We are so thrilled to share this project with you all. The short film We Forgot to Break Up is now available on Amazon in the US and UK. And will soon be available on Google Play in Canada, US, UK and Ireland, and on iTunes in 60 territories.
We have just completed a heartwarming festival circuit run which included TIFF 2017, New York LGBT Film Festival 2017, SXSW 2018 in Narrative Shorts Competition, Maryland Film Festival 2018, Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018 where it took home the Best Short Film Audience Award, Cannes Short Film Corner 2018, Inside Out Toronto LGBT FF 2018, Barcelona Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2018, Frameline42 San Francisco International LGBTQ FF 2018, Palm Springs ShortFest 2018, OutFest 2018, Film Score Music Festival 2018, and GAZE International LGBT Film Festival 2018.
We Forgot to Break Up reflects the heartache in encountering the people from your past, while the song remains the same. In this backstage drama, directed by Chandler Levack, written by Levack and Steven McCarthy, and produced by Nicole Hilliard-Forde and Matt Hilliard-Forde of Motel Pictures, Evan Strocker (Jesse Todd) returns to see the band he used to manage after a painful three-year hiatus. Times have changed and the band members of Heidegger have gravitated towards lives in Los Angeles and as new parents. Evan has also undergone a radical change, now proudly living as a trans man. As he encounters each members of the band moments before their sold out show, he'll find a way forward towards self acceptance and love, especially as he encounters his ex-boyfriend Lugh. Adapted from Kayt Burgess' novel Heidegger Stairwell, the film makes new myths out of Canada's indie rock heritage with raw humour and a landmark performance from trans newcomer Jesse Todd.
ABOUT THE CAST
SOFIA BANZHAF “Allison” is a German-born writer, actor and filmmaker based in Toronto. Film and television credits include Closet Monster, Bitten and Reign. Her novella Pony Castle won the Metatron Prize for Rising Authors in 2015. She is currently in post-production on her first feature film that she co-wrote and co-directed.
CARA GEE “Isis” is a Canadian film, television and stage actress. Gee was primarily known as a stage actress in Toronto, Ontario, where her acting credits have included productions of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, Daniel MacIvor’s Arigato, Tokyo, Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters, Cliff Cardinal’s Stitch, Birdtown and Swanville’s 36 Little Plays About Hopeless Girls and Louise Dupré’s Tout comme elle. She made her feature film debut in Empire of Dirt for which she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. For this role, she also won a Special Jury award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as well as an award for Best Actress at the American Indian Film Festival. In 2013, at TIFF, Gee was named one of the festival’s annual ‘Rising Stars.’ Gee has also worked in television, recently playing guest roles in the television series King and Republic of Doyle. In 2014, she starred as one of the lead characters in the Western drama series Strange Empire on CBC Television, for two seasons until it was cancelled in 2015. As of 2016, she stars in the 33-episode web series Inhuman Condition, which airs on the KindaTV YouTube channel.
GRACE GLOWICKI “Coco” is an actress, director, and writer, who recently won the Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance for her role in Her Friend Adam. Based in Toronto, she recently wrapped shooting Grayson Moore’s independent film Cardinal, opposite Sheila McCarthy and Katie Boland, and is currently in production on Suck It Up, in which she co-stars and co-executive produces based on a story she developed with Erin Carter. Other recent acting credits include the short film A Teachable Moment, which recently premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival, and the short film Bonfire, which premiered at the LA Shorts Fest. She is currently in development on her feature directorial debut, Tito, in which she will star. In 2016, Glowicki was named on of TIFF’s Rising Stars.
STEVEN MCCARTHY “Angus” is an acclaimed actor, director, and musician. The ElastoCitizens, McCarthy’s ten-piece funk band, are cult favourites on the Toronto music scene. His acclaimed theatre productions such as Bliss, Malaria Lullaby, and Boblo combined elements of circus, dance, trapeze, and rock and roll. Best known for roles in The Strain, HBO’s Good God, the indie hit Picture Day, and A&E’s The Crossing, he’s had the pleasure of working with such directors as Guillermo del Toro, Ken Finkelman, Kate Melville and Robert Harmon. More recently McCarthy starred in Andrew Currie’s ensemble comedy The Steps, sharing the screen with Christine Lahti, James Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Jason Ritter. In 2015 he wrote and directed his first short film, O NEGATIVE. It has played at festivals all over North America including TIFF, RiverRun, Whistler, Cleveland, Palm Springs, and the Portland International Film Festival and was named by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films of 2015.
MARK RENDALL “Lugh” started acting at the age of ten, when he asked his parents if he could try his hand at acting. Fortunately, around the same time, the Cameron Maclntosh London touring production of the musical Oliver was holding auditions for children. Having had no formal training in either acting or singing, he surprised everyone when he was cast in the role of Spider, and as understudy to the lead role, Oliver.
He later starred in several films, including The Impossible Elephant, Tales from the Neverending Story (for which he received a 2002 Gemini nomination), the multi-award-winning Touching Wild Horses (2002) opposite Jane Seymour (for which he received a 2003 Young Artists Award nomination), Disney’s The Scream Team with Eric Idle, the Court TV Peabody Award-winning true story, The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (for which he received a 2004 ACTRA Award nomination for Outstanding Performance – Male), Don McKellar’s dark comedy Childstar (2004), opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh, Eric Stoltz and Dave Foley; the title role in Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story (2004) with Ed Begley, Jr. and Graham Greene, NBC’s mini-series Revelations (2005) opposite Bill Pullman and Natascha MacElhone, and Francois Girard’s Silk. Rendall played supporting roles in the films 30 Days of Night, opposite Josh Hartnett and Melissa George, and Charlie Bartlett, with Anton Yelchin and Kat Dennings. In 2009, he starred in the films, Victoria Day, directed by David Bezmozgis, and The Exploding Girl, directed by Bradley Rust Gray.
DOV TIEFENBACH “Will” was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He began his acting career at the age of 12, first starting off in commercials before playing the role of ‘Josh Avery’ in the television series RoboCop (1994), and landed his first starring role as ‘Murray Murray’ in the short film Love Child (1995) alongside actress Neve Campbell. After those pivotal first projects, Dov was cast as the lead role ‘Nick Burns’ in the 1996 Broadway production A Thousand Clowns alongside actor Judd Hirsch. After returning to Toronto, his name started to get around as he worked his way further into the film industry, starring in the lead roles of both Little Men and Cheaters. And in 2003 he won a Leo Award for Best Supporting Male Performance in Flower & Garnet (2002). His most recent roles include the reclusive writer ‘Lucky Carroway’ in the television series This Space for Rent (2006), the troubled young ‘Adrian’ in the psychological thriller The Dark Hours (2005) and the hippie drug dealer ‘Bradley Thomas’ in the comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). Before he moved to Los Angeles, he was the frontman for the “dirty indie pop” band Theresa’s Sound-World (named after a Sonic-Youth song), based out of Toronto, who performed in various venues around the city.
JESSE TODD “Evan” is a new actor whose first lead role was as Evan Strocker in the short film We Forgot to Break Up. Jesse also appeared in the film Cave Small Cave Big by Joele Walinga. He has done a number of live comedy performances including Feminist Live Reads Presents: Mean Girls, and Toronto Pride 2016 Stand Up Comedy programming.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
CHANDLER LEVACK (Director, Co-Writer)
Chandler Levack is an award-winning writer and director. After being selected for a screenwriting seminar at the University of Toronto taught by Semi Chellas (Mad Men) and Patricia Rozema (Grey Gardens, Into the Forest), she wrote the coming-of-age comedy Felt Up, based on an article written for her college newspaper where she investigated the world of professional pickup artists. A music journalist for SPIN and The Village Voice whose writing has been nominated for multiple National Magazine Awards, Chandler transitioned into filmmaking after graduating from the CFC Writer’s Lab in 2012, where she wrote the short film Lunchbox Loser, which has screened at festivals world-wide including the Portland Women’s Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, Canadian Film Festival, and the Lahore International Children’s Festival.
Her music videos have played at the MoMA, Cannes Lions Festival, LA Music Video Festival, and the British Film Institute. In 2015 and 2016, two music videos directed for the Toronto punk band PUP (“Guilt Trip,” “Dark Days”) were nominated at the UK Video Music Awards (2015), Juno Awards (2015, 2016), Prism Prize (2015, 2016), MuchMusic Video Awards (2016), and were selected for the prestigious 2015 Saatchi and Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase, whose alumni includes Michel Gondry, Floria Sigismondi, Jonathan Glazer, and Spike Jonze. Chandler’s narrative work includes the sardonic comedy Idiots in Paradise, which won “Best Short Film” at the 2016 LA Comedy Festival, and the upcoming BravoFACT We Forgot to Break Up, produced by Motel Pictures (The Other Half).
Chandler is the creator of the “Feminist Live Read” series, in which she casts an all-female ensemble to perform iconic screenplays (regardless of gender) to raise awareness of the disparity of roles available to women. Past performances in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal include readings of Reservoir Dogs, Almost Famous, Ocean’s 11, Mean Girls, and Entourage with actors including Sook-Yin Lee, Mia Kirshner, Katharine Isabelle, Kristin Lehmann, Diana Bang, Ali Liebert, Katie Boland, Cara Gee, and Lauren Collins. The National Post said it was “helping to push forward the public discourse surrounding issues of gender equality.”
Chandler is currently developing her first feature as a writer/director, Anglophone, a “casual hangout movie” about the Anglophones in the Montreal indie rock scene who can’t speak French with Zapruder Films (VICE’s Nirvanna the Band the Show, Operation Avalanche). She is the Digital Editor and Staff Writer for the Toronto International Film Festival where she lives and breathes movies.
STEVEN MCCARTHY (Co-Writer) is an acclaimed actor, director, and musician. The ElastoCitizens, McCarthy’s ten-piece funk band, are cult favourites on the Toronto music scene. His acclaimed theatre productions such as Bliss, Malaria Lullaby, and Boblo combined elements of circus, dance, trapeze, and rock and roll. Best known for roles in The Strain, HBO’s Good God, the indie hit Picture Day, and A&E’s The Crossing, he’s had the pleasure of working with such directors as Guillermo del Toro, Ken Finkelman, Kate Melville and Robert Harmon. More recently McCarthy starred in Andrew Currie’s ensemble comedy The Steps, sharing the screen with Christine Lahti, James Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Jason Ritter. In 2015 he wrote and directed his first short film, O NEGATIVE. It has played at festivals all over North America including TIFF, RiverRun, Whistler, Cleveland, Palm Springs, and the Portland International Film Festival and was named by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films of 2015.
MICHAEL A. PERLMUTTER (Music Supervisor, Executive Producer)
Michael’s company instinct entertainment is a music supervision, licensing and creative consultation company based in Toronto, Canada. Michael has placed thousands of songs in tv shows, films and documentaries, seen and heard around the world, most recently in The Handmaid’s Tale S1, the Hulu network’s smash TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel.
Select TV credits include: Penny Dreadful, Vikings, Degrassi, Houdini & Doyle, Private Eyes, Beauty and the Beast, Cracked, Haven, Rogue, and The l.A. Complex.
Select film credits: Arbitrage, The Other Half, Hevn, Kiss & Cry, Across The Line, The Colony, A Beginner’s Guide to Endings, & All The Wrong Reasons.
Select special projects: highlight reels for CTV’s Olympic broadcasts (Vancouver & London), curating the Canadian Music Café during the Toronto International Film Festival, and licensing & administration for the National Music Centre in Calgary.
He has been asked to moderate and speak on panels around the world, including: Sweden, Finland, Norway, Miami, New York, Cannes, Calgary, Halifax, and Toronto.
Michael is also an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loves to travel and will never pass up a long walk on a beach (as he’s never near one).
MURRAY LIGHTBURN (Musical Director and composer of We Forgot To Break Up)
Murray is a composer, musician, performer, music producer, writer and director who believes uncompromisingly in the power of art and music. Co-founder and lead singer for the Montreal based band The Dears he has performed hundreds of concerts globally, including radio (BBC, CBC, KCRW) and has made TV appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, & George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.
In addition to writing and producing eight highly acclaimed albums of his own, Murray continues to hone his craft while helping other musicians and writers realize their own artistic visions. He has received well over a dozen nominations including the Polaris Music Prize, GAMIQ Awards, Canadian Indie Awards, Juno’s, and CASBY Awards.
Murray and The Dears have seen their songs placed and have created original songs for notable feature films like Zack & Miri Make a Porno and Save the Date and for TV series Gossip Girl and Grey’s Anatomy. He has also written, directed and produced documentary concert performances such as his own Mass;Light, Never Destroy Us, and The Gospel According to The Dears.
DANFORTH MUSIC HALL
Originally constructed as a movie theatre in 1919, the building was first known as the Allen’s Danforth, after its owner the Allen Theatre Chain. The theatre gained the Music Hall name when it started featuring live acts in the late 1970s.
Renamed “The Danforth Music Hall” in 2011 when Impresario Inc. took over ownership, and since remodelled and renovated, the Danforth Music Hall is a now major attraction for concerts featuring international and local artists, and provided a perfect location for We Forgot To Break Up. Artists performing at the venue over its long history include James Brown, The Clash, The Police, Tegan & Sara, Rihanna, Hanson, Neil Gaiman, Mogwai, Chromeo, and Arcade Fire.