Ryan Ward & Matt Heiti Talk Son of the Sunshine and Genie Nominations

ryan-ward-son-of-the-sunshineI was very fortunate to talk to the Genie nominated co-writers of Canadian indie film Son of the Sunshine. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should. It’s an excellent debut feature from Ward (writer/director/lead) focusing on a young man with a severe form of Tourette’s syndrome. I’m not going to tell you more than that because, well, you should see it. If you’re lucky enough to be in Toronto you can see Son of the Sunshine on February 22 at the Carlton Cinema as part of Raindance Toronto’s Indie Nite.

If you’re not lucky enough to be in Toronto, keep  your fingers crossed that Son of the Sunshine scores a Genie and makes it way to a theater near you.

Keeping it alive: Ryan Ward and Matt Heiti talk Son of the Sunshine and Genie nominations

Independent Canadian filmmaking might rightfully be compared to the myth of Sisyphus. In a system that’s unwelcoming to newcomers and fresh voices, young filmmakers are left to fund a production with little more than sheer grit and then endlessly push a boulder across lonely prairies from film festival to film festival, hoping to garner enough kudos along the way to attract a wider audience. This state of affairs might partially explain why Ryan Ward, director, lead actor, and co-writer of Son of the Sunshine, wasn’t really planning on attending the 32nd Annual Genie Awards press conference during which nominees were announced. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST

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