Sea to Sky
Reporting from the frontlines of the Okanagan wildfires, Stan (Tim Guinee) documents uncommon heroism on his blog while hoping for a big break that’ll make him a household name beyond Peachland. But when he’s unexpectedly charged with a shocking crime, he must scramble to salvage his reputation with the civic leaders who respect him and save his marriage to Gail (Chelah Horsdal, The Man in the High Castle), the woman who’s supported him amidst his various struggles. But how will Gail react when the extent – and nature – of the charges are revealed and his innocence is hardly assured?
In this psychologically complex and sensory-rich drama, Andrew Huculiak (Violent) employs Joseph Schweers’ staggering cinematography and Cayne McKenzie’s soul-rattling score to craft an apocalyptic backdrop as he charts Stan’s spiralling free fall into a personal hell and his subsequent struggle for redemption. Despite over 150 credits on his C.V., Guinee is truly a revelation here, twisting Stan from tragicomic to tormented and creating a suitably enigmatic central figure for a film that shuns pat answers and simple resolutions.
"The most incendiary fllm at VIFF… an astonishing technical feat and, thematically, a potentially explosive act of daring." Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight
This film touches on subject matter that may cause distress, relating to the use of online child pornography and pedophile chatrooms.
The film avoids explicit imagery but offers an empathetic portrait of a potential abuser dealing with mental health issues.