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The Birder

85 minutes – Comedy
Language: English
Festival release date: March 21, 2014, Canadian Film Fest, Toronto
Release date:
Canadian distributor: Dot Films

High school teacher Ron Spencer (Tom Cavanagh), has been a lifelong birder. Now he is getting ready to move on and into his new job as Head of Ornithology at a National Park. It’s a career change he`s wanted for years but just on the verge of it happening he learns that a younger and hipper person, Floyd Hawkins (Jamie Spilchuk) will be getting the job with the hope he’ll bring a younger generation to the hobby of bird watching. Ron’s daughter, Samantha (Cassidy Renee), also an avid birdwatcher, thinks her dad should be more in touch with the modern technology of bird watching. None of this sits well with Ron. In fact, he not only thinks he is losing job, but his daughter as well. He decides to get his revenge and teams up with a former student and high school janitor Ben (Mark Rendall), who has reasons of his own to get back at Floyd. The two men try their best to ruin Floyd, with predictably, terrible and hilarious results.

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Producer: Gerry Lattman
Jeff Nafalin
Executive Producer:

Michael Baker
Roy Collavino

Co-Executive Producer:

John Cervini


Ted Bezaire
Michael Stasko

Associate Producer:

Serge Forte
Christian Lattman


Ted Bezaire


Ted Bezaire
Michael Stasko


Ted Bezaire
Dev Singh


Dylan Heming
Isabel Noel
Richard Pell

Production Designer:

Taavo Soodor


Tom Cavanagh
Graham Greene
Fred Willard
Mark Rendall
Tommie-Amber Pirie
Allana Harkin
Jamie Spilchuk
Jake Raymond
Scott Cavalheiro
Brent Bondy
Jim Annan
Michael Stasko
Matt John Evans
Jennifer Burma
Christian Lattman
Cassidy Renee
Kevin Briand
Eden Gladstone
Christina Vanier
Marie Jeannette
Rachel Dagenais

Ron Spencer
Park President
Detective #1
Mike, the park worker
James Dunne
Canopy Person
Police Officer #1
Samantha Spencer
Police Officer #2
Young Ron Spence
Junior Ornithologist

Theodore Bezaire

Theodore “Ted” Bezaire holds both American and Canadian citizenship and is a founding member of The Dot Film Company. Mainly a Writer and Director, he also possesses a thorough understanding of film theory, producing, editing and sound design. Stamps, his 10-minute family drama, premiered at the Viewfinders International Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Working in association with the CFTPA and Corus Entertainment, Bezaire received $25,000 to write, direct and produce an 8-minute comedy entitled The Putting Edge, which was broadcast on YTV in the summer of 2005. To follow up, he directed Pria, a 12-minute comedic drama shot on 35mm film for the CBC. Pria won the Student’s Choice Award at Sprockets Film Festival For Children and the Platinum Remi award for Best Short Film at WorldFest Houston. Ted Bezaire holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University Of Windsor, Ontario. He also attended the highly competitive Post Graduate Advanced Television and Film Program at Sheridan College.

We list his credits as a Producer first.
Also see: Mongrel Media Likes Boys vs. Girls.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Putting Edge (TV-2005, short)
Things To Do (2006)
Iodine (2008, co-producer)

The Arrow & the String (2010, executive producer)
Tommy (2011, short)
The Birder (2014, co-producer)
Love in the Age of Like (2016, short)
The Control (Executive Producer, 2018)
Boys vs. Girls (2019)

TV Series:
Absolutely Windsor (2018, 2019, 2020)
Land and Sea: Therapeutic Riding (2019)

Credits as a Director:
Pria (TV-2005, short)
The Putting Edge (TV-2005, short)
Things To Do (2006)

Tommy (2011, short)
The Birder (2013)
Love in the Age of Like (2016, short)

TV Series:
Absolutely Windsor (2018, 2019, 2020)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
The Putting Edge (TV-2005, short)
Things To Do (2006)

Tommy (2011, short)
The Birder (2013)

TV Series:
Land and Sea: Therapeutic Riding (2019)

Boys vs Girls, movie, poster,

Jerry Longboat

B: in Six Nations Reserve, Ontario

Jerry Longboat is Mohawk-Cayuga, Turtle clan, from Six Nations of the Grand River in Southern Ontario. He has a BFA degree in Visual Arts from the University of Michigan and Ontario College of Art and has worked as a visual artist, graphic designer, actor, storyteller dancer and choreographer. He has performed, danced and collaborated with many professional performing companies across Canada. He has also served as Program Officer in Dance at the Canada Council for the Arts and has been on the faculty of Aboriginal Arts at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Girl Who Married a Ghost (2003)

The Girl Who Married a Ghost, movie, poster,

Christian Lattman

Christian Lattman, actor,

B: in Mississauga, Ontario

Features & TV Movies:
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Pria (2005)
Things to Do (2006)
Title Match (2008, short)
Confessional (VR-2008, short)
This Movie Sucks (VR-2009)
Iodine (2009)
When the Cards Are Down (2009, short)
Baseline (2009, short)

Queen of the Highway (2010, short)
Severance (2010)
The Tycoon (2010, short)
Determined (2010, short)
Boxed (2013, short)
I of the Storm (2013)
The Birder (2013)
Ashes (2017)
Boys vs Girls (2019)

Boys vs Girls, movie, poster,

Mike Stasko

Mike Stasko

B: May 29, 1980 in Windsor, Ontario

Mike Stasko in a publicity still from Iodine. Stasko initially worked as a cameraman for various television shows before switching to the position of Head Writer and Producer for YTV’s Video and Arcade Top 10, Canada’s longest running and most watched kids television show. After YTV, Mike moved to New York City to take a Master’s Degree of Fine Art in Film at Columbia University with a dual concentration in Directing and Writing. During his time at Columbia, Mike was awarded two distinct Fellowship positions in recognition of his academic and professional achievements. Stasko holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor and a Post-Graduate diploma in Advance Television and Film from Sheridan College. In addition to appearing in Things To Do, he was one of the producers and co-wrote the screenplay.

We list his credits as a Producer first.
Also see: Mongrel Media Likes Boys vs. Girls.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Show (2003, short)
Courting (2004, short)
Bath Water (2005, short)
Things to Do (Associate Producer, 2006)
Iodine (2009)

The Birder (Co-producer, 2013)
The Dry Cleaner (Executive Producer, 2016, short)
Ashes (Associate Producer, 2017)
The Control (2018)
Boys vs Girls (2019)

TV Series:
Video & Arcade Top 10 (1991)
Absolutely Windsor (2018, 2019, 2020)
Land and Sea: Therapeutic Riding (2019)

Credits as a Director:
The Show (2003, short)
In the Driver’s Seat (2003, short)
Courting (2004, short)
Bath Water (2005, short)
Iodine (2009)

The Control (2018)
Boys vs Girls (2019)

TV Series:
Video & Arcade Top 10 (1991)
Absolutely Windsor (2018, 2019)
Land and Sea: Therapeutic Riding (2019)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
The Show (2003, short)
Courting (2004, short)
Bath Water (2005, short)
Things to Do (2006)
Iodine (2009)

The Birder (2013)
The Control (2018)
Boys vs Girls (2019)

TV Series:
Land and Sea: Therapeutic Riding (2019)

Credits as an Actor:
The Show (2003, short)
In the Driver’s Seat (2003, short)
The Putting Edge (TV-2005)
Things to Do (2006)
Iodine (2008)

The Birder (2013)
Twisted (2016, short)
The Christmas Graduate (2017, short)
Zygosity (2017)
The Control (2018)

Boys vs Girls, movie, poster,

Daria Puttaert

Daria Puttaert, actress,

Daria Puttaert in a publicity still from her debut film, Zooey & Adam. A graduate, in 2003, of the National Theatre School, Puttaert’s career has so far been on stage. She played Miranda in Shakespeare`s The Tempest in a 2006 production at the Manitoba Theatre Centre Mainstage in Winnipeg and appears in Top Girls during the 2010 ChurchillFest.

Features & TV Movies:
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Undertow (2008, short)
Zooey & Adam (2009)

I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story (TV-2019)
The Christmas Club (TV-2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Tales from the Loop (2020)

Zooey & Adam, movie, poster,

Janna-Jo Schuenhage

Janna-Jo Schuenhage, actress,

Janna-Jo Schuenhage has performed in a wide variety of productions including theatre, dance and film. Theatre credits include The Merry Widow for the Edmonton Opera Company, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth for the Shakespeare Company, plus roles in Antony and Cleopatra and The Taming of the Shrew, both for Bard on the Beach. Both an actor and a dancer, Janna-Jo has performed as singer/actor in Intangible Rooms, and the Kokoro Dance productions of X-Roads and Crimes Against Grace which played in Vancouver and Poland.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Girl Who Married a Ghost (2003)

The Girl Who Married a Ghost, movie, poster,

Remembering Brent Carver

Brent Carver, actor,

B: November 17, 1951 in Cranbrook, British Columbia
D: August 4, 2020 in Cranbrook, British Columbia

Brent Carver will probably be remembered for his Tony Award winning performance as Molina in the hit stage production, Kiss of the Spider Woman. It was also staged in Toronto and and London. In addition to the Tony Award® for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in 1993, he was also given a New York Drama Desk Award, a Dora Award, and an Olivier Award nomination. He can be heard on the original London cast recording. Equally known for his remarkable versatility on television or in film, his work was critically acclaimed for his role as the Countess in the feature film Lilies, and for his title role in Whiskers, which earned him an Emmy nomination, Brent Carver also had major roles in Richard III, Cyrano de Bergerac, Tartuffe, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Cabaret, Much Ado About Nothing, and Mother Courage. For his work in 1996’s High Life, he was given a coveted Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Actor. He won his first Dora in 1981 for his portrayal of Horst in Martin Sherman’s Bent at Toronto’s Bathurst Street Theatre, a play about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. In 2011 he played the role of Pontius Pilot in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar to great acclaim. He was part of the cast in the New York production of Romeo and Juliet at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, which was recorded and played in theatres in 2014. His family released a statement, which said, “Our family is sharing news of Brent Carver’s passing on Aug 4 at home in Cranbrook, BC, his birthplace and favourite place on Earth. Blessed with many talents and a natural love of theatre, Brent was always known as a first-class performer, unique in the presentation of his craft, delighting audiences through film, TV, stage and concert performances. Brent, in his humble fashion, will be remembered as the kind, gentle and gifted man he was, with the deepest love as a true friend and family member. His love of performing was matched only by his zest for life and lifetime devotion to family, friends and treasured pets. Thank you to the performing arts community for embracing our Brent and helping him fulfill his dreams with joy in his heart. Brent will be missed.” Brent Carver was 68 when he passed away.

Features & TV Movies:
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One Night Stand (TV-1978)
Crossbar (TV-1979)

The Wars (1983)
Cross Country (1983)
Anne’s Story (TV-1984)
The Pirates of Penzance (1985)
Much Ado About Nothing (TV-1987)
Shadow Dancing (1988)
Spies, Lies and Naked Thighs (TV-1988)
Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joanne Thatcher (TV-1989)

The Shower (1992)
The Song Spinner (TV-1995)
Lilies (1996)
Balls Up (TV-1997)
Whiskers (TV-1997)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (TV-1999)
The Tale of Teeka (TV-1999)

Deeply (2000)
Ararat (2002)
The Event (2003)
Elizabeth Rex (TV-2003)
Lightchasers (2007, short)

As You Like It (TV-2010)
Romeo and Juliet (2014)
The Whale (2014, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Inside Canada (1973)
Leo and Me (1976)
Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (mini-series, 2006)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Street legal (1989)
The Twilight Zone (1989)
War of the Worlds (1989)
Due South (1997)
Twice in a Lifetime (2000)
This is Wonderland (2005)
Save Me (2017)

Web Series:
Save Me (2017)

Ararat, movie, poster,

Paula Jean Hixson

Paula Jean Hixson, actress, actor,

B: August 7, 1968 in Seattle, Washington

Paula Jean Hixson moved to Montréal in 1989 and began her acting career there. She graduated with a BFA in theatre performance from Montreal`s Concordia University.In addition to her work in film and television, she is a highly accomplished stage actor. Just a small number of her theatre credits include You Can’t take it With You at the Centaur Theatre, The Melville Boys at the Vilahe Theatre, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Segal Centre, and Haunted House at the Tableau D’hote Theatre. Hixson is also a voice actor and has provided the voice of Faridah Malik in the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. She has also done voice work on the video games Assassin’s Creed II, Titanfall 2, Final Fantasy XV: Comrades, and on 2019’s Night Terrors: Bloody Mary.

Features & TV Movies:
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Obsessed (TV-2002)
Gleason (TV-2002)
Kart Racer (2003)
Bad Apple (TV-2004)
A Silent Love (2004)
Imitation (2006)
Time Bomb (TV-2006)
Still Life (2007)
12 Ways to Say I’m Sorry (2007)
The Love of Her Life (TV-2008)
A Teacher’s Crime (TV-2008)
Story of Jen (2008)
Burning Mussolini (2009)
My Nanny’s Secret (TV-2009)
Whiteout (2009)

Barney’s Version (2010)
The High Cost of Living (2010)
Source Code (2011)
No Surrender (TV-2011)
Cyberbully (TV-2011)
Stealing Paradise (TV-2011)
The Factory (2012)
Friends of Brenda’s (2012, short)
Spill (2013, short)
House of Versace (TV-2013)
The Fischer Case (2014, short)
Fifteen (2015, short)
Are You My Mommy (2018, short)
The Sisterhood (TV-2019)>br/>
Lancaster Park (2019, short)

Roses (2020, short)

TV Series – Cast:
The Phantom (2009, mini-series)

TV series – Guest appearances:
Largo Winch (2001)
Naked Josh (2006)
The Business (2006)

Being Human (2013)
Quantico (2015, 2016)
Rogue (2016)

High Cost of Living, movie, poster,

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, actor,

B: August 7, 1979 in Edmonton, Alberta

Eric Johnson, pictured as Flash Gordon in a publicity still from the 2007 series. Born Eric Johann Johnson, he enrolled in theatre school when he was 9 and has been busy ever since. Once best known for playing the role of Whitney Fordman on the television series Smallville, he left the cast after the first season but continued to make guest appearances in season two of the series. Prior to Smallville he played “Teen Tristan” in Legends of the Fall. He was nominated in 2000 for a Best Male Lead Actor Gemini for his work in the highly controversial film, Scorn.

Features & TV Movies:
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Road to Saddle River (1994)
Legends of the Fall (1994)
Oklahoma City: A Survivor’s Story (TV-1998)
Heart of the Sun (1999)
Question of Privilege (1999)
Atomic Train (TV-1999)

Scorn (TV-2000)
Children of Fortune (TV-2000)
Borderline Normal (2000)
Bear With Me (2000)
Texas Rangers (2001)
Anatomy of a Hate Crime (TV-2001)
Bang, Bang, You’re Dead (TV-2002)
Beauty Shot (2002)
The Boys of Fraser Street (2003)
Stealing Sinatra (TV-2003)
Hollywood Wives: The New Generation (TV-2003)
Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed (2003)
A Clown’s Gift (2004)
Blinded (2004)
Anonymous Rex (TV-2004)
The Work and the Glory (2004)
Falcon Beach (TV-2005)
Marker (TV-2005)
The Work and the Glory: American Zion (2005)
Expiration Date (2006)
The Work and the Glory: A House Divided (2006)
Honeymoon with Mom (2006)
A Nanny’s Secret (TV-2009)

Meteor Storm (TV-2010)
Call Me Mrs. Miracle (TV-2010)
Deck the Halls (TV-2011)
Detention (2013, short)
Fir Crazy (TV-2013)
Interview with a Time Traveler (2014, short)
Flash Gordon Classic (2015, short)
Valentine Ever After (TV-2016)
Later Baby (2016, short)
Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
A Simple Favour (2018)
Clifton Hill (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Smallville (2001-2004)
Everest ’82 (2007, mini-series)
Flash Gordon (2007-2008)

Rookie Blue (2010-2013)
The Knick (2014-2015)
Junior (2016)
Caught (2018, mini-series)
Vikings (2019)

Condor (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Ray Bradbury Theater (1992)
Are You Afraid of the Dark (1994)
Night Man (1999)

MythQuest (2001)
Player$ (2002)
Criminal Minds (2006. 2013)
The Dead Zone (2006)
Ghost Whisperer (2007)
The Unit (2007)

Supernatural (2010)
Alcatraz (2012)
Orphan Black (2013, 2017)
Saving Hope (2014)
The Girlfriend Experience (2017)
The Detectives (2018)
The Alienist (2018)
Hudson & Rex (2019)

American Gods (2020)

Fifty Shades Darker, movie, poster,

Donald Sutherland

B: July 17, 1935 in Saint John, New Brunswick

Donald McNicol Sutherland was given The Governor-General’s Performing Arts Award in November 2000. He was awarded a Golden Globe in 2003 for his role in Path to War. He played the costarring role of Michel Dorn on the 2013 series Crossing Lines. In late April 2016 it was announced that Donald Sutherland would sit on the prestigious jury at the Cannes Film Festival, which selects the highly coveted Palme d’Or.

Learn more about Donald Sutherland.
Also see Kiefer Sutherland
Also see Rossif Sutherland

Trailer for Burnt Orange Heresy courtesy of Mongrel Media.

Features & TV Movies:
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The World Ten Times Over (1963)
Hamlet (TV-1964)
Castle of the Living Dead (1964)
The Rose Tattoo (TV-1964)
Die! Die! My Darling (1965)
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Dr.Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
Fanatic (1965)
Promise Her Anything (1966)
Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
The Sunshine Patriot (TV-1968)
The Split (1968)
Sebastien (1968)
Joanna (1968)
Interlude (1968)
Oedipus the King (1968)

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
Alex in Wonderland (1970)
Act of the Heart (1970)
M*A*S*H (1970)
Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
Little Murders (1971)
Klute (1971)
F.T.A. (1972)
Lady Ice (1973)
Alien Thunder (1973)
Steelyard Blues (1973)
Don’t Look Now (1973)
S*P*Y*S (1974)
The Day of the Locust (1975)
End of the Game (1976)
Casanova (aka Fellini’s Casanova, 1976)
1900 (1976)
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Blood Relations (1977)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
The Assignment (1977)
The Disappearance (1977)
Bethune (TV-1977)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
A Man, A Woman and a Bank (1979)
Murder by Decree (1979)
The First Great Train Robbery (1979)
Bear Island (1979)

Ordinary People (1980)
North China Commune (narrator – 1980)
Nothing Personal (1980)
Threshold (1981)
Gas (1981)
Eye of the Needle (1981)
A War Story (voice – 1981)
Max Dugan Returns (1983)
The Winter of our Discontent (TV-1983)
Ordeal by Innocence (1984)
Crackers (1984)
Revolution (1985)
Heaven Help Us (1985)
The Wolf at the Door (1986)
The Trouble With Spies (1987)
The Rosemary Murders (1987)
Apprentice to Murder (1988)
Lost Angels (1989)
A Dry White Season (1989)
Lock Up (1989)

Buster’s Bedroom (1990)
Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)
JFK (1991)
Eminent Domain (1991)
Long Road Home (TV-1991)
Backdraft (1991)
Scream of Stone (1991)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Quicksand: No Escape (TV-1992)
The Railway Station Man (TV-1992)
Shadow of the Wolf (1992)
Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Red Hot (1993)
Benefit of the Doubt (1993)
Younger and Younger (1993)
Robert Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters (1994)
Punch (1994)
The Lifeforce Experiment (TV-1994)
A Century of Cinema (1994)
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (TV-1994)
Disclosure (1994)
Hollow Point (1995)
Citizen X (TV-1995)
Outbreak (1995)
A Time to Kill (1996)
The Jackal (1997)
Natural Enemy (TV-1997)
Shadow Conspiracy (1997)
Fallen (1998)
Without Limits (1998)
Free Money (1998)
Toscano (1999)
The Setting Sun (1999)
Panic (1999)
C.S.S. Hunley (TV-1999)
Virus (1999)
Behind the Mask (TV-1999)
Instinct (1999)

Panic (2000)
The Art of War (2000)
Space Cowboys (2000)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (voice, 2001)
The Big Heist (TV-2001)
Uprising (TV-2001)
Big Shot`s Funeral (2001)
Path to War (TV-2002)
Piazza delle cinque lune (2003)
The Italian Job (2003)
Baltic Storm (2003)
Cold Mountain (2003)
Salem’s Lot (TV-2004)
Frankenstein (TV-2004)
Ask the Dust (2005)
Fierce People (2005)
Aurora Borealis (2005)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
American Gun (2005)
The Four Saints (2005)
An American Haunting (2005)
Land of the Blind (2006)
Ask the Dust (2006)
Sleepwalkers (2007)
Reign Over Me (2007)
Fool’s Gold (2008)

Horrible Bosses (2011)
Jock (2011, narrator)
Man on the Train (2011)
Living Loaded (TV-2012)
Treasure Island (TV-2012)
The Hunger Games (2012)
Sofia (2012)
Dawn Rider (2012)
The Best Offer (2013)
Jappeloup (2013)
The Calling (2013)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2014)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)
Point and Shoot (2016, short)
Milton’s Secret (2016)
The Leisure Seeker (2017)
Basmati Blues (2017)
Measure of a Man (2018)
Ad Astra (2019)
The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019)
The Physics of Sorrow (voice, 2019, short)

Alone (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Queen Victoria’s Empire (narrator, 2001, mini-series)
Commander-in-Chief (2005-2006)
Dirty Sexy Money (2007)

Pillars of the Earth (2010, mini-series)
My Life as an Experiment (2011)
Crossing Lines (2013)
Ice (2016-2017)
Trust (2018)

The Undoing (2020)

Act of the Heart, Paul Almond,
This poster for Act of the Heart was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

Burnt Orange Heresy, movie, poster,

The Girl Who Married a Ghost

The Girl Who Married a Ghost, movie, poster,

83 minutes – Drama
Release date: 2003
Production company: Blue Moon Productions
Distributor: Cinéma Libre

The Girl Who Married a Ghost is based on a legend, which has been passed down from generation to generation among the Nisqualli Indian Tribe of southern Washington. This piece of ancient Native American mythology tells of the daughter of an Indian chief who accepts a proposal of marriage from a Prince who rules a great nation many miles from her shore. Once she arrives to “the other side”, it is too late to return, for the Princess realizes she has become Queen of Ghost Land; a place where the spirits of the dead go to play out eternity. The legend has been told in books, on stage, and now on film. In the movie, a rich and powerful aboriginal Chief lives in luxury on a paradise island with his wife and beautiful daughter, Ramona (Janna Jo Scheunhage). The Chief does not want Ramona to get involved with any of the local men and he’ll go to any length to ensure this. One day, he violently attacks a young shaman, Gabriel Raven, for visiting Ramona. An angry Gabriel transforms himself into a spirit and comes to the girl at night, tricking her into running away with him. The next morning Ramona discovers Gabriel was nothing more than a ghost – a pile of bones on a deserted beach – and that she is pregnant. What will become of her now? The film features an occasional bit of narration, but is otherwise told strictly through the actions of the players. There is no dialogue.

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Producer: David Christensen
Sandra Sawatzky

Sandra Sawatzky


Sandra Sawatzky


Sydney K. Bailey


Emma Barry


Carey Parder
Chantal Vitalis

Production Designer:

Jackie Bagley

Costume Designer:

Crystine Booth


Jerry Longboat
Janna-Jo Schuenhage
Wendy Walker
Carol Greyeyes
Michael Lawrenchuk

Gabriel Raven
Ramona Diamond
Screech Owl

Katie Boland

Katie Boland, actress,

B: February 14, 1988 in Toronto, Ontario

Born Katherine Lenora Boland, Katie Boland is the daughter of photographer-director, Gail Harvey. Growing up surrounded by the film industry, she knew at an early age that she wanted to be an actor. When she was just eight years old her mother finally relented and helped her daughter find an agent. Her first small role was in the CBS mini-series The Third Twin. She first worked with her mother in the 1999 film, Striking Poses, which starred Shannon Doherty. Boland won a 2004 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series, or Special, for her role in Salem Witch Trials. The 2017 feature Cardinal should not be confused with the mini-series also titled Cardinal.

Also see: Katie Boland Shoots.

Features & TV Movies:

God’s New Plan (TV-1999)
Striking Poses (1999)
Judgement Day: The Ellie Nesler Story (1999)
The Life Before This (1999)

Guest Room (2003, short)
Some Things That Stay (2004)
Shania: A Life in Eight Albums (TV-2005)
The Man Who Lost Himself (TV-2005)
Mount Pleasant (2006)
Away From Her (2006)
Four Extraordinary Women (TV-2006)
Jumper (2008)
Adoration (2008)
Growing Op (2008)
Fateful (2009)
Taking a Chance on Love (TV-2009)
Dancing Trees (2009)

The Making of Plus One (2010)
Pooka (2010, short)
Die (2010)
Daydream Nation (2010)
Where are the Bolls (2012, short)
The Master (2012)
Looking is the Original Sin (2013)
Close Your Eyes (2013, short)
Cold Spring (TV-2013)
Sex After Kids (2013)
Ferocious (2013)
The Spirit Game (2013, short)
Gerontophillia (2013)
Method (2013, short)
Sweetieface (2013, short)
A Subsequent Life (2013, short)
Fall (2014)
Given Your History (2014, short)
The Date (2014, short)
Throwing Cotton (2014, short)
The Babysitter (2015, short)
Street Meet (2015, short)
Dennis (2015, short)
The Craft: Based on the Life & Work of H.P. Lovecraft (2015, short)
Born to be Blue (2015)
People Hold On (2015)
Christmas Incorporated (TV-2015)
Joseph and Mary (2016)
Renaissance (2016)
Love of My Life (2016)
Cardinals (2017)

Lolz-ita (2017, short)
Stolen (TV-2018)

Never Saw It Coming (2017)
ClickBait! (TV-2019)
Reframe (2019, short)
One in Two People (2019, short)
Hunter’s Moon (2019)

The Bet (2020)
Twins (2020, short)
Hair of the Dog (2020, short)
We’re All in This Together (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
The Third Twin (1997, mini-series)

The Zack Files (2000)
Guilty Hearts (2002, mini-series)
Salem Witch Trials (2002, mini-series)
Terminal City (2005)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Lollo rosso (1995)
Noddy (1998)

In a Heartbeat (2000)

Murdoch Mysteries (2011)
Lost Girl (2011)
The Casting Room (2012)
The Listener (2012)
Off2Kali Comedy (2013)
Darknet (2014)
Reign (2013, 2014, 2015)
Motive (2015)
Night Owl (2018)
Private Eyes (2019)
You Me Her (2019)

Web Series:

Long Story Short (2013)

Credits as a Director:

Fateful (2009, short)
A Subsequent Life (2013, short)
Lolz-ita (2017, short)
Reframe (2019, short)
Twins (2020, short)
We’re All in This Together (2021)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Fateful (2009, short)
Sweetieface (2013, short)
A Subsequent Life (2013, short)
The Date (2014, short)
Lolz-ita (2017, short)
Reframe (2019, short)
Twins (2020, short)
We’re All in This Together (2021)

Cardinals, movie, poster,

Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly, actress,

B: August 3, 1979 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Evangeline Lilly was discovered on the streets of Kelowna, B.C. by the famous Ford modelling agency. She initially passed on a modelling career, but six months later moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia, and signed with Ford to help pay her tuition. She plays the Elven character Tauriel (pictured above) in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The inclusion of Tauriel sparked some anger in the Lord of the Rings fan base because the character was created by The Hobbit screenwriters and isn’t from the original J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories. She costars as Hope van Dyne/the Wasp in the films Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is Marvel’s first movie to feature a female hero in the title.

Also see: A trailer for Ant Man and the Wasp.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Stealing Sinatra (2003)
The Long Weekend (2005)
Afterwards (2008)
The Hurt Locker (2009)

Real Steel (2011)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Hobbit: The Desolution of Smaug (2013)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Ant-Man (2015)
Little Evil (2017)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Till Death (2020)
Dreamland (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Judgement Day (2002)
Kingdom Hospital (2004, mini-series)
Lost (2004-2010)
Albedo (2020, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Smallville (2002)
Tru Calling (2003)

The Hobbit, movie poster,

Sandra Sawatzky

Sandra Sawatzky, director,

Producer, writer and director Sandra Sawatzky grew up on the prairies. She attended art college and film school in her twenties. Since 1990 she has worked in the film and television industry. Her films forego traditional dialogue and instead tell highly entertaining stories through dance and choreographed action.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Passing Lane (1995)
The Water Cooler
Belly Boat Hustle (1998)

The Girl Who Married a Ghost (2003)

The Girl Who Married a Ghost, movie, poster,

Phil Churchill

Phil Churchill, actor,

B: in Newfoundland and Labrador

Phil Churchill is a graduate of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s School of Fine Arts and has worked with Rising Tide Theatre as a musician and actor. He is also a member of the four-man sketch comedy group, Dance Party of Newfoundland, which picked up the Second City Best Of The Fest Award in 2007 at the Toronto International Sketch Comedy Festival.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Sketch with Kevin McDonald (TV-2006)
Rabittown (TV-2006)
Down to the Dirt (2008)
Kitchen (2008, short)
Night Work: A Sawchuk Poem (VR-2008, short)
Diverted (TV-2009)
Mum’s the Word (2009, short)

Decoloured (2011 short)
Rescue Wife (2011, short)
Me2 (2013, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Hatching, Matching and Dispatching (2005)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Republic of Doyle (2010, 2011)
Diary of a P.I. (2012)
Frontier (2018)

Danso Gordon

Danso Gordon, actor,

B: August 3, 1979 in Toronto, Ontario

Born in Toronto, Danso Gordon grew up in Halifax and moved to Los Angeles when he was 15 to pursue a career as an actor. A student of Theatre Arts at Valley College in the San Fernando Valley, Gordon stage credits include The Council and The Old Timer at L.A.`s Ephesus Playhouse, and Loyalties, The Valiant and Spades at the North Hollywood Playhouse. Danso Gordon played the role of Dr. Rian Larouche on Saving Hope.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

American History X (1998)

The Gray in Between (2002)
Dear Wendy (2005)
Dirty Deeds (2005)
Crescendo (2005)
Blu_Scrn (2008)
Dark House (2009)

The Binds That Tie Us (2010, short)
The Test (2011)
Leading L.A. (VR-2013)
Pendejo (aka Idiot, 2013)
Heaven is for Real (2014)
Death of a Vegas Showgirl (TV-2016)

TV Series – Cast:
Street Cents (1995)
Hang Time (1998-2000)

In a Heartbeat (2000-2001)
South of Nowhere (2005-2007)

Saving Hope (2014-2015)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Sliders (1998)

Get Real (2000)
MythQuest (2001)

Kroll Show (2013)
The Unwritten Rules (2013, 2014)

Anne Marie Loder

B: August 3, 1969 in St.John's, NL

Anne Marie Loder received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland before moving to Toronto to study acting at the Ryerson Theatre School. It all started when she answered an ad in a local paper and got a tiny part with just two lines in a local play. Afterward she took classes with local teachers while finishing her formal education. Anne Marie now appears using her married name of Anne Marie DeLuise.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Family Pictures (TV-1993)
Janek: The Silent Betrayal (TV-1994)
Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1994)
Jungleground (1995)
Iron Eagle IV (1995)
A Holiday for Love (TV-1996)
Sweet Deception (TV-1998)
Total Recall 2070 (TV-1998)
Reluctant Angel (1998)
Black Light (1998)
Don’t Look Behind You (TV-1999)
A Song from the Heart (TV-1999)
Y2K (TV-1999)
Quarantine (TV-1999)

Life-Size (TV-2000)
N.T.S.B. The Crash of Flight 323 (TV-2001)
Jinnah – On Crime: White Knight Black Widow (2003)
Engaged to Kill (TV-2006)
Shock to the System (2006)
Black Christmas (2006)
Ace of Hearts (2008)
Traveling (2008)
Smile of April (2008)
Charly (2009, short)
The Thaw (2009)
Fear Island (TV-2009)
Love Happens (2009)

Frankie & Alice (2010)
The Edge of the Garden (TV-2011)
A Killer Among Us (TV-2012)
Abducted: The Carlina White Story (TV-2012)
The Kill (2013, short)
Rita (TV-2013)
Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story (TV-2012)
Garage Sale Mystery (TV-2013)
Leap 4 Your Life (2013)
June in January (TV-2014)
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery (TV-2016)
Mostly Ghostly 3: One Night in Doom House (VR-2016)
Marrying the Family (2016)
The Last Bridesmaid (TV-2019)
All Summer Long (TV-2019)
Christmas Town (TV-2019)
Where Darkness Lies (2019, short)

Matchmaker Mysteries: The Poison Pen (TV-2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Due South (1996-1998)
Higher Ground (2000)
Big Sound (2000-2001)
Sabbatical (2007)

Strange Empire (2014-2015)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1994)
Side Effects (1995)
F/X: The Series (1997)
Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension (1998)
Highlander: The Raven (1998)
Earth: Final Conflict (1998)
Total Recall 2070 (1999)
First Wave (1999)

Code Name: Eternity (2000)
Seven Days (2000)Stargate SG-1 (2000, 2007)
The Chris Isaak Show (2001)
The Outer Limits (2001)
Andromeda (2001, 2004)
Mysterious Ways (2002)
Just Deal (2002)
The Twilight Zone (2002)
The Dead Zone (2003)
The Collector (2004)
Dead Like Me (2004)
Supernatural (2005, 2019)
Smallville (2006, 2010, 2011)
Psych (2006)
Painkiller Jane (2007)
The Troop (2009)
Sanctuary (2009)

Pretty Little Liars (2010)
R.L.Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series (2011, 2014)
Om Inc (2011)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014)
The Killing (2014)
iZombie (2015)
When Calls the Heart (2016)

Black Christmas, 2006, movie poster,
Poster for the 2006 version of the movie Black Christmas

Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015 movie poster
Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015 movie poster

Caroline Cave

Caroline Cave, actress,

B: January 25, 1974 in West Vancouver, British Columbia

Caroline Cave was inituially interested un and studied classical piano and ballet. IN addition to her work in film and television, she is also a stage actor. A selection of her stage credits include productions of Joanna McClelland Glass’ Trying, Stephen Sachs’ Miss Julie: Freedom Summer, David Eldridge’s Festen and Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree, in which she played all 23 different characters resulting in rave reviews including this: “After sitting mesmerized for about an hour and forty-five minutes, the audience jumped to its feet at the end of the play in a spontaneous standing ovation. This rare display of enthusiasm and appreciation was for Caroline Cave.” She won a Dora Award in 2004 for that play when it was staged in Toronto and a Jesse Award in 2006 when it was staged in Vancouver. She plays the role of Beth Marzden in the series Siren.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The War Bride (2001)
Almost America (TV-2001)
Six Figures (2005)
One Week (2008)
Saw VI (2009)

The Exit (2010, short)
The Horses of McBride (TV-2012)
End of the World (TV-2013)
What an Idiot (2014)
Splitting Adam (TV-2015)
The Wolf Who Came to Dinner (2015, short)
Hit & Run (TV-2015)
Date with Love (TV-2016)
A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
Power Rangers (2017)
Story of a Girl (TV-2017)
Deadly Deed: A Fixer Upper Mystery (TV-2018)
The Ride Home (2018, short)
Darrow & Darrow: Body of Evidence (TV-2018)

TV Series: Cast:
Cra$h & Burn (2009)
The Gathering (2007, mini-series)

Unspeakable (2019, mini-series)
Siren (2019-)

TV Series: Guest appearances:
The Associates (2002)
ReGenesis (2004)
Kevin Hill (2005)
Stargate: Atlantis (2007)
The L Word (2007)
True Crime Scene (2008)

Haven (2010)
SGU Stargate Universe (2010)
Sanctuary (2011)
Supernatural (2012)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014)
Aftermath (2016)
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (2016)
Van Helsing (2017, 2018, 2019)
Charmed (2018)

One Week, movie, poster,

Patrick Huard

Patrick Huard, Jasmine Lemée,
Patrick Huard and Jasmine Lemée in a publicity still for the film Mon cirque à moi, courteswy of Les films Séville

B: January 2, 1969 in Montréal, Québec

Patrick Huard Huard is a multi-talented actor, humorist, screenwriter and director who grew up in the Rosemont area of Montreal. His film credits are impressive, including his costarring role in the 2006 box office and audience hit Bon Cop Bad Cop. In addition to more than 1200 stage performances across Québec, Huard has also tried his hand at directing and was responsible for the design and stage direction for the opening performance of the 15th FrancoFolies de Montréal in 2003. He directed the 2007 film, The 3 p’tits cochons which was a hit in Québec. Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 is scheduled to be released in 2017.

Features & TV Movies:
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Les Boys (1997)
J’en suis (1997)
Les Boys II (1998)

Stardom (2000)
La vie après l’amour (2000)
Les Boys 3 (2000)
Comment ma mère accoucha de moi durant sa ménopause (2003)
Sur le seuil (2003)
Nez rouge (2003)
Monica la mitraille (2004)
Les Guerriers (TV-2004)
Maman Last Call (2005)
Miss Météo (TV-2005)
Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006)
Cadavres (2009)

Funkytown (2010)
Starbuck (2011)
Omertà (2012)
Mommy (2014)
My Internship in Canada (2015)
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (2017)

Mon cirque à moi (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Réseaux (1998)
Music Hall (2002)
Cover-Girl (2005)
Au nom de la loi (2005)
Taxi 0-22 (2007-2008)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Fortier (2004)

Credits as a Director:
The 3 p’tits cochons (2007)

Filière 13 (2010)
Sur les traces de la fusion: L’acte 1 (2012, short)

Bon Cop Bad Cop 2, movie, poster,
Poster for Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 courtesy of Les Films Séville.
Mon cirque à moi, movie, poster,
Poster for Mon cirque à moi courtesy of Les Films Séville.