Northern Banner Releasing
Directed by Sean Garrity
Starring Joey King, Kevin Pollak, Emily Hampshire & Jonas Chernick
OPENS IN CANADA
Canadian Film Festival – Screens March 31
Carlton Cinema – April 8
Kingsway Cinema – April 8
Grant Park – April 15
The Mayfair – May 27
More cities to follow…
Borealis, Sean Garrity’s Manitoba-set comedic-drama road-trip movie starring veteran comic actor Kevin Pollak and teen superstarJoey King, will have its Toronto premiere at the Canadian Film Festival, Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:00pm at the Royal Cinema.
Borealis will then open across the country the following week, beginning with Toronto, April 8, screening at both the Carlton Cinema and Kingsway Theatre, then expanding to Winnipeg April 15, at Landmark Cinemas Grant Park, and Ottawa’s Mayfair Theatre on May 27. More cities to follow.
Coming off a successful Canadian festival run, Borealis won a Special Jury Award Mention for Best Actress (Joey King) at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and screened to rave reviews and sold out houses at the Montreal World Film Festival, Cinefest Sudbury, Calgary International Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.
Borealis also received a Canadian Screen Award 2016 nomination for Darren Wall, Achievement In Visual Effects.
The film follows Jonah, an unemployed gambler, as he takes his estranged pot-smoking teenaged daughter Aurora on a dangerous road trip from Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba to show her the magnificent Northern Lights – before her vision disorder renders her completely blind. With a volatile bookie in hot pursuit, Jonah and Aurora are forced to finally confront each other, their tragic pasts and their individual vices in unanticipated and often comical ways.
“Audiences have been falling in love with Borealis at festivals across the country,” says Borealis’ lead actor / writer / producer Jonas Chernick. “With powerhouse performances by young star Joey King and veteran actor Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men), backed by Montreal-native Emily Hampshire(Schitt’s Creek and 12 Monkeys) we really do have one helluva stellar cast, and a funny, thrilling, inspirational story that we’re thrilled to be bringing to theatres across the country.”
Joey King played a lead role in Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” and the acclaimed FX series “Fargo.” The rapidly rising star also featured in the box office smashes “The Conjuring”, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”, and “White House Down”. Her upcoming movies include “Independence Day: Resurgence”, the sequel to the record-breaking 1996 original, and “Going In Style”, opposite Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. She was named in August 2014 by Variety as one of today’s Top Ten Teen Actors.
Kevin Pollak is one of film and TV’s living legends, known for his roles in such classic films as “The Usual Suspects”, “A Few Good Men”, “Casino”, “Grumpy Old Men” and “The Whole Nine Yards”. Kevin is an acclaimed stand-up comic who has been named by Comedy Central as one of the 100 Top Comedians of All Time.
Director Sean Garrity and actor / writer Jonas Chernick have been blowing up the Canadian film scene for the past decade with their collaborative work on award-winning films including “Inertia” (Best First Feature – TIFF 2001), “Lucid” (Best Western Canadian Feature – VIFF 2006), and “My Awkward Sexual Adventure” (, TIFF Top Ten 2013, Audience Award – Whistler 2012, People’s Choice Award – Calgary International Film Festival – 2012).