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INTERVIEW: Lisa Michelle Cornelius Stars In OWN’s A Sisterly Christmas And Talks Magic and The Holidays

Who doesn’t love a fun and heartwarming Christmas movie to celebrate to start the holiday season celebration? Lisa Michelle Cornelius talks to Defective Geeks about her movie, A Sisterly Christmas, which you can watch on the OWN network. Find out more below!

First of all– A Sisterly Christmas looks so heartwarming and magical! Can you tell our readers about this movie and your role as Vicky?

Yes! This film is about two sisters who’ve been at odds since their mother passed when they were teenagers. So their Aunt Debbie decides to send them on an all-expense paid holiday trip to a fancy resort so they can make amends and spend time together. My character Vicky LOVES Christmas and is all about it, even if it means being stuck with her “Scroogy” little sister Kristina (played by Deborah Joy Winans). To please their aunt, they both agree to go and end up having quite the adventure: swanky accommodations (above their pay-grade), handsome gents and a drama-filled run-in with their former high-school friend-turned-nemesis. Nothing brings people together like a common enemy [laughs], so the sisters are forced to find some common ground as they take on the ‘mean girl’ and try to have some fun along the way! 

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INTERVIEW: Kristen MacCulloch Stars In Dramatic Film, SCARBOROUGH

Kristen MacCulloch is an award-winning actor based in Toronto, Canada– seen in movies like Corporate Prey (Amazon Prime) and Steven Kostanski’s Psycho Goreman. Her new film premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, Scarbourough, which she talks about in our interview below!

Hi Kristen! Can you tell us about your film, Scarborough, and the book it’s based on by author, Catherine Hernandez? Tell us a little bit about the character you’re playing, Jessica.

Hi, sure! The story is anchored around three kids from a low income neighborhood who are drowning in poverty, addiction and housing instability. They come together through a morning school program run by a particularly caring and inspiring teacher and together with their families they navigate the ups and downs of life and community in a system that is failing them. I play the role of Jessica, a devastatingly neglectful mother who is unable and unwilling to care for her daughter Laura, brought to life masterfully by Anna Claire Beitel. The two of them are living a hard life and in the film we watch Jessica struggle to keep going, drowning in the disease of addiction as the bills and late rent notices pile up. Although she isn’t particularly sympathetic, I tried to play her as a whole person rather than a caricature of someone who’s easy to hate. She’s a lost and lonely victim of society’s failures as much as any of the characters we meet in the film.

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INTERVIEW: Suzanne Cyr Is The Headmaster in Night Raiders

Suzanne Cyr has been acting for over 20+ years and she might be one of those familiar faces you have seen on your screen, which shows under her belt like USA Network’s Suits and Covert Affairs. Next, you can watch Suzanne in her film, Night Raiders. Find out more below!

Hi Suzanne, thank you for answering our questions today! Can you tell us about your film, Night Raiders, and your role as The Headmaster? What drew you personally to its story? 

Night Raiders is the story of a Cree mother Niska who is on the run and has been living off the land, hiding her young daughter Waseese for 11 years. It’s set slightly in the future and there’s been a war after which children are taken from their parents and put into state run institutions where their spirits are broken and they are turned into “good soldiers and citizens” who work for the state. There’s a science fiction element to the film as drones are able to track and hunt down and capture any children who are on the run. Niska ends up having to surrender Waseese to one of the institutions. All of the elements of Night Raiders are taken from Canada’s real-life history of the attempt to colonize Canada and the residential schools that existed until very recently. My character, Headmaster, runs the academy that Wasesse ends up in. The character of Headmaster is representative of the priests that ran the real-life residential schools.

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INTERVIEW: Eric Hicks, Star of LOVE IN HARMONY VALLEY, Talks About His Journey As An Actor and Spiritual Practitioner

Eric, a Saskatchewan native, moved to Toronto to pursue his dream to become an actor– and you might have seen him in popular shows such as The Strain, Reign and Schitt’s Creek. His new movie, Love in Harmony Valley, premiered on the Superchannel this Fall. Learn more about his journey and projects below!

Hi Eric, thank you so much for answering our questions today! Tell us about yourself and what influenced you to pursue acting. When did you want to know you wanted to become an actor and what was that journey like for you to get you to where you are today?

You know what, there was this one moment as a kid that I decisively remember saying to myself, “I want to do that when I’m older.” I was featured background on a Jamie Foxx movie when I was around nine years old I think, and it was the one day we finished getting these baseball game scenes shot and as I was walking across the dirt roads to go back to holding, Jamie and his team were shooting a basic car stunt. The car is ripping away in the gravel and Jamie was hanging out of the window, and I guess maybe what I really wanted to do was stunts, haha, but yeah, I just loved that whole experience so much and knew it was something I really wanted to do one day. But it really wasn’t until I was 21 [years old] that I truly entertained the idea of the arts as a career choice. 

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Ep. 58 Halloween: H20

Holy hiatus, Spiderman! The podcast is back with three more episodes. Recorded pre-covid (hey, remember those times?) James and Giselle discuss the 1998 slasher-fest “Halloween: H20.” The two compare and contrast the 1998 return of Laurie Strode to the 2018 one, how chardonnay drinking axe wielding Laurie is… kind of amazing, and how adorably 90s this sequel is. Check it out!

INTERVIEW: Nadia George Stars in a Compelling Short Film ‘Along the Water’s Edge’

Along the Water’s Edge is written and directed by Jonathan Elliott, a film set in the near future that explores the long term impacts of the water crises among Indigenous communities across Canada. Actor, Nadia George, stars in the film and talks to Defective Geeks about what the movie means to her.

Tell us about your upcoming short film, Along the Water’s Edge–– what does the movie and your role in it represent? How did you become involved with the movie?

I was fortunate to be offered the role. I had the pleasure of working with Writer and Director Jon Elliot before, on the film, Her Water Drum, back in 2018. Jon reached out to me and explained the concept of the film and wanted my thoughts on it and asked me if I would also do the narration. I’ve always been a big fan of Jon’s work, and was honored that he had thought of me for this project. The topic of the water crisis is also one that sits close to home for me, as my father’s health was once affected by contaminated water; so It was important to me to be a part of this story.

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INTERVIEW: Sam Coyle and Erin Carter Explore Mental Health in Their Film, HAZY LITTLE THING

Hazy Little Thing explores people’s relationship with social media and their own mental health, from the minds of filmmakers, Sam Coyle and Erin Carter. With what’s going on right now globally during this pandemic, can you relate to the feeling of isolation and loneliness despite constantly being “connected” via technology?

Hi guys, thank you so much for joining us on Defective Geeks! Please tell us about your new film, Hazy Little Thing. What is it all about?

Hey thanks for having us! Hazy Little Thing follows Billie, a writer, blocked in the wake of her past success. Spiralling further and further into her fear of failure and lack of self-acceptance she posts a particularly self-deprecating post on social media, and after seeing this, her sister and a few close friends rush to her rescue to throw a sort of intervention under the guise of a surprise birthday weekend. 

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INTERVIEW: Tina Jung Plays A Young Immigrant In QUEEN OF THE MORNING CALM

Actor, Tina Jung, talks to Defective Geeks about taking on this intense role in Queen of the Morning Calm and the challenging topics the film explores. Learn more about her emotional and mental journey and read our interview with her below.

Queen of the Morning Calm looks so emotional, with a really unique perspective on life as a struggling immigrant and a woman of color– tell us about this movie and your character, Debra.

Queen of the Morning Calm is an empowering story about a young immigrant sex worker trying to break free from the cycles of poverty and abuse, all the while learning to be a more nurturing mother in the process. Debra has always lived at the mercy of men believing that things will eventually get better by staying silent and always doing what she is told. She is dragged along knowing she is unhappy with her situation but stays because she feels the need to take care and save others around her. In order to survive, she begins to trust herself learning that she is the only hero she needs in her world. Through her journey of breaking free from the labels that were put on her, she gathers the courage to take risks and fight back, she learns to take control, find her voice, and be her own savior from a world that turned its back on her. It is a story of emancipation, a lesson on self-love, and a discovery of self-worth.

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