missfortunepromoA romantic comedy about clashing cultures and unexpected love, A Date with Miss Fortune is a movie about a struggling writer who meets and falls in love with a charming, yet superstitious Portuguese woman.

Writen and produced by Jeannette Sousa and Ryan Scott, the film is based on their own experiences as a couple. Sousa grew up in Toronto, the daughter of a father from continential Portugal and a mother from São Miguel in the Azores. Scott was raised in Calgary. For their first date, the two young actors from disparate backgrounds went out for coffee. According to Sousa, the date lasted five hours and sparked a romance.

Directed by John L’Ecuyer and filmed in Toronto A Date with Miss Fortune features Sousa and Scott in the lead roles supported by Joaquim de Almeida, Vik Sahay and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Nelly Furtado. The film premieres at the AMC Dartmouth Mall 11 in the US on January 29th and in Canada on February 5th. More »

IMG_4920Edith Welland dreams of being a successful actress but just can’t seem to make things happen. Things get worse when the ex-boyfriend she broke up with to focus on her career takes up acting on a whim and immediately books a leading role. When Edith can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong, she begins to do everything wrong. Set in Toronto, Diamond Tongues is a dramatic comedy about insecurity, uncertainty, unhealthy competition, and just about everything else between the lines.

The film stars Leah Goldstein a.k.a. Leah Fay of the band July Talk. Goldstein’s bandmate Peter Dreimanis served as the film’s cinematographer. Furthering its connection to Toronto’s music scene, Diamond Tongues was executive produced and scored by Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene). The film is directed by Pavan Moondi & Brian Robertson, who previously collaborated on the 2013 indie, Everyday Is Like Sunday. — NXNE

The film screens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from August 7-13 and at the Open Roof Festival in Toronto on August 19th.  Here’s the trailer.

static1.squarespace“The bond between two teen-aged girls – one popular, one not – is tested and brought to a crisis point when an intimate moment between them is caught on video, going viral through their school. Terrified of losing her status, popular Brooke turns on Charlie, denying their friendship, and becomes one of the bullies who have made her every day a misery. Devastated, Charlie takes a desperate measure to make Brooke understand her pain.” – Reign’s Official Website

Reign will have its world premiere at the 2015 Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto on June 16th, where it is been nominated for Best Debut Feature and Best Canadian Feature. Developed as part of Humber’s Film and Television program (FMTV), the feature film found its roots in a second year short film by writer/director Corey Misquita, who also adapted and developed the feature film version. It stars well known Canadian actors Samantha Weinstein (ACTRA award winner), Jordan Todosey (Degrassi) and Julian Richings (X-Men: The Last Stand.)

“As a festival committed to the next generation of women directors we are honoured to exhibit such an outstanding example of what is possible by young women,” – Leslie-Ann Coles, Founder, Executive Director, Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF)

Here’s the trailer.

 

1529713_447163115426646_5346635737656466012_oFOCUS is a workplace comedy starring Josh Blacker and directed by Christopher Young. It is the first feature film from Viewers Like You and independent Canadian production company based in Vancouver and Toronto, co-founded by actor/producer Josh Blacker and writer/director Christopher Young.  FOCUS begins a theatrical run on May 29th at the Cineplex International Village theatre in Gastown and on June 13th at the Royal Cinema in Toronto.

FOCUS won Best Comedy Film and Best Actor (Josh Blacker) awards at the Oregon Independent Film Festival 2014 and was nominated for Best Director (Christopher Young), Best actor in a Comedy (Josh Blacker, Ryan Beil) and won Best Comedy at the Victoria TX Indie Film Festival 2014.

Here’s the trailer for the film.

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