NORTHERN SHADE: Watch The Compelling New Trailer For Christopher Rucinski’s Feature Debut!
Bayview Entertainment is shepherding the release of Christopher Rucinski’s new flick, Northern Shade. The film stars Jesse Gavin, Joseph Poliquin, Titiana Galliher, Alejandro Bravo, Romano Orzari, and Rose Marie Guess, and will open at Laemmle’s Monica and NoHo Cinemas and via Virtual Cinema on February 24.
The film signals Rucinski’s feature debut topping a resume of shorts and music videos, with Northern Shade coming in loaded with numerous Bests at festivals in the past year, including Best Actor at DTLA Film Festival (2022), and Best Narrative Feature at Fargo Film Festival (2023). The official trailer is also online which you can view just beneath the description and announcement below.
OEF Army veteran Justin McLaughlin (Jesse Gavin, The Burial, “Loki”), lives a life of solitude on his boat in Connecticut, working a menial job and avoiding his past. When his estranged brother Charlie (Joseph Poliquin, “Grey Hound”, “Project Power”), goes missing, Justin is forced from isolation and teams up with a private investigator named Frankie to track him down. Together, they discover Charlie’s been recruited by an extremist militia planning an unknown attack. Justin must decide how much of his Army past he’s willing to expose to extract Charlie from the clutches of their paramilitary leader, Billy, while reconciling his own sense of purpose and regaining his brother’s trust. Set during the Covid-19 pandemic, NORTHERN SHADE focuses on purpose and redemption in an age of heightened anxiety and isolation.
Christopher Rucinski, who makes his feature film directorial debut, is a sought-after feature film editor in the Motion Picture Editors Guild; credits include Ford V Ferrari, The Adam Project, and War for the Planet of the Apes; he’s also proud of the fact that 35% of the cast and crew of NORTHERN SHADE are military veterans. The thriller also stars Titania Galliher (Dinner With Schwartzey), Alejandro Bravo (Cicada Song, Suicide Watch), Romano Orzari (NBC’s “Taken”, Assassin’s Creed Lineage, White House Down, “Marvel’s The Punisher: War Zone”), and Rose Marie Guess (“Recruiters: Mission First”), and the final sound mix was supervised by Oscar-winner Don Sylvester, who captured Best Sound for Ford V Ferrari.
Best Narrative Feature I Fargo Film Festival (2023)
Best Drama Feature, Best Actor (Jesse Gavin) I Legacy Theatre Film Festival (2022)
Best Feature 2nd Runner Up I Woods Hole Film Festival (2022)
Best Screenplay I Phoenix Film Festival (2022)
Best Feature I Poppy Jasper Film Festival (2022)
Best Actor I DTLA Film Festival (2022)
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