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Ron Dias' feature film debut mixes humour in with all the angst and sets his coming-of-age story against the backdrop of the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd. Beyond a consideration of young adulthood, screenwriter Joanne Jansen reflects on what it means to be Black in Toronto. Dias experiments with filming colour with black & white and selectively breaks the fourth wall. Filmed in a naturalistic-style and across familiar locations, it’s clear Dias isn’t shy about showcasing the city as we see it.
Ron Dias is a Toronto based Filmmaker who began his career making YouTube Skits and Short Films. Using YouTube as a platform to hone his skills, while amassing a vast and diverse fan base that continues to grow, he soon developed into a dedicated Director. Alongside his companion creator Joanne Jansen, they created a successful web series “Friends with Benefits”, with over 7 million views and four nominations at the LA Web Fest. He also wrote, directed, and produced a short film "Mariposa", that received praise for the quality of work on a shoestring budget, and made it into the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.
CAST & CREDITS
Ron Dias, Joanne Jansen, Alicia Insanally, Drew Moss
Ayodele Adeoye, Ron Dias
Joanne Jansen, Ron Dias
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DRAMA | 82 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA |
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