The Adventure Club has precisely three members: ten year-old RICKY, the club’s founder, and his two best friends, SANDY and BILL. The Club’s mandate is pretty simple: to embark on great adventures. The only problem is, they haven’t been able to do much of that in their small town.
One day Ricky discovers something in his late grandfather’s dusty study in the attic of their house – an old MAP accompanied by a SKELETON KEY. Ricky’s grandfather was an archaeologist who donated many artifacts to the local SCIENCE CENTER. Convinced this map and key could lead to a hidden treasure, Ricky galvanizes his two pals to find it. After all, this could be their very first adventure! However, when they discover what is hidden at the end of the map’s coordinates, they are disappointed. All the “treasure” appears to be is an old – and very odd-looking – BOX. Only when the three take it back to their hideout, do they discover what the strange contraption really is: It is a WISHBOX. An ancient artifact with the power to grant wishes that… ACTUALLY COME TRUE!
After having some great fun with their newfound toy, the three learn the age-old lesson: with great power comes great responsibility. The kids agree they should put this magical WISHBOX box back where they found it. But, beforehand, maybe they’ll use it to make one last wish: to save their local science center that is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Adding a huge complication to their situation is the fact that they discover there are some shady characters who are also after the Wishbox, and who will stop at nothing to acquire it. Now the three kids must try to make their last wish come true while doing everything they can to prevent the box from falling into the wrong hands…
Tagline:Three ten-year-old friends discover a WISHBOX - an ancient artifact with the ability to grant wishes. The three decide to use the box to save their local SCIENCE CENTER from bankruptcy, but in doing so they discover that there are some shady characters also after the box and who will stop at nothing to get it…
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.