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SUCK IT UP: Introduction by Director Jordan Canning

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34th Annual Olympia Film Festival presents:
Video introduction by filmmaker Jordan Canning
7:30pm doors / 8:00pm film
$10 general admission / $7 OFS members & students / $5 Kids

Director Jordan Canning’s Suck It Up is matted by clammy palms, punctuated by aorta straining regret, and earmarked by teeth baring frustration. It’s a road trip movie that circumvents artifice and carbonation, and digs its soles into the worn floor mats of friendship, love, and identity. Faye (Erin Carter) is submerged in an existential and career focused crisis, while her friend, Ronnie (Grace Glowicki), is tailspinning in a helix of engine smoke. The two protagonists are whirring tops headed to the edge of a table. The root of the pair’s shared emotional malaise is Garrett, Faye’s first love and Ronnie’s brother. Having passed from cancer, only two months earlier, Garrett is a phantom limb between the two friends. In a routinely optimistic, if somewhat misplaced, road trip of animated distractions and blacktop mashing adventure, Faye and Ronnie trek up to a pastoral British Columbia in hopes that their mutual pain will be treated. Suck It Up utilizes music, spatial awareness, and the unpredictable nature of grief as a compass for compassion and discovery. Tops of trees billow with wind, friendship is reconstituted from embers, and the finite minutes of our life are reduced to printed handwriting. Jordan Canning’s picture is a valuable turnkey to empathy in this crazy Coney Island ride that is 2017.
Dir: Jordan Canning / 2017 / CANADA / 101 min

“A buddy-comedy wrapped in a British Columbia road trip, Suck It Up figures out how to find the humor in emotionally distressing situations that might elude any less determined characters than the film’s two protagonists.” – Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter



A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, film director and writer Jordan Canning has directed over a dozen short films which have screened and at festivals all over the world including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. Canning’s films have won a number of awards, including two Golden Sheaf Awards, three awards at the NSI Online Short Film Festival, and top prize at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival RBC Emerging Filmmaker Competition. She directed all twenty-three episodes of the IPF-supported web series Space Riders: Division Earth for CTV. The show won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series and four Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Director. Canning’s 2014 feature film We Were Wolves screened at the Toronto Film Festival. In 2015, Canning was awarded the Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award for her second feature film, Suck It Up (2017), which premiered at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. Canning is a 2010 graduate of the Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and an alumnus of TIFF Talent Lab, TIFF Pitch This!, and the WIDC Story and Leadership Program.

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