Seth Rogen has emerged leading a new generation of comedic actors, writers and producers. Rogen demonstrated his wide-ranging ability as he co-wrote, executive produced and starred as the main character, Britt Reid, from the comic book turned action film, The Green Hornet. Directed by Michel Gondry, Rogen stars opposite the Academy Award®- winning actor Christoph Waltz, who plays the villain Chudnofsky. Rogen most recently completed 50/50, a film based on the real life experience of Vancouver native Will Reiser. Starring alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the film unfolds the comedic perspective of the 25-year-old’s (Gordon-Levitt) cancer diagnosis and subsequently, his best friend’s desire for him to beat the disease. Furthermore, Rogen starred as the voice of the title character in the comedy, Paul, teaming once again with Superbad director, Greg Mottola which was released by Universal Pictures in January 2011 and will be out on DVD in August, 2011. Written by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, and co-starring Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig and Jason Bateman, Rogen voiced an alien who has escaped outside of Area 51 and his encounters with two geeks on their way to Comic Con.
Academy Award ® nominee Michelle Williams' range of talents and experience have shaped her career to the point where she has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after and respected actors.
Williams can most recently be seen starring in Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine opposite Ryan Gosling. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Blue Valentine was released by The Weinstein Company on December 31, 2010.
Williams also stars in Kelly Reichardt's film Meek’s Cutoff, marking her second collaboration with the director. Williams recently wrapped My Week With Marilyn starring as the iconic Marilyn Monroe opposite Kenneth Branagh.
Williams' riveting performance in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, released in 2005, earned her a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award as well as her "Best Supporting Actress" nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA and ultimately the Academy Awards ®.
Luke Kirby has been performing since his teen years after he was accepted at this country’s most respected conservatory, the National Theatre School of Canada. He graduated in May 2000 and after two auditions found himself working on two separate projects in major roles; the CBS/Alliance miniseries “Haven” and Director Lea Pool’s feature, Lost and Delirious.
Soon after, Luke performed the role of “Morgan” in the Factory Theatre’s production of GEOMETRY IN VENICE in Toronto, a performance that garnered him a Best Actor nomination at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards. This was quickly followed by the role of “Patroclus” in Theatre for a New Audience’s production of TRIOLUS and CRESSIDA directed by Sir Peter Hall in New York City. In 2006, he gave a critically acclaimed performance in The Women’s Project’s production of JUMP/CUT. Other theatre credits include Judith Thompson's premiere of HABITAT at Canadian Stage followed by Daniel Brook's premiere of THE GOOD LIFE at the Tarragon Theatre (both in Toronto). His latest theatre venture was in NYC where he performed the lead role in DEFENDER OF THE FAITH (Irish Repertory Company).
Emmy winner Sarah Silverman is as versatile of a performer as they come. Her repertoire includes everything from film and television, stand-up comedy, to iconic online videos and she added author to this list when she released her first book last spring. Silverman was most recently seen starring in the third season of “The Sarah Silverman Program,” on Comedy Central and her New York Times bestselling book, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, was recently released in paperback.
Silverman was nominated for a 2009 Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series category for her portrayal of a fictionalized version of herself in “The Sarah Silverman Program.” This marked Comedy Central’s first ever Emmy nomination in a scripted acting category. She also received a WGA nomination last year for her work on the show. Silverman won a Primetime Emmy in 2008 in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for her musical collaboration with Matt Damon. In addition, she was honored with a Best Actress Webby Award for her online video “The Great Schlep,” in which she persuaded young Jewish kids to encourage their grandparents in Florida to vote for President Obama prior to the 2008 election.
On the film side, Silverman appears in the comedy Peep World opposite Michael C. Hall and Rainn Wilson about a group of dysfunctional adult siblings who are fighting over a novel that one of them is writing, about the family. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in theaters in 2011.
Sarah Polley has been writing and directing in Canada since 1999 when she made her directorial debut with short films. She wrote, directed and produced, Don’t Think Twice, starring Tom McCamus and Jennifer Podemskiand then The Best Day of My Life. In 2001, she wrote, directed and co-produced, I Shout Love, starring Kristen Thomson, who won an Actra Award for her performance in the short. The film also won a 2003 Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama. In 2002, Sarah wrote and directed The Harp, one of the episodes of “The Shields Stories”for television.
In 2007, Sarah wrote and directed Away From Her, starring Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, and Olympia Dukakis, adapted from the Alice Munro short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.” In addition to two Academy Award® nominations (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress), Away From Her garnered a long list of awards including the London Critics Circle Film Award (British Actress of the Year), Los Angeles Film Critics Association (New Generations Award), National Board of Review (Best Actress), National Society of Film Critics (Best Actress), New York Film Critics Circle (Best First Film, Best Actress), Online Film Critics Society (Breakthrough Filmmaker, Best Actress), as well as from the Central Ohio, Dallas-Forth Worth, Phoenix, Portland, Robert, San Diego, San Francisco, Sarasota, Sedona, Toronto, and Washington film critics associations. Additionally, Away From Her earned a Chlotrudis Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, SAG Award (Best Actress), Golden Globe (Best Actress), seven Genie Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Directors Guild of Canada (Best Feature Film, Best Direction) and Best Feature Film from the Writers Guild of Canada.