Jewel Staite to Star in
How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town
(August 5, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario) Writer-director Jeremy LaLonde has announced that Jewel Staite (Firefly, The Killing, Stargate: Atlantis) will star as the lead in his comedy feature film How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town about a sex columnist who returns to her hometown and gets a chance at revenge on her former friends.
Also joining the cast are principals Lauren Lee Smith (If I Stay, The Listener), Katharine Isabelle (Torment, Being Human), Ennis Esmer (The Listener, Sex After Kids), Tommie-Amber Pirie (What If/The F Word, The Trotsky), and Jonas Chernick (My Awkward Sexual Adventure, The Best Laid Plans).
“Jewel is a powerhouse, which is exactly what you want in a leading lady. The character of Cassie is jaded and sarcastic, but beneath it all there`s a deep hurt and a real vulnerability; Jewel is the perfect actor to bring that out in a way that`s honest, real, heart-breaking, and funny,” said LaLonde. He added, “Our cast involves a nice ensemble of incredibly talented actors I’ve worked with before and others I’ve long admired, so I’m really excited to throw this group together and make something unique with them.”
Jewel Staite’s is currently costarring in the 4th season of the taut, edgy police drama The Killing, with all of the commercial-free episodes available on Netflix. Other recent credits include State of Syn, L.A. Complex, and Serenity and the upcoming She Who Must Burn.
How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town is a comedy about a group of friends who live in the picturesque town of Beaver’s Ridge – the epitome of wholesomeness and strong family values – whose orderly lives get interrupted with the homecoming of big city sex writer Cassie Cranston. In her youth Cassie suffered a public humiliation that got her labeled as the town slut, and now that her former friends are looking to spice up their sex lives she gets her chance for revenge… and to make some money in the form of a book she owes to her publisher.
How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town goes to camera this October, and is a Neophyte Productions Inc. production. The project is being produced by Jordan Walker (The Privileged) and Chris Bennett (Solo), while Avi Federgreen (One Week) and Ryan Goldhar (I Put a Hit on You) are executive producing.
The film is financed in part through the participation of Telefilm Canada’s Canada Feature Film Fund, but to top up financing, LaLonde and the producers launched a crowd funding initiative yesterday to raise $70K through an Indiegogo campaign, which has already raised more than 25% of its goal. LaLonde has a proven track record with crowd-sourced funding having successfully raised $61K toward the budget of his edgy sophomore comedy Sex After Kids.