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WHITE LIE (Canada)

November 21

WHITE LIE a character-driven psychological thriller film from the promising new Toronto-based directors Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas.

A troubled young woman traps herself in a dangerous spiral of deception in WHITE LIE, fabricating a cancer diagnosis in order to solicit attention, sympathy and charitable cash donations. This Toronto Film Festival world premiere from Canadian writer-director duo Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis is the kind of intelligent, well-crafted indie thriller that earns respectable notices and festival bookings. Theatrical prospects will likely be niche, though its gripping race-against-time plot and newsworthy subject matter should boost the film’s audience potential. The factitious disorder of falsely announcing a serious medical condition on social media, which psychiatrists have dubbed “Munchausen by Internet,” has escalated in recent years, with several high-profile fraudsters exposed and jailed.

Kacey Rohl dominates the film with her stunning and superbly textured performance as Katie — who variously comes across as an average young woman, a scared, abandoned little girl, and a Machiavellian schemer.   — and she’s supported by an amazing cast that includes 

Cast:   Kacey Rohl, Martin Donovan, Connor Jessup, Amber Anderson, Sharon Lewis, Christine Horne, and Dan Beirne

Running Time:  96 min
Country:  Canada
Language:  English
Distributor:  Rock Salt Releasing

Awards:  4 wins & 7 nominations

2020

Canadian Screen Awards, CA

Nominated, Canadian Screen Award
Achievement in Direction

Calvin ThomasYonah Lewis

Nominated, Canadian Screen Award
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Kacey Rohl

Nominated, Canadian Screen Award
Best Motion Picture

Katie Bird NolanKaren HarnischCalvin ThomasLindsay TapscottYonah Lewis

Nominated, Canadian Screen Award
Original Screenplay

Calvin ThomasYonah Lewis

2020

Miami Film Festival

 Won, Rene Rodriguez Critics Award
Best Film

Calvin ThomasYonah Lewis

2020

Philadelphia Film Festival

Nominated, Jury Award
Best Narrative Feature

Calvin ThomasYonah Lewis

 Won, Honorable Mention
Best Performance

Kacey Rohl

2019

Toronto International Film Festival

Nominated, Best Canadian Feature Film

Calvin ThomasYonah Lewis

2019

Vancouver Film Critics Circle

Nominated, VFCC Award
Best Actress in a Canadian Film

Kacey Rohl

 Won, VFCC Award
Best Screenplay for a Canadian Film

Calvin ThomasYonah Lewis

 Won, VFCC Award
Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film

Amber Anderson

 

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Date:
November 21
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Venue

At home
Palm Springs, CA United States

Organizer

Desert Film Society
Email:
info@desertfilmsociety.com
Website:
www.desertfilmsociety.org