20 Sep The Disappeared journeys to Western Canada
After a successful run at Halifax’s Atlantic Film Festival and Sudbury’s Cinéfest, The Disappeared team is thrilled to bring the film to festivals in Western Canada. The Disappeared will screen at the Calgary International Film Festival 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 25 and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, and the Edmonton International Film Festival 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 4. It concludes its Western circuit at the Vancouver International Film Festival with presentations October 10 and 11.
The producers are pleased with the interest the film is garnering. “We’re overwhelmed by the response with both festivals adding screens to accommodate the audience interest in seeing our film,” states producer Walter Forsyth.
Halifax actor Gary Levert, who plays Merv, has been moved by the audience response to the film so far. A memorable moment for him was meeting an 86-year-old sword fisherman and his son who were in tears after watching the film at Cinéfest. They said it was very emotional to finally see a real film that told their story. Levert explains, “The Disappeared tells of the hardships and danger of making a living from the sea. Fishermen are some of the toughest men on the planet. Imagine leaving your home, wife and family, and you just don’t know how and when you are going to return.”
The Disappeared is the story of six men and their struggle to get home after their fishing boat sinks in the North Atlantic. Along with Levert, the cast also includes Hollywood actor Billy Campbell and Canadian star Shawn Doyle alongside local Halifax actors Brian Downey, Ryan Doucette and Neil Matheson.
The buzz for the film follows last week’s unusual twist of fate when Campbell made international headlines for his participation in the dramatic ocean rescue of three men on the eve of the film’s Halifax premiere.
Pre-sold to Astral’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, The Disappeared was produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Film Nova Scotia and the Canadian and Nova Scotia tax credit programs, and was developed with added support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
The Disappeared is produced by Gilles Bélanger, Ralph Holt, Walter Forsyth and Karen Franklin. Two Dories Film Inc. is a Nova Scotia company created to produce the theatrical feature film, The Disappeared, for national and international distribution.
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