1994 was the perfect summer... for heartache. At 15, Archie Kinsler has an impossible goal: to win the heart of Bernadette, a much older French foreign exchange student and local lifeguard, before she returns home at the end of the season. To gain her affection, Archie enlists the help of his first boss, Dixon, a local lothario, suburban legend, and the park district's least valuable employee. Under Dixon's tutelage, Archie and his friends learn about love, adulthood, and all the things that books can't teach.
NOTE: There will be a short Q&A with John Psathas (director) and Sarah Shirkey (actress) moderated by Nicole Stamp after the screening.
RUN TIME: 98 minutes
PREMIERE STATUS: BC Premiere
GENRE: Comedy, Coming-of-age
DIRECTOR: John Psathas
PRODUCERS: John Psathas, Patrick Wimp, James Psathas, Danny Farber
SCREENWRITERS: John Psathas, Patrick Wimp
LEAD CAST: Sam Straley, Marilyn Bass, James Psathas, Sarah Shirkey, Johnny Lim, James Guyton, Tommy Philbin, Sarah Jane Murray, Steve Przybytek, Mike Hall
AWARDS / NOMINATIONS:
• Winner, Best of Fest Crystal Twister - Twister Alley Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Best Feature - Twister Alley Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Best Comedy Feature - Twister Alley Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Best Ensemble (Feature Film) - Twister Alley Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Audience Choice Narrative Feature - Macon Film Festival, 2018
• Winner, Director's Choice (Best Feature Film) - Gig Harbor Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Best Feature Film - Lone Star Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Best Feature Comedy - Austin Revolution Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Best Actor Feature Film - Austin Revolution Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Best Soundtrack - Austin Revolution Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Best Comedy Feature Film - Sydney Indie Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Audience Choice (Best Feature) - Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Best Actor - Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2018
• Winner, Chicago Film Award - Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2018
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR – John Psathas
John Psathas is an award-winning director and producer based in Chicago. An unwavering fan of 80s and 90s coming-of-age films, BERNADETTE is his first feature. As the founder or Analog Productions, his work has screened internationally and includes commercials, shorts, and feature length films. Between projects, he teaches as an Associate Professor at DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts.
ACTRESS – Sarah Shirkey
Sarah Shirkey is originally from the Detroit area where she received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Detroit Mercy. She has lived in Chicago for 12 years where she enjoys working on various theatre, commercial, and film projects. Sarah enjoys being an amateur travel agent and seeing the world, reading (shout out to book club), true crime anything (SSDGM), and being a dog mom (also a wife). If you have any information on how to start an all-female production company, she would very much enjoy speaking with you.
MODERATOR - Nicole Stamp
TELEVISION HOST, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER
NICOLE STAMP is a television host, actor, director, and writer. Stamp has been both the host and director for "Inside Between"- a Netflix aftershow for CityTV, "AllianceLive" for Alliance films, and "The SPACE" for TVOntario, which won 2 Gemini Awards among 6 nominations. She has also hosted 6 seasons of the classic academic gameshow "Reach For The Top", and interviewed A-list Hollywood talent for the Toronto International Film Festival. Stamp's acting credits include roles on "The Handmaid's Tale", "In Contempt", "The Expanse", "Odd Squad", and "Carmilla", a Canadian Screen Award-winning webseries with over 70 million views on YouTube. Stamp has also voiced characters in 20+ cartoons, including titles for Jim Henson Company, CBC, Cartoon Network, and Disney XD, and plays a major motion-capture role in the videogame "Assassin's Creed Origins". As a writer, Stamp has worked on the new Peanuts series (a collaboration between DHX, Apple and NASA), written the educational kids' series "The Incredible Adventures of EnviroGirl" for TVOntario, and her essay, "What Decent Men Can Do After #MeToo" was shared over 70 thousand times on Facebook, then commissioned by CNN where it ranked among the top articles of 2017. Stamp lives in Toronto and holds a Guinness World Record for playing dodgeball for 36 hours without sleeping- an accomplishment she does not recommend.