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Length: 115 minutes
The film is about choices made in the aftermath of severe traumatic stress. The story hinges on two lives that intersect in a big box department store: a woman who has witnessed her sister’s suicide and a firefighter who was hurt on the job. She endeavors to keep her comfort zone intact while he strives to regain his former life.
All the Wrong Reasons is an ensemble dramedy about four co-workers at a big box department store all struggling to connect and come to terms with their lives. Since witnessing a tragic family event, Kate has kept herself as isolated as physically possible, her husband James, the store’s ambitious manager, does his best to force Kate out of her shell but Kate wants her world to remain exactly as it is. Missing intimacy, James becomes close with Nicole, a cashier who is holding onto what’s left of her youth while juggling single motherhood. When a new temp employee arrives, his determination to overcome his struggles and achieve his dream helps Kate to re-evaluate her life and begin the transition back to the person she once was.
Cory Monteith as James Ascher
Karine Vanasse as Kate Ascher
Kevin Zegers as Simon Brunson
Emily Hampshire as Nicole Cambria
Writer/Director: Gia Milani
Story Editor: Jonas Chernick (Lucid, Inertia )
Tony Whalen & Gia Milani (Shore Road Pictures)
Phyllis Laing (Buffalo Gal Pictures)
Kirk D'Amico (Myriad Pictures)
Emily Alden (Pacific Northwest Pictures)
Associate Producer: Monique Perro (Buffalo Gal Pictures)
Cinematographer: Stéphanie Weber Biron
Casting Director: Heidi Levitt
Editor: Thorben Bieger
Supervising Sound Editor: Brian Power (The Hideout Studio)
Online Editor: Doug Woods (902 Post Inc.)
Music Composer: Ari Posner
Winner of the Script Accessible Award as part of SLAMDANCE’s year-round Writing Competition that received over 2,500 submissions. Gia was honored on January 28th at the 2010 SLAMDANCE Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Semi-finalist (top 20 out of over 3,000 submissions) in Final Draft, Inc.’s Big Break International Screen Writing Competition.
The script placed in the top 100 out of 2,500 entries in the Slamdance 2009 Feature Screenplay Competition.
Gia and her Slamdance award were mentioned in a number film magazines including Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, and Playback.
Pacific Northwest Pictures will handle the roll out in Canada, while Myriad Pictures will shop the picture internationally.
Funding for the film provided by Telefilm Canada, the Province of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Tax Credits, New Brunswick Tax Credits, Federal tax credits, Canadian Distributor Pacific Northwest Pictures and US Sales Agent Myriad Pictures.
All the Wrong Reasons was funded at the polish and packaging stage of development by Telefilm Canada, New Brunswick Film and Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund.
View July 30, 2012 press release (.pdf)
Cory Monteith as James Ascher, Kevin Zegers as Simon Brunson, Karine Vanasse as Kate Ascher, and Emily Hampshire as Nicole Cambria in All the Wrong Reasons.