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Sea to Sky | BC Spotlight

When we first meet Ben (Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch), he’s dead set on ending his misery but only succeeds in adding another item to his laundry list of embarrassments. Consequently, it’s hardly surprising that his subsequent efforts to connect with Hanna (Jess Weixler), the woman who was very nearly his adoptive sister, meet with similarly awkward results, sending him into a darkly comic tailspin that leaves him questioning every relationship in his life, as well as his increasingly tenuous grip on reality. And understandably so. Viewers may very well find themselves eyeing instances of whimsy a little more warily after the end credits have rolled. Bolstered by a sophisticated seriocomic script from Jason Filiatrault, Jason James’ film poignantly questions whether it’s ever advisable to let things go.

"Filiatrault and James use the expectations created by so many films before to construct a touching exploration of mental health as they rise to the challenge of articulating how Ben’s internal logic, which is sound yet idealized, doesn’t line up with the messiness of reality… For all the talk of parallel universes, [they’ve] crafted a story that’s particularly poignant for the one we’re all in now."—Stephen Saido, Moveable Fest

Director Jason James
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2017
Running Time: 84 mins
Format: DCP
Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang, Randal Edwards, Marilyn Norry, Eric Keenleyside
Executive Producer: Jhod Cardinal, Tim Gamble, Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith
Producer: Amber Ripley, Jason James
Screenwriter: Jason Filiatrault
Cinematographer: James Liston
Editor: Gareth C. Scales, Christopher Watson, Jamie Alain
Production Design: Scott Moulton
Music: Andrew Harris
Production Company: Resonance Films / Goodbye Productions
Print Source: Thunderbird
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