“Are you ready to kick the ass genomic?”
Dr. Lynn Magnusson is a brilliant geneticist racing to isolate a cancer-causing gene. All that’s standing in her way is competition from a well funded French lab, a ticking biological clock that leads to a risky office romance, and her own fears that she might carry the same Huntington’s gene that killed her mother. Based on the award-winning play by Electric Company Theatre, The Score explores the human elements and revolutionary implications of the rapidly advancing world of genetics and uses humour, music and dance to transform scientific ideas into universal themes of identity, freedom and creation.
Director: Kim Collier, Kevin Kerr, Jonathon Young
Writers: Kim Collier, David Hudgins, Kevin Kerr, Jonathon Young
Ian Folivor, a depressed and reclusive 30-something, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold, a smooth talking fungus who was born of the filth collecting in a corner of Ian's neglected bathroom, works to win Ian's trust by helping him clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. With The Mold's help, Ian attracts the attention of a neighbor he's been ogling through his peephole, Leah, and he manages to find a slice of happiness despite his unnatural circumstances. But Ian starts to receive strange messages from his old and broken down TV set that make him realize that The Mold may not be as helpful as it seems to be, and strange characters combined with stranger events cast Ian's life in the shadow of an epic battle between good and evil that Ian is only partially aware of.
Fawn (Gabrielle Miller) is an in-demand but insecure actress. While striving to honour her religious beliefs, she battles the uncertainty between living out her career opportunities and settling down to begin a family with the man she loves (Peter Flemming). Aki (Jennifer Spence) is a dynamic abstract artist who hides under her paint-stained hoodie. She has talent, but with a widowed father (Hiro Kanagawa) whose traditional values constantly undermine her, not to mention her struggle with her own crippling shyness, she finds herself resorting to drastic measures to make an impact on an art dealer (Brian Markinson). Harper (Colleen Rennison) is a gifted but self destructive rock singer. Desperately trying to fill the void, she careens happily between drugs, a sugar daddy (Teach Grant) and “the one that got away” (Ali Liebert). Pearl (Helen Shaver) is a charismatic, caring older woman who lives in the same building as the three younger artists. Estranged from her own daughter, she takes Fawn, Aki, and Harper under her wing, keeping them on track and inspiring them to new heights, while sharing her own secret with only her kindhearted neighbour (Jay Brazeau). When Pearl suddenly leaves their lives, the three women must summon the courage to overcome their fears and face the future on their own.
Inspired by Ben Ratner's long-time comradeship with actress Babz Chula, who passed away in 2010, Down River is a film about mentorship, friendship, living life to the fullest, and ultimately letting go.
Tagline:Down River is the emotionally stirring story of three young women teetering on the edge between creative breakthroughs and personal breakdowns, and their connection with the older woman they rely on for guidance, support and inspiration.
"Lovers in a Dangerous Time" is about the solace found in childhood love. Todd Timmins (the boy that stayed) and Allison Adamson (the girl that left) are two former childhood friends that are reunited at their high school reunion. Being around each other again triggers all the regrets of growing older, all the fears and pain they’ve held since youth and the longing to just escape from all of it. To further complicate matters they have feelings for each other that are lost somewhere between sharing a bathtub at three, teenage angst and their adult fear of commitment. Their only refuge is to hang on to their youth for as long as they can.
Two former childhood friends, Todd and Allison, embark on a romantic yet dangerous journey from being reunited at their ten year high school reunion, to sorting out what it means to have shared a bathtub at three, where raging brotherly feuds, teenage bush parties and childhood memories only delay their impending return to adulthood. (But don’t think they'll go without a fight!)
In a desperate hour, five teenagers choose a bankrupt amusement park to let loose and pursue a fantasy. Darrin, his girlfriend Chloe, his best friend Stick, the group clown Sanj and Darrin's tag-along kid brother Justin "borrow" their group home counselor's car for a day of escape at Wonder World. Fueled by booze, drugs and unspoken tensions between them, the friends revel aimlessly through the silent rides in search of Ben, a notorious and apparently teen-friendly security guard. Ben allows them to stay, but in return exacts the most private of fees. Soon the rides are alive, but the fantasy holds little solace for those
The blaring music, bright lights and bucketing machines of the midway are a futile escape, for in its midst a darker purpose lurks; after night has fallen, Darrin and Chloe intend to end their carnival in a tableau of sacrifice by leaping from the top of the old rollercoaster. As their day draws to a close, each is confronted with the choice - between a life holding on, or a death letting go. Each path holds its terrors; whatever the choice, their lives will bear the mark forever.