Perfect High in Victoria
by Staff Editors
(February 4, 2015 – Victoria, BC) Inspired by the shocking rise in heroin addiction among suburban teenagers, Vancouver-based Sepia Films and LA-based Just Singer Entertainment have started production on Perfect High, a made-for-TV movie for the US Lifetime channel.The film stars Bella Thorne (Blended; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day; Shake it Up) as Amanda, a star high school dancer who starts using prescription painkillers after being sidelined by a knee injury. Feeling neglected and isolated, she starts hanging out with an ultra cool group of friends, including Carson (played by Israel Broussard), Riley (Daniela Bobadilla) and Nate (Ross Butler). She quickly becomes part of their inner circle, which means sharing her pills, having regular “pharm” parties, and falling in love for the first time.
This tale of a life caught in a downward spiral will resonate with families just about everywhere everywhere. This movie plots the downward path in stark reality. The fictional Amanda and her friends resort to lying, stealing and worse to fund their habit. Their lives are forever altered when a classmate begins selling them heroin disguised as a cheaper painkiller from Mexico.
Directed by Vanessa Parise (Jack and Jill vs. the World; Kiss the Bride) and written by Anne-Marie Hess, Perfect High is being produced by Sepia Films’ Tina Pehme and Kim C. Roberts in collaboration with executive producer Sheri Singer of Just Singer Entertainment.
Production on Perfect High is scheduled to continue until February 22, 2015 in Victoria, with Lifetime premiering the film this summer in the US and Super Channel/Shaw airing the film in Canada.
Founded in 2003 by producer Tina Pehme, entertainment attorney Kim Roberts and director Vic Sarin, Vancouver-based Sepia Films is a feature film production company specializing in international co-productions. Their output includes such diverse theatrical fare as The Games Maker (Joseph Fiennes, David Mazouz and Ed Asner) which premiered last week at Sundance, the thriller In Their Skin (Selma Blair, Josh Close, Rachel Miner and James D’Arcy) which premiered at Tribeca 2012, the award-winning A Shine Of Rainbows (Connie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn) which premiered at TIFF 2010, and 2007’s Partition, starring Jimi Mistry, Neve Campbell, Kristen Kreuk, and Irrfan Khan.
Sepia Films also produced a series of TV movies with Lifetime known as the “Nightmare” franchise, including 2014’s A Wife’s Nightmare starring Jennifer Beals, Dylan Neale and Spencer List. A Daughter’s Nightmare, starring Emily Osment, Gregg Sulkin and Paul Johansson; 2013’s A Sister’s Nightmare; and 2012’s A Mother’s Nightmare.
Emmy Award-winning producer Sheri Singer launched Just Singer Entertainment in 2000. The company’s primary focus is developing and producing movies and series for broadcast and cable networks. Singer has produced 28 movies, mini-series, and micro-series. She has produced 15 movies for the Disney Channel, including Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas and two highly rated perennials, the four-movie Halloweentown franchise and Luck of the Irish. She is currently in pre-production on her 16th movie for Disney Channel.