YFS Past Screenings & Events
This screening took place on
Monday, February 9, 2015 at 7:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre
What happens when you lose your guide before you find your way?
Written and directed by Vancouver’s Ben Ratner, Down River tells the emotionally stirring story of three young women, including Gabrielle Miller (Corner Gas, Sisters & Brothers) as Fawn, a talented but insecure actress. Colleen Rennison (DaVinci’s City Hall) is Harper, a gifted rock singer teetering between self-destruction and self-discovery, and Jennifer Spence (Stargate Universe, Continuum) is Aki, a scatological artist who emerges from under her paint-stained hoodie like a drunken butterfly.
Along with Miller’s Fawn caught in the footlights, these women all live in the same building and their guide in life is a neighbour named Pearl, portrayed by Helen Shaver (The Color of Money, Desert Hearts), a charismatic and caring woman who inspires them to new heights. When Pearl unexpectedly leaves their lives, the three are forced to overcome their fears and face the future without the guidance they’ve come to rely on.
Other actors joining this dynamic cast are Jay Brazeau, Ali Liebert, Brian Markinson and Teach Grant. Inspired by Ratner’s long-time friendship with iconic Vancouver actress Babz Chula, this is a funny film about mentorship, friendship, living life to the fullest and, ultimately, letting go.
Winner of Most Popular Canadian feature film at VIFF 2013.
“An intelligent work with moments of poignancy and emotional resonance by a talented filmmaker.” - Bruce DeMara, The Toronto Star
Director Ben Ratner, producer James Brown, composer Kevin House and actress Jennifer Spence in attendance.
- Directed by Benjamin Ratner
- 2013, British Columbia
- 90 minutes
- Parental Guidance Advised
Screening sponsor: Arctic Star Printing