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The Burning Season to have world premiere at Whistler Film Festival

The Sean Garrity-directed romantic drama will screen Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
A still from "The Burning Season", a 2023 romantic drama directed by Sean Garrity.

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is set to showcase the world premiere of The Burning Season. Directed by Sean Garrity, (The End of Sex, Inertia, My Awkward Sexual Adventure), the new romantic drama stars Sara Canning of The Vampire Diaries fame and Jonas Chernick, who is collaborating with Garrity for the seventh time.

Rounding out the cast is Joe Pingue (Titans, The Book of Eli), Natalie Jane and Christian Meer (Fingernails) and Tanisha Thammavongsa making her feature film debut. 

Canning and Chernick star as Alena and JB, who engage in a long-running affair. Their secret relationship finally comes to light at JB's wedding, throwing the protagonists' lives and those of their friends into disarray. The Burning Season features a unique narrative structure, challenging audience preconceptions by telling the story in reverse-chronological order. 

The Burning Season is executive produced by Fab Filippo, the Canadian Screen Award-winning and Peabody-nominated co-creator of Max and CBC's Sort Of. It is presented by Sphere Films International and Northern Banner Releasing, and was produced with financial investment & participation from Telefilm Canada, The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, CBC Films, the Canada Media Fund and Hollywood Suite Inc. 

Garrity's latest offering screens Nov. 30 at 8:30 p.m. in the Maury Young Arts Centre, and Dec. 1 at noon in Village 8. Watch the trailer here and check out the full WFF lineup here.