Post-TIFF16 Wrap-up

Saw some outstanding films and inspired talks this year.  Awards nods went to ‘Jackie,’ ‘La La Land,’ and ‘Those Who Make Revolution Halfway…’  The last film I’ll be turning over in my heads for weeks.  Three completely different films made with incredible vision.  Congratulations.  Inspiring stuff.

Berkeley Films will be in NYC at Scripted 2015

Writer/director Jonathan Hayes will attend the Scripted conference and market in NYC from Nov. 9-10 at the Park Central Hotel.

To book meetings with Jonathan please contact us at

Jonathan Hayes named as Irving Avrich Fellow at TIFF14

Really pleased to share with you that Jonathan has won the Irving Avrich Fellowship at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  Looking forward to meeting fellow filmmakers, learning at incredible conferences, and seeing a few films.

Algonquin wins Special Jury Award, First Feature at Festival

Thank you WorldFest Houston!  Delighted to announce that Algonquin has won the prestigious Special Jury Award, First Feature at this 47th Edition of this fabulous independent film festival.  It’s a big award from a state known for all things big.  Coming on the heels of a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the break-out performance by young star Michael Levinson, all we can say is thank you thank you thank you!  Algonquin continues its Canadian theatrical run.


Packed house for Algonquin launch in Toronto

It was a packed house at the Royal Cinema on April 13 where Algonquin celebrated its theatrical launch.  It was an amazing night, with cast and crew in attendance.  Thanks to disturbs A71 and sponsor Highlander Brewery.


Algonquin opens in Toronto at The Carlton April 11

Just days away now, Algonquin has its theatrical release at The Carlton Cinema.  There are screenings twice daily.  Come opening weekend.  Check your local listings for times.

Algonquin Gala Premiere with Cast + Crew

The Royal Cinema on College St. will host a Gala Celebration of ALGONQUIN at 7pm April 13.  Tix for the event are selling in advance through — Come join the Mark Rendall, Nicholas Campbell and Sheila McCarthy along with the rest of the cast and crew on April 13th.  It’s going to be a great night.  Bonus, deal-sweetening, fact: A beer tasting precedes the event.  After-party to follow.  Cheers!

Algonquin Theatrical Release in Toronto April 11.

Thrilled to announce that ALGONQUIN will begin its theatrical release in Toronto at the Regent Cinema on Mt. Pleasant Ave on April 11-17.  It is a beauty of a theatre and we’re thrilled to mark the opening of our theatrical run at this storied mid-town venue.  Screenings are nightly at 9pm. There will be Q&A with the director on opening night.

Algonquin Plays Houston WorldFest

On Sunday April 6 ALGONQUIN will make is bow in the U.S., premiering in official competition at Houston WorldFest.  The oldest independent festival in the USA, WorldFest’s 2014 line-up promises to be a great one.  If you’re in town, come check it out.

‘The School’ screens in Gravenhurst/TIFF Film Circuit 2014

Ten years after it screened at the Sundance Film Festival, ‘The School’ opens the 2014 edition of the TIFF Film Circuit’s Fine Films Gravenhurst.  It was after last month’s screening of ‘Algonquin’ that the programmers asked if they could play our debut short.  We’re flattered.  A month later the film has made its way up Highway 400 ready to unspool.  So here is to the fine cinephiles of Gravenhurst.  If you’re in town tomorrow night, drop by the Opera House and have a look.  The pleasure is ours.

Algonquin does the TIFF Film Circuit

Happy New Year!

ALGONQUIN just wrapped an amazing 5 night stint in charming Charlottetown, PEI.

Taking the film to various audiences the past year has been a delight.  To the festival programmers, journalists, various exhibitors and supporters who we’ve met in 2013 we offer our thanks.  I would like to single out the TIFF Film Circuit.  From Algonquin’s backyard in Haliburton and Muskoka, to PEI, the circuit has been a great way to connect with audiences.  To the programmers at other Film Circuit stops, we are very happy to come for a visit.  Here are our details.   And here’s to a great 2014!  Can’t wait to meet you.


We promised it sometime ago and while we’re tardy in posting, we stand by the results of the full ALGONQUIN POSTER.  Here it is — Behold the autumnal splendour jetting out from/falling into Mark’s hair.  Thrill to the visual metaphor.  Yada yada yada.   Thanks to Mark Rendall for his lovely visage and to Chad Maker at A71 for executing on an idea that we here at Berkeley Films are quite proud of.  See for yourself.



Priceless. ‘Algonquin’ reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival



At a festival as large as Montreal’s, it is remarkable to be single out for such praise.  The Montreal Gazette profiled the writer/director, and gave the film a truly enthusiastic review, calling the chemistry between Sheila McCarthy and Nicholas Campbell “priceless.”  We agree.  Legends make it look easy.  You can read the whole review here.


‘Algonquin’ Official Selection at Cinefest

We’re headed back up north!  The filmmakers are incredibly happy to announce that ‘Algonquin’ is headed back to our natural environs.  Screening times have been announced.  You can get all the information here.  See you in Sudbury!

Algonquin Set to Premiere Aug. 24th at the Montreal World Film Festival

We are incredibly happy to announce a Saturday evening screening for the premiere of ALGONQUIN.  Here are the details.

Polish your shoes and we’ll see you in the Latin Quarter.

Our Crew


Before we pack our bags for one of my favourite cities, I wanted to give a shout from the proverbial rooftop to an amazing crew.  They worked hard and brought their best each and everyday to help realize this film.   This picture is for them.

Say Cheese!


This morning’s photo session for our poster went brilliantly. The A71 were charming hosts and our lead, Mark Rendall, was in fine form. Now the magic happens with Art Direction.

‘Algonquin’ Poster Coming Soon!

This Thursday, we do a photo shoot with our leading man, Mark Rendall, for the ALGONQUIN poster.  Agency 71 will be handling the design.  We’re very excited about the concept, and can’t wait to show you the results.

Patrick Watson Song Featured in ‘Algonquin’

We’re incredibly excited to announce that PATRICK WATSON will be making a major contribution to ALGONQUIN.  The song “Man Under the Sea,” plays a prominent role in the film, and checks a major wish-list box for this filmmaker.   Early days in the edit, we locked on to the song, hoping we could work something out with one of Montreal’s finest.   For those familiar with the tune, you know it’s a stunner.  For those unacquainted with its mad genius, we submit this beautiful howl at the Paris moon.

Telefilm shows ‘Algonquin’ some love

AlgonquinWe’re pleased to announce that we have received a highly competitive grant from Telefilm Canada which will help take us through post production.  We’ll save the PR speak for a press release, and let you know that we love the “attaboy” spirit, and the enthusiasm they’ve shown for the project.  ALGONQUIN is in its final push.