Filmoption International presents THE GOOD LIE a film by Shawn Linden – opens May 10

"Rose By Name"  2011 Photo: Jan Thijs

The Good Lie

Directed by Shawn Linden

Starring Thomas Dekker and Matt Craven

Opens in Toronto – May 10
Carlton Cinema

Opens in Global Theatre in Winnipeg also on May 10
other Canadian cities to follow

Opening in Canada on May 10, THE GOOD  LIE tells the story of Cullen, a young college student who discovers after his mother’s sudden death that he was the product of a vicious rape. Framed within a series of strange campfire tales, Cullen sets out to track down his sinister biological father and learns that the truth can be far more bizarre than anything told around a campfire…

THE GOOD LIE is directed by Shawn Linden (NOBODY, HUNTER HUNTER) and stars Thomas Dekker as Cullen and Matt Craven (NCIS, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) as the father who raised him.

Thomas Dekker is known for his critically acclaimed role as Lance Loud in the critically acclaimed HBO series Cinema Verite. Based on the celebrated reality series documenting the lives of the Loud family in the 1970s. Thomas played opposite Diane Lane, Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini. He was also in Gregg Araki`s festival-favorite Kaboom, as well starred opposite Rooney Mara in Michael Bay’s remake of the iconic film A Nightmare on Elm Street.  He is also known for his roles in the hit television series Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, where he played ‘John Connor’.  Thomas’ expansive resume also includes work with Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin in Nick Cassavetes adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s bestselling novel, My Sister’s Keeper.  Thomas resides in Los Angeles, where he is also a musician, painter, sculptor and photographer. To add to his many talents, Thomas is also a director and is in pre-production on his fourth film, Walk of Fame.

Matt Craven is an accomplished actor of film and television with over 40 films to his credit, most recently X-Men: First Class, Devil, Public Enemies, Disturbia, Déjà Vu, A Simple Curve, The Clearing, The Statement, Timeline and The Life of David Gale. He has worked with award winning directors including Alan Parker, Norman Jewison, Tony Scott, Michael Mann, Katherine Bigelow and Adrian Lyne in Jacob`s Ladder. His tv credits include the HBO mini-series From The Earth to the Moon and The Pacific along with TNT`s Nuremburg. He starred in the critically acclaimed High Incident and L.A. Doctors and can currently be seen on the number one show on television NCIS.

Shawn Linden is a writer, director and producer. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he spent four years studying Philosophy and Film Studies at the University of Manitoba, and then eight years working in the Art Department in the local film and television industy. His first feature film, the self-produced no-budget Nobody, starring Costas Mandylor (the Saw franchise) and Ed O`Ross (Lethal Weapon, Full Metal Jacket), screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide and won over a dozen awards. Acquired by the U.S. based Shoreline Entertainment in 2008, the film is now being distributed throughout most part of the world. In 2009, his screenplay Hunter Hunter was selected for the NSI Features First National development program, and he was awarded the inaugural NSI Jim Murphy Bursary for the graphic novelette Dire Wolf. In the past two years, he has had five original screenplays optioned, the most recent being The Duelist to U.S. production company Gold Circle Films (The Haunting in Connecticut, White Noise, The Fourth Kind). The Good Lie is Shawn’s second feature as writer/director/producer, and is a Manitoba/Quebec co-production with funding support from SODEC and Telefilm Canada.

Distribution in Canada and International Sales are through Filmoption International.