Big Win At the Writers Guild Awards!

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In what can only be described as a pretty awesome surprise, Jason Filiatrault took home the award for Best Feature Screenplay for “Entanglement” at the 2018 Writers Guild of Canada Awards!

Beating out highly praised films such as “The Man Who Invented Christmas” and “Indian Horse” – Filiatrault’s script for Entanglement went home with the top prize, following a fairly rambling and incoherent speech by the shocked and unprepared writer.

Other winners that night included Sarah Polley for the mini-series “Alias Grace” and Aubrey Nealon for the hour long police drama “Cardinal.” 

The WGC Awards are held every year in Toronto, and celebrate the best in film and television writing as chosen by the members of the guild – making it the best of all writing awards, according to Filiatrault, who is definitely biased.

Entanglement was released in February across North America, and is available now on iTunes or wherever digital movies get sold. Probably the internet.

Filiatrault is currently writing on the Netflix drama “The Order” which will debut in 2019.

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Filiatrault Joins “The Order” For Netflix

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Great news! We can finally announce that Jason Filiatrault has joined the writing staff of the new Netflix horror/drama series “The Order” – which was just picked up for a 10 episode first season to debut in 2019.

Starring Jake Manley and Sarah Grey, The Order centers on college freshman Jack Morton (Manley), who joins a fabled secret society, The Order of the Blue Rose, where he is thrust into a world of magic, monsters and intrigue. As Jack goes deeper, he uncovers dark family secrets and an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts.

Created by Dennis Heaton (Ghost WarsMotive) and produced by Nomadic Pictures (Van Helsing, Hell on Wheels) The Order is described as a magical and terrifying journey to uncover everyone’s true selves … and the monsters that hide within. Other cast include (Altered Carbon), Sam Trammell (True Blood), and Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps).

Jason will be writing one episode this season while also working in the room on his first hour-long series. Which is very exciting.

The Order is expected to premier in March 2019.

Entanglement Hits Home

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With great reviews and a lot of excitement, Jason Filiatrault’s feature film “Entanglement” finally opened this week in over 20 cities across North America!

Entanglement’s US distributor, DARK STAR Pictures, launched the film across America, with Thunderbird taking Canadian distribution as the Thomas Middleditch comedy found love with both critics and audiences from coast to coast.

The L.A. TIMES called Entanglement, “deceptively profound” while FILM INQUIRY hailed the movie as “A wholly original, expectation-subverting gem.” Even the NEW YORK TIMES called Entanglement “Impressively photographed and perkily paced.”

Entanglement was held over for extended runs across Canada, and will be making it’s debut on Digital and Streaming services in the U.S. this week.

Jason’s next feature script, “Three To Get Ready” is currently in development with Darius Pictures to film in fall 2018.

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“Entanglement” Sets U.S. Theatrical Release

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Big news! Jason Filiatrault’s comedic-drama, Entanglement will be getting a U.S. theatrical release from Dark Star Pictures.

Releasing on February 9th 2018, Entanglement will be Dark Star’s first nationwide theatrical, VOD, and digital release. The film premiered at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival. Entanglement stars Silicon Valley‘s Thomas Middleditch as a fairly depressed man who falls in love with a woman who was almost, but not-quite, his sister. The movie is directed by Jason James, produced by James and Amber Ripley, and written by Filiatrault.

Founded by Breaking Glass Pictures executive Michael Repsch, Dark Star Pictures will be looking to solidify a full 2018 release slate and announced the acquisition of Entanglement at this year’s American Features Market in Santa Monica.

“Dark Star Pictures is committed to bringing diversified and hyper-targeted content to a millennial-focused audience in the digital age,” Repsch said. “Our goal is to bring auteur-driven [and] unique voices to North American audiences, films that challenge viewers while keeping them wanting more and, most importantly, starting conversations.”

Thunderbird Releasing will be handling the Canadian rights for Entanglement, setting the film for a same day release on Feb. 9th across Canada in select Cineplex Theatres.

To read slightly more about this, check out the exclusive in Variety (LINK).

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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 a 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.

 

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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