festivals worldwide, winning several awards including audience choice award at both TIFF Kids & Victoria Film Festival.
Telefilm Canada took notice and presented Joanna Makes a Friend at the Cannes Film Market as a part of their Not Short on Talent program in 2012. The film stars Dalila Bela and Fred Ewanuick (Dan For Mayor, Corner Gas).
Jeremy has made a series of award-winning short films over over the years. The Harold Greenberg Fund’s Short to Feature launched his project Gord’s Brother about a young boy and his monster brother, written by long-time friend and Joanna Makes a Friend writer Ben Rollo (Movie Central Script to Screen).
Jeremy shot his first feature, horror-thriller The Hollow Ones in 2015, funded by NSI’s recommendation to the Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Program.
Jeremy has also directed for episodic series including the Leo Award winning web series Freshman’s Wharf and the Amazon Studios / Knowledge/ TVO international children’s TV drama Annedroids.
After 15 years of writing, directing and producing short films, Daniel Hogg (above left) values story above all else.
Daniel won a Leo Award for producing web series Freshman’s Wharf, and earned another five Leo nominations (Best Motion Picture, Short Film; Screenwriting in a Short Drama – twice; Music Video).
He produced his first feature, Two 4 One (developed through NSI Features First) in 2014, which won best Canadian film at the Victoria Film Festival and best Canadian fiction film at Available Light Film Festival. The film toured over 30 festivals worldwide, and earned lead Gavin Crawford an ACTRA Award for outstanding performance, and Gabrielle Rose a Leo Award for best supporting actress.
His second feature, The Devout starring Charlie Carrick and Ali Liebert, wrapped in winter 2015 with funding from Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget Production Program, and makes its world premiere at the renowned Busan International Film Festival as one of just nine films in competition for the festival’s top international award.
A graduate of both the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting and the University of Victoria’s writing program, Daniel earned a development advance for his tongue-in-cheek creature-feature Rip My Heart Out as a recipient of the inaugural Movie Central Script to Screen program.
His western yarn Six-Chamber Heart, about an aging cowboy hunting his murderous outlaw son in the old west, was a finalist in the Praxis Screenplay Competition and a semi-finalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition.
As director of photography on over 40 short films and music videos, highlights include Heading for Nowhere by Jets Overhead (Leo Award nominee), Bang Bang Bang by TV Heart Attack (Leo nominee), and the first seven episodes of web series Freshman’s Wharf (Leo Award winner).
His cinematography work has been broadcast nationally in Canada, screened in festivals across North America and been represented in several regional award winners and nominees.
About the cast
Cameron Bright / Duncan
Cameron was born in Victoria, BC and now lives in Vancouver.
At the age of six, he was filming his first commercial. In 2002, at only nine years of age, he worked in his first lead role in Godsend alongside Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro.
One month after completing Godsend, Cameron was filming his next lead in Birth playing the reincarnated husband of Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman.
The role of ‘Sean’ in Birth would land Cameron his first nomination for a major award. Since his first lead at age nine, he has carried 13 lead roles in major movies such as The Twilight Saga, X-Men 3 and Ultraviolet. He has also appeared in numerous TV series as a guest star.
He has been a guest presenter at the Breakthrough of the Year, BC Leo and Gemini awards, as well as being nominated for eight major awards.
Sarah Desjardins / Vic
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Sarah Desjardins got her first big break booking a series lead role on The Hub’s mini series Clue, based on the Parker Brothers board game of the same name.
One of the leads in Lifetime’s movie of the week, Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story, Sarah is also familiar to audiences for her work in Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story, Supernatural, Wayward Pines and A.R.C.H.I.E.
A talented young actress, Sarah is often compared to a young Zooey Deschanel. If you don’t find Sarah invested in a good book or writing, you can find her walking Vancouver’s seawall or spending time with her family and friends.
Quinn Lord / young Duncan
Quinn Lord has been acting for as long as he can remember. By the age of 12, he’d already appeared in a handful of features including Daydream Nation, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and, most memorably, as Sam on the anthology feature Trick or Treat.
A nominee for a young artist award for his work in the 2012 feature Imaginaerum, Quinn also appeared on TV shows such as Fringe, Hiccups, Shattered, The Man in the High Castle, and was also a guest on Once Upon A Time.
Katelyn Mager / young Vic
Born in Vancouver, BC, Katelyn is best known for roles such as young Thalia in the feature film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters which won her a 2014 Joey Award as well as a nomination for the best scene stealer at the 2014 Kids Pick Flick Awards.
Katelyn is also well known and loved by the fans (Hearties) for her role as Rachel Stonelake in the Hallmark Television Series When Calls the Heart.
Katelyn’s film career began in 2009 when she appeared in the feature Damage with Steve Austin. Following this, she played the role of Dolph Lundgren’s daughter Taylor in The Killing Machine. That same year, Katelyn appeared in the television series’ Supernatural and Life Unexpected.
In 2011, Katelyn played the challenging role of Lissa, an Asperger’s patient, in television movie Normal opposite Carrie-Anne Moss. In 2012, Katelyn won her second Joey Award for Floodplain.
In 2015, Katelyn played the lead role of Charlotte in the dark fantasy feature film Charlotte’s Song. She will be reviving her role as Rachel Stonelake in the second season of When Calls the Heart.
When Katelyn is not working on her acting career she loves to do gymnastics and play volleyball.
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