“Entanglement” Set To Premier at SIFF 2017!


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


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



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!


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!




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. Robert Cuffley (FerociousChokeslam) has signed on to direct.

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”



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!


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!


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.

Specific Gravity


Here’s a very short story that I wanted to get out there in the world so it exists. I’m not sure what it is – but I like it and don’t want to forget:

It’s called Specific Gravity:


Something strange has happened to the universe.

It began with airplanes falling out of the sky one day, and then a few buildings collapsing in on themselves, and then a bridge fell into a river during a charity fun-run.

Eventually science figured it out. Gravity had become specific. 

Somehow the laws of physics had been subverted or messed up, and the gravity of an object started being determined not by its mass, but by its worries.

For most animals (except dolphins, apes, elephants, and curiously, honey-bees) this didn’t matter – they didn’t have consciousness and they didn’t have cares, but for humanity – the shift in the physical world was catastrophic.

Our problems were weighing us down.

For those with the most problems – the most on their mind – this shift in gravity became almost crushing. They couldn’t get up off the ground, they moved as if burdened by hundred of pounds. Some couldn’t breath, some dare not even try to go downstairs. Some became trapped in their basements, too afraid of the elevator.

Suddenly the poor and the wealthy had something in common, for money comes with its own issues. The powerful and the powerless, the extremes of all society became suddenly and instantly immobile – held down completely by their concerns. Like all real troubles, it was a problem which only got worse once you had it.

And for the carefree among us – the opposite became true. Without any problems to hold them down, light-hearted idiots would fly away – float up until the lack of oxygen gave them cause for concern and they’d plummet to Earth – pulled by the sudden weight of their folly.

Babies, of course, had to be tied down – as they always should have been. Happy children floated along on leashes and padded ceilings would become all the rage. Parents would be judged by how high their offspring could float… but, ironically, that obsessive need to make light and happy children, would drive such parents into the floor.

With gravity being determined by our problems, the self-help industry blossomed – books about letting go and not holding grudges were everywhere. Meditation and yoga became a religion and people struggled to find balance in their lives. Worried enough to stay on the ground, but not so freaked out that you end up crushed to death by your thoughts.

It became a rather complicated time.

We found a new metric for attraction; because who wants to adore a floating idiot, and who could cherish a beautiful floor-pancake? We judged people less on their looks (although we still did that a lot) but more on their gravity. “She was too heavy” became a phrase that stopped referencing size, and started referencing emotional well-being. The manic sexy girls with their gorgeous baggage couldn’t even stand up, let alone dance – and the vapid beautiful men with their simple thoughts all floated away and died in the first week. Sad nerds remained in their parents’ basements, unaware that anything was going on.

So now we try to stay centred. Quality of life has taken on a new meaning – and those of us left try to smile, but not too much. We work – but we don’t care about every little thing. We don’t let regret pile up, don’t invest ourselves fully in anything. We try not to be sad, try not to forget our small problems… and we don’t dare fall in love.

Because nothing weighs you down like a broken heart. 

And nothing lifts your spirit like being truly, completely happy.

It’s a complicated world now. But we try not to think about it.



Happy New Year?


So, it’s been a very busy end of the year at Feel Canadian – hope yours has been equally fantastic.

Most recently Jason Filiatrault wrapped up on his first TV series, writing and script coordinating on former Kids In The Hall Bruce McCulloch’s new sitcom Young Drunk Punk – which was, by all reports, a fun experience and promises to be a great show. The series debuts in Canada on January 21st @ 8:30 on CityTV – if you can watch, I hope you tune in!

In other news, Jason is working on developing his @SarcasticRover into some kind of film or TV property, and working with some amazing talents along the way. We’re also gearing up for a very exciting year of film production and writing – so more news on that front.

So – for now – this is a short update, and we hope you’re all staying warm and out of trouble.