Jason Filiatrault is one of Playback Magazine’s “5 to Watch” for 2017

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Every year, Playback Magazine — Canada’s most widely read film industry publication -— chooses five up-and-coming media professionals for its annual “FIVE TO WATCH” list, highlight the most exciting and promising talent in Canada, and this year Jason Filiatrault was very pleased to make the cut.

Jason joined fellow recipients director Molly McGlynn, Joel Thomas Hynes, VFX wizard Akash Sherman, and actor Rebecca Liddiard on the exclusive list. Previous “Five to Watch” names have included Xavier Dolan, Stella Meghie, Sarah Gadon, Katie Boland, and Michelle Ouellet. The list has become one of Canada’s premier spotlights for new talent.

The article is available to read here on the Playback website, and is far less awkward interview than Jason was expecting because he’s pretty bad at that sort of thing. He’s also not good at writing in the third person.

 

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Jay Baruchel and Jason Filiatrault Bring “Tracy and Unicorn” to Just For Laughs.

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This past week the Just For Laughs ComedyPro event in Montreal played host to the first live script-reading of Jason Filiatrault’s new half-hour project Tracy and Unicorn starring and directed by Jay Baurchel (Goon, Knocked Up) and featuring some of the best talent at the festival.

Presented by Thruline Entertainment and JFL, the annual event searches all over North America for the best unproduced comedy pilot scripts — this year selecting Jason Filiatrault’s Tracy and Unicorn from over 200 submissions.

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Telling the unconventional story of a lonely young woman who summons a magical unicorn to help get her life back on track — with dark and bloody results, the script was read live to a packed room at the Just For Laughs industry series, with actor/director Jay Baruchel leading the charge.

Director Baruchel brought together a stellar cast for the reading including; Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Netflix’s GLOW), Mark Critch (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Georgia King (Vice Principals), super-star comedian Elon Gold, and actor George Tchortov (Goon).

Tracy and Unicorn is currently in search of a broadcast partner, with several offers already on the table thanks in part to the Just for Laughs event.

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“Entanglement” Charms the Festival Circuit!

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Following a well-recieved world-premier in Seattle, Jason Filiatrault’s feature debut Entanglement has continued to find fans around the world at festival screenings.

At three packed screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival, Entanglement premiered to enthusiastic crowds with filmmakers Jason James, Jason Filiatrault, and Amber Ripley in attendance. From there, some great press and reviews followed, as the film has continued its festival run.

Entanglement opened the Brooklyn International Film Fest in June and made its European debut as part of the Madrid International Film Festival in July. Future festival screenings will include The Rhode Island International film festival this August, as well as screenings in two Canadian festivals in the fall and more throughout North America.

Entanglement will be released in Canadian theatres this coming fall.

For reviews and news about Entanglement’s theatrical release, check out the film’s page at distributor Thunderbird Releasing, and be sure to watch the trailer online at EntanglementTheFilm.com

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“Entanglement” Set To Premier at SIFF 2017!

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Great news! Jason Filiatrault’s magic-realist comedy Entanglement is having its world premier on May 19th, 2017 at the Seattle International Film Festival.

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A comedy about learning to let go, and how everything is amazingly and incredibly connected, Entanglement will have three screenings at the festival — which is one of the largest and longest running film festivals in the U.S. The festival website describes Entanglement as; “a fascinating piece of cinema, a philosophical comedy with a twisted heart about how life teaches us lessons in the strangest possible ways.”

The films stars Emmy-nominee Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Jess Weixler (Teeth), and Diana Bang (The Interview). Entanglement was directed and produced by Jason James and is released by Thunderbird Releasing.

You learn more about Entanglement, check out a trailer and read about the Seattle International Film Festival here: https://www.siff.net/festival/entanglement

Hope to see you there!

Telefilm Supports New Script From Jason Filiatrault

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In what must be a sure sign that 2017 won’t be a complete garbage fire, Telefilm Canada will soon announce (buried on some list somewhere, maybe) that Jason Filiatrault’s newest project, Bad Seeds, has been selected for development financing.

Produced by Amber Ripley’s Goodbye Productions and Jason James’ Resonance Films (the partnership behind Jason’s feature, EntanglementBad Seeds is an exciting heist comedy in the vein of Ocean’s 11, but with a decidedly strange twist…

A year after being widowed, Kate Parker is still unable to let go of the life she had. But when she learns that her late husband donated sperm in college and that only one sample remains, Kate decides to break into the cryobank and steal back her one last chance at the family she dreamed off.

With the help of five ladies from her grief support-group, Kate will have to plan the perfect heist in order to keep her husband’s memory alive – uncovering corruption and some seriously criminal behaviour along the way – and ultimately learning that moving on is a lot harder than staying frozen in place.

Bad Seeds is going to be a hilarious, weird, action-packed, empowering, and super entertaining movie one day – and it all starts here, with Telefilm Canada and two amazingly supportive producers. Very excited!

 

Sarcastic Rover Goes to Hollywood!

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Feel Canadian is happy to announce that we’ve been developing and prepping a brand new animated series based on Jason Filiatrault’s award-winning Twitter-account, @SarcasticRover and produced by movie superstar, Mila Kunis.

The series, called Rover is the story of a lonely Mars rover learning to find its own purpose on Mars, while dealing with other robots and mysteries across the red planet. The series was created by Jason Filiatrault along with Jeremy & Daniel Lehrer.

Producing along with Mila Kunis and her Orchard Farm Productions company is Shadow Machine productions, who had a hand in making such great shows as Bojack Horseman and Robot Chicken.

Rover is currently out looking for a broadcast partner, but in the meantime you can check out the awesome poster, and follow @SarcasticRover on Twitter!

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DARIUS FILMS GETS IN BED WITH “THREE TO GET READY”!

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LOS ANGELES / CALGARY (Jan. 28, 2016 ) – Screenwriter Jason Filiatrault (who writes the @SarcasticRover Twitter account) has optioned his latest feature film script “Three To Get Ready” to Los Angeles & Toronto-based production company Darius Films and producer Nicholas Tabarrok.

Described as an edgy-but-sweet sex comedy, “Three To Get Ready” tells the story of recently engaged couple Doug and Alberta, who agree to try and have a threesome in an effort to overcome their wildly differing sexual pasts.

“Mostly, I wanted to write something that felt real and funny.” says Filiatrault, “Yes, it’s a comedy about a threesome – but beyond all that, it’s a heartfelt look at love and learning to accept who we are, and that’s what I want to bring to the screen.”

Darius Films, producer of the films Defendor and Art of the Steal, has a history of making audience-focussed movies, and for bringing big-name actors to Canadian cinema. Previous Darius productions have starred Kurt Russell, Woody Harrelson, Jay Baruchel, Kat Dennings and J.K. Simmons.

When it came to choosing a producing partner for his latest script, Filiatrault says producer Nicholas Tabarrok was an obvious choice. “Darius has a great track record of getting movies made, and Nicholas is exactly the kind of enthusiastic, talented producer you want helping push a movie across the finish line.”

Filiatrault’s first feature Entanglement with Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch is currently in post-production, and he has previously written for the Rogers/CBC series Young Drunk Punk starring Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch. “Three To Get Ready” will be Filiatrault’s second feature.

Thomas Middleditch and Jess Weixler Connect With “Entanglement”

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Vancouver, BC (Sept. 21, 2015) – Rising stars Thomas Middleditch (HBOs ‘Silicon Valley‘, Search Party) and Jess Weixler (Teeth, Listen Up Philip) have signed on to star in the new indie comedy Entanglement from Canadian screenwriter Jason Filiatrault and director Jason James (That Burning Feeling). Filming begins on September 30th.

Described by writer Jason Filiatrault as a “curiously strange comedy about the interconnectedness of people and ideas and love and how impossible it can be to love someone before you love yourself,” Entanglement marks the feature debut of the Calgary-based writer.

The story centers on Middleditch’s character, Ben – a man searching for the meaning of his existence – who investigates a family secret and finds a mysterious woman named Hanna (Weixler). But while falling in love with Hanna, Ben begins to suspect that the universe might be fundamentally strange, and that his life may be connected to everything in some very disturbing ways.

Entanglement is a movie about everything I’m fascinated by,” says writer Jason Filiatrault. “It has elements of quantum physics and philosophy – magic realism, adventure, mystery, fantasy, a lot of weirdness. It’s about really big ideas, but on a small and intimate level.”

Beyond movies, Filiatrault is possibly better known as the mind behind science-based Twitter account SarcasticRover, which has amassed nearly 140,000 followers and recently celebrated its third anniversary with features in the Washington Post and Mashable.com.

On landing such high profile cast members, Filiatrault remarks; “Thomas Middleditch was our first choice and I’m really excited to watch him elevate this movie with his basically mind-blowing talent. And as for Jess Weixler, she’s an amazing actress, and so perfect for the role that I’m still processing how lucky we are.”

The film is produced by Amber Ripley (Goodbye Productions) and Jason James (Resonance Films) and executive produced by Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith (Whip It).

Entanglement was developed through Movie Central and NSI’s Script to Screen Program, the Harold Greenberg Fund, Telefilm Canada, and Creative BC with production support from Telefilm Canada, The Movie Network, Movie Central, and the Harold Greenberg Fund.

Three In A Car is Now On-Line!

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After it’s world premiere at CUFF this past week, I’m happy to say you can now watch “Three In A Car” – a short film by 7 people, on-line in the comfort of your own phone! Check it out, share it, laugh!

Three In A Car Screens at CUFF!

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Once again, and luckily for me, my new short film – Three In A Car – has been selected to screen as part of this years Calgary Underground Film Festival!

The short will play before the hilarious feature film Guidance, by Pat Mills – and screens on April 15th @ 7:00 PM here in Calgary, so if you’re about, just grab a ticket to Guidance and I’ll hope to see you there!

Three In A Car is a sequel to our last little film, Three In A Bed, and starts Mandy Stobo, Sarah Adams, and Evan Wilson. It was shot by Dan Dumouchel with sound by Alex Mitchell and digital work from Rick Youck.

Big thanks to everyone who made this happen – and the the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers for their generous support.