Chris on: IMDb
Chris Young is a Canadian born actor, from Toronto, Ontario, makes his directorial debut with his short narrative ‘Searching for Paradise’; a crime drama based on real life criminals in which he also has a lead role.
Raised in a bilingual Spanish/English household, Chris began acting at a very young age. But it’s his uncle, Pedro Salvín, established actor and Gemini award winner, who inspired him to pursue it as a career. After graduating from theater school, Chris was discovered by an agent in Toronto, and this led to various jobs in television which gave him exposure in both Canada and the United States. Best known for his recurring role in Beauty & the Beast (2013), Chris also starred in Rookie Blue, Nikkita, Backstage, Reign and other TV dramas.
In 2014, he won an award for Our Best in Acting from la Guía Hispana, in Toronto. In 2015, he made his big screen debuts in Len And Company, featuring Juno Temple, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Chloë Bellande is a is a self-taught film director and award-winning screenwriter who sees obstacles as challenges and turns ”no” into ”no-brainers”. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she has a BA in Arts and Modern Languages from Concordia University and in 2015, she received her US permanent residency and moved to the United States to pursue her career in films.
In 2007, Chloë received her 4th consecutive year’s rejection letter from the Film Production department at the Concordia University, her alma-matter. Nevertheless, she went on and produced her first feature film, “Battle of Souls”, a psychological thriller that won Best Feature Film at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival in June 2008. Following her directorial debut, in 2012, she wrote and produced “While the Village Sleeps”, the 1st installment of her now award-winning horror franchise “Lynched series”. The movie was screened at the Chicago Indie Horror Film Festival, and the 66th Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Corner), and, won 1st place Best International Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The trailer of that same movie was nominated at the 16th Hollywood Discovery Awards, and lost to “Les Misérables”, by Hugh Jackman.
As her first 2 features were low-budget, independently financed by Chloe herself, she was obliged to play multiple roles on set and in post-production, from screenwriting to editing. However, this hands-on experience provided her with a knowledge of craft that she applied in the projects that followed. In 2014, she shot a short narrative, Will Of Fortune, a movie based on real life convicted criminals (Guy Turcotte and Susan Wright). The movie had 3 Screenplay nominations in Hollywood, and was screened at the 67th Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Corner). As a spin-off of Will Of Fortune, Chloe shot another short narrative, Searching For Paradise, in 2015, this time co-producing and co-directing with actor Chris Young from Toronto, Canada.
Michael on: IMDb
Our DP was Michael Jari Davidson, from Toronto. His work is instinctual, organic, divine. He is a veteran in this game and we are blessed to have him. we hired him when we discovered his sole priority is all about “legacy”. We feel exactly the same.
Josa Maule on IMDb
We were also fortunate to have Josa Maule as our Casting Director. Josa is known for her work on “War Witch”, the Oscar nominated feature she cast in 2012. We were blown away in the audition room and we couldn’t wish for a better cast.