Feature film about Canada's 60's Scoop has U.S. premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival
A71 Entertainment Inc.
A71 Entertainment Inc. is pleased to announce the US Premiere of Trouble in the Garden. Written and directed by Roz Owen with the key collaboration of Raven Sinclair, it stars acclaimed Canadian actress Cara Gee alongside Jon Cor, Fiona Reid, Frank Moore, Kelly Van der Burg, and Wesley French. From its world premiere at Cinefest Sudbury this past fall and official selection at the Whistler Film Festival in December, Trouble in the Garden began its Canadian theatrical rollout February 15th in Toronto and has screened in 18 cities across Canada. The film’s U.S. premiere screening at the 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival is 6:00 p.m., May 2nd, at Edwards Big Newport 6.
Raven, (Gee) a radical eco-activist, is jailed for protesting development on disputed Indigenous land. Long estranged from her adoptive family, she never imagined her brother Colin would be the one to bail her out. Compelled to stay at his suburban home, she discovers he's in real estate; pre-selling houses on the very land she's been trying to save. Adopted, disowned, and now under house arrest, this is a story of betrayal and reckoning - with love, land, and blood.
“Her direction is bold, the performances are brave and the result is a film no one is likely to forget.”
Thom Ernst, Original Cin (February 14, 2019)
“A tightly written family drama that features an electrifying performance by Cara Gee. Give Trouble in the Garden 4 kernels of popcorn out of 5.”
Todd James, Minute at the Movies on Global News, (March 1, 2019)
“An emotional new drama about one of Canada’s darkest times with its Indigenous population”
Anne Brodie, What She Said (February 14, 2019)
Raven Sinclair, a national expert on the 60's Scoop, leading activist for Scoop survivors and Indigenous child welfare and a scoop survivor, was a key collaborator in this project. Sinclair is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Treaty 4. A professor of social work, her work on issues of Indigenous child welfare, adoption, historical trauma, and recovery was kindled by her experiences. In addition to her public advocacy, public speaking and published academic writings, she has also produced the documentary film A Truth to be Told about the removal of children from Splatsin First Nation (British Columbia) during the 1960s and is writing a play about Indigenous child welfare and intergenerational trauma. Raven is a mother to a teenage daughter who is the center of her universe.
Writer/director Roz Owen is an award-winning filmmaker born in the UK and now living in Toronto. Roz earned her BFA at NSCAD University in Halifax. Later, as a Director Resident at the Canadian Film Centre, she made her Genie-nominated short drama, You Love Me I Hate You. In 2006 WIFT (Women in Film & Television Toronto) awarded Roz the Kodak New Vision Fellowship for her writing. In 2008 her arts documentary short, Community Matters, received the Best Film award from the OAAG (Ontario Association of Art Galleries). This led to her 2011 feature documentary, Portrait of Resistance: The Art & Activism of Carole Conde & Karl Beveridge, which has gained critical acclaim across Canada and internationally. Trouble in the Garden is her first narrative feature.
"Cara Gee gives a powerful performance in this timely and affecting film that explores universal themes of anger, identity, betrayal, and forgiveness in the context of one of the most critical issues impacting Canada today," says A71 Entertainment President Chad Maker. "We are proud to share this film, which offers a window onto history that must be remembered, with Canadian audiences."
Trouble in the Garden is produced by Jennifer Mesich and executive produced by Jim Miller, Raven Sinclair, and Bill Marks.